- Wagon Master: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
- 2018 Buick Regal TourX
- Exterior Highlights
- Interior Highlights
- Technology & Safety Features
- On the Road: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
- Parting Thoughts
- 2018 Buick Regal TourX Specifications
- 2020 Buick Regal TourX Review, Pricing, and Specs
- What's New for 2020?
- Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Engine, Transmission, and Performance
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
- Comparing sport wagons: Edmunds looks at Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX
- Sticking close to the formula
- Similar pricing
- Subaru will take you farther
- Buick's near-luxury proposition
- 2020 Buick Regal TourX Review
- Getting In and Out
- Setting Up and Starting
- Infotainment System
- Keeping You Safe
- Fuel Economy
- Driving Comfort
- Driving Feel
- The station wagon is alive and well: Driving the Buick Regal TourX
- A sleeker wagon
- It’s all Buick, and that’s ok
Wagon Master: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
Buick overhauls the Regal line, adds TourX and Sportback models.
The 2018 Regal line expands to include this TourX wagon.
The Buick Regal has taken on many forms across its long history, including a coupe, sedan and briefly as a wagon. Its previous iteration was as a four-door sedan, a model developed in Germany, then built in Canada for the North American market.
Well, sedan sales have been deteriorating for years and after a seven-year run, Buick cancelled most of the sedan line, although the performance GS remains.
Beginning in 2018, an updated Regal portfolio is in place, but this time it also includes a hatchback (Regal Sportback) and a wagon (Regal TourX).
As of publication, Buick offers the Sportback in the US and Canada, while the GS sedan and wagon are exclusive to the United States.
The two newest Regals are once again built only in Germany and by Opel. Up until last year, Opel was a GM division, but now owned by Groupe PSA, mainly comprising Peugeot and Citroen, the French automaker.
We cannot explain for certain how or why this arrangement continues, other than to say that when the Opel-to-PSA deal became final, certain models were sharing a common platform and will ly do so for years ahead. No matter, the Regal TourX is an Opel (or a Vauxhall) Insignia in some markets, but it is also a Holden Commodore in Australia. Got it?
2018 Buick Regal TourX
For this review, we shall look primarily at the test model at hand — the 2018 Regal TourX. Where necessary, we will mention a few things about the Sportback, but not much else.
There are some differences between the two, therefore we will not take a deep dive into what we have not driven.
Just so you know, Buick markets the Sportback as a “Car,” but it lists the TourX under its “SUV & Crossovers” category.
The 2018 Regal TourX comes in three trim levels: TourX ($29,070), Preferred ($32,670) and Essence ($35,070). These prices do not include the $925 destination and handling charge, nor are taxes, fees, tags or discounts factored in. All models have a turbocharged engine, an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Regal TourX does not attempt to hide its wagon design and that is a good thing. Up front, it shares a fascia common to the brand with the Buick tri-shield insignia and wing- chrome bands flowing out from the center. Sleek headlamps and pronounced cutouts for the fog lamps add sporty touches.
The wheel wells come wrapped in contrasting trim, while deep sculpting marks the profile. A rising beltline and falling roofline meet to form the liftgate. The rear fascia has sleek wraparound tail lamps and dual exhaust ports.
Although obviously a wagon, this model adds special styling points, including an upswept rear roof pillar. You will also find chrome door trim that runs from the front to the rear pillars, then intersects with the tail lamps. Whoever said a wagon cannot deliver flair? It is a look I found appealing.
Standard equipment includes halogen headlamps, fog lamps and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Available features include LED headlamps with automatic leveling, a panoramic moonroof, power-heated side mirrors, roof rack rails and a power liftgate.
When it comes to passenger space, the TourX compares with any midsize, two-row SUV. Specifically, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano are three that come to mind. The main difference, of course, between the Buick and this trio is the high profile of the competitors. Other than that, the Buick compares well here.
The TourX interior reminded me of the Buick Enclave, a three-row SUV with nine more inches between the wheels. Plenty of soft-touch materials, chrome and with the Essence model, leather. It is a look that is at once soothing as it is elegant, one that supplies a fitting parallel to the LaCrosse sedan.
The driver-centric instrument panel is big and clear, the center console smartly ordered and uncluttered. The front seats are plush, yet firm. The rear seat holds two adults with ease and three when needed. My test model had leather seats, although cloth seats are standard. The cabin is very quiet and is up there with Buick’s exacting standards.
