2011 Acura TSX Wagon: Does It Really Need a V6?
June 10, 2011
Sure, it would be nice. After all, the 3.5-liter V6 that's offered in the sedan delivers a healthy 280 horses. And this wagon isn't exactly quick around town.
But adding the V6 seems counter to what this wagon is all about. This car drives small for the most part. From its tiny steering wheel to its modestly sized cargo bay, it feels like a very compact wagon. A four-cylinder engine fits better with the overall package, it just needs a little more juice.
Our old Audi A4 Avant was about the same size, but it's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine served up 258 pound-feet of torque and it never felt underpowered. The TSX limps around with just 170 lb-ft from its 2.4-liter engine and it often feels like it. It's a shame as the rest of the car is such a nice package.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line