The Buick Regal Sportback comes in four familiar trim levels; base, Preferred, Preferred II, and Essence, while the TourX wagon comes in base, Preferred and Essence trims. Standard features in the base include start/stop engine technology, rearview camera, LED taillights, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, 4G LTE with built in WiFi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Preferred adds power seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Preferred II upgrades a split-folding rear seat, 18" aluminum wheels, fog lamps, a heated steering wheel and an upgraded the infotainment system. Essence Regals add heated leather seats.
The TourX only comes with the 2.0L turbo engine and all-wheel drive combination. It features an impressive 33 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 74 cubic feet by folding the rear seatbacks down.
All trims save the GS receive a 2.0L turbo inline 4-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque. When equipped with optional all-wheel drive torque is bumped to 295 foot pounds and an 8-speed transmission replaces the standard 9-speed automatic paired to the front wheel drive model.
The Buick Regal GS comes with a 3.6L direct-injected V6 and in all-wheel drive only. This combination produces 310 horsepower and 282 foot pounds of torque mated with a GS-specific 9-speed automatic transmission. The GS also includes driver-adjustable suspension, Brembo performance brakes and 19" wheels. The audio system features an 8-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and active noise cancellation.
Safety features across the lineup include park assist, Blind Zone Alert, Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Air bags include dual-stage front, side-impact, knee and curtain side-impact and Teen Driver Safety Mode.
Start with a long five-door vehicle, pop on a small lift kit, add some plastic cladding and, Bob's your uncle, you've found a way to make the station wagon appealing to the American SUV buyer. It's not a new formula, but it's the one followed by Buick when introducing the new Regal TourX.
The Regal TourX blends the functional cargo capacity and easily reachable roof rails of a sport wagon with a bit of the ruggedness and off-road capability of a small SUV. However, with just a one-inch lift over the Regal Sportback, this crossover still feels much better suited for on-road performance.
Still, I really enjoy driving the TourX. It's not trying to be sporty, so I just appreciate the relaxed ride and focus on comfort. Plus, I love looking at it; wagons are increasingly rare on US roads these days and, as longroofs go, this is certainly a handsome one.
The Good The Regal TourX is a handsomely styled wagon, wearing its crossover suspension and cladding well. A smooth ride and Buick's QuietTuning make the cabin a very relaxing place to commute. A surprisingly sophisticated all-wheel drive system is standard.
The Bad The soft suspension and sluggish transmission preclude any sporty driving. The best driver aid tech is only available on the most expensive model.
The Bottom Line The 2018 Regal TourX is easy to like with its laid back performance, stylish exterior and quiet cabin, but Buick's tall wagon is again and again overshadowed by its competition.
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