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2018 Buick Regal TourX: New Car Review

If you’re looking for information on a newer Buick Regal TourX, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Buick Regal TourX Review

If people want to consider the 2018 Buick Regal TourX to be something other than a wagon, that’s just fine. It has more cargo space than most compact SUVs, it’s easier to put bikes and kayaks up on its low roof, it’s sharper to drive and its turbocharged engine impresses on both the power and fuel economy front. If it needs black plastic fender flares, a minuscule ground clearance lift and an outdoorsy name like "TourX" to evoke a more socially acceptable crossover image, well, whatever floats the boat. Or kayak.

And really, however you want to define the Regal TourX — wagon, off-road-ish wagon, crossover — you’re getting an appealing version of one. This is an all-new model based on the equally all-new 2018 Buick Regal, which itself is blessed with new styling, more passenger space, more features and that great new engine. The TourX also shares much of the same well-sorted driving dynamics. If anything, the TourX makes a stronger case for itself since, unlike the Regal Sportback, it has a scarcity of competitors.

Yet, there still are competitors. The Volvo V90 Cross Country is close in concept. The Subaru Outback is the closest one in practice, basically matching the TourX’s cabin space, trailing its style and besting its off-the-beaten-path capability (it has a huge ground clearance advantage). There’s also the cheaper, less-refined VW Alltrack and more expensive, more luxurious Audi A4 allroad — both of which don’t come close to the TourX’s interior space. There’s not really an apples-to-apples rival, so the Regal TourX is bound to be an obvious, just-right fit for many.

What’s New for 2018?

The Buick Regal TourX is an all-new model for 2018. See the 2018 Buick Regal models for sale near you

What We Like

Huge cargo capacity; powerful engine; comfortable ride; taut handling; lower roof height than an SUV makes for easier loading; available tech

What We Don’t

Ho-hum interior quality and paltry standard equipment for something claiming to be a luxury car; barely more ground clearance than a regular car

How Much?


Fuel Economy

Buick keeps things simple with a single powertrain choice. It has a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, an output that exceeds all other comparably sized and priced wagons. An 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Fuel economy is on par with its rivals with a rating of 21 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving.

Standard Features & Options

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is available in base, Preferred and Essence trim levels. The latter two are available with some options.

The base trim ($29,100) is sparsely equipped for something marketed as a "premium" car, but still gets an ample array of included infotainment features. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, automatic headlights, LED running lights, passive entry and keyless start, manual-adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split back seat, a rearview camera, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, one USB port, a 7-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Despite its hefty extra cost, the Preferred ($32,700) only adds 8-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a different steering wheel. It does, however, open the door to a variety of options. The Sights and Sounds package adds remote ignition, upgraded gauges, an 8-in touchscreen, integrated navigation and an 8-speaker Bose sound system. The Driver Confidence I package adds auto-leveling LED headlights, rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

The Essence ($35,100) adds a hands-free lift gate, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and a 40/20/40-split folding back seat. The Essence’s Sights and Sound package equipment is also included, with the exception of the Bose sound system, which is available separately. The Essence Driver Confidence I package adds the same items from the Preferred’s version, but further adds driver-memory functions, wireless smartphone charging and an auto-dimming mirror. The Driver Confidence II package adds forward-collision warning with emergency automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and steering assist and adaptive cruise control.

A panoramic sunroof can be added separately to the top two trims.


The Regal TourX comes standard with front, front-side, side-curtain and front-knee airbags, along with antilock brakes, stability control and all-wheel drive. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems are optional on the Preferred and Essence, but only the Essence is eligible to add forward-collision warning with emergency automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and steering assist, along with automatic high beams.

The 2018 Regal has not yet been crash-tested by a third party.

Behind the Wheel

Like every Buick, the Regal TourX is impressively quiet. Ample sound deadening and an electronic noise cancellation system see to that. Ride quality is also quite good, but don’t expect LaCrosse cushiness here — this still has relatively low-profile tires and a suspension tuned to provide sharp handling. And indeed it does, granting the driver plenty of confidence around corners and in emergency situations. The steering is pleasingly responsive and consistently weighted.

If you’re looking for real SUVlike capability from this rugged-look wagon, however, it’s best to look elsewhere. Its ground clearance is barely more than the regular Regal and far less than its raised wagon rivals — especially the Outback. On the other hand, its smart all-wheel drive system can move power left to right, as well as the typical front and rear — this allows you to get going in slippery conditions even if only one wheel has traction. It’s also a benefit to handling in dry conditions.

Power is ample in the TourX, as it boasts more than its rivals without incurring a considerable fuel economy penalty. Throttle response is a bit sluggish and the transmission can be a wee bit slow to respond at times, but in total, the powertrain is a plus and a reason to strongly consider this car.

The other reason, quite literally the biggest, is just how much space is inside. With 73.5 cu ft. of maximum space, the Regal actually nips the otherwise colossal Subaru Outback inside. That wagon’s boxier shape lends it a bit more space with the back seats raised, but nevertheless, the TourX is a cargo-carrying champ that not only bests other wagons, but most compact SUVs as well. Plus, its low roof makes it much easier to load bikes, skis and cargo boxes up top.

Interior controls are well sorted and the design is attractive, but don’t expect luxury car quality inside. Plastics and other materials are no better than the new Toyota Camry, for instance, and the Regal is far closer to the Outback than an Allroad. That’s not necessarily a complaint, given the TourX’s price tag.

Other Cars to Consider

2018 Subaru Outback The Outback matches the Buick’s interior space on paper, but provides far more ground clearance and a versatile roof-rail system. Its base engine is more efficient than the Regal’s, which counters with more power. Interior quality is actually comparable despite the Subaru not being as stylish.

2018 Volkswagen AlltrackThe Alltrack doesn’t have as much space, power or available equipment. It’s also not as quiet nor refined. Still, it gives you way more equipment for the money than the lower trim Regals. There also isn’t that many other wagons to compare it to.

2018 Audi A4 AllroadThe Allroad’s base price is about $3,000 more than the priciest TourX with options. It’s a far more luxurious car, however, which could make it worth the cost for many. On the other hand, the more spacious Regal could represent a smart buy and an alternative for those who find the Allroad too pricey.

 Used Audi Allroad On the other hand, for about the same price as a new Regal, you could consider a used or certified pre-owned Allroad. This would be the previous-generation model, and although it doesn’t have as much power or the latest tech, it’s a darn good wagon. Definitely something to consider.

Autotrader’s Advice

The base TourX doesn’t have much equipment and the Essence trim barely provides any more despite costing about $3,000 more. Unless you’re really keen on its powerful engine and sharp looks, we don’t think lower trims are good value relative a Subaru Outback. The Preferred is the way to go, providing a far more appropriate level of equipment at a competitive price. Find a Buick Regal for sale


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