• Aug 10, 2009
Conventional wisdom says that you can't sell station wagons in the States, but that type of thinking is so 2002. Back then, why would a manufacturer sell a low profit-margin wagon when they could instead sell you an all-profit SUV? Two kids under the age of six? You need a Denali. These days, now that SUVs have largely been exposed for what they always were -- rarely necessary -- station wagons are making a lot more sense. Take for instance the coming real soon Cadillac CTS SportWagon (and the possibly/maybe we-can't-believe-it's-actually-going-to-happen CTS-V SportWagon).

And why not an Acura wagon, specifically a TSX five-door? According to our broheims at Car and Driver, Acura is close to giving the TSX Wagon the green light. Think about the market for a moment. Audi sells lots of wagons, BMW has the both the 3 and 5 Series wagons, Mercedes-Benz has the C-Class wagons and now Caddy has the CTS Wagon. What's missing? Japanese luxury wagons. Until now, the Infiniti and Lexus (and Acura) have been putting all of their eggs in the luxury CUV segment. But if Chrysler and GM's bankruptcies have taught us anything, it's ABD -- Always Be Diversifying. Now we just have to see if Acura pulls the trigger.




[Source: Car & Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, what they said...

      Mercedes pulled the C-Class wagon in the US in favor of the GLK.

      BMW is threatening to pull the 5 Series wagon in favor of the 5 Series GT.

      Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see this in w/ manual transmission, but I'm not going to stay up nights thinking about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HIT!!!

      But it seems this car would be better off as a Honda first, then an Acura if successful. It seems there is more desire for wagons by people who want a practical, affordable SUV alternative. Think Jetta/Passat wagon, A4 (before it got fat and expensive), Subaru, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even with a $500 premium for the wagon (as Subaru charges), a base Accord Wagon could start at $22,000. As huge as the Accord is, this thing would be able to hold about anything even a large SUV could.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say yes. In my opinion, this would be a much smarter move than that Quasimodo-looking Accord Crosstour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's hope Acura pulls that trigger. The TSX is a bargain in that class--even with an added $1-2K premium for the wagon booty, you'd only be looking at $31-32K. Well-optioned Outbacks and Venzas and such easily surpass that figure, and when you throw in the luxury badge and dealer experience, I imagine it'd get a lot of second looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suh-wee-eet! I might trade in my A3 for one. I agree on it needing a diesel!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make it an V6 with SH-AWD please~~~~~~~~~
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, we need more wagons here especially from the Japanese automakers. I'm tired of Americans being anti wagon. I got into a debate with my friends about why they're so down on wagons but not SUVs or crossovers. SUVs and crossovers are basically wagons that are higher off the ground so why are SUVs and crossovers cool but wagons are not? I hate the way SUVs handle so I doubt I'd ever get one. If you want the handling of car with the trunk space of an SUV then a wagon is the perfect option. I think that's why sports wagons are so popular in Europe. A few months back when I was car shopping I wanted to buy a luxury Japanese (i.e. Acura, Infiniti, Lexus) wagon but there are non available so I considered waiting for the CTS sports wagon or getting an Audi wagon. Acura should definitely build this. If wagons were marketed correctly, I think sales would improve.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Get the Audi. I have the 08 A6 avant, and I think its the perfect daily driver. The new A4 avant is also good and its not much smaller than the A6 anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Japanese just need help in styling, most of their wagons are nasty looking. The two ugliest I can think of are both Toyotas, the IS300 wagon and the Camry wagon from the early 90's were horrible looking.

        The last two Accord Wagons and older non SUV style Legacies were handsome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the Honda Accord tourer does look nice. Which will probably be the same car with the ugly shield front end. Can't wait from some diesel love from Acura.
        Alex
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does anyone remember the Kia Spectra5? ...just thought you may have forgotten how it was supposed to look back 3 years ago. -Acura
        • 5 Years Ago
        "nzo - Good looking wagon."

        Aww HELL no. It's ugly as hell. Medusa ugly!
        Alex
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Skitch

        haha! That's freaking hilarious!!..GX35 is here!! :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the heck is a GX35?

        Did you mean G35x?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Acura learned anything from Infiniti, they wouldn't do it. It won't sell. Remember the GX35 anyone?

        That thing only lasted one year!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        im sure some of you looked it up but i thought it was funny....behold the GX35 :D

        http://www.psep.biz/images/honda/GX35.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good looking wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES PLEASE!!! *




      * without the shield, with a manual, with a v6
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just put in a V6 and SH-AWD, done. What's for lunch guys?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I Second that. That is one hot wagon. Although at least if I buy one, I can still order and install the proper grill from Honda Europe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, add SH-AWD and remove that hideous shield grille. I would prefer a crazy turbo setup though instead of just the V6, a la the RDX for fuel economy/power reasons (aka chip it, chip it good)
      • 5 Years Ago
      if you build it.. they will come
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call it the TSX Aerodeck (after the "distinctive" two-door Accord wagon of the 1980s), and JDM fanboys will beat a path to your door.

      I think it's pretty (save for the grille, of course), but without AWD to woo the Audi and Volvo people who might otherwise be interested, it'll be a tough sell. And even then, with a V6-AWD combo it'd be cutting into the RDX's already narrow corner of the market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car has a market. Utility, performance, handling, and GAS MILEAGE over the SUV's. With a 280 HP V-6 and SH-AWD. I'll take one in black!
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