Standard equipment includes full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column and air conditioning. Among the upgrades you will find are a heated steering wheel, power front seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control.
Not to leave the discussion is the storage space behind the second-row seat. Buick supplies 32.7 cubic feet, which is more than the 23.6 cubic feet in the Enclave.
But if you fold the third-row seat in the Enclave you have a generous 58 cubic feet. Back to the TourX and you have 73.3 cubic feet behind the first row — that’s ample room to carry your gear — a bicycle, tent, skis, what have you.
And that is why Buick offers a standard 60/40 or an available 40/20/40 second-row bench seat.
Technology & Safety Features
I have long praised Buick for its tech features and the TourX does not disappoint. The audio package includes a 7-inch color touch screen display, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
You will also find a USB port inside the center console and a WiFi system for connecting up to seven devices. Other features include keyless entry and push-button start, remote panic alarm and OnStar connected vehicle services.
Upgrades include HD and satellite radio, navigation, an 8-speaker Bose audio system and remote start. Wireless charging is an option.
Among safety items you will find a rear vision camera. Move up through the trim levels and multiple driver-assist features roll out, including lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and rear park assist.
Other features include lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and adaptive cruise control with forward automatic braking. My top-of-the-line Essence trim had all such features present.
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On the Road: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
A station wagon has a V8 engine, right? Or at least a powerful V6. Well, in this case it has neither.
How about a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine? That is exactly what motivates the Regal TourX, delivering 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Buick pairs this engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Do these numbers seem underpowered? Well, consider how they stack up with the Buick Lucerne, a full-size model last offered in 2011: that sedan’s 3.9-liter V6 earned 227 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque.
Further, there was a V8 available as well, delivering 292 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque.
Thus, the torque number on the TourX beat the old V8 and that is something to keep in mind when considering this model.
Off-the-mark acceleration with the TourX is quite good. When you need extra power, the turbo kicks in with only minimal lag detected. A willing transmission works unnoticed in the background and that is what we . Direct and weighted steering imbue driver confidence, while the smooth ride should please everyone.
Although not a curve carver, the TourX stays planted. The all-wheel drive system is a big help on wet roads as well as when you pull a corner. That’s the main difference between the Sportback and the TourX — the hatchback offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. I think Buick made the right decision by making the TourX all-wheel drive only.
As for off-roading, this wagon is strictly designed for light-duty work — traveling on gravelly roads or dusty paths. Its 6-inch ground clearance means you won’t be following the Outback across a shallow creek or to a sandy beach.
There is a revival taking place in the wagon market. Besides the TourX, you will find the Subaru Outback, Audi A4 AllRoad, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Volvo V60 and V90 Cross Country models. We must not leave out the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, although both aim squarely at the luxury market.
I found myself almost giddy with the TourX, especially when I showed the vehicle to crossover and minivan owners. For the most part, there was a distinct love it/hate it reaction by some, but then I could see others carefully taking it in. That alone is a good thing as wagons fell grace long ago, especially by those who left one for a minivan.
But the market is cyclical and what was once favor could very well catch on again. With Buick, there is no need to wait as the 2018 Regal TourX delivers. Choose the well-equipped Essence and you will come away with a loaded model for under $40,000. This represents an important price point for similar crossover SUVs.
2018 Buick Regal TourX Specifications
|Segment||Small Station Wagon|
|Base Sticker Price||$29,070 ( plus $925 destination charge)|
|Price as tested||$41,550|
|Standard Engine||2.0-liter, turbo inline-four|
|Horsepower||250 @ 5,400 RPMs|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||295 @ 3,000 to 4,000 RPMs|
|Curb Weight (pounds)||3,708|
|Head room (f,r…inches)||38.8; 39.0|
|Leg room (f,r…inches)||42.1, 36.9|
|Shoulder room (f,r…inches)||56.9, 55.4|
|Hip room (f,r…inches)||55.2, 54.1|
|Storage (cubic feet)||32.7; 73.5|
|Gross vehicle weight (pounds)||NR|
|Fuel Tank (gallons)||16.3|
|EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway)||21/29|
|Manufacturing Plant||Ruesselsheim, Germany|
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2020 Buick Regal TourX Review, Pricing, and Specs
Wagons may not be as popular as they once were, but they're still very much alive and kicking. the Regal Sportback sedan, the Buick Regal TourX is one of the more recent entries in this segment, and it offers many of the strengths that have made wagons a sought-after form of family transportation over the years.
