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 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.