The Buick Regal TourX is far from General Motors‘ most popular product, but if you have a dog or three, it may be a vehicle worth giving a serious look.
Car buying site AutoTrader recently listed the top ten best new cars for dog owners and included the Buick Regal TourX in its ranking. AutoTrader based the list around a variety of factors including the availability of leather seats (easier to clean, more durable), tinted windows (for those sunny days) and if it has a low cargo area/load floor. The presence of rear air vents and rear cargo tie downs was also a priority.
AutoTrader commended the Regal TourX’s wagon bodystyle, which gives it more cargo and passenger space than most compact crossovers. The site’s experts also figured its wide rear hatch opening, low load floor, soft suspension, available leather seats, split-folding rear seat and optional all-wheel drive would be beneficial for most dog owners.
“As one of the few true wagons on the market, the 2019 Buick Regal TourX makes an excellent dog-friendly transport,” the publication said.
This list actually does a good job of highlighting the Regal TourX’s unique position in the marketplace. The only other wagon on this list is the more expensive (albeit similar in philosophy) Volvo V60 Cross Country. The Volvo scored points for its available cargo compartment load divider and dog gate and a specifically-designed rear seat safety dog harness. Volvo also offers pet insurance through Liberty Mutual, interestingly enough.
Other top dogs include the BMW X2, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Fit, Jeep Wrangler, Subaru Crosstrek, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota RAV4.
Buick Regal sales were down 33.77% through the first six months of 2019, with GM moving 2,985 examples of the sedan and the TourX compared to 4,507 during the same period last year.
Click here to view the best new cars for dog owners, per AutoTrader’s experts.