Buick Regal TourX Vs. Subaru Outback

By Justin Cupler | April 4th, 2019

The station wagon was once a staple of the American family, but with the arrival of minivans and crossovers, they slowly thinned out. Subaru, however, has remained one of the few non-luxury automakers hanging onto this people-hauling relic with its off-road-ready Outback. In 2018 the Regal TourX wagon arrived to give families an alternative to the high-riding Subaru.

 

Which is better for our Green Cove Springs area shoppers? Find out below.

Exterior

The Buick Regal TourX debuted along with the sixth-generation Regal lineup in 2018. The 2019 Regal TourX boasts a striking European look that most eyes can’t help but stare at with its shaped-by-the-wind silhouette combined with sharp character lines. Even in its base trim, the 2019 Regal TourX looks nearly like a luxury car.

The 2019 Subaru Outback is four model years removed from a redesign, so it is still modern enough but due for a refresh soon. The Outback is more off-road ready than the Regal TourX, and that’s immediately recognizable with its big ground clearance advantage and more upright body.

The 2019 Regal TourX is significantly larger than the Outback in every measurement except height and ground clearance.

 

Measurement 2019 Buick Regal TourX 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Length 196.3 inches 189.9 inches +6.4 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.4 inches +0.9 inches
Height 58.4 inches 66.1 inches -7.7 inches
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 108.1 inches +3.3 inches
Ground Clearance 5.8 inches 8.7 inches -2.9 inches
Curb weight 3,708 to 3,849 pounds 3,624 to 3,902 pounds -53 to +84 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Regal TourX

  • Sleek and sporty look
  • Looks like a European luxury car
  • Lower center of gravity

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • Higher ground clearance for better off-roading
  • Traditional styling
  • Rugged-looking body cladding

Interior

Inside, the Buick Regal TourX shows off its sub-luxury status with an interior that starts off premium enough in its base trim but tops out with luxury-car-like amenities at a relatively low price. Beyond its features, the 2019 Regal TourX just looks more upscale with its large infotainment screen, limited buttons and knobs, wide center console, and premium trim options.

The 2019 Subaru Outback brings things back down to earth with its more straightforward cabin that few will mistake for a luxury car in its base trim. As you move up the trim-level ladder, though, the Outback gains a slew of premium materials and features that make it feel more luxurious, but it never reaches the near-luxury level the Regal TourX does.

In terms of features, the Buick Regal TourX starts with a slew more features and tops out with luxury-like amenities like an in-cabin ionizer, ambient lighting, premium leather seats, and more. The Subaru Outback starts with simpler amenities, but it makes up for that with standard safety goodies like automatic emergency braking.

 

Though it has a larger body, the Buick Regal TourX’s interior is tighter than the Outback’s in every measurement except rear headroom and maximum cargo room.

 

Measurement 2019 Buick Regal TourX 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Front headroom 38.8 inches 40.8 inches -2 inches
Front legroom 42.1 inches 42.9 inches -0.8 inches
Front shoulder room 56.9 inches 58.1 inches -1.2 inches
Front hip room 55.2 inches 55.5 inches -0.3 inches
Rear headroom 39.6 inches 38.9 inches +0.7 inches
Rear legroom 36.9 inches 38.1 inches -1.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.4 inches 57.3 inches -1.9 inches
Rear hip room 54.1 inches 55 inches -0.9 inches
Cargo room (seats up) 32.7 cubic feet 35.5 cubic feet -2.8 cubic feet
Cargo room (seats lowered) 73.5 cubic feet 73.3 cubic feet +0.3 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Regal TourX

  • Stunning interior
  • Almost on luxury car level in upper trims
  • Well-equipped base trim

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • More interior room in most areas
  • Standard advanced active safety equipment

Performance

Unless you’re looking at a German luxury car or al older muscle car, wagons rarely offer much in the performance arena. Well, the 2019 Buick Regal TourX will surprise you with a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that sprints it to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Plus, it can handle light off-road driving with its standard all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Subaru Outback is more traditional in the performance realm, as its base 175-horsepower 2.5-liter engine takes a full nine seconds to get it to 60 mph. The optional 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 256 horsepower is a little better at 7.1 seconds to 60 mph, but it has a healthy fuel appetite.

Though you likely won’t buy a wagon for its towing prowess, the Outback can haul 1,700 pounds more than the Regal TourX at 2,700 pounds.

