The TSX Sport Wagon likely won't be a huge seller, but it represents an important step in the right direction for a brand that has lost its way. Like the Acuras of old, this wagon is compact, efficient, and offers real value. The base price of $31,820 slots in nicely between compacts like the Audi A3 and more powerful offerings like BMW 328i Sports Wagon and A4 Avant (both of which start around $36,000).
Like the TSX sedan, the wagon provides a more rewarding driving experience than the specs suggest, with direct steering, a capable suspension, and a willing engine. I do wish the steering had a bit more heft to it. The lack of a manual transmission is a bummer for us enthusiasts, but considering the low volumes most wagons achieve in our market, it's hard to blame Acura for not wanting to homologate multiple powertrains. The interior is simple but well insulated and convincingly premium, with nicely bolstered leather seats and soft-touch surfaces all around.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
Driving the TSX Sport Wagon just made me ask why the ZDX exists all over again. I understand that the TSX wagon doesn't get a V-6 or all-wheel drive, but in every other way it is vastly superior to the aforementioned sport-futility coupe. There's much more usable room in the TSX wagon, and you never have to explain the concept of a wagon to people you meet. Maybe the front fascia needs a little discussion, but the beak has been toned down a little.
As much as I enjoy wagons and high-revving engines, I have a hard time imagining a buyer for this car. As David points out, the TSX pricing is attractive, but BMW and Audi offer much more compelling vehicles in terms of design, powertrain, and infotainment choices. Both BMW and Audi offer AWD, and the Audi A4 Avant gives up only 1 mpg to the Acura's 22/30 mpg city/highway ratings despite its 10 hp and 88 lb-ft of torque advantage.
The TSX Sport Wagon really exemplifies where Acura is as a brand. The idea is great, the execution is so-so, and nothing about it is particularly memorable, other than the front fascia's styling. I miss the personality that used to come with an Acura.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Producer