Buick was blunt with its intentions for the 2018 Regal TourX: it wants a piece of the Subaru Outback’s market. That’s no easy task; the Outback commands a loyal following and has cemented itself as one of the only affordable wagon-esque rides on the market.
Is the Regal TourX up to the task? Judges from Motor Trend think it absolutely is. In a new comparison test published on Monday, the Buick Regal TourX edged out the Subaru Outback and left the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack in a distant third place.
Judges lauded the Regal TourX for its swanky exterior design, cargo space and Buick’s wagon nearly matched the Outback in terms of capability. The only downside was a more expensive sticker price. The Regal TourX as tested cost nearly $40,000, while the fully loaded Outback rang in around $36,000.
And that led the Regal TourX to its one major sour spot: the interior.
The publication didn’t find the nicest things to say about the interior, likening the cabin to a Michael Scott-awarded “Dundie” from The Office. A sea of plastics offers little to no contrast and quality wasn’t on par with the Buick brand. The seats and infotainment system earned praise, however.
The TourX is Buick’s most aggressive piece of white space yet, now we wait to see if the Outback loyalists feel like shopping around.