January 09, 2012
These are nice. Doesn't seem like such a big deal until you need them, but they're a critical component of any wagon when it comes to road tripping safely. Also, they fold flat and offer solid, reliable operation. There are four of them -- one at each corner of the TSX's cargo area.
Nice job, Acura.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor
January 09, 2012
In the timeless words of the great philospher of Storage Wars, Dave Hester...
Two bikes will fit. They're under there, trust me.
December 27, 2011
Besides being a decent uncle-mobile over the extended holiday weekend, our TSX wagon also turned out to be an admirable choice for the weekend woodworker.
I've been working on a bar for the Riswick man cave for a few weeks. James will post more on that later. This weekend, I had to scurry all over the greater L.A. area to get started on phase two of the RizBar. I picked up a router table from my brother and that was an easy fit into the TSX's cargo bay.
I was more worried about a sheet of 3/8-inch tempered glass that I had to pick up. Fortunately, the rear seats fold almost flat and provided a great surface. I used the two tie-down straps to secure the glass, as well as that suction cup camera mount to ensure it didn't slide forward. I would've posted a picture, but my camera's memory card crapped out on me.
The TSX also tackled some light lumberyard duties as well. Several 2x2 posts and 4-inch facing pieces, a folding table and workbench weren't a problem. In fact, if I had the energy to return a table saw and compound miter saw back to my parent's house, I'm sure that would have fit just fine.
And the TSX, as a result, fit me just fine. I'm not a minivan type of guy, nor am I a pickup truck type. I like having a lower profile and a car that's easy to squeeze into a narrow parking spot. This medium-sized project might, however, be the limit to the Acura's capabilities. If I decide to build my massive entertainment center, the Odyssey or Sienna will likely be needed.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
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.
December 23, 2011
As a new working mom, Ive been thinking about getting a wagon to accommodate the needs of my growing family. Im considering a wagon because it has the styling, sportiness, and fuel efficiency of a sedan, but with what appears like more cargo space.
Currently, I take my son to day care in our 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab truck, and then swap with my husband for our 2000 BMW M roadster to commute to work. The Ram has plenty of space for the baby and gear, but loading and unloading at the trucks ride height is taking its toll on my back. It also takes a toll on my wallet, with the 10 mpg the truck averages around town. The BMW is great on gas mileage, but as a tiny two-seater, you can take the baby or the gear but not both.
So I figured a wagon would be the happy medium.
December 05, 2011
I expected to come into the office this morning and see a bunch of blog posts about Christmas tree shopping. No holiday spirit this year, guys? I got a beautiful tree, a wreath, garland, two poinsettias and great customer service. After picking out my perfect tree, I went on to seek out the rest of my goodies. When I was finished I came out to find the tree already tied to the top of the wagon's rack and completely wrapped in protective plastic. Nice.
There is always one car on our list that I sign out as often as possible. It used to be the Nissan GT-R, then it was the Audi A4 Avant, now it's the TSX Sport Wagon. The more I drive this car, the more I want it. If we had purchased it, I would definitely buy it at the end of our test year. But Honda loaned us this car and it will go back some time in January.
September 28, 2011
Our long-term 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has a power rear hatch, with three different ways in which you can open or close it.
The first is on the key fob. You can open or close the hatch with the fob. Another way is through the inside hatch switch on the driver's door. This also opens or closes the hatch, although you have to hold it down for a bit to operate. And the third way is by using the switch on the end of the tailgate. This of course only closes the hatch.
Many luxury SUVs and crossovers have power rear hatch operation. But it's a bit unusual to see this on a station wagon. Even our long-term Audi A4 wagon didn't have this.
Good job Acura. Maybe with the power rear hatch you won't second guess yourself that you bought a station wagon instead of an SUV.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 13,200 miles
July 28, 2011
Yes, the much-adored "Does The Bike Fit?" segment is back. Copies/variations have shown up on these pages recently, editors wondering whether such things as ladders, surfboards and mattresses would fit into our long-term vehicles. I have yet to see any royalties whatsoever for my brilliant idea. But I'm not bitter.
And I'm not upset that "Does The Bike Fit" finished somewhere south of first place in a recent Inside Line poll question asking readers about their favorite blog topics. Hey, me and DTBF were just happy to be nominated by the academy. I'd be happier still if, of the 34-or-so votes it got, 33 hadn't come from me.
But I digress. So will a bike fit in the Acura TSX Sport Wagon? "Of course, you idiot, it's a wagon," you're no doubt saying.
And yes, it will fit. But there's a catch:
The catch is that the way the TSX Sport Wagon's rear shock absorbers jut into the cargo area greatly hampers the width of the car at the point where a bicycle's seat would like to be resting on the floor.
July 05, 2011
My grandparents on my father's side had an olive farm in Italy. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit their nurturing genes. I'm a plant killer. I admit it. I told you the story about my poor lemon tree and my failed grape tomatoes and the fake plants that I watered for three months.
So, when I bought some herbs this weekend, I thought I'd give them a fighting chance and keep them from getting tossed all over the trunk on the ride home.
Hidden underneath the cargo floor in the TSX wagon, there is a shallow storage compartment that keeps things from sliding around. I put the poor frightened herbs in there and cushioned them with my other packages. They made it home safely. Now, let's hope I remember to water them.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 9,058 miles
April 12, 2011
This is the day we picked up our new old 1985 Porsche 911. Obviously we needed the help of our new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, which hauled home all of the extra parts that come with the Carrera.
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
March 14, 2011
It's fun trying to fit stuff into wagons. This weekend's victim was a tall, very narrow, newly purchased bookcase that needed to be ferried back to the casa. The bookcase is 80 inches tall and was in a box of equal length.
February 23, 2011
It didn't take long to put our 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon to work. Yesterday, we used it to haul all of our track-testing equipment. Acura says that the cargo capacity is 26 cubic-feet with the rear seats up (versus the TSX Sedan's 14 cu-ft trunk) and thanks to my dormant Tetris skillz, it looks like we had about 1-2 cu-ft left. What didn't fit under the cargo cover, however, were the 6 large cones and the weather station's collapsible, metal tripod. Those went behind the front seats on the floor.
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 2,446 miles