December 23, 2011
As a new working mom, I've been thinking about getting a wagon to accommodate the needs of my growing family. I'm 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 truck's 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 06, 2011
Our longterm 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is pictured taking a break in lovely Ashland, OR where I visited a LeMons buddy on my way up to Corvallis.
On the way to Ashland on the I-5 in northern CA, there's a nice, winding run up and down the Cascade mountains (best roadsign: "Sexton Mt Pass", where someone had removed the "t" in "Sexton"). Well, it's nice when it's light out and the weather's clear, neither of which was the case here. It was dark and foggy and rainy, the road's unlit, and the resulting spray off cars in front made for a lot of driving with minimal visibility. Ah well.
Next up is emajor's question.
November 11, 2011
Last night, while getting dinner with some friends, I got some feedback on the wagon's back seat. Though neither passenger was especially large, (one was 5-5, the other 5-10), both gave it thumbs up overall for its solid back- and under-thigh support.
At 34.3 inches, the rear leg room specification is nothing to brag about, but the seat's firm padding, well-shaped backrest and relatively high seat cushion greatly contribute to the high comfort factor. As they say, you have to look beyond the numbers.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 15,441 miles
October 28, 2011
Those of you that are parents might remember the post I put up earlier this year regarding the Suzuki Kizashi's center-mounted top tether. Well, the TSX has one also. It's in the roof at the back of the car near the hatch.
Until now, I've walways wondered what this is for. But the Acura's manual explains it clearly.
October 27, 2011
The TSX doesn't have an ashtray. So don't even think about it.
Figured you'd like to know.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor
July 22, 2011
At night, the TSX's cabin illumination is clear and crisp, though it's ultimately a little boring for my tastes. Another shot follows after the jump.
June 15, 2011
Having had the Honda Accord Crosstour and the Acura TSX Sport Wagon in our fleet back to back, one can't help but notice they are pretty similar inside the cabin. Not surprising since the TSX is based off the European Accord. But there needs to be some distinction between the Acura and Honda brands.
Our Crosstour was spiffed up inside almost like an Acura and cost $2,000 more than our TSX wagon. The TSX's interior isn't quite up to what I would call entry-level luxury. Both cars are nice. But they basically have the same set-up with the nav/audio system. The seats are almost similar but the TSX ekes out a bit more comfort than the Crosstour.
The TSX wagon should be more luxurious and special to claim the Acura name. And the Crosstour should be a little less so to appeal to frugal Honda buyers.
The Acura needs a stronger brand message if it wants to be considered luxury; it definitely needs to stand apart from Honda.
And while we are comparing, why does the Crosstour get a V6 and the TSX wagon gets an I4?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
Price as tested: Honda Accord Crosstour: $37,563; Acura TSX Sport Wagon: $35,470
June 14, 2011
See that little storage area down left of the steering wheel? I hit my right knee on that every time I get out of the TSX wagon. It sticks out just far enough to catch me.
You know from my previous posts that I am only 5'4" tall so I have to adjust the seat pretty far forward when I drive. I doubt this storage bin bothers anyone else on the team. But my short legs forget that it's there every time I exit the car. Or maybe I'm not the only one. See the scuff marks to its right.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 8,016 miles
June 14, 2011
I'm referring to the steering wheel, which, even with the now de rigueur eleventy million buttons, manages to be about the best steering wheel you can find in any car; the leather, the stitching, the diameter, everything is right. My only complaint, and see if this makes sense, is the wheel feels too light; like it's hollow. There's no weight to the thing. While it doesn't feel cheap, it just doesn't feel as substantial as I'd like it to feel. Other than that, this wheel is very, very well done.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 7,976 miles
June 01, 2011
There's so much negativity in the world today, so I wrote a completely positive post on all the things I like about the new Acura TSX wagon. These are not in any particular order.
1. a real hand brake (my preference over a floor pedal or an electronic button)
2. audio buttons that are not stuck inside the nav system (which I rarely use)
3. leather-wrapped steering wheel that feels nice in my hand
4. attractive stitching detailing the leather
5. shift knob that looks like a black baseball and is comfortable in the hand
6. simple, not flashy instrument panel
7. tire pressure warning system that tells the psi (not exclusive to this car but nice)
8. steady but not too stiff suspension that takes a curve well
9. quick shifting automatic transmission
10. It's a wagon!
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
April 11, 2011
Drove up to San Francisco this weekend with my dog Mya in the long-term 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. She looked like the above picture for 99% of the trip each way, a good thing. I laid down a blanket and her bed across the seat, buckled her in and stored her leash, treats and travel water bowl in the footwell. Some notes about how the TSX did as a conveyor of dog (note: I realize that not all these issues are exclusive to the Acura, this is just my experience with it though):
-- Love the vents in the center console so the dog could get some air without having to put the windows down, something I dislike when on the freeway.
-- The lower seat height, compared to her previous ride in the Raptor, definitely made it easier and quicker for her to get in and out of the car and provided me with easier access to her.
-- Wish the seatbelt fasteners for the side seats stuck out more from the bottom seat like the center seatbelt fastener. As it was I usually had to dig around from them to buckle her up -- a must, not only for safety sake, but because the TSX is kinda fun to drive.
All in all, I'd say she was pretty comfortable in the Acura.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 5,185 miles
March 15, 2011
As you enter and exit a vehicle, your heel can sometimes make contact with the seat base. I imagine the finest plastics withstand this affront without any scars but such is not the case with the plastic found in our TSX Sport Wagon. At just 3,300 miles, the seat base (on the driver side) looks a bit worse for wear.
There's also some noticeable bruising on the glove box and front passenger-side door, in areas where I imagine the legs and feet make frequent contact.