New York Auto Show: 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
By Kevin Gordon
Acura has announced that it will be selling a “sport” wagon version of the TSX later this year. Acura’s marketing gurus are clearly attempting to avoid the dirty-dirty term station wagon. In fact, during the Acura press conference they were sure to point out the family truckster from National Lampoon’sVacation movie fame, and then go on to try to convince the audience that this car was nothing like the fake wood grained wagons of the 80s. As an aside, I think someone should jump on the UK’s nomenclature of estate… The 2011 Acura TSX Estate sounds pleasing to me. No matter what it is called, it remains a gussied up version wagon version of the Accord that has been sold in Europe for the past few years. I am happy to say that it improves on the looks of the TSX and adds some needed utility to the sedan.
Americans have been proven to be averse to anything with the name wagon in it. Maybe Acura should have named it a Sports Utility Car or Sports Activity Car, on second thought, the abbreviation on the acura.com site might not work. It could get to be a human resources nightmare. You go to work in your new ride and ask the new receptionist if she wants to see your SAC. Then again, you could show her your new Accord Crosstour and really offend her.
It is hard to put ones finger on the exact reason the average American hates the wagon so much, but this is one Autosavanter that hopes we have turned the corner on this prejudiced opinion. If anyone still thinks the wagon is garbage, take them to a local Mercedes dealership with a used E63 AMG wagon on the lot. Sadly, it has to be used because MB USA isn’t bringing its new AMG “spaceship” (as MB calls it) to the States.
The soon to be released Sport Wagon is a good step forward from Acura, but the news from Acura seems hollow. Where is the exciting news? Why no turbocharged motor from the RDX? Why no diesel or V6? As Acura stated, they are selling this as an alternative to larger SUVs. Then why no Super-Handling AWD? Lots of questions, with few answers. Acura seems to be trying to play it safe, that is, with the exception of their front end styling. The press release follows:
All-New Acura TSX Sport Wagon Debuts at New York International Auto Show
2011 TSX Sport Wagon to arrive at Acura dealerships in late Fall
NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 – The all-new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show today. The TSX Sport Wagon offers a smart solution to modern utility needs with its balanced and efficient driving performance coupled with bold styling and versatile cargo capabilities.
“The TSX Sport Wagon represents a smart choice for those seeking a vehicle with utility,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, sales. “It’s practical, fun to drive, luxurious and technically advanced, all while achieving an outstanding estimated highway fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon*.”
The TSX Sport Wagon delivers flexible utility and generous interior space— perfect for those with a growing family or an active lifestyle. The TSX Sport Wagon boasts an innovative and highly functional rear cargo space that includes a removable side panel to accommodate wider items such as golf clubs and integrated under-floor bins for hidden storage. Along with this sizeable cargo space, the TSX Sport Wagon features a comfortable and spacious cabin with seating for up to five adults.
The TSX Sport Wagon’s practical utility is cleverly masked behind crisp lines and a sleek, European-inspired exterior. Bold wheel arches frame the 17-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels, giving the Sport Wagon an aggressive stance. The chiseled, muscular body and sloping roofline emphasize its performance capabilities while making it more aerodynamic.
Powering the TSX Sport Wagon is a 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC®, inline four-cylinder engine paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission fit with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. The TSX Sport Wagon delivers brisk performance while achieving an EPA-estimated 30 mpg* on the highway. Drawing from its sports sedan roots, the TSX Sport Wagon features agile handling and quick off the line acceleration, allowing it to easily tackle a twisty mountain road or swiftly navigate through city streets.
To enhance the driving experience, the TSX Sport Wagon features the latest in advanced technologies including an available hard disk drive-based Acura Navigation System™ with an all-new 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™ featuring radar image mapping. For the audiophile, the TSX Sport Wagon will be available with an Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System and a hard disk drive (HDD) for media storage. Additionally, the TSX Sport Wagon is equipped with an impressive list of standard features, including a power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a premium sound system, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, and USB port and AUX jack music interface. Like all Acura vehicles, the TSX Sport Wagon will come with a comprehensive list of standard safety features, including Acura’s acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.
The 2011 TSX Sport Wagon will be an entry luxury utility offering when it arrives at Acura dealerships in the late fall. The Sport Wagon will join the TSX lineup, which already includes the popular 4-cylinder and sporty V-6 powered sports sedans.
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TSX Sport Wagon Specifications:
Length: 189.4 inches
Width: 72.4 inches
Height: 57.9 inches
Wheelbase: 106.5 inches
Wheel: 17×7.5- inch 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
Seating capacity: 5-passenger
*Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. You actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.