2011 Acura TSX sport wagon might be the perfect choice for you

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 14, 2011

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.

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Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Despite the TSX being a top choice in its class, Acura has not rested on its laurels, as a host of major updates have been made for 2011. Topping the list, the Acura TSX receives a freshened exterior look along with a wide array of new features and technology - with particular attention being paid to further improving quality and cabin quietness. In addition, significant improvements have been made to both the 2.4L I-4 and 3.5L V-6 engines that yield improved fuel efficiency and longer engine life.

While the TSX sedan receives significant updates for 2011, the big news is an all-new TSX variant - the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. With crisp styling and added utility, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a smart alternative for those considering a compact SUV. Besides offering better fuel economy, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon provides comparable cargo area to many compact SUVs. Plus, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon offers a multi-configurable rear cargo area (with numerous hidden storage areas), a low lift-over height allowing for easy loading and unloading, and an available power actuated tailgate.

"The all-new Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a smart alternative for those needing added utility," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "With the Sport Wagon, the customer simultaneously enjoys the benefits of sports-sedan performance along with SUV-like cargo capacity."

Acura's philosophy of smart luxury is well evidenced by the combination of great looks, a luxury interior available with a wide variety of technology features, and excellent safety - all for an exceptional level of value. Thanks to this great mix of attributes, the TSX has the largest percentage of buyers under 30 among all luxury sedans and has remained the volume leader within its segment according to Global Insight.


On the outside, all TSX models receive a new front fascia, revised chin spoiler, new fog light garnish assembly and an updated grille. The updated front end teams with new underbody panels to improve aerodynamics. At the rear, revised taillights and a rear license plate garnish add more visual appeal for the TSX.

With the new Sport Wagon model, sport-sedan styling and added utility are combined- a perfect mix for those who lead an active lifestyle. For such customers, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon reflects their passion for performance and athleticism while also supporting their active social lifestyle with roomy, comfortable seating for five.

Incorporating a unique high-rigidity rear body structure with a special hoop-style cross section, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon simultaneously provides excellent body strength.

The standard 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels for the 2.4L 4-cylinder models (sedan and Sport Wagon) now incorporate a machined lip on the face of the spokes. Split 5-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels remain standard on the TSX sedan with 3.5L V-6 engine.


Inside, all 2011 TSX models receive a host of visual upgrades in the form of revised styling for the center console, darker trim pieces, brightly finished door handles, an updated parking brake handle and new garnishes for the steering wheel. In addition, contrasting-color stitching is new for the leather seats, door armrests and center console. Rear seat occupants will enjoy added comfort thanks to the addition of heating/cooling vents mounted at the rear of the center console, and the TSX's center console cargo compartment is now climate controlled.

The all-new Acura TSX Sport Wagon features an even greater level of utility over the TSX sedan. Besides offering a generous 60.5 cu-ft of rear cargo area (with rear seats folded down), the wagon's rear opening height of approximately 28-inches allows for the stowage of bulky items such as large boxes, furniture, bicycles, four full-size golf bags and even surfboards.

In addition, the Sport wagon features four hidden compartments for out-of-sight storage. A 2.4 cu-ft storage area is cleverly located beneath a lift-up hatch within the load floor. Smaller items can be placed in a 0.2 cu-ft storage area (hidden by a removable panel) located in the side panel on the driver side, or in one of two 13-inch long storage areas near the main in-floor storage area. With a low lift-over height of about 24-inches, loading heavy items is simplified. For increased security, standard is a retractable cover that prevents rear cargo items from being seen should a passer-by look into the rear windows.

Even with the second row seat in use, there is generous cargo space available in the Sport Wagon. The rear seats have a 60/40 fold-down design, so one section can be lowered to generate more cargo room while the other section can remain in the up position to accommodate a rear seat passenger. Or, both seats can be folded down to attain the maximum cargo area replete with a load-flat floor that is nearly 70-inches long. As expected, the Sport Wagon incorporates a variety of tie-down hooks for keeping cargo items secure.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon's 60.5 cu-ft (rear seats folded down) of rear cargo area is more than most other wagon in the category- including the BMW 3-Series (54.7 cu-ft) and the Audi A4 (56.5 cu-ft). The Acura TSX Sport Wagon also rivals (or beats) the cargo capacity of some compact SUVs. Thus, the Sport Wagon is a smart alternative for those who are considering the purchase of a compact SUV - but who value the better fuel economy and the performance of a sports sedan.

Acura is known for its outstanding array of user relevant technology, and the 2011 TSX further expands on this concept. New for 2011, the TSX with available Technology Package now includes an LED backlit full VGA navigation screen (that generates 400-percent higher resolution than before), improved navigation system functions (faster performance, improved search ability and expanded map coverage), Song By Voice™ (SBV) user interface, a 60-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), and the ability to download 15-gigabytes of personal music to the TSX's HDD. With the ability to store more than 3,500 songs, there is no longer a need to carry around bulky CDs.

Acura has always put much emphasis on building an interior that is exceptionally quiet, and for 2011 the TSX has even greater cabin serenity thanks to items such as a new acoustic glass front windshield, even thicker side glass, increased use of sound-deadening insulation, improved floor mats and new underfloor covers.


The 2011 TSX remains fun to drive thanks to two powerful engine choices; a spirited 2.4L inline four cylinder engine and a torquey 3.5L V-6. For 2011, both engines receive numerous improvements to reduce internal operating friction which help improve fuel economy and increase engine life. As a result, the friction reduction measures are a significant element to improve fuel economy as evidenced by improvements in the EPA city, highway and combined fuel economy for both the 2.4L I-4 and the 3.5L V-6 engines.

New automatic transmission programming helps maximize the engine output by allowing for Shift Hold Control during cornering along with "smart shift" functionality that allows for semi-manual operation when in Drive- not just when in Sport Mode. In addition, the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission now features a fluid warmer that helps improve shift quality, transmission durability and engine fuel economy for TSX owners who live in colder climates.


On sale at Acura dealerships on November 23, the 2011 TSX sedan with 2.4L I-4 engine has an MSRP of $29,610 for both manual and automatic transmission models. Equipped with the available Technology package, the MSRP is $32,710. The TSX sedan with 3.5L V-6 engine has an MSRP of $35,150, or $38,250 when equipped with the Technology Package.

The 2011 TSX Sport Wagon went on sale December 21, 2010 with a base price of $30,960. When equipped with the available Technology Package, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon will have an MSRP of $34,610.

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