Monday, June 27, 2011

Acura TSX Sport Wagon is Nimble, Practical

The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is true to its name, offering sporty driving dynamics in an attractively designed wagon package.

This model arrives two years after the redesign of the TSX, and seems to be right on time, as sporty cars that can double as family vehicles seem to be growing in both supply and demand.

The engine is a  201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder which is linked to a five-speed automatic  transmission.   Fuel economy is pretty good, at  21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg highway.

The wagon is a bigger vehicle than its TSX sedan sibling, with a longer and taller body. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels,  xenon headlights and mirror-integrated turn signals standard.

The TSX wagon comfortably seats five, and comes with such niceties as rear air conditioning vents, a very handy feature at this time of year to add to the comfort of those sitting in the back area. Acura has also added more insulation to dampen cabin noise. There is a nice list of standard features such as heated, power front seats, leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and USB/iPod integration.  Acura has updated is optional navigation system with a new screen and extended map coverage. Additionally you can get weather and traffic updates.

Acura has included a number of safety features on the TSX such as antilock brakes, front, side-impact, and side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system, and active head restraints for the front seats.   All are standard.

The TSX wagon sells from around $32,000.

It's probably safe to say that sales of the TSX wagon won't come near the levels of its sedan sibling, so you might not see a whole lot of these rolling around the streets of Atlanta or Macon.

But for those who choose this ride, they'll be getting style and functionality, and a bit of sportiness, in a very solid package. 

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