Since the Buick TourX is new on the block and since NormT keeps bring up all things Buick, I thought I would share my recent driving impressions here.I drove a TourX for about 15 minutes on freeway and city streets. IMO it is a very nice car! Here are my impressions compared to my 2015 Outback Limited 2.5i with 20 mm RSB Comfort:
TourX ride is significantly smoother, less wind noise, tire noise about same. Seats have better bolstering then OB and fit me better. OB seats are very comfortable, perhaps better for a large person, but also somewhat flat.
Handling: TourX corners flatter and is more responsive. Even though car is bigger, it drives small than OB whhich seems somewhat ponderous in comparison.
Engine transmission: I have never driven the OB H6. TourX's engine & tranny were very responsive, engine is quite strong up to 85 mph and transmission quite seemless. OB's CVT is also very smooth & seemless except when you floor it.
Interior: I feel that the OB interior (2015) is nicer by small margin, I didn't care for TourX chrome / piano black treatment and suspect sunlight reflection/glare could be an issue plus I thinik it will be a magnify dust and fingerprints thus making it fussy to keep looking nice. Back seat is spacious and comfortable in both, back footwell space is huge in Buick.
Cargo area: TourX it has significantly longer cargo area - about 10-12" longer - looks huge with seats down, seats fold flat. Width is similar, but OB height is about 6" taller in center. TourX will accomodate long items better than OB, but OB will swallow tall items better.
Exterior: TourX looks larger on outside than dimensions suggest, it is a BIG Wagon! Given its length, low ground clearance and somewhat low roof ling it is pretty handsome rig overall. But personally I don't care for all the chrome trim around foglights, tailpipes.... Despite it's size it drives relatively small.
Amenities: The OB Limited and the TourX Essence are both loaded with all the amenities you would hope for in this price range. However, the very desirable driver safety aids such as Adaptable Cruise, Cross Traffic Warning are standard on top of line OBs where as they are a option that adds almost $3K to the price of the top line Buick. Definite demerit for the TourX.
Pricing: To get similar features to the OB 3..6R Limited the TourX it's about MSPR is about $2,700 more than 6 cyl OB. However, at this price the TourX has a few additional features including panoramic sunroof, remote start, auto dimming mirror and better warranty (4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 6 yr/70,000 mi powertrain vs OB's 3/36 - 5/60). IMO the OB offers more bang for the buck
Overall: I have never owned or desired a GM car. Volvo, Honda, Subaru, & VW/Audi have been my go to brands.
But, IF I were in the market for large AWD wagon such as a 6 cyl OB, IF ground clearance was not a concern, and IF I had $40K to spend, the TourX would be a tough real competitor for this 3 time Subaru owner.
But, since I am content with the OB 4 cyl engine the TourX pricing makes in much less competitive; definitely less tempting for me, especially considering fully equipped TourX about $10K more than a similarly equipped 4 cyl Outback.