I'd be confused if a TL wagon and the ZDX were ever forced to coexist, but I do see how the TSX Sport Wagon carves its own niche in Acura's lineup. According to the automaker, there are a (small) number of younger buyers who want something versatile, yet aren't looking for a small SUV like the RDX, or a segment-blurring beast like the ZDX (hey, that sounds like me!).
Overall, the TSX wagon is an attractive commodity, but as my colleagues note, it does begin to pale once you stack it against similar luxo-wagons from Acura's competitors. It doesn't have the cachet of the 3 Series, the all-wheel-drive of the A4, nor the oh-so-dramatic flair of Cadillac's CTS wagon.
That doesn't mean it's worth passing over. Four cylinders, front-wheel-drive, 3600 pounds of mass, and a five-speed automatic don't exactly sound exciting, but the TSX does manage to feel remarkably spritely. Steering is incredibly well weighted and offers quick response, and body motions are relatively reserved. The 2.4-liter I-4 is all too happy to get up and going, and the automatic transmission is quick to respond to throttle input and remarkably smooth. Styling wise, the TSX doesn't break new ground, but is still neat, tidy, and handsome, both inside and out.
Perhaps most impressive is the pricing. For $31,820 buyers can pick up a base Sport Wagon, which still comes equipped with features like heated leather front seats, a USB audio input, and Bluetooth phone connectivity (an extra $4000 also adds navigation and a power rear liftgate), and manages to undercut the Audi and BMW by roughly $5000; the Cadillac by $7000. It may not be a revolutionary addition to the segment, but certainly, the TSX wagon is an affordable, athletic, and attractive package.
- Evan McCausland, Web Producer