Last week,, and after seven days of living with the wagon, we've got your answers. We've chosen 12 questions plucked from Facebook and Instagram. Let's get to it.
Kyle Walker: Is it all-wheel drive? If it's all-wheel drive, I'm sold. Take my money.
RT: Call the bank, Kyle. It's all-wheel drive. Buick only sells the Regal TourX with one driveline in the United States. Power comes from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system that can shuffle power to the left or right side of the rear axle as needed.
Jimmy Janik: Is it actually cool or does it just look cool?
RT: Cool's subjective, Jimmy. It's definitely not another bland, trapezoidal family hauler, and that alone makes it more interesting that 80 percent of new vehicles on sale right now. It stands out. It catches people's eyes, especially other parents stuck in either a uselessly high-riding SUV or any of the interchangeable crossovers out there.
Steve Greenbaum: How does it compare to the CTS Wagon?
RT: There's a lot more room inside, both in the passenger compartment and the cargo area. The base 3.0-liter in the Cadillac made 270 horsepower, but its 223 lb-ft of torque doesn't come close to matching the Buick's four-cylinder. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 added about 30 horsepower, but still fell 22 lb-ft short of this car's engine.
40hpvw: What are the trunk dimensions, with and without the seats folded?
RT: Rough measurements: 42 inches long, 40.5 inches wide with the seats up, and around 28 inches of height. Fold the rear seats and TourX offers a total of 81 inches of length in the cargo area. Buick officially says there's 73.5 cubic feet back there. Damn.
_baccari: Is it fun to drive?
RT: It's not a sports car, which is to say it will not out-handle my E46 wagon. It will definitely outrun it, though. The combination of the eight-speed automatic and a grunty four-cylinder makes for a decently quick car. The front suspension gets flummoxed with any real wheel work or uneven pavement, and there's some understeer out there if you go looking for it, but it is vastly more enjoyable to drive than, say, the more expensive Chevrolet Tahoe I recently endured.
That's a product of the Regal TourX being so much closer to the ground than we're accustomed to from modern crossovers. Even the Subaru Outback, the TourX's closest natural competitor, sits with its wheel arches in the clouds compared to the Buick. Lower centers of gravity make for a better drive, full stop. The brakes are confident, the steering is is only a little synthetic, and visibility's pretty solid. If I were choosing between a TourX, a Sonata, and a Camry, I'd have the Buick. If my shopping list included hardware from Audi or BMW, that would be a tougher call until it came time write the check. In that department, the TourX makes a solid case for itself. Our well-appointed tester rang in at $37,195. Base models can be had for less than $30,000.
caleb.miller.234: Does the interior feel cheap?
RT: No. The leather isn't luxury grade, but it feels on par with anything we'd expect to see from Acura or Infiniti. The switchgear is all standard-issue General Motors, which is to say perfectly acceptable. The center-display is likewise familiar from other GM products, but it's clear, modern, and looks right at home.
shawnmalcolm: Compared to a late 2000 Legacy wagon, how does it hold up?
RT: It's 20 years newer. It's quieter, more comfortable, more reliable, and a better driver.
frederickfix: Ground clearance/how far off the beaten path can you take it?
RT: The TourX has a ground clearance of 5.8 inches, which is about what a Camry offers. That means it isn't a rock crawler, but it should be just fine bopping along most forest roads.
simpmodia: Can it family?
RT: Oh yes. This is one of the few vehicles I've driven that will accommodate a forward-facing child's seat, allow the front passenger plenty of legroom, and keep the front seat back out of the reach of dirty toddler shoes. Small things like the rear cargo cover being spaced an inch or two off of the rear seatbacks to allow child seat tethers to slip through, and easily accessible latch anchors make family chores easier.
The rear door openings are massive, which helps when it comes time to lift a kid in and out of the car, and the lower ride height means everyone isn't scrambling up and into the thing. The copious rear cargo area swallows luggage, and my kiddo dug the massive monroof, a $1200 option.
clubracer6: What can be done to make it actually appealing to buy?
RT: It's no secret that these aren't flying off of dealer lots. Right now, GM is offering 16 percent off of MSRP on 2019 models if you finance through GM Financial. A quick search shows plenty of zero-mile 2019 examples for less than $27,000.
thekidpatches: Where is it built?
RT: The TourX is built at the Russelsheim Assembly Plant in Germany.