Balanced, yes. But Sporty? - 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long-Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Balanced, yes. But Sporty?

April 12, 2011


I finally had the opportunity to take our TSX Wagon home last night. The verdict? I am neither impressed nor disappointed. That may seem a little spineless, but hear me out.

The TSX Sport Wagon feels well-balanced. The four-cylinder engine is as middle-of-the-road as it gets, with just enough power to be decisive when getting on the highway. The suspension is soft enough to flatten the moderate road imperfections and firm enough to get a feel for what the tires are doing.

As far as wagons go, the TSX is just fine. But not for me.

When I see "Sport" in a cars name, I expect some performance. I know this word is fairly ambiguous and overused -- like "light" or "organic." VW's guilty of using the SportWagen moniker, too. If I wanted some sport in my wagon, I'd be looking for something like an Audi S4 Avant or a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon. How great would it be to have an M3 or M5 wagon? Or maybe some nutty AMG wagon?

Any of those wagons would be worthy of "sport" in their names. Of course, they'd also cost quite a bit more than our $35k TSX. Like I said, it's a fine wagon, but the name just seems too optimistic for what it really is. Tsk, tsk, Acura. Or is it, "tsx, tsx?"

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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