2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Base
(2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 2/1/2011 (2011 TSX Sport Wagon)
The TSX Wagon's acceleration is, well, rather slow. In fact, most minivans acclerate faster. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is adequate, but that's all. This car begs for a six-speed automatic. Shift paddles aid control, however.
Although its handling is respectable, the TSX's braking from 60-0 is too long for a car -- especially a car with sporting intentions. The steering lacks the feel and feedback of a sport sedan and it's not fun when the limits are approached.
What the TSX lacks in performance it makes up for in simple comfort. It's a nice place to be on a long trip thanks to mild spring rates and plush damping. There's enough body control to limit rebound but not so much as to feel stiff.
The TSX is a relatively quiet-riding car. There's no unpleasant tire or wind noise at cruise and even at wide-open throttle the engine sound which penetrates the cockpit is pleasant.
Short of an awkward Bluetooth pairing process, the TSX's function controls are relatively easy to use, access and are well organized. There are more buttons on the center stack than we would prefer, but it's still manageable.
Visibility is quite good out of the TSX wagon. Even the rear quarter view is comfortable in this car. There's an available back-up camera to make reversing easier.
Seat Access & Space
The TSX's front seats offer ample legroom, shoulder room and easy entry. Its rear seats will be uncomfortable for larger adults who are forced to sit behind other large adults. Our 6-foot-1 tester found his knees touched the seat in front.
Cargo & Storage
Folding rear seats and a nearly flat load floor make for ample cargo room. There are even three bins beneath the load floor and one on the side in which you can hide cargo.
Overall, the smallest Acura offers good build quality. There's attention to detail in both material and assembly and the parts of the car you'll touch every time you use it feel good.