The 2020 Buick Regal TourX is similar to a crossover in that it provides copious amounts of cargo space. However, as with all wagons, the Regal TourX rides closer to the ground than the typical SUV. One benefit of this distinction is a roof rack that's lower and easier to access than a crossover's.
The 2020 Regal TourX also delivers the quiet cabin you expect from a Buick, and its sculpted exterior styling is sure to win some fans.
What's New for 2020?
The Regal TourX carries over into the 2020 model year with no major changes.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Unfortunately, key driver-assistance features aren't available with the base-model Regal TourX. You need to step up to the Preferred model to access amenities such as blind-spot monitoring, and this is the trim level we'd recommend for the average buyer.
The Regal TourX Preferred rides on 18-inch wheels and it comes with exterior features such as fog lights, integrated roof rails, automatic headlights, and heated power-adjustable side mirrors.
Within its cabin, dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as well as tech amenities including a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
Adding the Driver Confidence package ($1240) brings in features such as auto-leveling LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system and blind-spot monitoring. A Preferred model with this package rings in at $35,135.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2020 Buick Regal TourX wagons are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant. This engine serves up 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. During our track testing, the 2018 Regal TourX hustled from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 6.4 seconds.
This Buick wagon goes about its business quietly, transmitting very little noise into the cabin. The Regal TourX offers 5.8 inches of ground clearance, which isn't that impressive. If you're looking for an off-road companion, you'll be happier with a rival the Subaru Outback. Subaru's wagon provides 8.
7 inches of clearance for those times you want to explore the unpaved path.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to EPA estimates, the 2020 Buick Regal TourX achieves mileage of 21/29 mpg city/highway. That makes it a less fuel-efficient choice than competing models such as the Outback (up to 26/33 mpg) and the Volvo V60 (23/34 mpg). In our time with the vehicle, we observed fuel economy of 22 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Buick is a premium brand that's a step above a mainstream marque but a step below a traditional luxury nameplate. Its place in the pecking order is reflected in the appearance of its cabin.
The overall look of the interior is upscale, but it's not quite as opulent as the cabin of a vehicle made by a traditional luxury brand such as Audi or Volvo. You aren't ly to be disappointed with the Regal TourX's cargo capacity.
This wagon offers a generous 33 cubic feet of room for your stuff with all seats in place. Fold the back seat flat and that figure swells to a robust 74 cubic feet.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Regal TourX's base trim is equipped with features such as an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth phone and streaming audio.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are on hand to help you seamlessly connect your devices. Also, all models come with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and dual USB ports. The list of optional features includes an 8.
0-inch touchscreen, a Bose eight-speaker audio system, an integrated navigation system, and satellite radio.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Buick Regal TourX hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the 2019 model received a perfect score of Good in small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash-testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Regal TourX offers a modern selection of optional driver-assistance features, but the list of standard amenities in this area is almost nonexistent. Also, the base trim isn't available with the driver-assistance technology that has become essential equipment for many car shoppers. You have to step up to more expensive trim levels to access these features.
Key safety features include:
- Available blind-spot monitoring
- Available adaptive cruise control
- Available lane-departure warning system
- Available forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Available rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Regal TourX offers warranty coverage that equals that of the Subaru Outback. This Buick comes with a longer powertrain warranty than the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60, but both these models provide longer limited-warranty coverage than the Regal TourX.
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Subaru is well-known for offering cars that can handle themselves when the going gets rough, and its Outback lies squarely in that tradition. Essentially a wagon with extra ground clearance and a capable all-wheel-drive system, the Outback is a model alternative to an SUV. It's been popular with American car shoppers since its debut in the 1990s.
But now Subaru has new competition from a company that has a significant wagon-building heritage of its own: Buick. You might think of the old, gigantic Estate and Roadmaster when you read “Buick wagon,” but the company's all-new Regal TourX is a svelte wagon with SUV- attributes. So how does it stack up against the granddaddy of the segment?
Sticking close to the formula
The Regal TourX sets itself apart in a few key ways, but it doesn't deviate much from Subaru's blueprint. Both the 2018 Regal TourX and the 2018 Subaru Outback come standard with all-wheel-drive systems, a feature that's optional on many SUVs. All-wheel drive provides extra traction on gravel or dirt roads and in inclement weather.
