2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Due in dealerships by the end of calendar 2010, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon breaks the mold set by recent luxury brand crossover introductions. The TSX Sport Wagon will be a tidy, stylish wagon in the European tradition, rather than a bulky, SUV-inspired wanna-be truck, like Acura's recently launched ZDX or the closely related Honda Crosstour. The TSX Sport Wagon will not offer all-wheel drive, and it doesn't pretend to be anything but a conventional wagon.

Expect the new Acura TSX Sport Wagon to cover all the bases. It will deliver spry, driver-oriented performance, good fuel economy, luxury trim and features, and, thanks to its all-new body style, more cargo space and utility than what's available in the TSX sedan.

By exterior dimensions, the new Sport Wagon will be nearly identical in size to the TSX sedan. It shares the same 105.6-inch wheelbase, measuring about two inches longer and an inch taller. The TSX wagon's wheelbase also matches that of the Honda Civic sedan, though it's a bit longer and wider than the Civic, and shorter and narrower than the Honda Accord.

The Sport Wagon will come with the same 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels as the sedan, with the same flared wheel arches and chiseled front end. What distinguishes the wagon is its longer roof, which slopes ever so slightly as it extends rearward to a built-in spoiler at the top of the liftgate. The roof covers more on-board cargo space, of course, but it also makes the TSX wagon a bit more aerodynamically slippery that the sedan, according to Acura. It can be fitted with luggage rails.

The stretched roofline covers a cargo hold that Acura calls innovative and highly functional. It features a removable side panel to accommodate wider items, and integrated under-floor bins for hidden storage. Acura hasn't released specific cargo volumes for the TSX Sport Wagon, but all indications suggest that it will nearly double the sedan's 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place. We'd estimate 40 to 45 cubic feet of cargo space with the wagon's rear seat folded.

Inside, the leather seats and instrument panel are essentially identical to those in the sedan.

The 2011 TSX Sport Wagon will be powered by the standard 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, delivering 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, matched to a five-speed automatic with manual-shift feature. (The Sport Wagon won't be available with the six-speed manual or more powerful V6 engine offered in the sedan.) We'd anticipate a 0-60 mph acceleration time under eight seconds for the wagon, with EPA City/Highway mileage ratings at 21/30 mpg range.

Like other models in the TSX line, the Sport Wagon should come well equipped, with a standard power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats with driver memory and a 360-watt audio system with seven speakers, subwoofer, satellite radio, USB port and Bluetooth connection. The only upgrade will be the Technology Package, which will add a navigation system and Acura/ELS Surround premium audio.

The 2011 TSX Sport Wagon should be available nationally by New Year's Day 2011. We'd predict a premium of $800-$1,000 over the standard TSX sedan, which retails at $30,120 for 2010. The Technology Package will add about $3,200 to the base price.

The new TSX Sport Wagon won't offer the engine or transmission choices available in the sedan, but it should deliver a sophisticated, livable package for young families or couples with dogs.

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