Given the TSX’s surprisingly nimble driving dynamics, that’s more than okay with us. It begins with the addictively rev-happy 2.4-liter four-cylinder resting behind the buck-tooth grille. The TSX Sport Wagon weighs 3,599 pounds, which sounds like a V6 would be required, but why add cylinders if they’re not needed? Acura seems to think so, since it’s not offering the 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 as an option, even though it can be had in the TSX sedan.
Being a wagon, there’s ample storage space, and even with the second row upright, you can fit a commendable amount of stuff in the 25.8 cubic feet of storage in the back. Stow that second row and you’re treated to 60 cubic feet of space, or more room than many mid-size crossovers. Flat sidewalls and a carpeted floor ease loading and unloading the rear cargo area.
The TSX Sport Wagon marks a return to the cars that Acura should have been making all along. With front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, and automatic-only transmission, it’s not trying to compete with the BMW 3-series Touring. Or even the Audi A4 Avant. It is, simply, a well-built compact wagon.
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon:
- 201-hp, 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine
- 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
- Front-wheel drive
- 4-wheel independent suspension: double wishbone front, multi-link rear
- Electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)
- 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225-50 R17 93V high-performance all-season tires
- EPA Passenger Volume: 94.4 cu ft
- EPA Cargo Volume (Behind First Row-Second Row): 60.5 cu ft | 25.8 cu ft
- Estimated Fuel Mileage (City-Highway-Combined): 22 | 30 | 26
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