Both also have plenty of cargo space. With its rear seats up, the Outback has 35.5 cubic feet of space, while the TourX offers 32.7. Folding the rear seats flat opens the Outback's trunk up to 73.3 cubic feet, and the TourX's to 73.5. Those are impressive numbers, on par with the cargo space in top-rated small SUVs such as the Honda CR-V.
While both vehicles have similar cargo and passenger space, the keen observer will note a difference in shape. The TourX is 6.5 inches longer than the Outback and its roof is 7.7 inches lower. This means that the TourX not only looks sleeker but is also easier to load and unload items from the roof rack. Its lower, longer body has a drawback, however. More about that a bit later.
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The 2018 Subaru Outback, one of the original SUV alternatives. Subaru is well-known for offering cars that can handle themselves when the going gets rough, and its Outback lies squarely in that tradition. (Photo: AP)
Overall, the Subaru is a little less expensive. For example, the Outback starts with an MSRP of $25,895 for the base 2.5i trim level, while a base TourX is $29,995. But the variance narrows as you approach the most expensive trims. Fully loaded, both the Outback and the TourX can cost close to $40,000.
Standard equipment for both vehicles includes a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, but the base Regal TourX has a few extra conveniences such as a proximity entry with push-button start and onboard Wi-Fi.
If you're interested in active safety features and driver aids, Subaru's excellent EyeSight system is available on midlevel Outbacks, which start around $31,000.
EyeSight adds automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, among other features.
These features are only available as an option on the top trim level of the TourX, so you'll spend several thousand dollars more to get them.
Subaru will take you farther
While their all-wheel-drive systems are comparably capable, the Subaru has an advantage when it comes to rough roads: 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than many SUVs. With its longer, lower body, the TourX is more a regular car, and so has less ground clearance, 5.8 inches. The Outback will be able to drive over rocks or ruts that might stymie the TourX.
The Subaru also averages four more miles per gallon than the TourX. The Outback's base four-cylinder engine isn't as powerful as the Regal TourX's turbocharged four-cylinder, but it boasts an EPA combined rating of 28 mpg versus the TourX's 24 mpg combined.
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX, a station wagon-based SUV alternative that combines tons of cargo space with a sleek look and a near-luxury feel. While it has a capable all-wheel-drive system, it lacks the ground clearance for more challenging off-road conditions. (Photo: AP)
Buick's near-luxury proposition
On the road, the TourX presents a more refined experience than the Outback. Buick has positioned the car as a “near-luxury” vehicle, and it worked to reduce noise in the Regal's cabin, going so far as to insert soundproofing material in the tires. Subaru has come a long way in terms of interior quality, but it hasn't tamed cabin noise as Buick has.
Both vehicles have comfortable seats with available leather upholstery, though the Subaru's seats are more accommodating for larger drivers and passengers. Still, in terms of material and design, the TourX feels more upscale than the Outback.
The TourX also offers a more refined driving experience on the road. For starters, it handles turns with more composure than the Outback. The TourX also comes with a significantly more powerful engine that puts out 250 horsepower.
Compared to the Subaru with its base 175-horsepower engine, the Buick accelerates more quickly and sounds less strained in regular driving.
A six-cylinder engine is available for the Outback, but with this pricey upgrade it loses its fuel-economy edge and still is slightly slower than the TourX.
EDMUNDS SAYS: The TourX offers a more upscale experience and handles adverse conditions with aplomb. For a pavement-focused vehicle, it's a great wagon to get. But the Outback is a better choice if you plan on occasional recreational use, and it offers greater access to advanced safety features.
This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Will Kaufman is an associate staff writer at Edmunds. Instagram: @didntreadthestyleguide.
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2020 Buick Regal TourX Review
Slowly but surely, Buick has been killing off its car models, and the Regal is the last of them. Once dealership stocks of this midsize car are gone, the 2020 Buick Regal ends an era for the automaker, which becomes a sole purveyor of SUVs for 2021.
If the Regal nameplate conjures up memories of various and largely mediocre sedans and coupes from the last half of the 20th century, you’re not alone. But the 2020 Buick Regal is something else entirely.
Designed, engineered, and built by General Motors’ European brand, Opel, before GM sold it shortly after the latest Regal debuted for the 2018 model year, this car rolls off of a German assembly line.
Or, it did, before production prematurely ended due to the CV-19 pandemic.
Available in 5-door Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon body styles, you can choose from standard, Preferred, and Essence trim levels. Additionally, the Sportback comes in luxurious Avenir and performance-tuned GS trims. All-wheel drive is available for the Sportback and standard for the TourX wagon.
