2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: The Roadtrip Report, Pt. II
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. Hit the jump.
emajor: "Let us know how the road noise is on the godawful rough-textured I-5 in the Willamette Valley. That stretch of interstate is the ultimate test of sound isolation for a car. I'm pretty sure our old Civic was only a few decibels shy of causing hearing loss on that road."
Road noise was pretty bad up there. But as you say, that's a crummy road. In general, I wouldn't say the TSX has exceptionally poor or outstanding isolation from road noise. About adequate, I'd say. The road noise in the TSX wasn't the constant, obnoxious kind that just wears you down after a few hours in the saddle the way a Miata does. I didn't feel beat up by road noise even after driving for 11 hours.
The seat, however, sucks. Scratch that -- the part that sucks is that damned sitting-in-a-pregnant-lady's-lap aspect that comes courtesy of the stupid, stupid balloony "lumbar" lump that's right in the middle of your back. Why this lump continues to exist in Honda products remains a seating mystery overshadowed only by the Corvette's flaccid thrones.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor