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Reviews 2018 Buick Regal TourX and GS Show Off Fun and Functionality

00:56  13 june  2018
00:56  13 june  2018 Source:   consumerreports.org

2018 Buick Regal TourX

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In this preview of the 2018 Buick Regal GS and Regal TourX, Consumer Reports says the new wagon and sports-oriented model round out the Regal lineup. Basic Membership is FREE. Show Password. By clicking "Become a Member" you accept the terms of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

The Buick Regal Sportback gets two new siblings, both aimed at bringing more appeal to the long-running “ Regal ” nameplate. The Regal TourX, which the company calls a crossover, looks like a

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The Buick Regal Sportback gets two new siblings, both aimed at bringing more appeal to the long-running “Regal” nameplate. The Regal TourX, which the company calls a crossover, looks like a wagon in our eyes and offers extra cargo room. The GS gets a substantial horsepower boost over the base model as well as standard all-wheel drive and various interior and exterior enhancements.

Consumer Reports recently completed our road test of the Sportback, and we were eager to see whether these other versions would live up to the original car’s comfortable ride, easy-to-use controls, and simple day-to-day livability. We rented TourX and GS versions from General Motors for an extended evaluation.

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Discover the refined and dynamic 2018 Regal GS luxury sedan, featuring a coupe-like profile. Choose between Sport or Touring mode to get a clear view of vital stats like speed, fuel, Navigation†, Buick Infotainment† and more.

2018 Buick Regal TourX and GS Show Off Fun and Functionality . The Buick Regal Sportback gets two new siblings, both aimed at bringing more appeal to the long-running “ Regal ” nameplate.

The short answers: The GS does feel more powerful, but it doesn't really reward drivers, and the TourX succeeds with more space, but it drives very much like the Sportback. We already thought the Sportback was not competitive enough at its price, and since these two are more expensive, we don't think shoppers will get enough extra to justify the higher costs.

How They Drive

The GS tries to spice things up compared with the standard Sportback we've already tested, with more aggressive looks and some substantial brawn.

For starters, we were pleased with the GS’s nonturbo 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine, which delivers power smoothly without any of the spiking power characteristics we sometimes experience with small turbocharged engines. We also found the nine-speed automatic transmission to be slick and responsive.

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Cargo Capacity. 2018 Regal Tourx 2018 Regal Tourx. Intelligent AWD with Active Twin-Clutch. 18" Aluminum Wheels. Buick QuietTuningTM Technology. Requires active service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Functionality varies by model.

Buick unveils the 2018 Regal GS Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Milford, Mich. (Photo: Jeffrey Sauger for Buick ). The GS was the star of the show at GM’s Milford proving ground, but the Tour X and Sportback acquitted themselves well on the test track.

This powertrain certainly makes the GS fast, but strangely, the car really isn’t all that great to drive. The car’s handling feels a touch nose-heavy and the steering could be quicker.

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The GS has stiffer springs than those on our tested Sportback, but its ride isn’t harsh. The GS also has different (and adjustable) sporty driving modes meant to sharpen its responses, but the differences were mild; they mostly made the ride more jittery. After some experimentation, our drivers usually left the mode selector in its regular setting.

For the TourX, its handling is responsive and capable, but it isn't exciting. The ride is comfortable and the cabin stays notably quiet. Nothing new to report here, which means that this model drives as nicely as our tested Sportback. Buick wants potential customers to think this is a crossover with a slightly raised ride height. But park next to a Subaru Outback and shoppers will realize that it’s a more of classic wagon with some extroverted styling.

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2018 Buick Regal GS Shown . View 19 Photos. Overview. The GS is the sporty standout of the Buick Regal lineup, with sharp looks, a 310-hp V-6 engine, and standard all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.

2018 Buick Regal GS bucks the turbo trend and goes V6. Hottest Regal adds cylinders just as others are ditching them. The direct-injected V6 uses cylinder-deactivation technology to help keep fuel consumption down, and a nine-speed automatic transmission also joins the fun .

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Inside

What’s instantly noticeable about how different the GS is from our Sportback are the race-inspired front seats. The headrests are integrated into the seatback, making the seats feel more closed in. They have adjustable lumbar and thigh support bolsters, as well as heating, cooling, and massage features. But these body-hugging buckets may be too constrictive for some drivers.

The GS comes with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come standard.

The TourX’s calling card is the massive, nicely finished cargo space. Buick claims that the TourX has more cargo volume than the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, Subaru Outback, and Volvo V60 Cross Country. A power liftgate is standard, and it can be opened with a touch-free wave of the driver's foot beneath the back of the car.

The rest of the TourX’s interior is a redo of what we found in our Sportback. That is, the interior is modern and uncluttered, and features easy-to-master controls. The seats provide excellent support, even for long trips. Rear access and headroom are better than in the Sportback.  

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We've been looking for the " fun " Regal since we set off to drive the Sportback in December. Finally, we've found it. But why? Leftlane's bottom line. The 2018 Buick Regal GS is a good car with enough interesting elements to make for an engaging drive experience.

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Safety and Driver-Assist Systems

Both models offer forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. 

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Bottom Line

The GS may not sound or look like Buick’s old muscle cars (like the original Grand Sport or Grand National). But it should entice shoppers who are looking for a little something more than a vanilla Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, or Toyota Camry.

And despite GM’s marketing hype, the TourX is a wagon, not a crossover or SUV. It’s a slick wagon with many premium touches and perhaps offers just the right amount of utility for those who don’t want—or really need—an SUV.

Read our complete Buick Regal road test.  

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