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2018 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon
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Price:   -  From $29,070
2018 Preferred 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $32,670
2018 Essence 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $35,070

Overview

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX aims for the middle ground between premium wagons like the Audi Allroad and mainstream units like the Subaru Outback. The TourX makes a case for itself as an affordable luxury option, although we imagine that BMW and Mercedes aren’t too worried.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is an entirely new model for 2018. Previously only available as a sedan, the Regal now adds a liftback (Sportback, in Buick terminology) as well as the TourX’s station wagon shape. This marks the first time Buick has offered a station wagon since the delightfully ancient Roadmaster, which ended production more than two decades ago.

Buick Regal Tourx

Choosing Your Buick Regal TourX

With standard all-wheel drive and a healthy cargo capacity, the TourX aims to compete with everything from outdoorsy wagons to luxury crossover SUVs.

Every TourX is powered by Buick’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which provides 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers compare favorably to the competition – a VW Golf Alltrack has just 170 hp, and even the upscale Audi Allroad boasts only 252 hp. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an intelligent, twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, like the one offered on the Buick LaCrosse and Envision. But while all-wheel drive is optional on those vehicles, it comes standard on the Regal.

The TourX sits 15 millimeters higher than a Regal Sportback, contributing to its more rough-and-tumble character. The change increases clearance for the outdoorsy types, but it will likely make for a floatier ride. There's also flashy underbody cladding to give a little rugged style.

Buick offers three trim levels: 1SV, Preferred and Essence.

1SV

It’s hard not to suspect that this trim level is included just so Buick can boast about an MSRP under $30,000. Skating just under the mark at $29,995 (including a $925 destination fee), the 1SV allows only three color options: white, black, and silver (and the latter two cost a premium).

Buyers will have to make do with manually adjusted seats, although a flat-bottom steering wheel feels racier than what we'd expect from Buick. There are no optional extras at this price point, so if you care about advanced safety features or even something as simple as floor mats, you'll need to step up to the next level.

That said, keyless entry and a rearview camera are still standard, so the value isn’t totally unreasonable. All the same, this trim level likely won’t show up much at dealerships – and that’s not a bad thing.

Preferred

The Preferred trim bumps starting costs to $33,575, but it adds back most of the features you would expect in a wagon at this price.

Eight-way power-adjusted seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are standard, along with a much larger spectrum of exterior colors. At the Preferred level, buyers can choose to add the Driver Confidence I ($1,240) and Sights and Sounds ($1,870) packages. Driver Confidence I adds LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring. The Sights and Sounds package adds navigation, HD radio, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, remote start, and a larger display in the instrument cluster

A panoramic sunroof is the only standalone option at this price point, ringing up at $1,200. There's also a broad range of dealer-installed accessories.

Essence

The most extravagant trim level adds in some truly luxurious features for a starting price of $35,945. Essence models include a hands-free liftgate, automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel and front seats, and leather upholstery. Other additions include a 40/20/40-split rear seat, ambient interior lighting, and eight-way power-adjustable seats. Some options from the Preferred trim come standard, namely the upgraded display and touchscreen, remote start, and XM radio.

On the Essence trim, the Driver Confidence I package includes extra features like a wireless charging pad, heated mirrors, and lumbar adjustment, but the price rises to $1,725. For truly top-of-the-line features, the Driver Confidence II Package is only available on the Essence trim at a cost of $1,190 (after adding Driver Confidence I). This package adds advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, a following distance indicator, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane assist. The Sights and Sounds Package is still available, but its prices drops to $1,095, thanks to the now-standard eight-inch display.

Sun worshippers, the panoramic sunroof is still available as a $1,200 option on the range-topping Regal TourX.

CarsDirect Tip

On the cheaper end of the scale, Subaru still rules the roost for robustness and affordability. Instead, the Regal TourX makes the most sense as an alternative to luxury badges like BMW, Audi, and Volvo. For a relatively modest price increase, opt for the top-of-the-line Essence trim and enjoy a luxury experience at thousands less than the competition.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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All-new this year and sporting a slick, euro-inspired design, the 2018 Buick Regal TourX offers a rugged-looking exterior, standard all-wheel-drive, a smooth ride, and plenty of power. But it lacks the ground clearance and drive modes to be a true off-roader, the interior doesn't match up well with rivals, while the widest range of advanced safety tech is optional and only available on the priciest models.

Best Value

Pricing ranges from $29,995 for one in base trim to $41,000 for a fully-optioned Essence model. Four of five Sportback trim levels are available with either front- or all-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive is standard, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic is the only engine/transmission offered.

