2018 Buick Regal TourX

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[MENTION=12]Bru[/MENTION] you driven one?
 
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Very Mercedes.
i can see that for sure.




almost like someone stepped on one of the older R mb's.



i think the buick looks better than that though.
 
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i can't believe there are cloth versions of these.
 

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[MENTION=12]Bru[/MENTION] you driven one?
This car makes more sense at $30k than MSRP of $40k. Rides nicely, more sophisticated than an Outback. Has more guts than an Outback too. Smaller on the inside and actually not as nice of an interior compared with the Outback that was recently updated with nicer materials. It was overall a forgettable car, though - I had to dig into my notes to remember what I thought.
 
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ive seen cloth ones in the mid to high 20s

the leather one was a quick find for 30k
 

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Is this thing on the same platform as the Malibu? Looks like it.

I'd rock a wagon. I find myself driving the hatch daily over the sedan due to the room+utility. A wagon seems a natural progression if the drive was engaging and not forgettable.
 

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I instantly thought “cool wife car”, wife said it’s ugly :rofl: I did find some “essence” level ones in the 28k range which didn’t seem too bad to me. It’s also long. It’s like 5” shorter than my Tahoe.
 

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I would totally DD. Wagons are way under rated.
 

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I tried to talk the wife into one, but she HAD to have a third row for some reason, so she went SUV :(
 

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If I was in the market for a brand new car, these would definitely be on my short list. Love they way they look.
 

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I instantly thought “cool wife car”, wife said it’s ugly :rofl: I did find some “essence” level ones in the 28k range which didn’t seem too bad to me. It’s also long. It’s like 5” shorter than my Tahoe.
Your wife dislikes most things you like.

We should test this.... start asking her about cars you dislike. :rofl:
 

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I like these too.

I wonder if Bru's issue with the interior "niceness" is more of a matter of the trim level he had? I would like to think that in a Buick, which is an entry to mid-level luxury brand, that once you get up into the upper tiers of the trim tree, this thing would best any Subaru. I'm not saying that as a "slam", just the target demo they're shooting for at Buick.
 
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I like these too.

I wonder if Bru's issue with the interior "niceness" is more of a matter of the trim level he had? I would like to think that in a Buick, which is an entry to mid-level luxury brand, that once you get up into the upper tiers of the trim tree, this thing would best any Subaru. I'm not saying that as a "slam", just the target demo they're shooting for at Buick.
it seems to be a common feeling.

Where the Regal TourX lacks is in its interior design and materials. If the Buick's sheetmetal is the Stanley Cup of wagon design, the cabin is a Michael Scott Dundie. The understated interior design could work if backed up by nicer materials and a splash of color, but instead it's just a sea of three different shades of black plastic, broken up by a thin strip of chrome and the infotainment screen. At least that infotainment system is a good one, with good graphics and a snappy, intuitive interface.
https://www.motortrend.com/cars/buick/regal/2018/2018-buick-regal-tourx-vs-2018-subaru-outback-3-6r-vs-2018-volkswagen-golf-alltrack/
 
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After spending the better part of a month driving the Regal TourX, Outback, and Golf Alltrack across the Midwest and then California, ranking them was a bit harder than expected, as each had its share of pros and cons.
We all liked the Golf Alltrack's design both in and out, and we enjoyed its sporty handling, but it was seriously held back by a lack of power and poor ride quality. The VW is a compelling little car—it's good enough to overcome one major flaw but not multiple, which relegates it to third place.

It was a photo finish for first place, but in the end the Subaru Outback just lost out, settling for second. If you need your wagon to do it all, the Outback is the ultimate jack-of-all-trades, but the compromises needed to help it do it all make it less enjoyable to drive on the road.

That leaves the Buick Regal TourX earning the gold medal. It's close, but the Regal provides most of the capability of the Outback, in a more attractive and more efficient package, and it's nicer to drive. One unlucky deer might have derailed our initial plans, but I think it's safe to say that if we had to retrace the California Trail again, we'd be doing it in a Buick Regal TourX.
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An ARP tune for the Golf Alltrack would help the power problem. Plus it retains factory warranty. It's not going to get you the 250 of the Buick, but more than enough to pep it up to at least adequate.

When I drove the Alltrack, it was definitely slow, but it didn't feel painfully slow. It had good midrange power. The ride felt like every other VW I've ridden in, on the firm side, but always well planted.
 

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I think they all do. Kinda like if you have a cat. They all secretly hate you. The only reason they show you attention/affection is because you have... "the thumb".
 

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I like them. I’m pretty sure a guy I went to high school with was on the design team for that car.
 

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