For this review, J.D. Power evaluated a Regal TourX Essence equipped with the Driver Confidence Package 1, the Sights and Sounds Package, and a panoramic sunroof. The price came to $40,015, including the $925 destination charge.
Before we discuss the results of our evaluation of the 2020 Regal TourX, it is helpful to understand who buys this midsize car, and what they most and least about their vehicles.
According to J.D. Power data, 82% of Buick Regal owners are male (vs. 60% for the segment), and the median age of a Regal owner is 69 years (vs. 55).
Owners say their favorite things about the Regal are (in descending order) the driving feel, exterior styling, powertrain, feeling of safety, and setting up and starting. Specifically, these five things about the vehicle rank highest in comparison to the midsize car segment:
- Power of engine/motor
- Smoothness of engine/motor
- Operating vehicle remotely
- Quietness of cabin while driving
- Audio system sound quality
Owners indicate their least favorite things about the Regal are (in descending order) the driving comfort, interior design, getting in and out, infotainment system, and fuel economy. Specifically, these five things about the vehicle rank lowest in comparison to the midsize car segment:
- Fuel economy/driving range
- Exterior styling
- Driver’s seat comfort
- Ability to hold personal items
- Vehicle protection
In the J.D Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, the Regal did not rank due to small sample size.
In the sections that follow, our expert provides his own perceptions about how the 2020 Buick Regal TourX measures up in each of the 10 categories that comprise the APEAL Study.
With the Regal TourX, Buick aimed to take on the Subaru Outback. It got the design formula mostly right but forgot to lift the TourX several more inches off of the ground for genuinely useful clearance and a proper stance.
No doubt, the Buick is all kinds of better looking than the Subaru, even if the weirdly blistered fender cladding is overdone. But without the suspension lift, it’s a Buick station wagon with 5.8 inches of ground clearance and not a Subaru crossover SUV with 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
There is an elegant simplicity and European sensibility to the Regal TourX’s interior. Proper controls laid out in a logical way, paired with consistent tones and texturing as well as polished chrome accents, help to support Buick’s premium brand positioning. Even the simulated wood on the center console looks nice, if not entirely convincing.
Where the TourX stumbles is with regard to materials quality. The plastics have a low-rent appearance and finish, making it especially hard for the tested Essence trim level to pull off a price tag north of $40,000.
Storage space is adequate. The two bins on either side of the transmission shifter help to make up for the small container beneath the center armrest. Buick also supplies good sized door panel bins and a roomy glovebox.
Getting In and Out
A Regal TourX sits a little higher off the ground than does a Regal Sportback. And with Preferred and Essence trim levels, both front seats include height adjustment, which helps to improve entry and exit. The rear doors also open wide, and the roomy rear seat makes it easier to get into and get the back seat.
Around back, the TourX Essence includes a hands-free power liftgate. It opens wide to reveal 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and because the Regal sits lower than a typical crossover SUV (or even the Subaru Outback), the liftover height is reduced making it easier to load heavy items.
Essence trim also includes a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, which offers greater versatility than the 60/40-split design in other TourX models. With the rear seat folded down, the TourX accommodates 73.5 cubic feet of cargo.
Setting Up and Starting
Attractive exterior styling and appealing interior design make a Regal TourX’s driver eager to get set up and out onto the road to adventure. And with Essence trim, thanks to the 8-way power adjustable and heated front seats, finding a proper driving position is easy.
Buick’s infotainment system uses a 7-inch or an 8-inch display mounted under flush glass, and is underlined by a row of simple physical controls. Going through the different menus and settings is intuitive, and a separate driver information display also offers customization by using the steering wheel controls.
Every 2020 Buick Regal TourX includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Teen Driver safety technology, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot service with a 1-month/3GB free trial period, and Buick Connected Services. Navigation, an 8-speaker Bose premium sound system, and wireless device charging are available as options.
This technology, broadly used across the General Motors brand ecosystem, is generally easy and pleasing to use.
Depending on the make and model, the physical controls might vary, and the best setup is the one on the Regal TourX. You get a power/volume knob flanked by tuning buttons, a Back button, and a Home button.
That sounds overly simplistic, but in day-to-day use it is a perfect solution that balances simplicity with utility.
Buick Connected Services includes a free Connected Access plan for 10 years. Highlights include vehicle diagnostics and Buick Smart Driver technology that allows your insurance company to monitor driving habits and provide discounts when applicable.
