The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is a modern wagon for active lifestyles

This vehicle will remind you why wagons once ruled the roads. 

2018 Buick Regal TourX
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX. –Buick

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is all-new, and it’s bringing back the wagon. There was a time when wagons were the only cars families ever drove, but then minivans came along and ruined their fun. The Buick Regal TourX aims to remind American car buyers why wagons make great vehicles, especially for those who live an active lifestyle.

Today’s wagons are closer to crossovers made with one part sedan and one part SUV. They have the cargo flexibility that comes from driving a hatchback along with the full-size body of a sedan, which makes them comfortable and spacious for passengers.

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The rugged Regal TourX joins the Regal GS sedan and Regal Sportback hatchback. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a higher ride height than the Sportback to make it more capable where the pavement ends. There are standard roof rails for securing larger cargo on the outside and up to 73.5 cubic feet for cargo inside.

Leave the 60/40 split-fold rear seats up, and there’s still 32.7 cubic feet for cargo. On the top Essence trim, the rear seats split-fold 40/20/40 for additional flexibility. Two passengers can sit in the rear seats and fold only the middle seat, making room for longer cargo to fit between the two.

Despite its rough-and-ready attitude, the Regal TourX is still a Buick, which means it’s a luxury car with an interior designed accordingly. There are premium materials that walk the line between being too fancy for true outdoor enthusiasts and too simple to say it’s a luxury car. It isn’t easy to find this balance, but the Regal TourX does a good job of servicing these opposing needs.

The interior is spacious and uncluttered. It’s never garish, but rather sleek and elegant. It’s a pleasant, comfortable space with supportive seating even for those relegated to the rear seats. There’s room for three in back, but it’s not someplace three adults will want to be for a long trip. Two adults, however, will find it plenty roomy with ample legroom.

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It’s also a quiet space in keeping with Buick’s luxury-car status. Road and wind noise are minimal, and the outside world stays outside until you open the doors to go have fun. The ride is smooth with a suspension system that soaks up the bumps even on rutted dirt roads. Handling is also good with responsive steering that leaves the driver feeling solidly in control no matter the terrain.

Power for the Regal TourX comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes the Regal TourX a spirited drive with plenty of power for easy highway merging. The transmission provides smooth shifts to further enhance the ride, and it’s timed well to effectively deliver power under hard acceleration.

There’s a choice of three trim levels starting with the base TourX at $29,070. Even though it’s the base model, it still includes standard features like a 7-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment system, 4G LTE with a built in Wi-Fi hotspot, LED daytime running lights and accent tail lamps, and heated power side mirrors.

The Preferred trim starts at $32,670 and adds an eight-way power driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar, sill plates, and options including a Bose eight-speaker sound system, 8-inch touchscreen, rear-park assist, remote start, and lane-change alert.

The top Regal TourX trim is the Essence with a starting price of $35,070. It’s a truly luxurious option with standard dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, hands-free liftgate, ambient lighting, and leather seats. It also opens all of the available options, including numerous safety features that aren’t available on the other trims like forward-automatic braking, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking.