Driving Like an Adult - 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long-Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Driving Like an Adult

December 27, 2011


I'm probably the least mature editor on staff. While my same-aged (and younger) colleagues here have multiple children and equity in their homes, I spent the holiday weekend in my rental duplex building a plastic model and huffing Testors model paint and glue. But that all changed on the day after Christmas.

The young man pictured above is my nephew Dino. Yes, he is named after Enzo Ferrari's first son. For his ChrismaHannukah present, rather than opting for some toy that he'd break (ok, it'd be me that would likely break it) inside of two weeks, I took him to the gun range.

TSX_WarWagon.jpg Dino had shown some interest in hitting the range with me, so as the family's resident shooter, I gladly obliged. I had originally signed-out the Mustang for the weekend, but a construction project for Mr. Riswick had me in the TSX instead. Good thing, too, because my shooting gear wouldn't have fit in the Mustang.

When I picked up Dino, however, I realized that I had to change my driving habits. I felt that I had to set a good example. Plus, I didn't want all of that ordinance to go banging from side to side in the cargo hold. This is one time in my life when having a rather sedate drive paid off.

The TSX doesn't allow me to have too much fun. It is, after all, an adult car. As a protective uncle that rarely has child passengers, I was also on high alert for inattentive drivers. I was also much more patient with my fellow drivers, mentally editing what I would have been saying if I were alone in the car.

At the range, Dino displayed a level of maturity and focus that most of my adult friends lack. On top of that, I think he's a natural behind the trigger (except for his far-too-long hair getting in the way of the scope). In total, we spent about five hours together. The TSX served as both a Sherpa and picnic bench. For Dino, it also doubled as a mobile cot, as he conked-out on the drive home. I'm still too much of a kid to consider the Acura as a purchase car, but as a weekend uncle-mobile, it was perfect.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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