The Subaru Outback has been regarded as the king of the AWD Wagon hill since its introduction all the way back in 1994. Now in its fifth generation, the Outback has seen many challengers come and go. Recently, even Buick introduced an AWD wagon, aimed squarely at the Outback.
We took a look at the new Buick Regal TourX. Here's a graphic comparing the two wagons:
Not surprisingly, the TourX seems pretty similar in size to the Outback. But there are a few key differences:
- The base model of the TourX is more powerful than the base 2.5i Outback. There are sizeable differences in horsepower, torque, and 0-60 acceleration
- The TourX offers more power, but it comes at a price - the base MSRP is $3,000 higher, and the fuel economy is substantially lower than the Outback's.
- The Outback's big advantage (aside from being slightly bigger than the TourX) - a full 3" more ground clearance than a TourX.
The base model Buick is a little snazzier than the Outback - and definitely faster - but it's definitely not as capable as the Outback off-road. Granted, the Outback 2.5i's acceleration is lacking, but the vehicle is a proven all-weather and off-road beast.
If you're looking for power and polish, and your budget is flexible enough to pay a little more each month for gas and a car payment, the Buick is a good choice. But if you don't mind the Outback's lackluster acceleration, it's a fuel-efficient wagon with a well-earned off-road reputation. The Subaru is definitely our choice.