Wagons are back, wagons are on the way out--the 24-hour-news cycle has nothing on the auto industry when it comes to churning old memes into new content.
So which one is it: is the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon a herald of a new crossover-free day to come, or is it a latecomer to an exclusive party with only a few European brand names on the VIP list?
It's neither, of course. Wagons never went away, and our appetite for SUV-ish caricatures guarantees they're not making any big sales comeback. What it is, simply, is our favorite Acura because of its innate Honda-ness--compact, light, responsive, reeking of efficiency. And it's neat shorthand for the nebulous idea of "near-luxury."
Acura flew us to the Bay Area, assembled a fleet of all but identical TSX Sport Wagons, and plotted a path to Bodega Bay--where Tippi Hedren had her famous run-in with some birds and set back the whole idea of cruelty-free poultry about fifty years. Up the 101, down the 101, curling around Lucas Valley Road...
|Style||MSRP||Invoice||MPG City||MPG Hwy|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic (2)|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Specs||$29,610||$27,634||22||31|
|Tech Pkg Specs||$32,710||$30,477||22||31|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (2)|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Manual Specs||$29,610||$27,634||21||29|
|Tech Pkg Specs||$32,710||$30,477||21||29|
|4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic (2)|
|4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Specs||$35,150||$32,714||19||28|
|Tech Pkg Specs||$38,250||$35,557||19||28|
|5-Door Sport Wagon I4 Automatic (2)|
|5-Door Sport Wagon I4 Automatic Specs||$30,960||$28,872||N/A||N/A|
|Tech Pkg Specs||$34,610||$32,219||N/A||N/A|