2020 buick regal tourx

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Base: $30,295
  • Preferred: $33,895
  • Essence: $35,995

Unfortunately, key driver-assistance features aren’t available with the base-model Regal TourX. You need to step up to the Preferred model to access amenities such as blind-spot monitoring, and this is the trim level we’d recommend for the average buyer. The Regal TourX Preferred rides on 18-inch wheels and it comes with exterior features such as fog lights, integrated roof rails, automatic headlights, and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. Within its cabin, dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as well as tech amenities including a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Adding the Driver Confidence package ($1240) brings in features such as auto-leveling LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system and blind-spot monitoring. A Preferred model with this package rings in at $35,135.

The Good

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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The TourX is massive. It’s a full foot longer than Buick’s midsize SUV offering, the Envision. It’s 16 inches longer than a Honda CR-V. Unless you operate a traveling percussion ensemble, you won’t need more room.

It also looks leagues better than just about any other crossover. The body cladding and roof rails add to the active look, but the core design is so handsome that it’s hard to notice. I also love the lights, which do a little startup dance as you unlock the car at night. It’s the little things that show someone cared about designing this car.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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It looks much more expensive than its rivals, but the TourX starts at $29,070. That’s nearly $5,000 below the $33,995 starting price of the Buick Envision. Even our loaded tester, at $41,550, is priced far below where premium SUVs kick off.

Of course, there’s a debate to be had over whether the TourX is a premium product. If you’re judging purely on the driving experience, it makes a strong case. The TourX is well-damped and quiet where rubber meets pavement, with Buick playing to its specialty of whisper-quiet commuting. The transmission is smooth and smart, never making itself noticed and working hard to keep the 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder quiet. The Regal finds itself most at home on the highways, but it’s not flummoxed by the occasional corner. You feel in the corners that it’s heavy and long, but it isn’t uncontrolled or floppy.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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As far as user experience goes, I’m once again impressed by Chevy, GMC and Buick’s ability to design a user-friendly cabin. There are nice tactile buttons or for essential functions like volume and climate, with everything else being handled by the car’s MyLink infotainment system. It’s not the prettiest system, but it’s easy to learn and use.

The Bad

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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The true premium-grade stuff in GM’s arsenal is saved for Cadillac. That helps keep Buick prices down, but the interior of the TourX feels much more like an optioned-out Chevy than it does like a bargain Cadillac.

Part of that comes from the company’s downright refusal to ditch the dull gray plastic that adorns the cabin, while some of it must be blamed on the fact that mainstream cars are getting incredibly nice inside.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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It’s not that the Regal isn’t nice. It is. It drives like a premium product and it feels seriously solid, but it doesn’t offer the most premium equipment set. GM left off top-shelf stuff like cooled seats, a 360-degree camera, any real semi-autonomy or the trick camera-based rear-view mirror that’s in the Enclave.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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The TourX is wonderful, but it could have been even nicer. Buick could have rolled out higher-quality cabin materials, top-shelf tech and dialed up the price to boot. Wagon buyers tend to be wealthy — Mercedes says the E-Class wagon is bought by more wealthy clients than any other product in their lineup — so Buick may be leaving money on the table by not offering a full-fat luxury experience.


Wagons may not be as popular as they once were, but they’re still very much alive and kicking. Based on the Regal Sportback sedan, the Buick Regal TourX is one of the more recent entries in this segment, and it offers many of the strengths that have made wagons a sought-after form of family transportation over the years. The 2020 Buick Regal TourX is similar to a crossover in that it provides copious amounts of cargo space. However, as with all wagons, the Regal TourX rides closer to the ground than the typical SUV. One benefit of this distinction is a roof rack that’s lower and easier to access than a crossover’s. The 2020 Regal TourX also delivers the quiet cabin you expect from a Buick, and its sculpted exterior styling is sure to win some fans.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 Buick Regal TourX hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the 2019 model received a perfect score of Good in small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash-testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Regal TourX offers a modern selection of optional driver-assistance features, but the list of standard amenities in this area is almost nonexistent. Also, the base trim isn’t available with the driver-assistance technology that has become essential equipment for many car shoppers. You have to step up to more expensive trim levels to access these features. Key safety features include:

  • Available blind-spot monitoring
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available lane-departure warning system
  • Available forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

All 2020 Buick Regal TourX wagons are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant. This engine serves up 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. During our track testing, the 2018 Regal TourX hustled from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 6.4 seconds. This Buick wagon goes about its business quietly, transmitting very little noise into the cabin. The Regal TourX offers 5.8 inches of ground clearance, which isn’t that impressive. If you’re looking for an off-road companion, you’ll be happier with a rival like the Subaru Outback. Subaru’s wagon provides 8.7 inches of clearance for those times you want to explore the unpaved path.


Final Thoughts

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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Buick could easily take the TourX further upmarket, since Cadillac doesn’t make a competing wagon from which is would peel sales. Given the company’s new focus on its luxury sub-brand, Avenir, there’s a good chance the Regal TourX gets the treatment sometime in its life cycle.

The TourX is a nice car and a good place to spend time. It’s refined and well-mannered, with a driving experience that’s good enough to support a higher price tag and a more luxurious interior.


Exterior: 5 stars

Interior: 3 stars

Driving Experience: 4 stars

Value: 5 stars

Overall: 4.5 stars

Price as tested: $41,550


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How you should configure it

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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You’re paying more for a near-premium driving experience and cabin, so it makes sense to option it up to the standard of an upscale product.

So we’ll start with a Regal TourX Essence, which gets you upgraded infotainment, power tailgate, heated seats, ambient lighting and remote start for $35,995. Expect to spend $395 on a color, unless you want a white or red TourX. There’s one white tricoat that goes for $995, but that seems like a tough sell against the cheaper and more varied options.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
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You’ll probably want to spend $2,915 to get the Driver Confidence 1 & 2 packages, which get you LED lights, blind spot monitoring, auto-dimming outside mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and radar cruise control. Should all that prevent one accident, it will have paid for itself in avoiding headaches and increased insurance.

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