[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][tov motorsports][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
2021 Honda Civic Sedan On Sale Now
More.......................
New Flagship: MDX Prototype Previews Most Premium and Performance-Focused SUV in Acura History
More.......................
Honda announces 2021 Accord updates, including wireless CarPlay/Android Auto support
More.......................
Acura follows up on MDX tease with new interior preview photos
More.......................
Honda releases photos and details of 2021 Ridgeline MMC
More.......................
American Honda reports September 2020 sales
More.......................
Honda quitting F1 (again) effective after the 2021 season
More.......................
Next-Generation Acura MDX Prototype Set to Debut Oct. 14
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: The Battery isn't the Future!!!!!!!
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2020 Portugese Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: 2nd Generation TLX Reviews
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: Vintage original 38k mile Texas 1980 Accord 4-dr 5-speed
Join Discussion......
Repair and Maintenance --> Re: New transmission mount for the Vigor
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Civic is the perfect size?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda: The Early Years
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: MotoGP 2020 (spoilers)
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: 24hrs of Spa (NSX)
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: I don't want a CTR
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Honda leaving F1....but staying as Red Bull PU?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Hyundai/ Kia's costly engine "issues" totaled $5 billion
Join Discussion......
HondaJet --> Re: PPL Discussion
Join Discussion......
Appearance & Detailing --> Re: Any RDX Owners in the DMV Area?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: THE HUMMER IS BACK! 2022 GMC Hummer
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, TSX
Create Date December 22, 2010 15:00
Last Update December 27, 2010 10:36
Introduction

San Francisco
Back at the turn of the century, if you were interested in purchasing a sporty wagon, the pickings were getting pretty slim; most automakers had long given up on the wagon segment, including Honda. At that point, crossovers and SUVs (that in my opinion, ranged from awful to soul-sucking) were selling in huge numbers, regardless of their numerous shortcomings. Unfortunately for Honda enthusiasts who wanted or needed a sporty wagon, Honda was just getting started with their own line of crossovers and had big plans for the exploding segment. Any hopes of owning a sporty Honda wagon would have to be put on hold for more than a decade.

2011 finally brings us the TSX Sportwagon. The TSX Sportwagon is essentially a US-legal version of the European Accord Tourer, which we've ogled from afar since it went onsale overseas in 2008. That means it's not exactly a brand-new product. It is, however, very stylish (at least to my eyes), reasonably sporty, reasonably priced, luxurious, packed with technological features, comfortable, drives like a sedan, and offers a level of utility comparable to or better than a typical compact crossover.

Starting at $30,960, the TSX Sportwagon (which is rated at 22mpg city/30mpg hwy) is quite a compelling vehicle, especially when compared to the spectrum of fuel-swilling, top-heavy, two-ton premium compact crossovers currently on the market. If you don't absolutely require AWD, then why would you even bother considering those premium compact crossovers? The TSX Sportwagon isn't the only wagon option out there, though, so perhaps the more important question is "how does it compare to other premium wagons?" For starters, it's one of the least expensive premium wagons out there, yet when it comes to standard features, fuel efficiency, roominess, and yes, styling, it's near the head of the pack.

Acura's not messing around, either: the base TSX Sportwagon's standard features include heated leather seats, dual zone climate control with rear-passenger vents (and even a vent inside the center console), a power moonroof, a 360-watt premium audio system with full USB iPod support, Bluetooth Handsfreelink, and powered front seats with a dual position memory function on the driver's side. The Technology package adds $3,650 to the bottom line but includes Acura's HDD-based Navigation system with VGA LCD display, an impressive 460-watt ELS surround sound audio system with 15GB of music storage, and a power tailgate. The only things you might miss on the options sheet are SH-AWD, a manual transmission, and a more powerful engine choice.

Just what is the competition?
Acura defines the primary competitive set for the TSX Sportwagon to include the Audi A4 Avant, Volvo V50 T5, and BMW 3-series. Thanks to the TSX Sportwagon's aggressive entry price point, Acura also expects showroom traffic from more mainstream shoppers who are considering wagons such as the Subaru Outback and VW Passat. With that number of nameplates in play, it almost sounds as if the wagon segment is already thriving. That Acura only expects to sell 4,000 TSX Sportwagons in the next year tells otherwise. Interestingly, the TSX Sportwagon's forecast is 1,000 units fewer than Acura's initial target for their extreme-niche model, the ZDX. In my estimation, Acura could easily sell twice as many TSX Sportwagons as ZDXs, but only time will tell if my gut feel is correct.

[Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  A Nitpick...
Frogger 0
  Add V6, 6MT, and SH-AWD
Sasker 22
  The 'Acura' formula rediscovered
SoichirosHeroes 3
  '09 vs '11 K24 improvements
ipribadi 7
  I like Jeff's conclusion as it's totally true!
CivicB18 1
  good read
Farage1 1
Jump to:
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX Advance
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX - Details and Cutaways
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2020 Chicago Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Honda and Acura at 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Other vehicles of 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2019 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
30