2011 Acura TSX SportWagon: Just Enough
August 09, 2011
With the wife and kid arriving home from an overseas visit, I thought this would be a good experiment to test the theory that wagons can do anything minivans can, just without all the bloat and stigma, and the similar logic that what a wagon can't do probably wasn't healthy for you anyway. Minivans are only excuses for fat, excessive Americans to indulge in our favorite pastime: consumption. Right?
Are you sufficiently baited?
Both vans in our garage were spoken for, so the TSX seemed a logical choice. The Missus travels heavy, the return trips always laden with suitcases and boxes full of Japanese stuff unavailable here in the States (expensive cosmetics and meccha kawaii!!! clothing, primarily). The wagon stashed it well: two large suitcases, two large boxes, and a smaller box next to a large child seat in the middle of the second row.
One of those wire dividers in the cargo area would have enabled stacking more stuff to the ceiling, and without it, the wagon filled quick while still remaining comfortable for two tired passengers. That said, the TSX SportWagon and its 31.5 cubic feet of rear cargo area probably meets its match when you add a second kid, two kid seats, and all the crap two kids pull in their wake.
Sure, you could rent a minivan for those twice-annual airport drop-offs and pick-ups. Or you could learn to keep less stuff. Both are valid points. Or you could just admit that minivans are easy to get in and out of, offer great views for world-curious young grommets (just say no to rear-seat entertainment systems!), get good enough mileage, and can make the airport, camping and water runs without bursting at the pillars.
The modern minivan might lack the mojo of a primo Chevy G20 van, a cherry Westfalia, or even a hip, sharp sportwagon. But when you've got luggage, boxes, and passengers dizzy with jet-lag who only want to conk out after the flight, minivan wins every time.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor