2018 Buick Regal TourX

2018 Buick Regal TourX Wagon Review

Buick's got a sharp-looking new wagon that's also impressively versatile.
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by James Riswick
Edmunds Editor

Buick hasn't sold a wagon in quite some time (remember the Roadmaster?), but now it's back with the 2018 Buick Regal TourX. The twist is that Buick has cribbed a few crossover SUV themes, including standard all-wheel drive, plastic body cladding and a bit of extra ground clearance, to create the new TourX.

Like the redesigned Regal Sportback upon which it's based, the TourX is bigger, more stylish and a more compelling entry in the luxury segment than previous Regals. It also offers a lot more passenger space and, naturally, utility. Buick says that the TourX has more cargo space than its wagon rivals and even many compact luxury SUVs. Compared to those SUVs, you'll also like its lower price and its lower roof and load height.

Though we've yet to drive the TourX, we expect this new Buick will be a solid alternative to a premium wagon or crossover SUV.



what's new

The Regal TourX is an all-new model for 2018.

we recommend

The base Regal TourX doesn't have power seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control or even a leather-wrapped wheel. As such, we'd recommend the top Preferred trim that, for a still palatable price, offers the comfort and convenience equipment expected in the luxury segment.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is a five-passenger wagon with standard all-wheel drive and a slightly raised ride height. There are three trim levels — base, Preferred and Essence — each of which comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment on the TourX base includes 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, OnStar communications (with a 4G connection and onboard Wi-Fi), a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Bose audio system.

The Preferred adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also opens the door to a variety of options. The Preferred Driver Confidence 1 package includes LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. The Sights and Sounds package adds remote start and upgrades to gauges, the audio system and the infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, two rear charge-only USB ports and satellite radio.

The Essence trim adds a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a heated steering wheel, and most of the content of the Preferred Sights and Sound package. The upgraded audio system can be added through the Essence's own Sights and Sound package.

The Essence Driver Confidence 1 package includes all of those items from the Preferred version plus a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, driver-seat memory functions and a wireless smartphone charging pad. The Driver Confidence 2 package adds all of that plus adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning and intervention.

A panoramic sunroof is a stand-alone option on the Preferred and the Essence.

trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle, but we have limited experience with a preproduction Regal TourX. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

driving

We expect the TourX to have sharper handling than taller SUVs and a better ride than luxury sport wagons. It has a bit of extra ground clearance compared to normal wagons, but it's not enough to make a significant difference in off-road ability.

comfort

The TourX should ride comfortably around town and on the highway. Buicks are also very quiet, and the TourX's list of noise-canceling features would indicate it will be, too.

interior

The base Regal TourX doesn't come with a lot of standard equipment. Only in the Preferred trim level does it belong in the luxury segment. Passenger space seems generous, while ease of use should be comparable to that of other Buicks.

utility

The Regal TourX has 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its back seat raised and 73.5 cubic feet with it lowered. That's more than what's offered by comparable luxury wagons or compact luxury SUVs. Its lower liftover and roof heights also make it much easier to load than a SUV.

technology

Buick's touchscreen is a cinch to use, especially with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The touchscreen may be prone to washing out in sunlight, though. We've also found Buick's adaptive cruise control can be overly abrupt when automatically applying the brakes.

edmunds expert review process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.