We here at RideLust have a bizarre attraction to wagons. Mike has one as a daily driver, and although I’m in between wagons right now, I’ve owned more than my share. They’re comfortable, give you plenty of room for car guy stuff (try fitting four mounted wheels and tires in a Mustang) and they fly under the radar, both literally and figuratively. I don’t have hard data to back up this assumption, but I’m thinking that wagon drivers get popped for speeding a whole lot less than sport sedan drivers. Even if a wagon is fast (like Mike’s Magnum SRT-8 or the Audi S4 Avant), cops just don’t give them a second glance.
When Acura showed their TSX Wagon at the South Florida Auto Show, I was more than a little bit interested. My wife’s Acura TSX is next up for replacement and she definitely wants a wagon this time around. More room for the dog, she says, but I’m thinking “autocross support vehicle” myself. Acura’s TSX Sport Wagon may be the perfect blend of size, handling and reliability, and now we know what it will cost when it begins to hit dealer lots later this month. The base model starts at $30,960, and the Sport Wagon with the Technology Package (including nav) will sticker at $34,610. The Sport Wagon only comes with the 2.4 liter four cylinder motor and the automatic transmission, at least for now. Fuel economy is rated at 22 MPG city, 30 MPG highway and 25 MPG combined.
Like all 2011 TSX models, the TSX Sport Wagon receives a revised front fascia, which goes a long way towards toning down the bizarre styling of the 2009 and 2010 cars. The interior has been tweaked as well, although changes are mostly limited to trim areas. The interior of the TSX is already superb, and Acura knows not to mess with a good thing.
Dealers will begin seeing inventory in the next few weeks, so it’s time to start hounding Acura for a press fleet TSX Sport Wagon. I promise a full review in the near future, but I’m curious to hear what you think: would you test drive one? Consider buying one? Acura almost shot down the TSX Sport Wagon, since consumers tend to favor sedans or SUVs over wagons. Did they make the right call by building it?