2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: The Roadtrip Report, Pt. III
December 06, 2011
I drove our longterm 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon nearly 1,900 miles in the span of a few days. And you know what? I'd do it again.
The ride is very well damped without being stiff or, alternatively, any hint of float. Really quite nice. And its cabin is well laid-out, looks good and feels a quality place. I did notice that the steering requires constant little corrections when the road is dead-straight -- a consequence of its electric power steering -- and the seat could be better, true. But those aren't dealbreakers and there's a lot to like here.
With that, I give you my response to bruceb916's query, plus a bonus -- the TSX's round-trip fuel economy.
bruceb916: "I'd like to know how the little 4 holds up while climbing the grapevine and the semi-twisty 5 outside of Redding.
Secondly, how will the car hold all of the various things you need for a long drive up the 5? The multiple coffee cups, water bottles, gas station junk food wrappers and the almighty In-N-Out Double Double and Animal Fry?"
The TSX had plenty of juice when climbing grades. In fact, there was power to spare. Though I poo-pooed it earlier, the autobox does have a nice aspect -- its grade logic. I'd cruise at 80 mph or so and the TSX's autobox would downshift and hold a gear. No hunting.
On the whole I have no major complaints about the TSX's ability to move around slower traffic on the freeway. Sure, more grunt is always nice (unless it results in unmanageable torque steer, in which case solution = RWD).
And yeah, the TSX has good cabin storage. Two coffees in the center console, a Sigg water thing in each door, and enough room in the armrest bin for a half-dozen In-N-Out Four By Fours. The TSX's large cargo area was more than a match for our relatively light luggage, and there was no need to fold the seats (sorry, username legacygt).
Fuel economy for the entire trip? 27.2 mpg. Almost all highway. Lots of 80 mph cruising. As for fuel, I used 91 octane since I like to use the throttle and wanted any extra juice on the table.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor