2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test


2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Hello, Again

June 07, 2011

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I always felt the TSX sedan was a solid alternative to the Audi A4 or the BMW 3-Series; competitors that are a dime a dozen here in Southern California. What it didn't have in terms of content was made up for in style and being different.

In fact I practically owned one for three months. Yes, I have a history with the TSX.

My experience is from many years ago in in my single days. I dated a woman who had just bought one when I met her. It was one of those stereotypical drama relationships where she was very attractive but crazy. I mean c-r-a-z-y. She'd ask me to drive in her car all the time when we went out and I didn't mind because I loved the TSX. I didn't miss her when we broke up, but I missed the car. In fact I nearly bought one. Right before the TSX got that face that is.

Driving our TSX wagon brought back the positive memories from those days, except now it's a lot better. Not because the crazy is in the dim recess of my history, but because the TSX has evolved in vehicle type to match my current lifestyle. I'm a little older and my priorities in life have changed. Wagons and trucks are nice vehicles for me. Throw some camping gear, the dog, maybe a bike in the back and I'm happy. Though I love trucks, I believe wagons are more practical which makes our TSX is very appealing. Thankfully Acura has tamed down the face into something that is acceptable for this mid generation update.

Now that I'd want a wagon as my next vehicle, I have to ask myself if are those dime a dozen competitors plus a Subaru Outback any better than this? Is this a strong enough vehicle to be called an solid alternate to the mainstream?

Great experiences be damned because honestly I don't know. The latest poll (at time of writing) we had regarding the TSX and what it needs showed that most folks would prefer SH-AWD. The TSX don't got it. Second place in the poll was more sauce. Don't got it. We got our TSX at $35k and change, about $2k-$3k under the competition. I don't see price as a massive advantage either over the mainstream. It's a hard sell for me.

Say you were in my shoes. Would you really consider a TSX wagon because it's different? Would you take this over an Outback, 3-Series or A4 Avant? What other vehicles would you consider?

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon in VA is:

$134 per month*
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