Vital Stats

Engine:
2.4L Four-Cylinder
Power:
201 HP / 170 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Auto
Top Speed:
127 MPH
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,599 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
26 / 60 CU-FT
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
Euro Accord Makes A Great Estate


2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon - Click above for high-res image gallery

Station wagons are a bit like free dinners. Your parents appreciate them, auto journalists love them and nobody buys them. It's that last trait that's led to the near extinction of the family wagon, save for a few luxury rigs, a Volkswagen and a Subaru. And why not? Who needs a station wagon when a crossover is just as roomy, not as efficient and generally more expensive?

Given the current state of the wagon in the U.S., we were resigned to the fact that the stubby two-box was on its way to oblivion. But that hasn't stopped Honda from turning the European Accord into the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. And putting our auto-journo biases aside for the moment, we're damn glad they did.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon may be brand-new to the U.S., but under its newly shaped sheetmetal is the same TSX we've come to appreciate, albeit with more cargo room and another $1,350 added to the bottom line. The Sport Wagon starts at $30,960, and with Acura's $3,650 Technology Package, our tester tipped the scales at $34,610.

Anyone who has ever priced out an Acura model knows that opting for the high-end package means that just about every option is included. That doesn't change for the TSX Sport Wagon, as the Technology Package includes navigation, Bluetooth, a power tailgate, voice recognition and 10-speaker ELS Surround audio with a 15 GB hard disk for audio storage.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon side view2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon front view2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon rear view

That's a lot of kit for $3,650, but the plethora of tech options won't entice the luxury car buyer if the exterior doesn't look great. It helps that the TSX wears Acura's corporate beak more convincing than most of its its larger, more expensive siblings. Perhaps the smaller stance of the TSX makes the front end look less like James Bond's Jaws with an overbite. But does the two-box wagon design change that? We're thinking yes, but only for the better. The wagon's well-tapered profile gives the TSX a visual boost, while chrome roof rails, attractive 17-inch wheels and body-color moldings give this middle-management hauler a touch of class.

Still, the TSX is a bit of a tweener when it comes to luxury cred. The wagon starts at over $30k and it wears an Acura badge, yet it comes up a bit short in the swaddled and pampered department. Why? The interior. Sure, our tester came equipped with all the leather and tech gizmos expected in this echelon of the market, but the problem lies with materials that aren't quite up to snuff. The center arm rest is Honda+, with run-of-the-mill materials and little cushion. The doors are dressed in utilitarian garb, and the dash struggles to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. Two solid rides, no doubt, but neither are trying to campaign as luxury rides.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon grille2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon roof rails2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon wheel2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon taillight

But while the TSX falls short of lux, we'd add that the wagon's duds are more than adequate for most. The steering wheel, while loaded with a complicated combination of buttons, feels premium and the seats are well-bolstered and comfy enough for most any rump. The addition of the Technology Package gave our tester all the amenities we've come to expect from vehicles in this price range, and while we've seen easier to use systems, there was little trouble pairing our smartphone or accessing the music on our MP3 player via the USB input.

Being a wagon, there's ample storage space, and even with the second row upright, you can fit a commendable amount of stuff in the 25.8 cubic feet of storage out back. Stow that second row and you're treated to 60 cubic feet of space, or more room than many mid-size crossovers.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon interior2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon front seats2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon rear seats2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon rear cargo area

The cabin of the TSX Sport Wagon does have a pair of weaknesses that could cause issues. The first is an over-abundance of buttons that can overwhelm the driver. At times, we found ourselves staring at the center stack, just hoping for the proper button or knob to jump out at us. This is a problem that both Acura and Honda share, and one that needs to be addressed ASAP. The second is that if you're hoping the TSX Sport Wagon can also pull family duty, keep on wishing. The wagon lacks the leg room to keep rear passengers comfy over long hauls, with only 34.3 cubic inches of space for feet and legs of all shapes and sizes. Even the much smaller Honda Fit sports more leg room.

Lucky for us, we didn't need to tote around many passengers during our week with the wagon. That means we often found ourselves behind the wheel all alone, and given the TSX's surprisingly nimble driving dynamics, that's more than okay with us. It begins with the addictively rev-happy 2.4-liter four-cylinder resting behind the bottle opener grille. The TSX Sport Wagon weighs 3,599 pounds, which sounds like a V6 would be required, but why add cylinders if they're not needed? Acura seems to think so, since it's not offering the 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 as an option, even though it can be had in the TSX sedan.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon engine

This marvelously smooth four-cylinder powerplant boasts a ho-hum 201 horsepower at a sky-high 7,000 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 revolutions, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. We couldn't help but scour the road ahead to search out areas where we could safely bury the throttle in the carpet. Acceleration from a stop isn't particularly impressive – likely about seven seconds to 60 mph – but once on the move, the free-reving four moves the tach as easily as anything within earshot of 200 ponies. It's disappointing that the TSX still features an old-school five-speed automatic transmission, but this slushbox is still silky smooth, something we've come to expect from Honda and its luxury arm.

