Looking for Something Special - 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long-Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX: Looking for Something Special

November 04, 2011

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I like the Acura TSX. I like its engine, its steering, and even the way it looks. But I agree with my colleague Al Austria: I'd get a sedan. I don't have the weird obsession with wagons that many automotive enthusiasts do. -- hatchbacks yes, but that's another story. I would definitely buy a TSX sedan, but I would want something more special.

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I would buy the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition (SE). Typically, when Honda makes a special- edition vehicle, it's for a car nearing the end of its cycle, and Honda creates a model with the options of the top trim for the price of the lower trim. But this SE is different. It actually has some special features exclusive to this trim. The SE is a base-model TSX that adds a black interior with red stitching, black "Lux Suede" seats with red trim, red gauges and interior illumination, gray finished wheels, metal pedals and front, side and rear underbody spoilers.

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According to Acura's press release, the Special Edition TSX "is designed to evoke the fun-to -drive 4-cylinder Acuras of the past." It sort of sounds like, "Our cars aren’t as fun as they used to be, but check out this model -- it will remind you of our glory days."

Despite the slightly depressing marketing message, I still really like this car. All the upgrades are cosmetic (and better than Takahashi's version, IMHO), but I'm OK with that. The car has enough power for my needs and I wouldn't want it to ride any stiffer. The red stitching on the seats reminds me of the Acura Integra Type-R, but this car has many more amenities. And anything that reminds me of the '90s era Honda/Acura gets bonus points in my book.

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The SE TSX costs $30,810 plus destination -- $1,000 over a base model. There are only four colors to choose from: red, black, white and silver. My pick would be black.

What do you think of the Special Edition TSX? Is it worth the extra $1,000?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 15,277 miles

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