2011 Buick Regal: I Pressed Tour
June 09, 2011
I usually treat the "Comfort" option in selectable drive settings as if it actually said "kick to the business" or "mustard gas release." Be it an Audi, BMW or whatever, I don't want whatever floaty ride, nebulous steering and top-gear-happy transmission programming comes with a car's softest setting. If that's comfort, I'm happy being uncomfortable.
But then I was driving on L.A.'s Wilshire Boulevard yesterday, which if compared to a street in Kabul, it would be an insult to Kabul. Brent Romans recently popped by my neighborhood from his home up north in Fresno and declared, "I completely forgot how horrible the roads are around here." I'm not saying there's a street wherever you live that isn't just as bad or worse, but I am saying that what is essentially LA's main East-West street looks like something from Life After People.
Right, well, as such I pressed the Regal's "Tour" button to see how it changed the suspension for Bomb Range Boulevard (In France, this button automatically programs the navigation system to go here). And you know what? It did a great job, as I could tell a clear difference between Tour, regular and Sport. The latter actually lets in a surprising amount of impact harshness, though in Sport you can specify which attributes you want changed.
So I pressed Tour, but only for crap pavement. And kudos to Buick for offering such a technology when other cars at this price point do not.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,377 miles