2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Avid followers of the Japanese car brand Acura now have an alternative to the 2011 Acura TSX sedan, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. This vehicle is the concrete embodiment of Acura’s mission to satisfy its TSX customers. The TSX Sport Wagon is better when it comes to fuel economy, exterior design and style as well as better navigation system than its predecessor Acura TSX upscale small car. Despite these notable difference though, the brand remained dedicated in providing optimum safety and solid performance to the consumers most especially to the automobile critics.

Performance

When it comes to engine performance however, Acura TSX Sport Wagon scored less than the sedan because the former does not have a V6 engine option compared to the latter. However, most critics still find the TSX Sport Wagon fun to drive even if it only has a limited four-cylinder engine, 201 horsepower and five-speed automatic transmission. But then again, it would have added more to its appeal if the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon had a sportier engine like the V6.

Exterior

The TSX Sport Wagon’s sturdy and magnificent exterior makes it a bit of a stunner especially for an entry-level luxury wagon compared to the TSX sedan. The extension of the tail or the rear portion of the vehicle provided a boost in the overall appearance. The sheepish smile of the chrome beak was also tamed down with Acura’s careful use of contrast in colors specifically its Vortex Blue Pearl paint. Just by looking at the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, one can imagine its outstanding velocity thru its excellent shock-angles and tapered roof.

Interior

The interior of the TSX Sport Wagon may be considered average when it comes to standard features such as comfort and space. The seats and of course the seat cover provided by the manufacturer are cozy enough for the passengers and the wagon provides more foot/ legroom compared to its sedan counterpart. As for cargo space, the Sport Wagon provides enough room for cargo or luggage. It has three hidden floor bins and the trunk is also spacious enough for bags and other things. Compared to SUV’s, the TSX wagon is easier to load primarily because it is lower, this is very helpful especially for travelers who load heavy items inside their vehicle. Acura has also given their buyers another option, for tech-savvy car-lovers, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon can be purchased with an automatic liftgate.

Added Features

Living up to the brand’s state-of-the-art interior features, this wagon is built with standard inclusions such as the satellite radio, USB port for iPod, stereo with seven speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. For those who want more high-tech features they can again opt for the technology package which includes rearview camera, navigation system that has a hard drive, solar sensors, Song by Voice feature which lets you control music being played thru voice recognition, etc. Compared to the TSX sedan’s confusing navigations keys and knobs, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon’s dashboard and center stack are not that cluttered with useless buttons. For overall interior looks, this vehicle is definitely above par.

Safety

Reviews based on test drives made by automobile journalists and car experts reveal that when it comes to safety, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is also on top of the ratings, similar to the TSX sedan. It is packed with safety features such as an airbag undergone system, anti-lock brakes with brakes assist, traction and stability controls as well as active head restraints. Although the TSX Sport Wagon has not yet comprehensively gone through crash tests set by the government it is still remarkably safe as reflected on its 4 out 4 stars rating.

The Competition

For an entry-level luxury vehicle sans the expensive price tag like the BMW 5 (MSRP $56,500; 20 city / 30 hwy) series Wagon and Audi A4 (MSRP $36,400; 21 city/ 29hwy), the TSX Sport Wagon is definitely a must-buy. It has a high reliability grade and consumers are provided with comprehensive warranty.

It is not only easy to drive and navigate; it also provides safety and comfort better than other leading car brands.

Overall Rating
70 out of 100

What others say:

“This premium compact carves corners with grippy assurance and little body lean. The electronic steering system offers light effort at low speeds but firms up nicely on the highway or twisty mountain roads. The brakes deliver short, controlled stops.”Consumer Guide

“Impressive number of standard and technology features; spacious interior; sporty handling with V6 sedan and wagon; excellent build and materials quality.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: $30.960.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons (70 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 22 city / 30 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 189.2 in. (480 cm) Width: 72.4 in. (184 cm)
Height: 57.9 in. (147 cm) Wheel Base: 106.4 in. (270.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3599 lbs (1633 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.9 in. (15 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 25.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: DOHC i-VTEC® in-line 4 Displacement: 2.4 liter
Horsepower: 201 HP Max RPM: 7000 RPM
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 8.0 seconds 1/4 Mile: 16.2 seconds