In addition to the usual power features, standard equipment includes eighteen-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, heated outside mirrors, flat-bottom steering wheel, seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, and keyless push-button start.

A rear view camera is standard across the lineup. Rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot warning are optional on the Preferred trim, with those features plus adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking offered at additional cost on Essence models.

We like the distinctive looks and added versatility of the TourX, while the Essence trim adds leather front seats and the widest range of available advanced safety features.

Here's how we'd build it

  • Model: 2018 Buick Regal TourX Essence
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 250 horsepower / 295 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
  • Options: Driver Confidence Package I ($1,725, LED headlights, cornering lamps, wireless charging, heated, power adjustable, auto-dimming outside mirrors, rear park assist, blind spot alert, power driver and front passenger seats, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic auto-leveling headlights), Driver Confidence Package II ($1,190, lane departure warning with lake keep assist, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control).
  • Base Price: $35,995 (including a $925 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $38,910

Performance

Buick Regal TourX

Off the line, the TourX is reasonably quick, with the eight-speed automatic adept at finding, holding and changing gears. The standard all-wheel-drive system – biased toward the front – can send up to fifty percent of engine power to the rear wheels, while the twin clutch rear axle can allocate power between those wheels as needed.

On the road, the MacPherson strut front suspension and five link rear suspension does a nice job of glossing over potholes and road imperfections with very little disturbance entering the cabin. The brakes are easy to modulate with a nice initial bite, while feedback through the steering wheel is decent. Fuel efficiency is also very good – especially considering the TourX's all-wheel-drive system and 3,800-lb curb weight - achieving an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city, 29 on the highway, and 24 combined.

At the same time, the TourX is more adept at highway cruising that back roads corner carving, with handling that's competent but only approaches – rather than embraces – fun. In addition, despite its butched-up look – its more poseur than off-road warrior - only offering an additional half inch of ground clearance and lacking a traction control system with an off-road mode that's found in some rivals. Finally, the turbo-4's impressive EPA numbers are achieved using more expensive premium fuel, while automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are part of expensive option packages that are only available on the most expensive model.

Style

European in everything but its Buick badges, the TourX is sold across the pond as the Opel Insignia Country Tourer. The Sportback could easily be mistaken for a contemporary coupe-like sedan, while the wagon is more traditional, although both are inspired by European designs.

With a grille whose style was lifted from the Avenir Concept, the TourX features highly sculpted sides with a character line that rises from the upper edge of the front wheel well, passes through both door handles, and terminates at the top of each tail light. Liberal swaths of cladding are applied around the wheel wells, lower body, and lower front fascia. Compared to the Regal hatchback, the additional ride height of the TourX is minimal, so it avoids the awkward raised-body look of Subaru's Outback.

Wrapped around that mildly aggressive bodywork is an interior with soft-touch surfaces, a dashboard whose flowing lines carry over to the doors and center console, and crossover-like cargo space – an impressive 32.7 cu ft that vaults to an even more versatile 73.5 cubes with the back seats folded. For additional cargo-carrying capacity, the TourX also comes with a standard roof rack.

Instrumentation is clear, easy to read, and intuitive to use. There's a useful, console-mounted, wireless charging mat for phones, and taller occupants – even those six-foot-two and below sitting in back - will find plenty of headroom.

On the other hand, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available with the optional eight-inch touchscreen, while the interior isn't any different from that of the on-road-oriented hatchback and lacks the earth-toned upholstery that might attract off-road wannabes. In addition, storage space for small items is just adequate, while buyers have to move up to the Preferred trim in order to get power seats up front,. Finally, overall interior quality does not telegraph that the Regal is a premium vehicle as evidenced in a number of missteps: the lower interior spaces are bathed in hard plastic trim, with some untrimmed flash in cupholders and door pockets, while stitching on the leather-trimmed seats doesn't always line up.

The Best and Worst Things

We are drawn to the TourX's smooth ride and euro-inspired design, but we wish the interior had more of a premium look and feel.

Right For? Wrong For?

Buick Regal TourX

A slick design, with plenty of versatility, that stands out from the sea of look-alike crossovers should attract style conscious families.

The TourX only looks the part. Weekend warriors need not apply.

The Bottom Line

Despite European-inspired good looks, a smooth ride, and plenty of power, the 2018 Regal TourX falls short with a disappointing interior, expensive advance safety tech limited to upper trims, and an off-roadr that belies its on-road characteristics.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
16.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$62
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
73.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.3 "
Exterior Width
73.3 "
Exterior Height
58.4 "
Front Headroom
38.8 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,708 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Intellilink Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Intellilink Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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