2018 Buick Regal TourX

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Buick Regal TourX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Refined, comfortable ride
  • Responsive eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Strong turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front- and rear-seat room, comfort
  • Low cargo liftover height
  • Overall value

The Bad

  • Lazy gas-pedal response
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Engine auto stop-start system can't be turned off
  • Cabin doesn't feel luxurious enough
  • Ground clearance not much greater than Regal Sportback's
  • Active safety features cost extra

Notable Features of the 2018 Buick Regal TourX

  • Five-seat mid-size wagon
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi standard
  • Marketplace in-car purchasing platform
  • Pedestrian-protecting active hood standard

2018 Buick Regal TourX Road Test

Mike Hanley
The Verdict:

Compelling value and impressive utility are the 2018 Buick Regal TourX's strongest traits, but its cabin materials and driving experience need to be better. 

Versus The Competition:

The Regal TourX costs a lot less than an Audi A4 Allroad or Volvo V60 Cross Country (compare their specs here) and is just as functional (and, in some areas, more so), but its cabin doesn't feel luxurious.

The Buick brand's rebirth has been powered by SUVs like the Enclave and Encore, but the all-new Regal TourX gives the premium brand a new body style. With standard all-wheel drive, exterior cladding and a slightly higher ride height than the Regal Sportback four-door hatchback, the TourX adopts some SUV attributes but remains, quite simply, a wagon.

The TourX starts at $29,995 (all prices include destination charges). Our test car was a top-of-the-line Essence trim, which starts at $35,995, but a couple of option packages and special paint pushed its as-tested price to $39,760.

Exterior and Styling

Certain styling cues in the car world have come to signify ruggedness, especially for wagons looking to take on SUVs, and the TourX has them all. There's gray cladding around the wheel arches, side sills and the lower edge of the bumpers, and an extra 0.6 inch of ground clearance versus the Regal Sportback, making 5.7 inches total. That's about an inch less than the A4 Allroad and around 2 inches less than you get with a V60 Cross Country, giving the TourX a carlike stance. 

 

How It Drives

The Regal TourX is refined and comfortable overall but not very sporty. Lazy gas-pedal response makes it feel sluggish at times when driving in the city, but it feels stronger on the highway: Floor the accelerator, and the eight-speed automatic transmission quickly kicks down a gear or more, letting the standard turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder provide strong accelerati...

The Buick brand's rebirth has been powered by SUVs like the Enclave and Encore, but the all-new Regal TourX gives the premium brand a new body style. With standard all-wheel drive, exterior cladding and a slightly higher ride height than the Regal Sportback four-door hatchback, the TourX adopts some SUV attributes but remains, quite simply, a wagon.

The TourX starts at $29,995 (all prices include destination charges). Our test car was a top-of-the-line Essence trim, which starts at $35,995, but a couple of option packages and special paint pushed its as-tested price to $39,760.

Exterior and Styling

Certain styling cues in the car world have come to signify ruggedness, especially for wagons looking to take on SUVs, and the TourX has them all. There's gray cladding around the wheel arches, side sills and the lower edge of the bumpers, and an extra 0.6 inch of ground clearance versus the Regal Sportback, making 5.7 inches total. That's about an inch less than the A4 Allroad and around 2 inches less than you get with a V60 Cross Country, giving the TourX a carlike stance. 

 

How It Drives

The Regal TourX is refined and comfortable overall but not very sporty. Lazy gas-pedal response makes it feel sluggish at times when driving in the city, but it feels stronger on the highway: Floor the accelerator, and the eight-speed automatic transmission quickly kicks down a gear or more, letting the standard turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder provide strong acceleration.

Suspension tuning is on the firm side, but it's not overly busy or punishingly hard, and it does a good job controlling body motions — both in corners and when traveling over big rises in the road. Light-effort steering doesn't offer much feedback.

