2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Makes My Short List
January 26, 2012
I'm one of those car guys that thinks wagons are cool. I'm not talking Wagon Queen Family Truckster here, but rather Euro-flavored wagons that are more like sport sedans with big trunks.
I like the lower, sleeker styling of a traditional station wagon compared to the bulky and high-riding crossovers that are all the rage. The Jetta TDI SportWagen (6-speed manual, please) has long been my pick due to its generous cargo capacity, ideal handling/ride balance and peppy turbodiesel that sips fuel to the tune of estimates of 30 city and 42 highway. But having driven our recently departed Acura TSX Sport Wagon, I was reminded how close it comes to knocking the Vee-Dub off my top wagon list...
As you've figured out by now, the photo above is of the European market Honda Accord Touring wagon, the twin to the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. Were I to get the Acura, I'd have to replace its grille and bumper with the Honda's. Need I say why? Otherwise, I think the TSX wagon looks fine -- the rising beltline gives it an aggressive, crouching stance that works for me. I prefer its styling to the sedan, actually, especially when viewed from the rear 3/4 angle.
Enough about looks, what really endears me to this Acura is its strengths as a daily driver and its ability to haul stuff without screaming "family car". Sure, it could use more power and it's odd that the V6 isn't available for the wagon, but it's a smooth, willing four that, under our heavy feet and subjected to L.A.'s horrid traffic managed to average about 25 mpg. It's comfortable on long rides, provides 66 cubes worth of cargo capacity and would likely be as reliable as an anvil, if Acura's strong history in that regard is any indicator.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor