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Review: 2018 Buick Regal TourX sport wagon delivers room, style value

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Shortcomings: Road noise, low-rpm engine vibration, wireless charging not compatible with iPhones

How much?

Buick's as American as forgetting where your voting precinct is, but the TourX is built in Germany, at a plant General Motors owned before selling its European operations to France's Peugeot-Citroen last year. It shares its architecture with GM cars like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. All its parts come from the GM bin, so service won't be an issue, and it offers the same features as GM's other brands.

All TourXs have a 250-hp 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine, all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The TourX competes with AWD wagons and lowered SUVs like the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 330i xDrive wagon, Subaru Outback, Mercedes E400 wagon and Volvo V90 AWD.

Prices start at $29,070. All prices exclude destination charges. I tested a nicely equipped TourX Essence, the highest trim level. It had Bose audio, heated steering wheel and front seats, a spacious cargo area, blind spot and cross-traffic alerts, remote start, navigation, voice recognition, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, white frost tricoat metallic paint, big sunroof and more.

 

My test car stickered at $38,835. Its value, features and performance compare well, and it offers more room than most competitors.

Competitive base prices

(excluding destination charges)

(Automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive models)

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