In an automotive world increasingly filled with crossovers that compromise on performance and fuel economy in the name of "rugged" imitation-SUV looks, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a breath of fresh air. Lacking vitality-sapping Â‘ute elements like a jacked-up ride height, it features virtually the same efficiency and capable handling as the TSX sedan on which it's based in addition to a spacious and versatile cargo area.
Like its sedan sibling, the TSX Sport Wagon is derived from the European-market Honda Accord. It rides on a front-wheel-drive platform that's clothed in conservative sheetmetal (aside from Acura's controversial corporate "beak" grille). A recent mid-cycle refresh updated the front and rear fascias but did little to change the overall look.
The only available powertrain is a five-speed automatic transmission mated to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. With 201 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, the motor isn't exactly overburdened with power, but it revs willingly and smoothly up to its 7100-rpm redline. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The cabin features a gracefully styled dashboard with a high-mounted info center/navigation screen, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and a simple two-gauge instrument panel. There's no iDrive-like control system; this means that the secondary systems are controlled by buttons and knobs, which are numerous but relatively intuitive.
When the time comes for cargo carrying, there's 25.8 cubic feet of space available behind the rear seats. Fold those seats down, and there's a full 60.5 cubic feet to play with. In addition to the traditional rear storage space, the wagon also features four hidden compartments for out-of-sight storage. A 2.4 cu-ft storage area is located beneath a lift-up hatch within the load floor. Smaller items can be placed in a 0.2 cu-ft storage area (hidden by a removable panel) located in the side panel on the driver side, or in one of two 13-inch long storage areas near the main in-floor storage area.
The rear seats come in a 60/40 fold-down design, allowing one section to be lowered to generate more cargo room while the other section can remain in the up position to accommodate a rear seat passenger. Or, both seats can be folded down to attain the maximum cargo area replete with a load-flat floor that is nearly 70-inches long, complete with a variety of tie-down hooks for keeping cargo items secure.
Trim Level Breakdown
The TSX Sport Wagon comes in two forms only - the well-equipped base model and the full-loaded Technology Package model.
The base model comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a seven-speaker, 360-watt AM/FM/CD sound system with AUX and USB inputs, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, HID headlights, Bluetooth connectivity and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Technology Package model adds a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, a power liftgate, a 10-speaker, 410-watt ELS sound system with Dolby Pro Logic II and a rearview camera.
Standard safety features include dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
Small, sporty wagon alternatives to the TSX Sport Wagon are limited to more expensive (and more powerful) all-wheel-drive German models like the BMW 3-Series Wagon and the "wagon masquerading as an SUV" Audi allroad.