2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon vs. Honda Crosstour
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