American consumers, we’re told, don’t like station wagons. Automotive journalists, on the other hand, love them. Why? Because they can have the entertainment value of a sedan (or in the case of Mike’s Magnum SRT-8, a very fast sedan) combined with the hauling capability of a crossover or SUV. Sadly, most manufacturers have given up on wagons in favor of unibody SUVs, because that’s what market research tells them customers will buy.
Acura, on the other hand, thinks that Americans want station wagons, which is why Honda America Motors pushed hard for the creation of the Acura TSX Wagon. Based on the European Honda Accord Tourer station wagon, the TSX Wagon will be produced in Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant and should hit dealer lots in January of 2011. The TSX Wagon will be front wheel drive, and will be launched with a single motor (Honda’s 2.4 liter four) and transmission (Honda’s five speed automatic). That’s not a bad thing, since both the motor and transmission have been a staple in Honda products for years and have proven to be virtually bombproof. Horsepower and fuel economy numbers haven’t been finalized, but I’d expect to see around 203 horsepower and 30 mpg on the highway.
Fortunately, the styling of the TSX Wagon has been toned down a bit from the current TSX sedan’s “pointy is good” styling. I’d stop short of calling the TSX wagon “stunning”, but it is nicely styled and looks to be well appointed. The size, in my opinion, is perfect: it’s big enough to haul four adults and their stuff comfortably, but small enough to fit in most parking spaces. Like the TSX, the TSX Wagon will focus more on driver comfort and amenities than on outright performance and handling, but that doesn’t mean it will be boring to drive. I’m pushing hard to get one in the press fleet as soon as possible, since I’m one of those automotive journalists with a bizarre predilection for station wagons.