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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon



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 and Nicasio Valley Road, the TSX Sport Wagon didn't distance itself from the TSX sedan much at all. Cheers to that, since that four-door made TheCarConnection's short list for "Best Car to Buy 2011," and earns an overall rating of 8.5 out of 10. That's a winning formula to leave alone.

The Wagon's trim body comes from Europe, and on looks alone, it's the most pleasing Acura. It underplays the warrior-shield grille that's been excoriated all over the Web, as it's applied to the RL and TL sedans, and you don't quite get the same "it's Miller Time!" urge to open bottles under the logo's calipers. It's a European, of course, and even if it's a Honda Accord sold over there, the TSX Sport Wagon lifts nicely with a form-first taper with almost Subaru slimness. Inside, it's never ruthless in its efficiency, even though grey plastic of a few textures and tones completely misses the wood-trim cliche boat. An arcade of silvery plastic hones some of the visual weight from the dash, and the touchy bits never let on any lower-rent vibes.


 
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  1. You really test-drove the 2011 Acura TSX Sportwagon and this is all you have to share? Really,did you even get to drive or were a passenger all the way and down the test highway?
    Been looking fro weeks for the test-drive report and this vehicle and guess what, haven't found it yet.
     
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  2. What more would you like to know? The resonant frequency it hits at 0.1 inch off zero pedal travel? The organic structure of the plastics used on the dash?
     
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  3. I was about to say really good report Marty but apparently I was wrong. Mr. Jidelo, I was at the press event and I actually witnessed Mr. Padgett get into the driver's seat and actually drive it.
    I just wanted to comment that I was there, I am from the Bay Area and the whole Tippi Hedren "The Birds" reference was genius. I am just pissed at myself for not thinking of it first.
     
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  4. I agree with the author. This is my favorite Acura, and probably closest in spirit to the earlier Legends and Integras than anything else they sell--trim, good-looking, competent, and good to drive.
    I like wagons. I would definitely look at this, and Buick if they offer a Regal wagon. Would be great to have a diesel wagon this size, with a stick shift, like you can get in Europe. I hope Chrysler will compete in this segment too.
     
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  5. I think this is a wonderful review--And you very eloquently expressed what I have thought--This car isn't a competitor to the BMW or Audi--It's a nice step up from a noisy SUV or crossover, or up from an Accord. It perfectly hits my sweet spot with all the luxury I could ever want, right smack at the top of my price range, but with bullet-proof Honda reliability and amazing mileage.
     
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  6. I'm with Jidelo. This is a LAME review. How does it drive? How is the power delivary? Do you feel anything through the steering wheel? How is the ride quality? How is the build quality? How is it ergonomically?
     
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  7. I too waited a long while thinking the TSX wagon would resolve my boredom with the CRV. Maybe the review was low on driving characteristic, because the car is, well, bland. It is as though they desired to make is an "American" feel, instead of a "Euro-feel" It needs a) power! and b) a little connection with the road. The turbo from the RDX probably could fix it.
     
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  8. I felt like I had to comment about the TSX Wagon. We have owned the wagon for 5 weeks. I have owned a Honda since 1987 and this drives better than any of them. The pick up is good and seems to get a second wind in 2nd or 3rd. The acceleration when cruising at 70 is excellent in my mind. I have already gotten 33+ MPG which I think is very good for this vehicle. The rear leg room is tight, but can be dealt with. Over all I thing this is an excellent vehicle.
     
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  9. I felt like I had to comment about the TSX Wagon. We have owned the wagon for 5 weeks. I have owned a Honda since 1987 and this drives better than any of them. The pick up is good and seems to get a second wind in 2nd or 3rd. The acceleration when cruising at 70 is excellent in my mind. I have already gotten 33+ MPG which I think is very good for this vehicle. The rear leg room is tight, but can be dealt with. Over all I thing this is an excellent vehicle.
     
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