"While not as well composed on gravel roads..... as my past Forester."Just came back from my first long TourX road trip Florida to North Carolina. While not as well composed on gravel roads near my cabin in NC as my past Forester the TourX is so much better in every other way than the Subi was. This car eats up both winding roads and long highway stretches and gets 30+ mpg. There's a few missing features that they should have offered that would make it even better but I'm very happy with mine, I want a second one. I didn't see another one the whole trip.
The AWD on the TourX is fine, that wasn't an issue, I was never in fear of getting stuck. Nor was lack of ground clearance a problem. But roughish maintained gravel roads and TourX suspension don't get along as well as the Forester did, I didn't expect it would do great but even at slow speed it feels like the 2 fillings I do have might fall out."While not as well composed on gravel roads..... as my past Forester."
I have a 14 Forester 6MT Premium.
I honestly think the TourX GKN AWD is superior to the Forester.
Certainly the Buick crashes through the bumps and dips with less suspension travel and low ground clearance, so you have to go real slow on poorly maintained roads. Unmaintained roads and trails, the TourX would be way out of it's element, a no go.
Agree, I don't think the TourX would be good for a stand in a a "Dukes of Hazzard" movie.The AWD on the TourX is fine, that wasn't an issue, I was never in fear of getting stuck. Nor was lack of ground clearance a problem. But roughish maintained gravel roads and TourX suspension don't get along as well as the Forester did, I didn't expect it would do great but even at slow speed it feels like the 2 fillings I do have might fall out.
Plenty of TourX parts at car-part.comThe only concern I have is that the TourX hood and front doors are the only major body parts share with the still rare Buick Regal. Chatter on the internet seems to indicate getting Body replacement parts is not easy or reasonably priced.
Wow, that's different. Me too coming from VW ownership, don't have a lot of things to complain about.I was not happy with many things about my TourX, mainly the overall build quality and attention to detail, so I traded mine in before hitting 5k miles. On the surface it's a great vehicle, and if you've never owned something not from the Big 3, it may live up to or exceed your expectations, but for me, living with it I just found too many things not up to snuff. I made the decision to give up the extra space and go back to a VW, albeit a Golf R this time rather than GTI like I had before the TourX. The R impresses me everyday while the TourX disappointed me almost everyday. If they sold the Golf R Variant (wagon) in the US, that would be perfect, but I'd rather give up the space than give up on enjoying my car.
That's the only real disappointment I have with mine. There's a little sloppiness near the driver's side of the cowl where some foam is sticking out. That, and overall, the interior feels a little too American for a German-made car. But this being a GM machine, I guess I really shouldn't be surprised.I was not happy with many things about my TourX, mainly the overall build quality and attention to detail
Some of the things that bothered me were:Wow, that's different. Me too coming from VW ownership, don't have a lot of things to complain about.
What were the things you didn't like? Would be interesting to see for people considering TourX.
Seem my comments above. Considering my TourX was the same cost as my Forrester, it is way, way more car.Some of the things that bothered me were:
Mine is pretty good, not perfect. I'd never have noticed, except for comments in forum.
- Misalignment of dashboard to door panels. Don't create a design has a continuous flow across panels if your assembly quality results in things not lining up.
I think the engine is smooth running. This is from a guy very apt to notice.
- Engine vibration at idle, felt though seats and steering wheel, visible shaking of rearview mirror. I was told by 3 dealerships in 2 states that this is just a characteristic of the 4 cylinder engine. Strangely, I've had other 2.0T engines in multiple VW and BMW cars with no such vibrations.
I set the climate control, when new and don't touch it
- HVAC system noise and performance. My car made a very audible whirring noise when HVAC system was on, engine speed sensitive, stopped as soon as climate control turned off. Car also did not cool off very well and turned out was overcharged from factory. Took multiple dealer visits to get system actually checked and properly charged, still makes the noise which "isn't bad enough" to require any attempt to diagnose or fix. The noise was very annoying and heard all the time when under 45 mph and then the engine, road and wind noise masked it a bit.
Except for exuberant fan speed sometimes, I think it's great.
I only noticed this in traffic, which I lucky can usually avoid. Agree, there are a lot better cut and thrust type city cars.
- Transmission performance mediocre at best, particularly in mid range. It's ok at light throttle or heavy throttle, but in between it seems to get confused too often.
At least it is not irritating!
- Engine makes no pleasant noises, simply not enjoyable to hear it rev and it's not particularly responsive. Probably just as much the trans when it comes to throttle response.
Lower control arm bushings? That stuff makes me wonder?
- Car made groaning noises at low speeds after making rest stops during fully loaded 1300 mile road trip. Didn't cause any troubles, but not confidence inspiring in the quality of the car.
Seats fit my body shape real well. I'm 1/2 German! Nappa leather its not, Thank you GM , we noticed.
- Seats not very supportive, and leather quality is deplorable.
I found one minor defect on my $995 extra cost paint job, Other than that the paint is visually excellent to me. Really, $995?
- Paint had imperfection in and under the clear coat, including a couple pin holes on the hatch.
No issues here. I've checked my car closely.
- Black trim not adhered completely in a couple places. Fixed myself with 3M automotive mounting tape rather than make another trip to dealer.
Overall I respectfully disagree.
- Ride/handling balance is very mediocre.
Correct, except I think it corners well given it's role in life. It does not like gravel roads at speed.
- Car is not very smooth over rough roads and is still floaty through turns and over undulations.
- Onstar traffic service created to extract a monthly fee to get traffic data I already get with my Sirius subscription.
I think it compares ok to 2018 Ford Syc3 and the Toyota INfotainment screens, (Rav4 & Sienna)
- Slow to respond touchscreen with a lot of wasted space and minimal information available for display. Screen between gauges mitigates lack of info screens somewhat, but still disappointing for the brand new system ('19 white needle car).
GM , need I explain?
- Cargo cover design very cheap, fit is not tight causing rattling on occasion and when storing under floor, it just misses being able to fit without slightly bumping up the floor. Also the underfloor area has roughly painted areas that scrape.