 

2019 Buick Regal TourX 2019 Subaru Outback Difference
Standard engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 250 hp at 5,500 rpm 175 hp at 5,800 rpm +75 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft at 3,000 to 4,000 rpm 174 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm +121 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd automatic CVT
Driveline AWD AWD
0-60 time 6.3 seconds 9.1 seconds -2.8 sec
Towing capacity 1,000 pounds 2,700 pounds -1,700 pounds
MPG City 21 25 -4 mpg
MPG Highway 29 32 -3 mpg
MPG Combined 24 28 -4 mpg
Optional engine
3.6-liter 6-cyl
Horsepower
256 hp at 6,000 rpm -6 hp
Torque
247 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm +48 lb-ft
Transmission
CVT
Driveline
AWD
0-60 time
7.1 sec -0.8 seconds
Towing capacity
2,700 pounds -1,700 pounds
MPG City
20 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Highway
27 mpg +2 mpg
MPG Combined
22 mpg +2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Regal TourX

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Drives like a German luxury wagon

Advantage: 2019 Subaru Outback

  • Big-time ground clearance for serious off-road travel
  • Better base fuel economy

Pricing and Features

The Buick Regal TourX is available in just three trim levels: Base, Preferred, and Essence. Their starting prices range from $29,995 to $35,995.

 

The 2019 Subaru Outback has six trims — 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R Limited, 2.5i Touring, and 3.6R Touring — and their starting prices range from $26,345 to $38,995.

2019 Buick Regal TourX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $29,995

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake
  • 18-inch machine-face aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • LED-accented taillights
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Rear heating and cooling vents
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Seven-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Active noise cancellation
  • USB charging port in center console
  • Cruise control
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Keyless open
  • Keyless ignition
  • OnStar
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Dual front USB ports
  • Buick Connected Access
  • Panic alarm
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power windows with on-touch-down on all four windows
  • One-touch up on front windows
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

Preferred: $33,595

  • All Base features, plus
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Essence: $35,995

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver information screen
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • SiriusXM
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • In-vehicle air ionizer
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather seating
  • Sill plates

2019 Subaru Outback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

2.5i: $26,345

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • X-MODE torque vectoring
  • Hill-descent control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with silver finish
  • Auto-on/off projector-beam halogen headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black-color, folding mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Silver metallic interior trim with knurled finish
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Dual front-seat USB ports
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Four cargo-area tie-down hooks
  • Two grocery-bag hooks
  • Underfloor cargo-area storage
  • Manual climate control
  • STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus infotainment system
  • 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Pandora and Aha internet radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Magellan GPS app
  • Four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • High-resolution rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Sway warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Anti-theft system

 

2.5i Premium: $28,445

  • All 2.5i features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Windshield-wiper de-icer
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • One-touch-up/down front windows
  • Dual rear-seat USB ports
  • Center console
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia Plus infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Automatic collision notification
  • SOS emergency notification
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • Remote diagnostics

 

2.5i Limited: $32,845

  • All 2.5i Premium features, plus
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with black-painted pockets
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Matte-finish wood-grain trim
  • Keyless access with PIN-code unlock
  • Power liftgate
  • 12-speaker, 576 watt Harman Kardon premium audio

 

3.6R Limited: $34,995

  • All 2.5i Limited features, plus
  • 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine

 

2.5i Touring: $36,795

  • All 2.5i Limited features, plus
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels with Dark Gray-painted pockets
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome accent
  • Power moonroof
  • Silver-finish, low-profile roof rails
  • Rear bumper cover
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wood-grain matte-finish accent trim with silver accents
  • One-touch-up/down windows in all four positions
  • STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia Navigation
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Rear bumper cover

 

3.6R Touring: $38,995

  • All 2.5i features, plus
  • 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine

 

Who Should Buy the Buick Regal TourX?

Buyers who really want the look and feel of a German luxury car but not the payment are the perfect buyers for the 2019 Buick Regal TourX. It delivers a near-luxury design and features list at a price starting under $30,000.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Subaru Outback?

Do you often find yourself deeper into the trails than you expected to go, or are you just an avid outdoorsman who needs a more rugged vehicle? If so, the Subaru Outback is a great option to get you through your next adventure.

 

Get your to-do list done in style with the 2019 Buick Regal TourX. See what it offers you and your family by test driving the Regal TourX at Garber Automall serving the Orange Park and Jacksonville Areas. Whether you need it to haul the kiddos to school in Orange Park or run errands around Fleming Island, the 2019 Regal TourX has the space, speed, and looks you crave. If you can’t make it to our Green Cove Springs area showroom for a test drive today, you can navigate to our online inventory page to see what our Green Cove Springs dealership has in stock and choose the 2019 Regal TourX model that suits you.