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Auto review: Buick's TourX offers a premium wagon version of Regal sedan, AWD included

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

Buick introduced a luxury station wagon version of the Regal sedan in 2018, the Regal TourX, which went on to boost sales of the Regal lineup.

For 2019, the five-passenger TourX comes in three trims – base TourX ($29,070), Preferred ($32,670), and Essence ($35,070). It's identical to the 2018 model, with one small change: an ionizing cabin air cleaner has been added to the Essence trim.

All trims are powered by a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode using the shifter.

Also standard on all trims is intelligent all-wheel drive. I-AWD with active twin clutch sends power to the wheels with the most grip to maximize traction on slippery roads and improve cornering and acceleration on dry roads.

TourX is designed for adventure, with rugged styling and purposeful features. Custom black cladding surrounds 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets, wearing all-season blackwall tires. The wheels are designed to reduce road noise on most surfaces, while the cladding protects the vehicle from rocks and debris. TourX comes with a tire sealant and inflator kit in place of a spare tire.

My TourX Essence was Summit White with heated Ebony leather seating. The front bucket seats offered three levels of warmth, welcome on chilly mornings. Two standard colors are offered, the Summit White and Sport Red (candy), with five available for $495 each (Quicksilver, Riojo Red, Dark Moon Blue, and Smoked Pearl metallics, and Ebony Twilight) and one (White Frost tricoat) for $1,095

 

Halogen headlights had signature LED daytime running lights, a flash-to-pass feature, and automatic headlight-leveling system. LED taillights also had LED signature lighting, and the heated auto-dimming driver's side mirror had a memory setting. Front cornering lights are available.

The wide black grille had vertical bars, with the Buick Tri-Shield flanked by chrome "wings." A matte silver air dam underlined the front bumper, below the black lower body cladding. Fog lights at the outer bumper had an angled chrome lower trim.

Chrome trimmed the top window edge from the bottom of the A-pillar, through the C-pillar, down into the taillight, where angled chrome curved down and out toward the corner, creating a unique styling detail.

A deep crease on the lower door panels swept from the front quarter toward the rear and up at the back edge of the rear door, echoing the angles seen in the lighting. Parallelogram chrome exhaust tips peeked out of the outer rear bumper, with a matte silver air dam between.

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