What the critics say
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX
Detroit Free Press
Buick calls the Regal TourX a crossover—“but that’s the marketing department talking.” The TourX is a station wagon, the first Buick has made since the 1996 Roadmaster, and it’s not at all a vehicle the brand should be ashamed of. In fact, this roomy, German-built wagon “deserves a look from anybody who wants a sporty and practical vehicle that looks great in the driveway and stands out from the crowd.”
It’s definitely handsome—“there’s no other word for it”—and it delivers all the utility you’d hope for. Subaru’s Outback can hold slightly more cargo behind the rear seats, but when the second row is folded, the TourX beats every rival, including Audi, BMW, and Volvo’s pricier options. All-wheel drive and an array of safety features are standard, and though the 250 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine “could use a little more oomph,” that detracts little from the “tight, polished” overall package.
The interior is the car’s “sole weak spot.” As you might expect at this price, materials are more in line with the Outback than with a luxury wagon. In a head-to-head test with the Subaru, we rate the TourX higher. Though the Outback can wander off road, the TourX is more attractive, more efficient, and nicer to drive. It “just does so much so well.” ■