Remote Access (remote engine starting, vehicle location service, and more) and Unlimited Access (unlimited Wi-Fi, turn-by-turn navigation) cost extra.
An OnStar Safety & Security plan is also available, adding automatic collision notification, SOS emergency calling, and crisis assist, among other features.
Add every Connected Service to the TourX, and you’re looking at $60 per month in subscription fees.
Keeping You Safe
If Buick gets the Regal TourX’s infotainment technology right, the approach to advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) is wrong.
Standard safety equipment includes 10 airbags, a reversing camera, and an unusual active hood pedestrian safety system that detects when the car is about to strike a pedestrian and raises the hood by up to 4 inches to lessen impact force and potentially reduce injury. No doubt, that’s a thing in Germany, because U.S.-spec vehicles certainly don’t require it.
If you want ADAS, you need to pay extra. And not only must you pay extra, you need Preferred trim at a minimum and Essence trim if you want all of the driving assistance goodies.
The Regal TourX Preferred is available with a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-change assistance, and rear parking sensors.
Essence trim can be enhanced with those features plus adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assistance.
The test car did not include any of these Essence-only upgrades.
Crash-testing data for the Regal TourX is incomplete. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t conducted any tests at all, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the wagon a Good rating for both small-overlap and moderate-overlap frontal impact protection for the driver, and for side-impact protection.
Every Regal TourX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 250 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. An 8-speed automatic transmission powers all four wheels through a standard active twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.
With a minimum of 3,708 pounds to motivate (3,849 lbs. for Essence trim), the turbocharged 4-cylinder is more than adequate for the task at hand. And while peak torque doesn’t arrive until 3,000 rpm, the TourX doesn’t demonstrate any expected turbo lag, feeling robust right off of the line.
The 8-speed automatic also impresses with crisp, well-timed shifts and generally imperceptible behavior.
The EPA says that a 2020 Buick Regal TourX should get 24 mpg in combined driving. The test vehicle returned 21.9 mpg, though due to summer heat the air conditioning was blasting pretty much the entire time.
this testing experience, the 16.5-gallon fuel tank should return 361 miles of range. But that’s if you run the tank dry. Most ly, you’ll stop at the gas station every 320 miles or so.
Thanks to the standard 8-way power adjustable and heated front seats, the TourX Essence supplies good thigh support and added comfort in cold temperatures. A heated steering wheel is also nice to have during winter weather. However, for summer temperatures and humidity, it would be nice if Buick offered ventilated seats.
Adults will find happiness in the Regal TourX’s back seat, but because this is a wagon and not an SUV, dark tinted rear privacy glass is not on the menu. This is a problem for babies and toddlers riding in child safety seats, and younger children are ly to complain, too. You’ll need some of those window shades with the classy-looking suction cups.
The lack of tinted rear glass combined with the lack of ventilated front seats and the presence of the optional panoramic glass roof meant the test car’s black leather interior trapped the intense summer heat of testing week. The air conditioning system, equipped with a humidity sensor and a cabin air ionizer, worked overtime to cool this Buick’s cabin down. Eventually, it succeeded.
On the road, this Regal is fairly quiet due to extensive efforts to reduce interior noise. Buick employs its Quiet Tuning approach here, including acoustic glass for the windshield and front door windows, triple door seals, and active noise cancellation technology. Even the tires are claimed to use ContiSilent technology.
Because it was designed, engineered, and built in Germany, the Regal TourX has a decidedly European driving character.
That means it is smooth and compliant in urban and suburban environments, soaking up road imperfections a champ. At the same time, if you take it for a rousing run down a curvy road, it eagerly tackles the twisties with a minimum of excess body movement, a flat cornering attitude, and an engaging driving dynamic.
Though it rides on 18-inch wheels with P235/50R18 all-season tires, the TourX is fairly athletic and, in spite of the heat, the brakes resisted fade during mountain driving. Also, un a typical crossover SUV, which has a higher center of gravity than this relatively low-slung wagon, the TourX avoids the tippy feeling common in so many SUVs.
If there’s any complaint with this Buick’s ride and handling traits, it’s with a somewhat slow variable-effort steering system that doesn’t quite match up with the otherwise deftly tuned mechanicals.
If you want a 2020 Buick Regal, you’d better act fast. As this review is published, fewer than 85 of them remain in stock within 2,000 miles of Los Angeles. Naturally, big discounts are available, Buick offering a $4,250 cash rebate on top of employee pricing that already reduces the price of the car by thousands of dollars.
