2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Boards, Bikes and Bivouacs
April 04, 2011
I don't think Jacquot or Monticello has yet tested the TSX-W's bike capacity, but the question won't be "will the bike fit," but rather, "how many will fit?" The TSX offers good cargo capacity at 60.5 cubic feet. Walton got all of our track test gear in back with the rear seats up, while Warren managed to haul a nearly seven-foot long bookcase lengthwise.
After a little seat tweaking, the wagon can also carry a 9'2 longboard lengthwise with more than a foot of margin.
You'll have to remove headrests from the right rear passenger and front passenger seats, then recline the front passenger to its max angle. Not flat unfortunately, but say a 75-degree angle. Quicker than using racks if you're riding solo.
You've got about 126 inches to work with from just off the windshield to contacting the liftgate, and that's with some wiggle room. The only snags are the shock tower pillars intruding into the cargo area and cutting down maximum width.
The TSX wagon will be great for beach hippies of modest means. You won't get the same parking lot stink-eye as you would pulling up in a 3-Series wagon, X5 or Range Rover. And if you lean the board on its rails, there's enough room in back to roll out a sleeping bag and catch some Z's while parked in front of the state beach gates, waiting for the sun. The rangers love that.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor