2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon review

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2011 Acura TSX Sport

The angular dark red five-door you see is the answer to your prayers or at least that’s what hopes.

Enthusiasts, those embraces, have clamored for wagon offerings in the United – a market once with these family-friendly cruisers. Over the last 30 the cycle of cool saw families ship first to geeky then to rugged SUVs and to milquetoast crossovers. In some it looks like evolution is us back into the wagon as crossovers become ever-more wagon-like.

Not one of these family-friendly is even remotely enjoyable to on the kind of curvy road consider heavenly, but those in the have long snapped up and midsize European wagons for one hauling with alacrity.

The problem? While there is no of Internet wagon-loving fanboys, masters of the keyboard simply buying enough wagons. As a the offerings have dwindled. now.

Based on Honda’s compact and midsize architecture, the TSX Sportwagon is the premium brand’s foray into the world of five-doors.

That’s not to say that parent Honda is a novice. of North America, you’ll this wedgy wagon a Honda Accord badge. If one of the enthusiasts Acura is hoping to in, you probably already know Honda split off its North Accord from its primarily and European Accord a few generations

While the American Accord cupholders and a big back seat, the car got in shape to square off against like entry-level BMW 3-Series and A4 models.

The Sportwagon arrived in America earlier this as a 2011 model. Just one is offered, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder to a five-speed automatic. Want a V6 or a You’ll have to settle a TSX sedan.

Or you could move to Au revoir!

Any breakthroughs?

On sale for a of years overseas, the TSX Sportwagon qualifies as brand new. it’s the cheapest wagon find from a premium in the U.S. and that alone is of a milestone.

Our tester came to the gills, but since Acura just two models and a choice of six schemes, that means have an easy enough finding an identical one at your dealer. The upmarket TSX Tech adds navigation, an ELS audio and a power tailgate.

What’s it up against?

Since are apparently all bark and no bite, the world has done nothing but until now. But there are a few options: The Saab 9-3 SportCombi, BMW Sports Wagon, Cadillac CTS Wagon and Audi A4 Avant. that each one has its own take on the station wagon moniker.

long synonymous with five-doors, will officially the traditional wagon market for in the U.S.

How does it look?

head-on, the TSX Sportwagon is indistinguishable its sedan brethren. That that it gets Acura’s beak/can opener (take pick) fascia, a style looks a little gawky you park it next to the automaker’s TL. By comparison, the TSX is a thing of beauty.

On colors, the silver-finish front blends reasonably well, but our Red Pearl (should we really colors after this region?) tester offered too contrast for the grille bling.

The TSX biggest changes occur out where a hangin’-out-there tailgate with the press of a button to an enormous trunk. The tailgate out toward the rear bumper than straight down, an maximized by a chunky rear and lots of gate-mounted cladding. tail lamps recall the four-door, as do details like exhaust pipes, five-spoke and chrome door handles.

No, it’s not the prettiest wagon, but is the TSX the market’s sexiest entry-luxury Still, the clean look likely to drive off potential

And on the inside?

Mirroring the TSX sedan, the receives aggressively bolstered seats, a three-spoke steering and paddle shifters, all of which off a genuinely sporty vibe.

A dashboard ensures easy between right and left drive, but the center stack is with lots of controls for the Pack’s navigation system. A big sprouts from the center of the dashboard, looking more an unexpected wart than a control knob. Below, a gear lever looks like a stick than an until you try to row through the gears.

the seats are well bolstered, also too well lumbared . we’ve noticed in other At least they’re well otherwise and we liked the perforated The aforementioned three-spoke wheel is with buttons, but we did like the leather.

That premium feel the rest of the cabin, where no aside from the chintzy plastic surrounding the center switchgear belies the Acura’s price tag. No, it doesn’t Audi or BMW, but neither the sticker price.

Climbing to the seat, we found gobs of leg but relatively compact headroom by the standard moonroof. But the biggest came in the rear, where caboose offers plenty of for luggage.

Acura has long itself as a purveyor of high-tech but the navigation interface it shares Honda is starting to feel a dated. Easy enough to use and a bright, but not especially high screen, the system just keep pace with we’ve seen in newer Toyota and Audi products. The audio system, however, rocks by placing an emphasis on over pumping and thumping

But does it go?

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At around 3,600 the TSX is really a lightweight compared to modern cars its size. closer to midsize territory its European rivals, the TSX has to work its four-cylinder to keep up with That engine, shared Honda’s U.S.

Accord, out 201 horsepower at a redline-tickling 7,000 rpm and 170 of torque at 4,300 rpm.

Although the five-speed automatic’s make the most of the power the TSX needs to be revved well 4,000 rpm to really scoot That’s something we can’t say its closest rivals, the turbocharged 9-3 and A4 Avant. Fortunately, the 2.4-liter mind zipping the tachometer to redline, so the power is more than it looks on paper.

we found ourselves revving the we recorded a dismal 18 mpg in the city, 2 mpg lower than the EPA’s On the highway, however, we had no problem the EPA’s 30 mpg figure.

Electric teering is light on feel but quick, so the TSX feels decently and tossable. A firm suspension double wishbones up front and a setup out back – it a supremely planted feel the twisties. Although not as genuinely fun to as its European competitors, the TSX nonetheless us with a pleasant and entirely demeanor when we pushed it

There’s some easily understeer the closer you get to the car’s but its 17-inch Michelin Pilot HX tires do their best to things in check.

Those Pilots also give the TSX a nicely damped, ride. Undisturbed over the roads on our test circuit, the well controlled suspension its middle-of-the-road roots. And on the highway, and road noise was below for the class.

Why you would buy it:

An accessible wagon has arrived, bringing it plenty of practicality.

Why you wouldn’t:

but not excitement.

Leftlane’s bottom

We applaud Acura’s decision to the wagon waters with its TSX This once-conservative brand to be emerging from its shell, at in North America. Acura it doesn’t need to sell TSX Sportwagons to break even, and this relatively high pricing structure, we don’t they’ll struggle to meet projections.

The TSX Sportwagon may not be the thrill M5 wagon enthusiasts want, but its livability means that is finally a low-compromise wagon probably won’t bust budget.

2011 Acura TSX Technology Pacakge base $34,610. As tested, $35,470.


Words and photos by Ganz

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