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Buick Regal TourX Essence AWD: SUV utility with style

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This station wagon's clean design and spacious cabin make for a comfortable long-distance cruiser.

If you refuse to jump on the crossover bandwagon, can’t abide a minivan, but need more cargo space than a sedan has to offer, Buick’s new Regal TourX—a long, low, handsome station wagon—might just pique your interest. (It’s actually a rebadged Opel Insignia Country Tourer that’s made in Germany.)

Its cleanly designed, uncluttered cabin is spacious both front and back, with seats that are sufficiently comfortable and supportive to make extended trips enjoyable. Controls are simple, straightforward, and easy to master. 

All TourX versions come equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (250 hp), standard AWD, and an 8-speed automatic transmission, a drivetrain that provides plenty of power and is also extremely smooth and quiet. In addition, relatively little road noise enters the cabin. And although the TourX’s steering feels precise and its handling is capable, it’s clear that this wagon’s forte is as an effortless long-distance cruiser. Cargo space is excellent: 33 cubic feet with the backseat up and 74 cubic feet with it folded down.

The TourX comes up short in just three areas: The quality of its cabin materials is fine for the base trim level ($30,000) but not luxe enough at the high end ($40,000 plus). Gas mileage, at 24 mpg in combined driving, is only okay. And important advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are available only on the top trim level—and then as extra-cost options.

With the Auto Club's free Car Buying Service, members can enjoy a no-hassle experience when purchasing a new or used vehicle. Get estimated pricing and access to online inventory before visiting a AAA-recommended dealer near you. For details, go to AAA.com/auto or call 800-709-7222. 

Vehicle layout: 2.0-liter inline 4 (250 hp), 8-speed automatic, AWD
MSRP, base model: $29,995; (as tested: $40,360)
MPG, city/hwy/combined: 21/29/24
Crash-test ratings: NHTSA, IIHS: not yet rated
Spare tire: Tire-inflator kit
Final assembly: Germany
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles

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