2019 Buick Regal Sportback vs. 2018 Toyota Camry

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Safety

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The Regal Sportback offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Regal Sportback and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Regal Sportback comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal Sportback 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Camry. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Camry ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Regal Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Camry’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 65 percent more Buick dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal Sportback’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Regal Sportback has more powerful engines than the Camry:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Regal Sportback FWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Regal Sportback AWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Regal Sportback GS 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

282 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Buick Regal Sportback 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

Regal

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.9 sec

13.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Regal Sportback’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Regal Sportback uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Regal Sportback has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (16.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Regal Sportback has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal Sportback, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Camry.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Regal Sportback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

 

Regal

Camry

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.06 inches

The Regal Sportback stops much shorter than the Camry:

 

Regal

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Regal Sportback has larger standard tires than the Camry (225/55R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Regal Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

The Regal Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Regal Sportback has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

Suspension and Handling

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The Regal Sportback offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Camry’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Regal Sportback has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

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The Regal Sportback AWD uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Regal Sportback Essence is quieter than the Camry SE (37 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Regal Sportback a Large car, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal Sportback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Camry (31.5 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Regal Sportback’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Camry’s useful trunk space.

The Regal Sportback’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 23% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Regal Sportback (except Base/Preferred), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Regal Sportback (except Base/Preferred)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Regal Sportback’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Camry does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Regal Sportback offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Regal Sportback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Camry and aren’t offered on the Camry L.

When the Regal Sportback with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Regal Sportback offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Regal Sportback GS keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Regal Sportback’s optional (except Base) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Regal Sportback and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Regal Sportback has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Toyota Camry isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Regal Sportback is less expensive to operate than the Camry because typical repairs cost much less on the Regal Sportback than the Camry, including $122 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump, $44 less for front struts, $979 less for a timing belt/chain and $51 less for a power steering pump.

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