Since we're talking about a four-cylinder with a displacement of only 2.4-liters, fuel economy is still very respectable. The Environmental Protection Agency tells us that the TSX Sport Wagon is capable of 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 mpg in city driving. We managed 24.2 mpg in mixed driving during our time with the wagon; not bad for a vehicle with more cargo capacity than many crossovers in the mid-size segment.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon rear 3/4 view

A spirited mill can only strive for greatness if it also has the benefit of a willing chassis. This is where the TSX Sport Wagon shines brightest of all. Acura engineers went with an independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and an independent multi-link rear paired with coil springs and thicker rear stabilizer bar. That high-quality suspension hardware feels very athletic, thanks in part to pricey Michelin Pilot P225/50R17 93V rubber.

If we can describe the chassis performance in only a few words, we'd say this high-end wagon features one of the best front-wheel-drive sedan setups we've had the pleasure of driving. The TSX earns this designation thanks to a magnificently dialed-in feel that lacks the body roll or general sloppiness of most crossovers. The electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering doesn't offer an abundance of feedback and it can feel a bit heavy around town, but the steering comes across as crisp and accurate.

While the TSX Sport Wagon falls a bit short of the luxury bar, we couldn't care less. It's not overly fast, roomy or plush, but it wins our hearts and minds thanks to a terrific powertrain and chassis that kept us entertained. That this TSX is a true sports wagon is simply icing on the cake. While we Americans love our cake, it's unfortunate that buyers probably won't give the TSX Sport Wagon the love it deserves – it's worth a look.


