"Wagon" is apparently an unfashionable word, so when we say the 2019 Buick Regal TourX is a wagon, imagine we’re whispering it. We certainly wouldn’t want to dissuade someone from considering what is otherwise a pretty sensible, ah, vehicle. 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 with strong power and fuel economy. If it needs black plastic fender flares, a minuscule ground clearance lift and an outdoorsy name like "TourX" to evoke a more fashionable crossover image, well, whatever floats the boat. Or kayak.
Frankly, the Regal TourX makes a lot of sense — especially for those already inclined to something different from the crossover/SUV norm. We’re looking at you Subaru Outback buyers, who might appreciate trading some utility (and ground clearance) for sharper style and handling. It could also be considered a larger, more refined alternative to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, or oppositely, a less expensive alternative to an Audi Allroad or a Volvo V60 Cross Country. Really, the TourX doesn’t have a direct apples-to-apples competitor, which like that dreaded W word, shouldn’t dissuade you from checking it out.
What’s New for 2019?
The Buick Regal TourX is unchanged for 2019 after being all-new last year. See the 2019 Buick Regal TourX models for sale near you
What We Like
Huge cargo capacity; powerful engine; comfortable ride; taut handling; sophisticated all-wheel-drive system; lower roof height than an SUV makes for easier loading
What We Don’t
Ho-hum interior quality and paltry equipment for something claiming to be a luxury car; nickel-and-dime trim level structure; barely more ground clearance than a regular car
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 AWD 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 2019 Buick Regal TourX is available in base, Preferred and Essence trim levels. The latter two are available with some options.
The base trim ($29,070) is sparsely equipped for something marketed as a "premium" car, but still gets an ample array of included infotainment features. Standard equipment includes 18-in wheels, fog lamps, automatic headlights, LED running lights, passive entry and push-button start, manual-adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split back seat, a backup camera, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, one USB port, a 7-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The only available colors are white, silver and black.
Despite its hefty extra cost, the Preferred ($32,670) 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, including extra-cost exterior paint choices. 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 ($35,070) 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 AWD. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are optional on the Preferred and the 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 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 SUV like 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 AWD 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 user friendly and the design is attractive, but don’t expect luxury car quality inside. Plastics and other materials are no better than a Toyota Camry’s, 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
2019 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.
2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack — The 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.
2019 Volvo V60 and 2019 V60 Cross Country — Completely redesigned, the V60 is bigger and more luxurious than before. Like the Allroad below, it has a higher price than the Regal, but you also get a higher-quality vehicle.
2019 Audi A4 Allroad — The 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. Read how a used Allroad compares to a new Alltrack.
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 TourX for sale