After shopping the A4, 3-Series, and C-class wagons, the TSX Sport Wagon prevailed as the most value laden of the four. The tech package model has features not even available on the other three and fully loaded is lower priced out the door than the others. The Audi seemed to depreciate really fast based on preowned prices that i saw. Acura maintenance and repair costs are lower than the Bimmer and Merc. The four cylinder makes the Sport Wagon quick while still getting good mileage. The volvo available seemed too small in comparison to the others, especially for the price.
Had a 2005 Mazda6 wagon before. Wanted either a wagon or crossover with good handling and mileage. Drove the Tiguan, Jetta, CRV, and 3-series. Most of the crossovers drive "okay", car-like but detached handling and so-so mileage. BMW had lousy standard equipment, and the Jetta was nice but a little narrow (coming from a midsize Mazda). The TSX was perfect sized and I am getting 31-34 MPG on trips! Passed on the TECH package (have my own Nav)to keep the price reasonable. Standard stereo is very good( I sell Home Electronics). The standard equipment on the TSX is amazing and is great value compared to other midsize offerings. The 4 cylinder is efficient and powerful.
Know that you belong to an exclusive club that found this hidden automotive jewel among the many boring crossovers and smaller SUVs. When I started looking for something with more "practicality" I wanted something fun to drive like my Mazda Miata and the comfort of my wife's Jaguar, I stopped at the Acura dealer after seeing a TSX Wagon blow past me on the highway. One test drive and I was sold. NO REGRETS! Handles like a sports car, the 2.4 twin cam I-Vtec sreams to 7,000 rpm and with the paddle shifters you can have additional fun. The heated leather seats combined with the Tech Package and sound system make trips a breeze. Has more c/f of luggage space than many medium SUVs. We haul bikes, skis, dogs and grandchildren with speed, grace and comfort. Honda/Acura reliability, styling way better than the sedan....what a deal!
As an 18 year Saab owner, I spent close to a year looking for a replacement to our '04 Saab Aero Wagon (w/manual trans). I knew nothing about Acura prior to seeing a TSX Wagon drive by and thinking the exterior styling looked terrific. One test drive and I was hooked. The car handles quite well. As others have said, the 5 speed auto is average at best, but I have not had any major issue with it. The cargo space is good, although smaller than the Saab, it is huge in comparison to the Cadillac CTS Wagon. Bottom line, fully loaded it is $10 - $20K less than the Volvo, Cadillac & Audi wagons. I don't need AWD and love getting 32+ mpg hwy with 26+ mpg combined city/hwy.
Incredible Value, Fun to Drive and Great Utility + Luxury
written on 07-09-2013
So far I love my '12 TSX wagon. The 4-cylinder has plenty of power, especially where I need it (from stop & highway passing) plus I have averaged 29.5 MPG for the first 3K in combined city / highway driving. The front seats are very comfortable. The base audio system sounds great. The utility of having a wagon is great for IKEA runs, toting my bike, etc. The interior is finished very nicely for this price point, it feels like a luxury car. The value of this wagon compared to the Subaru Outback or the Volvo XC70 is incredible. My understanding is that Acura will be discontinuing it after next year, and I will be sad to see it go.