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      Danamour
      • 3 Years Ago
      The truth is in the test drive. I wonder how many writing these negative reviews have actually driven a TSX wagon? I test drove one and enjoyed it. Then I bought one, and I love it. Is it perfect? No. Is it a good driving experience? Yes. Is it comfortable? Yes. Are the electronics good quality and easy to use? Yep. Will it be reliable? I hope so. I wanted something that could haul cargo, pets, kayaks, a bike and/or people, but that wasn't a gas hog or grotesquely swollen like most SUVS or cross-overs. I wanted something that has good driving performance and reliability (which knocks many of the competitors out of the market for me). The TSX wagon was the closest thing matching all of my demands. PROS: the engine is responsive. I find myself routinely pulling away ahead of traffic at lights. The ride is so enjoyable I find myself driving much more quickly, to the point I've started to worry about geeting traffic tickets. One the freeway, it changes gears without hesitation. It may not qualify as a high performance engine but it is no sluggard either. The interior is wonderfully quiet, the seats are comfortable, the sound system (at least with the Nav package) is great, there is plenty of room to haul stuff in the back. Although I originally thought the power tailgate was over-kill, I now appreciate it when I need to open it with my hands full (which is usually the case). I have had friends and strangers make admiring comments about the wagon's appearance, and some have said that they want to buy one. That not the main reason to buy a car for me, but I have to say it is nice when it happens. Finally, the TSX was not insanely expensive. I imagine if you can afford a $50-$70K car there might be something better out there. I cannot. CONS: If this had a V6 and AWD it would be my perfect car. Although the transmission is responsive, the V6 engine in the TSX sedan is even more fun to drive. I would like AWD for driving in the snow. Neither of these things are deal-breakers though. I test drove other wagons that had AWD and V6, and the Acura Wagon blew them away in all around drivability and comfort. The back seat leg room is sufficient but not capacious. The design emphasizes cargo space in the back rather than mid-row leg room. This is not a problem for me, but I imagine families or groups of large people may wish for more knee room. Braking could be better. Perhaps it's all the fast driving I find myself doing, but stopping distance could be shorter. In summary - no car is perfect. This wagon could be spectacular with a few small changes. None of the other wagons or small SUVs/cross-overs came close. In all, it's a fantastic, enjoyable ride and I would buy another in a second. For the rest of you - at least go out and try it before shooting it down.
      Crossa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wetstuff, totally agree. with a wagon you get the space but nix the dangers and bulk of an suv. I'm starting to notice that luxury "sports" wagons are becoming next the hot car pick. (There's supped up bmw wagon in No Guts No Glory for the Vahan character -- not a porsche, not any other eyecandy, but a wagon)
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      After seeing spyshots of the Regal Turbo wagon, I don't think the TSX is competitive any more. The Regal is more luxurious and more sporty for less money.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only an American would buy such a POS!!!! Piss away your money on japan garbage...help them financially recover from the tsunami, so that they can kick your asses again...
        ANDREW
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        ...imbicile
          kontroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ANDREW
          hey imbecile, if you want to get personal and taken seriously learn how to spell. We don't needs idiots like you on this forum who is calling others names. We are talking about cars here, pros and cons so shut your stinky mouth and don't attack people, attack cars if you really care that much... Until then F**k off!!!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        You have to be kidding, rihgt? You realize that this is a rebadged, European Honda Accord, dont you? So I guess europeans are stupid too. "so that they can kick your asses again..." What does this even mean?????
      ccae92
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been waiting for a review of this car... I'm just about to buy a VW Golf Wagon (Jetta Sportswagen in the US) and now I can do that with the peace of mind that I'm getting a better deal than the Acura.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay Acura, you have truly lost your way. Why does the car in the photographs (probably the color) look like its been sitting on a used car lot for a year or two? This is some role reversal, the domestics are getting better with every new model launched, and the imports (read Japanese) have gotten more blah.
        Azaghal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        I would have to agree with you 100% in these pictures the car looks aged, the front seems kinda stale but maybe that's because we have been seeing it for a few years now. I concur with your second point as well, the domestics seem to be fighting to create a unique fresh brand image for them selves and imports are just going along with whats always worked.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Truth to be told this isn't much better than the Outback or the Jetta Sportwagen.
        Spies1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Justin is just a troll. Look at his post, and how many people he has flung insults at because people are not falling for his Buick marketing.
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Well at least you won't find this thing burning on the side of the freeway like all Jettas do.
          tantareanujellob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          Bitch can't handle the truth? Get out of the kitchen.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Attack of the Honda fanbois!
        Rob K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        LOL. Apparantly so. My comment went from +4 to -3 in a matter of an hour. You have to admit, they're a loyal bunch...as mindless as they are.
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Rant Warning* My family owned many Acura's from the early 90s until '06. We *were* an "Acura family" I'm almost tired of Acura-bashining but they make it SOOOOO easy. Talk about a company that had the WORLD at its fingertips 20 years ago! Now, it feels like a Saab almost-but-not-quite-luxury brand. Competition: Ze Germans- BMW, MB, Audi: Acura can't hold a candle to. Lexus: they're a bit lame now but at least they've built a great name and reputation. Cadillac: Acura can't hold a candle to Infiniti: Has BLOWN past them... almost as if they never existed in the first place Hyundai: Is in the fast lane and passing them (and Honda) Designs & Engineering: They're OBSESSED with turning car interiors into a Technological-Jizz-Fest. I have a desktop, laptop and iphone for starters... Guess what? I DON'T want my interior to look like the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon! They went from handsome (think 04 TSX) to trying to do an EDGY version of Bangle-Butt. Total failure. They've bloated the cars into puffed-up fat-mobiles... The TL looks like someone took a chisel to an '04 Maxima and injected fat. Terrible. Still no RWD or credible halo car. Bailing on a new NSX & showing ugly concepts = clueless & not connected to the real world or what people think. *End Rant* Anyway, an article I would LOVE to read from a Auto site is: Who the hell is responsible for this / has anyone been held accountable on the corporate side?
        Martin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        I agree with you, but it seems alot of the Honda humper's on here do not. BTW AB WTF is with the voting system? Seems to do the opposite of what I want it to do 99% of the time.
          JasonERF
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Martin
          It doesn't phase me or common sense... I wouldn't be surprised if it was the people doing social media reputation management for Honda/Acura flying the thumbs down.
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      201 hp, 170 lb ft of torque and 3599lbs? for $30,000? bwahahahahahahahahahahaha. I guess there's a reason it's priced $5,000 below the a4 avant and $7,000 below the 3 series wagon. Why on earth Acura decided to go with golf levels of torque and GTI levels of hp is beyond me. Just drop the turbo four in there and play with the big boys, enough of this half assed crap. Seriously, 170lb ft of torque in a $30,000 luxury vehicle that weighs as much as the piggily wiggily R32. Beyond hilarious.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zamafir
        "Beyond hilarious."??? Did you not read the review? The power is adequate...and yes its much cheaper than an A4 avant or 3 series wagon (and it will be much more reliable)
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          Yes, it's cheaper than the 3 series wagon/ A4 Avant... and also slower, less powerful, not as fun to drive, has a worse interior, not as much room/versatility, etc etc. And it isn't more reliable, Honda's trannys don't have a very good reputation.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          @ Justin Campanale The 5AT in 2002, and 2002 alone didn't have a good reputation. The TSX is the most reliable vehicle in its class, far, FAR more so than the A4. Where are these fools getting this information from?
          Jaybird36
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          Justin, you sound like a 12 year old in your mother's basement. I seriously doubt you have driven anything, much less this TSX wagon.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          @ none The TSX's interior can barely keep up with Optimas and Fusions, let alone BMW's. And I've test driven both the TSX and the 3 series, and to my experience the 3 series was surprisingly roomy for a car on the lower end of the midsize spectrum.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          @ NF At work, I have 3 colleages who have Acuras, an MDX and two TSX's, and both of the TSX's have had transmission issues. One of the TSX's trannies had to be replaced at just 25,000 miles. The Acura dealers were just pathetic, and did not help at all.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          N Austin, I posted under the name of Justin in the past. And every other review of the Optima praises it for its good interior.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          *No* Still waiting for that edit button, AB.
        PiCASSO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zamafir
        Wait a few months for the Regal Wagon 2.0T to be available... 220hp and a nice 258-lb of torque to motivate any load you put in the back.
          zamafir
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PiCASSO
          and sonata wagon. there's a reason acura only shifted 150 of these last month.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PiCASSO
          [blocked]
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PiCASSO
          @zamafir Last time I cheacked the Sonata wagon is Euro only. Correct me if I'm wrong.
      Rob K
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just more ammo for the argument that the Buick (Opel) Regal wagon needs to come to market.
      • 3 Years Ago
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