2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: 1,800 Miles in the Passenger Seat
November 29, 2011
Hey, there's Mt. Shasta!
For Thanksgiving we drove the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon up to Corvallis, Oregon, and back. Editor JayKav said a one-way trip could be done in one day (about 11-14 hours) so the plan was to spend all day driving on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and all day for the return trip on Sunday.
I was supposed to take over some of the driving but JayKav pushed through. His Lemons experience really paid off, building up his endurance and his skills at getting around the herds of holiday drivers aka left-lane squatters. In any case, I spent the entire trip playing navigator, DJ, entertainment director and trip photographer.
For navigation, I stuck to using my iPhone 4S since the search function on the TSX's nav is too clunky and you can't specify the area ahead of you. While on my iPhone, I could just pull up restaurant options in remote towns on my Yelp app and upcoming gas stations/pit stops in Google Maps.
For music, we had to connect Jay's iPhone to the car's Bluetooth while it was stopped. Once connected it worked just fine. We also had the additional option of hooking up my iPhone via aux so we could switch back and forth from our playlists and I could also still play Spotify. The only issue is that Jay likes to play the music at low volumes and since the road noise is pretty significant in the cabin and I could barely get my groove on.
I would have fallen asleep a lot more but, frankly, the side bolsters of the seat and the angle of the headrest weren't all that comfortable, pressing my shoulders and head forward. I ended up sleeping with my head at a weird angle to the side and would wake up with killer neck pain. But I guess good co-pilots shouldn't sleep anyway.
At least the seat heater was effective, keeping things nice and cozy. I kept it on high throughout the whole trip just because as you know by now I'm always cold.
But I enjoyed my time in the TSX. I may not have found the passenger seat all that comfortable but I appreciated all its space and audio technology options. And that since it's a sport wagon, Jay was able to take it on some fun roads on the return trip home. (Highway 58 to the 14 to Angeles Crest Highway was the way to go to avoid the holiday gridlock on the Grapevine.) Can't do something like that with usual road trip options like a crossover or SUV.
As for the trip's fuel numbers, Jay will have that and all that other good stuff like driving impressions when he gets back from the Tokyo auto show.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 17,955 miles