2018 Buick Regal TourX Review

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2018 Buick Regal TourX Overview

Most station wagons currently sold in the U.S. are positioned as alternatives to crossovers or SUVs. They come with many of the positives of an SUV—such as a raised ride height and all-wheel drive (AWD)—but provide better looks and slightly improved fuel economy. The likes of Subaru, Audi, Volkswagen, and Volvo each have a model or two that fits this description, and Buick is joining the ranks for 2018 with the all-new Regal TourX.

The 2018 Regal TourX is Buick’s first station wagon since the Roadmaster from the 1990s. It certainly looks the part of an off-road wagon, with a 0.6-inch increase in ride height, lower body cladding finished in gray, and a set of roof rails. Like its Regal Sportback sibling, the TourX comes with Buick’s new grille with a floating emblem, slim headlights with LED daytime running lights, and a distinctive character line running through the door handles. Overall length measures 196.3 inches, which is 3.4 inches longer than the Sportback.

The Regal TourX’s increased length pays big dividends in terms of cargo room. Open the rear tailgate and you’re greeted with 32.7 cubic feet of space, which extends to 73.5 with the seats folded. The TourX offers more trunk space than the Audi A4 Allroad (58.5 cubic feet), Volvo V60 Cross Country (68.9 cubic feet), or Subaru Outback (73.3 cubic feet). The interior features high-quality materials, a simple dash layout, and a range of color schemes to help it stand out from the pack even further. Cloth upholstery comes standard on the base and Preferred trims, while the Essence gets leather seats.

On the technology front, the Regal TourX receives Buick’s Intellilink infotainment system with either a 7- or 8-inch screen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility come standard on both systems, and navigation is available as an option with the 8-inch display. OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi comes standard across the lineup, with internet connectivity for up to 7 mobile devices to ensure passengers stay occupied on long road trips. All TourXs also come with 5 years of OnStar Basic service, which allows you remotely start and lock your vehicle via a compatible smartphone, run monthly diagnostic checks, receive maintenance notifications, and more.

Momentum for the Regal TourX comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 250 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission and a special AWD system that uses twin clutches to split torque between the rear wheels, allowing for improved handling and better traction on difficult terrain.

The Regal TourX follows the Sportback in featuring Buick’s new active-hood pedestrian safety system. If the vehicle senses an imminent collision with a pedestrian, a pyrotechnic actuator is activated to lift the back of the hood up 4 inches, which should help lessen the impact and reduce the potential for serious injuries. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, parking sensors, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the 2018 Regal TourX begins at $29,995 for the base trim and rises to $35,945 for the top-line Essence.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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