Should you buy one the last Buick Regals remaining in stock? And perhaps one of the last cars to wear a Buick nameplate?
If you value engaging driving dynamics, exceptional utility, and owning a rare car that few other people own, then grab a Regal while you can. And if the TourX wagon isn’t to your liking, the Regal Sportback offers nearly as much utility in what many people might think is a more appealing package.
Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience test-driving vehicles. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals. This review is impressions of a 2018 Regal TourX model. Buick has made no significant changes to the vehicle since that time.
The station wagon is alive and well: Driving the Buick Regal TourX
Enlarge / 2018 Buick Regal TourX.
Station wagons used to be everywhere. My best friend in high school drove some gigantic, late-'60s station wagon in that peculiar color I thought of as “station wagon green” with a healthy helping of faux wood paneling.
Throw in a bit of rust, a few inches of fast food wrappers on the floor of the back seat, and a radio capable of cranking out the latest rock hits from KBPI (rocks the Rockies!) from the sole dashboard speaker, and you had…
a common and unremarkable ride for the early 1980s.
How time (and tastes) have changed. Once ubiquitous, the station wagon is something of a rare sight on roads now populated by crossovers, SUVs, and minivans.
Three decades ago, if you wanted something that could carry kids and a bunch of gear, your choice was either a station wagon or a van. And not the mini kind of van, either. Yet the station wagon is hanging in there—just about—even when there are so many other options.
When given the chance to drive one, the Buick Regal TourX with Smart Driver tech, we jumped at the chance.
A sleeker wagon
- Going down the highway. We had to use Buick's product shots due to the weather not cooperating in Chicago. The TourX I drove was also white, but picture it on a winding Midwestern road running through the woods instead.
- Throwing up some dust off road.
- The front end of the 2018 Buick Regal TourX.
- You can get an idea of the length of the TourX.
- The TourX cuts a nice profile.
- I threw my bike in the back, but this works too.
If you're reading this in Europe and have seen the Opel Insignia Country Tourer tooling around, you'll know what the TourX looks , as that's the car it's .
At first glance, the Regal TourX doesn't astound or amaze. But it's an attractive car, with slim headlights and LED running lights that remind me a little bit of a nine-iron.
Buick's iconic trishield sits front and center on the black vertical grille, with chrome accent pieces on either side giving the impression that the logo is about to take flight. There's a bit of cladding to add visual interest to the side, and the overall effect is a sleek, forward-looking station wagon.
That's an accomplishment by itself, as “sleek” is not an adjective usually seen in the same sentence as “station wagon.”
Mechanically, the TourX uses GM's Epsilon II platform, the same as the Cadillac XTS and Chevy Malibu. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine.
It cranks out 250hp (186kW) and 295ft-lb (400Nm) of torque. Although it doesn't look it, the TourX is long, measuring in at 196.3 inches (498cm). There's an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive, with the option for manual shifting using the gear lever. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard.
Buick also includes TeenDriver and its new Smart Driver tech, which assigns you a score for each trip acceleration, braking, mileage, and other factors. Getting a scorecard on my phone after each trip was sometimes illuminating—we'll have more on Smart Driver in a separate article.
As configured, with the Essence (high-end) trim paired with Driver Confidence Package I (wireless charging, LED headlights, rear parking camera and cross-traffic alert, blind spot warnings, and a few other features) and the infotainment system, the TourX runs $39,750. Stripped down, the TourX starts at $29,995. If you want all of the driver-assist tech, you'll end up a bit north of $41,000, depending on which options you go with.
On the interior, Buick has gone with a more subtle and classy styling. The TourX has black leather seats, a black dashboard, dark faux-wood accents on the center console, and a beige headliner. It works really well, un the large splash of brown on the dashboard of the Buick Enclave Avenir. The driver's seat offers the typical eight-way adjustment, and it's quite comfortable. The backseat is not spacious due to the large cargo area, but normal-sized adults won't have much to complain about when it comes to legroom. Speaking of the cargo area, there's 33 cubic feet of space for your stuff, which expands to 74 cubic feet when the back seats are folded down 40-20-40 style. One evening, I folded down the seats and effortlessly threw my road bike back there so I could take it in for a tuneup. For situations this, the TourX—and station wagons in general—get the nod over crossovers simply because the lower height makes loading and unloading a bit easier.
