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The Corolla Hatchback has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The Corolla Hatchback’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Regal Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 and available blind spot warning systems.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla Hatchback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Regal Sportback has not been fully tested, yet.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Regal Sportback.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 72 points higher than the Regal Sportback.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Buick is ranked 18th.
On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback SE CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Regal Sportback FWD with its standard engine (32 city/41 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Regal Sportback with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Corolla Hatchback higher (6 out of 10) than the Buick Regal Sportback (5 to 6). This means the Corolla Hatchback produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Regal Sportback every 15,000 miles.
The Corolla Hatchback offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a manual transmission.
The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a CVT.
The Corolla Hatchback’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Regal Sportback’s (61.6% to 38.4%). This gives the Corolla Hatchback more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Corolla Hatchback’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Regal Sportback’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Corolla Hatchback’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Regal Sportback’s (37.4 feet vs. 41 feet).
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1200 pounds less than the Buick Regal Sportback.
The Corolla Hatchback is 1 foot, 8.9 inches shorter than the Regal Sportback, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Corolla Hatchback’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Regal Sportback’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Regal Sportback can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Corolla Hatchback has a standard rear wiper. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
Consumer Reports rated the Corolla Hatchback’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the Regal Sportback’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Corolla Hatchback detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Regal Sportback (except Base)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corolla Hatchback has standard extendable sun visors. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer extendable visors.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Regal Sportback because it costs $746 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Regal Sportback, including $548 less for a water pump, $757 less for a muffler, $157 less for front brake pads, $150 less for a starter, $24 less for fuel injection and $531 less for a power steering pump.
Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla Hatchback as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Regal Sportback isn't recommended.
The Toyota Corolla outsold the Buick Regal by over 29 to one during 2019.
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