The engine's auto stop-start feature isn't intrusive, but the climate control system's fan noticeably slows when the system is set to Auto and the engine turns off. Unlike other cars, the TourX doesn't include an off button for the stop-start system.

Even with its always-on stop-start system, the TourX's EPA-estimated gas mileage of 24 mpg combined trails the A4 Allroad and V60 Cross Country, both of which are rated 25 mpg combined.

The Inside

The TourX's cabin has soft-touch surfaces in most of the right places, and the materials overall look nice enough, but they're not markedly better than what you get in one of GM's mainstream models, such as the Chevrolet Malibu. While the Malibu's interior is nice for its class, the TourX competes against premium models, and it needs richer materials to take them on.

I like the layout, however, of the TourX's cabin controls. It's simple and intuitive, with remarkably few buttons in the center of the dashboard. Many functions are accessible from the standard 7-inch touchscreen (an 8-inch touchscreen and a built-in navigation system are options). In addition, there are some screen-related buttons immediately below the touchscreen itself, as well as a small climate-control panel.

The TourX's front seats are comfortable, and visibility is good for the most part, marred only by a B-pillar that got in the way when looking over my left shoulder to check my blind spot. The seating position, though, will be a deal-breaker for some shoppers. Buick says the TourX has the "usefulness of an SUV," but it's missing one of the biggest SUV selling points: a high, commanding seating position. You don't step up (or even laterally) into the TourX but instead step down, like you're getting in a regular car, and the resulting view from the driver's seat is very carlike.

Even so, there's enough space inside for a family to travel in comfort. The backseat is big enough for adults, with good legroom and headroom.

Ergonomics and Electronics

The touchscreen multimedia system includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity in addition to controlling music sources and phone settings, among other things. But it goes a step further than your average multimedia system with its integration of GM's new Marketplace platform for making in-car purchases and reservations.

The TourX has standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity for mobile devices, and it also supports the multimedia system's on-demand entertainment offerings from USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fox Sports, among others. You can stream podcasts and news clips produced by those organizations, bringing content traditionally available on a mobile device directly to your dashboard. A limited data trial is included, after which an AT&T data plan for the car can be purchased.

Cargo

The TourX's cargo specs are impressive: With 32.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 73.5 cubic feet with the backseat folded, it has more space than the A4 Allroad and V60 Cross Country. The Buick's low liftover height is a plus, but the wagon's low roofline makes for a cargo area that's not as tall as an SUV's. Release switches on the cargo walls make it easy to fold the rear seats from the back of the wagon.

Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hadn't crash-tested the TourX as of publication.

Standard safety features include a backup camera and what Buick calls an active hood pedestrian safety system that's able to sense an impending low-speed collision with a pedestrian and lift the aft part of the hood 4 inches to reduce the chance of injury.

Active safety features are bundled into two option packages. The Driver Confidence Package I includes blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as convenience features like wireless device charging and a memory feature for the driver's seat and side mirrors. The Driver Confidence Package II adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.     

Value in Its Class

The sub-$40,000 as-tested price of our top-trim TourX represents a lot of value in the premium wagon class, as both the A4 Allroad and V60 Cross Country start at more than $42,000. Impressive pricing goes only so far, though, and Buick needs to address the issues with the TourX’s driving experience and make the cabin feel more luxurious. Those fixes would go a long way toward enhancing this wagon's appeal.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Sleek and Sporty!

by Robin LB from Palm Harbor on October 8, 2018

This car is very comfortable to drive, has plenty of pick-up and lots of cargo space. So much nicer to have a wagon rather than an SUV which one needs to climb into, especially for someone of my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Same class as Audi Allroad or Volvo V60-70

by Jim T. SPORT WAGON FAN from Rhode Island on August 13, 2018

It's about time the USA starts to make a good size sport wagon. This car has Germany handling and styling. The turbo 4 has plenty of get up and go and the start stop is not an issue as some other ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Buick
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Regal TourX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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