The TourX cockpit is pretty basic: four analog indicators (speedometer, coolant temp, fuel, and tachometer) with a small digital display taking up the bottom middle of the instrument panel. Controls on the steering wheel let you cycle through the usual options (i.e.
, speed, trip statistics, mileage), control the radio, toggle cruise control, and the . As I mentioned in my review of the Enclave, I'm not a fan of Buick's steering wheels.
Button functions aren't always readily apparent, and changing radio stations requires a near-impossible thumb stretch.
Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system remains underwhelming, and with the seat and steering wheel adjusted to my liking, the right part of the touchscreen was tantalizingly reach. Android Auto and CarPlay are included, and the CarPlay icons are huge, ly due to low pixel density on the eight-inch display.
It’s all Buick, and that’s ok
- The cockpit of the TourX.
- You have 33 cubic feet of cargo space to work with when the back seats are upright.
- And even more when the rear seat is folded down.
- A cutaway view of the TourX.
- 80 percent old-school analog, 20 percent digital.
- IntelliLink on the eight-inch display.
- The center console is pretty basic. Underneath the climate control is a wireless charging pad.
- The myBuick app lets you do some useful stuff with your Android or iOS smartphone.
- I punched the address into myBuick, hit Send to Maps, and…
when I went to start the car, the address and directions popped up on the GPS system. Very nice.
- Remote start is especially welcome on frigid March mornings.
- Smart Driver tracks your driving style and assigns a score.
Look for our full piece on Smart Driver soon, but here's a spoiler: I'm a better driver than Jonathan!
- The trishield projected onto the asphalt at night.
It's not all low-tech with Buick and the Regal TourX, however. As part of the review, I downloaded the myBuick app (available for iOS and Android).
Using the app and the built-in LTE connectivity in the car, you can start the car, lock or unlock the doors, or sound the horn—particularly useful for startling one of your children. Perhaps the most compelling feature is the ability to look up an address in the app and then send directions to the in-car GPS.
That beats pressing virtual buttons on the IntelliLink screen or propping your phone up so you can see the turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps. myBuick is also the interface point for Smart Driver.
What the TourX has going for it is a quiet and comfortable ride. Buick loves active noise cancellation, and its QuietTuning tech really does the job when it comes to quieting your ride.
I made a couple of phone calls using IntelliLink's hands-free system, and both folks commented on how quiet it was. My wife was confused when I rolled down the window for a second, as she thought I was in a very quiet room.
Not only is the ride quiet, it's also smooth and comfortable, as the TourX does a nice job insulating passengers from rough pavement.
Acceleration is decent—nothing to write home about but adequate for usual city/suburban/highway driving. On country roads, the car surprised me in a good way.
The TourX is sprung for comfort, not sportiness, so there's a good deal of weight transfer to the outside wheels when cornering. Even so, the wagon managed to feel somewhat flat, even when hitting curves aggressively.
Handling was such that I always felt a solid connection to the road. Steering is responsive and effortless even at low speeds.
The car seemed pretty preoccupied with the cold. Temps were in the mid to high 30s one morning when I started up the car. Even though it was bone dry, the display warned me about possible icy conditions.
Also, the seat heat sometimes automatically switched on when I started the car—and it seemed completely random and not related to whether the heated seats were active when I last turned off the ignition.
Buick claims 24mpg (21 city, 29 highway) for the TourX. I ended up just shy of 25mpg after a week of driving around Chicagoland.
All in all, this is a very solid effort by Buick. As configured, the TourX I drove for a week was missing some of the driver-assist tech I've become accustomed to, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
Add the Driver Confidence Package II for an additional $1,190 (on top of the $1,725 DCP I) if you want it. If you don't—and GM's driver-assist tech is middle-of-the-road at best, right now—you're left with a car that lets you focus more on the driving experience.
It's a low-tech experience, and I believe there's a segment of the car-buying public comfortable with that.
GM isn't going to single-handedly resuscitate the station wagon segment with the TourX. That ship has sailed, leaving Americans in a sea of SUVs and crossovers (and a few Subaru Outbacks) instead. But Buick is on to something with the TourX.
There's certainly room in the American market for a comfortable station wagon that offers a smooth, quiet ride and ample storage room. If you're in the market for something with all of the latest in-car and driver-assistance tech, you will want to drive past the Buick dealership.
But if you don't care about that stuff and don't want to climb into an SUV, it's worth checking out.