The wide-ranging appeal of the 2011 Acura TSX sport wagon cannot be denied. If automotive journalists were to recommend a single vehicle for America that would satisfy the most people, it would probably be a diesel sport wagon with a manual gearbox. But then, not many Americans like diesels and wagons so this suggestion may not actually be that well-accepted. Honda Motor Co. said that its best bet is its 2011 TSX sport wagon.
That’s because it isn’t a diesel and it doesn’t have a stick shift but it is also a luxurious wagon utility that has a new grille. This wagon is sporty enough and it can rival the German Avants and American Cadillac CTS wagons. But with a starting price of $31,000, the 2011 Acura TSX sport wagon is far more attractive.
The TSX sedan adds four inches to the body and it replaces its fuel-efficient 2.4-liter DOHC with variable valve timing I-4 under the hood. The engine has an output of 201hp and 172 pound-feet of torque to make it race past the highway but then its rivals have more power as they use six and eight cylinders.
It has an independent suspension that provides a smooth luxury ride. However, the wagon can be handled extremely well through corners with its outstanding excellent steering feel via its electric power steering with variable assist rack-and-pinion.
The TSX sport wagon offers a good ride in every way possible. It has the same 106.4-inch wheelbase as the TSX sedan since all the revisions were done on the rear door back.
The interior of all 2011 Acura TSX models come with an array of styling upgrades. For instance, the center console features revised styling, darker trim pieces and glossy door handles, as well as an updated parking brake handle and new steering wheel garnishes.
Likewise, the center console, as well as leather seats and door armrests, features contrasting-color stitching. Acura also added more heating/cooling vents mounted at the rear of the TSX’s center console while the center console cargo compartment is now climate controlled.
In terms of utility, the new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon does it better than its TSX sedan sibling. When rear seats are folded down, the new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon boasts of 60.5 cu-ft of rear cargo area and around 28 inches of rear opening height. This means that customers could stow even bulky items like large boxes or furniture.
This amount of rear cargo area (60.5 cu-ft when rear seats folded down) exceeds that of most wagons in the category, like that of the Audi A4 (56.5 cu-ft) and BMW 3-Series (54.7 cu-ft). Moreover, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon offers a cargo capacity that is at par or even better than some compact SUVs.
Not only that, the new TSX Sport Wagon offers four concealed compartments, including a 2.4 cu-ft storage area located beneath a lift-up hatch within the load floor as well as a 0.2 cu-ft storage area hidden by a removable panel and located in the side panel on the driver side. Two 13-inch long storage areas are located near the main in-floor storage area.
The TSX Sport Wagon comes with a 24-inch lift-over height, allowing for a simpler loading of heavy items. The vehicle is provided with a standard retractable cover that effectively envelops rear cargo items from the unwanted curious eyes. Interestingly, the new Acura TSX Sport Wagon still offers ample cargo room even when the second row seat is not folded down.
Acura designed it so that the rear seats feature a 60/40 fold-down layout to allow one section to be lowered for extra cargo space and enable the other section to remain deployed as a usable seat for one passenger. Once both seats are folded down, the TSX Sport Wagon reveals an optimized cargo area complemented by nearly 70-inches long load-flat floor. Moreover, the Sport Wagon comes with an array of tie-down hooks for securing cargo items.