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The Re­gal Tourx wagon and GS hatch­back fea­ture some clever pack­ag­ing, but not much else stood out, with one ex­cep­tion: that beau­ti­ful wagon. It’s hard not to ogle it, and most judges praised its at­trac­tive sheet­metal.

Both Re­gals of­fer spa­cious rear seats, and the GS (a sport­back vari­ant) can hold a sur­pris­ing 60.7 cu­bic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded down and 31.5 with them up. That’s more than some crossovers. Pack­ag­ing a car is not easy, and Buick did an ex­cel­lent job. Too bad the rest of the in­te­rior is a dis­ap­point­ment.

Many in­te­rior com­po­nents are pla­s­ticky, and style is nonex­is­tent (save for the front seats). The blinker stalk, some­thing driv­ers touch a lot, is one bla­tant ex­am­ple. Chris­tian Se­abaugh said it best: “Th­ese turn sig­nals feel like they’re go­ing to crack off and turn to dust in my hand.” We ex­pect more at this price point. “If GM spent half as much time on in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als and de­sign as it does on en­gi­neer­ing and ex­te­rior de­sign, this could be the per­fect pack­age,” he added.

Some judges didn’t care for how the wagon han­dled on the wind­ing road and com­plained about ex­cess body roll and un­der­steer.

We hoped for an en­gag­ing and con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing GS model but were met with a semi-sporty driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The front per­for­mance seats (heated, cooled, and mas­sag­ing) are my fa­vorite thing about the GS, which should tell you some­thing.

The Tourx and GS are both de­cent ve­hi­cles, but they fail to move the nee­dle much, if at all.

Michael Cantu

WE LIKE Im­pres­sive pack­ag­ing, good-look­ing wagon WE DON’T LIKE Cheap in­te­rior, lack­lus­ter GS model Tourx

GSVe­hi­cle Lay­out Tourx Front-en­gine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon GS Front-en­gine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatch­back En­gine/trans­mis­sion Tourx 2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4/8-speed au­to­matic GS 3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6/9-speed au­to­matic Curb Weight (F/R Dist) Tourx 3,751 lb (58/42%) GS 3,780 lb (58/42%) Wheel­base 111.4 in Length x Width x Height Tourx 196.3 x 73.3 x 58.4 in GS 192.9 x 73.3 x 57.3 in En­ergy Con­sump­tion, City/hwy Tourx 160/116 kw-hr/100 miles GS 177/125 kw-hr/100 miles CO2 Emis­sions, Comb Tourx 0.81 lb/mile GS 0.88 lb/mile*SAE Cer­ti­fied

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