With gas prices rising and green trend building up steam, wagons seem to be falling back into public acceptance. Most of these have been crossover type vehicles, but the New York Auto Show is going to have two high-performance wagons debuts.
When the Honda Crosstour was announced, car fans became upset because Honda chose to build a crossover instead bringing over the sporty Honda Accord Touring from Europe. Now, Honda will bring it as the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, as the sedan is a rebadged European Accord as well.
The TSX Sports Wagon will definitely be getting the 2.4L, 201hp inline-four, hopefully with an available six-speed manual transmission. The 3.5L V-6 (automatic only) will probably make it as an option as well. Nelson Ireson wrote in The Car Connection’s Bottom Line for the sedan TSX and felt the performance was decent, especially with the six-speed manual, but those who dislike the lack of power should go with the V-6.
The other wagon making its debut at the New York Auto Show is the Cadillac CTS-V Sports Wagon. Many fans of the sedan were hoping that Cadillac would make a V-variant when it regular CTS wagon was announced. The CTS-V wagon will join the niche that the Europe-only BMW M5 Touring and the $100K Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Wagon occupy.
Sharing the mechanicals of the CTS-V sedan; look for the 6.2L Supercharged V-8 producing 556 hp and 551 ft lbs of torque. Bengt Halvorson over at The Car Connection Bottom Line for the sedan says, “In real-world driving, the tremendous torque of this engine can pin you back to your seat in just about any situation, yet a well-calibrated throttle makes it easy to take off smoothly and gently. The six-speed manual gearbox is precise, with a light clutch, while the automatic comes with paddle shifters that allow manual selection if you shift to a separate gate. All this power is made enjoyable through great handling, aided by GM's Magnetic Ride Control, which uses a magnetically sensitive fluid in the dampers to almost instantaneously firm up or soften the suspension. It allows a supple ride on rough roads and crisp body control when it’s needed.”
Sports Car Monitor can’t wait to hear about the road test for these two cars. It’s a good time for wagon fans in the United States.