Buick Regal TourX Review

It's been more than two decades since Buick offered a wagon. That was the behemoth Roadmaster with its monster V8 and body-side wood grain appliqué. Buick is now back in the wagon business with the Regal TourX, and you can forget about stick-on wood grain trim. This is a thoroughly modern wagon with a distinctly European feel.

Like its hatchback sibling, the Buick Regal Sportback (reviewed separately), the TourX is based on the Opel Insignia, a car designed by General Motors' European division. The Regal TourX follows the lead of the Subaru Outback and Volvo Cross Country series with blacked-out fender flares, big wheels and standard all-wheel drive. With so few station wagons on the market — and fewer still in the entry-luxury price range — the Buick Regal TourX is an unusual and intriguing choice.

Current Buick Regal TourX
Buick offers the Regal TourX in three trim levels, called TourX, Preferred and Essence. All are well-equipped, with 18-inch wheels, stereos that are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a subscription-based 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Preferred models add satellite radio and a power-adjustable driver seat, while the Essence trim brings leather upholstery and more luxury accessories. Option packages, which are available on all but the base trim, add navigation, an upgraded Bose stereo and additional safety equipment. But if you're looking for the most advanced driver aids, including forward collision warning with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control, you'll only find them on the top-of-the-line Essence model.

The Buick Regal TourX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. We took a brief drive at General Motors' Milford Proving Ground and, as we expected, the Regal TourX offered a library-quiet ride, but the springing was a bit softer than we expected given the car's European roots. The four-cylinder engine is quick and quiet. Some may lament that you can't get the 310-hp V6 from the Regal Sportback GS in the TourX wagon, but we drove that car as well and didn't find the power difference to be as significant as expected.

We were impressed by the Regal TourX's cabin, which is pleasantly designed and constructed with high-quality materials. Cargo space, as you might expect, is excellent. The Regal TourX offers 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, almost 50 percent more than the Audi Allroad Quattro. Folding down the rear seats opens up 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space, a capacity that makes it competitive with most midsize SUVs.

Used Buick Regal TourX Models
The Buick Regal TourX was first introduced for the 2018 model year.

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