If the phrase "station wagon" conjures up images of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon will likely be a pleasant surprise. This will be especially true if you're looking for a vehicle that delivers much of the practicality of a small SUV in a package that's a heck of a lot more fuel-efficient and fun to drive.
The Sport Wagon is the wagon version of Acura's TSX sedan. It comes with a good-sized cargo hold, a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a sport-tuned suspension. Add handsome styling inside and out and a long list of upscale standard features and high-tech options, and you have a car that's just begging for a good cross-country driving vacation.
Current Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a compact front-wheel-drive wagon. It is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is the only transmission offered.
The TSX Sport Wagon is offered in a single well-equipped trim level that comes with xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio and USB/iPod integration. An available Technology package combines a navigation system with real-time traffic info and weather radar images, a rearview camera, a power tailgate and a 10-speaker premium audio system with 15GB worth of digital music storage.
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon's passenger cabin features high-quality materials, though the look is a little stark and the dash is cluttered with buttons. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the backseats are nearly as good for average-sized adults. Those 60/40-split rear seatbacks can also be folded flat to create more than 60.5 cubic feet of cargo room.
Slip behind the wheel and you'll find the 2.4-liter four-cylinder provides sufficient, though not particularly inspiring, acceleration. The five-speed automatic shifts smoothly and will hold the selected gear in Sport mode for more enthusiastic driving. Speaking of which, the firm suspension will have you searching out winding roads on your next driving vacation, though the steering isn't as communicative as that of previous Acura models.
Used Acura TSX Sport Wagon Models
The TSX Sport Wagon debuted for 2011. No major changes have occurred since.