It’s Not Your Mom’s Station Wagon

For Baby Boomers station wagons were de rigueur for the suburbs. My family had a succession of American-made iron for hauling the six of us around town or across the country.

Recently I had the good fortune to drive a Buick Regal TourX from Marquardt of Barrington. Here’s the top three reasons why this German-made beauty ain’t just Mom’s wagon any more.

Technology

The TourX Is available with smartphone integration, wireless charging and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s easy to stay in touch (and be entertained). The stuff that is really impressive is a comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies, including Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Forward Automatic Braking.

Power

TourX is powered by a standard 2.0L turbocharged engine that delivers 250 hp and and plenty of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission means quick, seamless shifting whether around SW Lake Co. or on the tollway. StabiliTrak and 5-Link Rear Suspension help handle tough driving conditions.

Comfort

Behind the wheel there’s a smart array of instruments and a large display for entertainment and climate controls. Leather seating and soft-touch materials means any trip is comfortable. Quiet-Tuning technology includes triple door seals, acoustic laminated glass and a suspension that quiets the ride.

The Buick Regal TourX ($42,200 as shown) is available at Marquardt of Barrington, 1421 S. Barrington Road; 224.663.1627; marquardtbuick.com.