With SUVs so popular, is there still a market for station wagons, the family haulers of yore? Buick is daring to find out with the 2018 Regal TourX, a new five-passenger wagon. When Buick redesigned the mid-size Regal line for the 2018 model year, it refined the traditional lineup with the Regal Sportback sedan and shapely TourX wagon.
Though the TourX lacks the three-row seating of many mid-size crossovers, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also has EPA fuel-economy estimates of 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined, but here’s the catch: Buick recommends premium gasoline for best performance.
And at a time when gas prices are noticeably rising again, the advantages of a wagon with the Regal TourX’s fuel economy may be worth closer investigation.
- To wit, filling the Regal TourX’s 16.3-gallon tank from empty would cost $52.16, based on the national average for premium of $3.20 for premium as posted on the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report early Thursday.
- Filling it with regular instead — and sacrificing some performance — would lower the cost to $43.68, based on the national average price of $2.68.
- Hawaii had the highest average price for regular gas Thursday at $3.55 (where premium was $3.80), followed by California at $3.53 (where premium was at $3.78). That means you’re paying $57.87 and $57.54, respectively, to fill up a Regal TourX.
- Missouri had the lowest average price for regular, $2.38, where premium averaged $2.87 — or $46.62 to fill up a TourX.
Nationally, AAA said fuel prices rose slightly the past week. Regular was up 2 cents, and premium was up a penny along with diesel, which rose to an average of $2.98. But according to GasBuddy.com, pump prices are at their highest since late July 2015 and could climb higher in the coming weeks because oil prices have been rising, as well.
Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.