2011 Acura TSX Wagon: Smells Like Dirty Diapers Trip
June 30, 2011
Originally, my title for this post was "Family Road Trip." But then Michael Jordan was over at my desk (our MJ, not "Mr. I'm a Hanes Underwear Shill Now") and saw that title on my computer monitor. He then asked if I was purposely trying to be boring. Well, no. But boring just happens for family road trips.*
Anyway, I loaded up my family (wife, 4-year-old daughter, 2-month-old son) yesterday in the TSX Sport Wagon for a 270-mile trip to my in-laws for the Fourth of July. Observations on how it did for family duty follow after the jump. And yes, there was a period where it smelled like dirty diapers.
Erin has already covered much of the TSX's road manners in her Half Moon Bay trip, so I'll just gloss over the driving dynamics. I do like the TSX's ride quality, as it was suitably comfortable on the trip. But there were a couple highway entrances where the four-cylinder's power output ended up being a bit short in the pants.
I figure the family and gear was adding about another 300 pounds -- not a huge amount, but enough to make a difference. I still think the four-cylinder is the appropriate engine (the in-car fuel economy gauge showed a 31.6 mpg average for the trip), but combine a highway entrance ramp with some fast-moving semi trucks you're going to wish your TSX had a V6.
As for hauling gear, the TSX's cargo hold worked out adequately. We had a lot of stuff, so much so that we couldn't pack it all. (Actually, the TSX was a win from my standpoint. If I had been driving a high-roof Mercedes Sprinter, my wife would have probably figured out a way to find enough stuff to load that up to the max, too.) I left some room at the top of cargo area so I could still see out the rearview mirror, and I used the TSX's cargo tie-downs to bungee some of the top-lying bags.
As I noted in a previous post, the TSX's rear seats are roomy enough for child safety seats. My wife didn't like the front passenger seat though, as she said it was uncomfortable in anything but an upright position. This mirrors James' earlier post about them being "corrective posture chairs." The driver seat seems fine to me, but maybe that's because I like to sit upright. A few other notes: the audio system is indeed very good, interior storage (for cell phones, snacks and such) is OK but not great, and the navigation screen is noticeably better looking than before (the '11 TSX got a new, high resolution display).
Finally, we had to use the front passenger seat as a diaper changing table as our dinner stop lacked one in the restroom. My wife was not amused.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
*Unless it's to Wally World and you're jumping naked into a swimming pool with a 29-year-old Christie Brinkley.