2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2010

Critical Facts

  • Acura's first wagon bodystyle
  • Front-wheel drive powertrain
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Standard premium audio system
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free communication
  • Estimated 30 mpg on the highway
  • Available during the fall of 2010

Introduction

The Acura TSX sedan was introduced in 2004 as a 4-door larger sibling to the Acura RSX. Put simply, the TSX sedan was a badge-engineered Honda Accord, which means that the exact car is sold in other parts of the world as the Honda Accord (interestingly enough, the North American market receives its own, larger Honda Accord). When the RSX was discontinued in 2006, the TSX became-and still is-Acura's entry-level offering. Now in its second generation, the Acura TSX sedan was last completely redesigned for the 2009 model year.

In 2011, the Acura TSX sedan will be joined by a new TSX Sport Wagon. The Sport Wagon, like its sedan sibling, is also a re-badged Honda Accord Wagon. (Honda doesn't sell this Accord Wagon model in North America-instead, they offer consumers the new Crosstour.) "The TSX Sport Wagon offers a smart solution to modern utility needs with its balanced and efficient driving performance coupled with bold styling and versatile cargo capabilities," says Acura of its newest model.

According to the company, the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon will be available in dealer showrooms in late 2010.

Model Lineup

The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon will be sold as one trim level, with all vehicles sharing the same engine, powertrain and 5-passenger cabin. The Sport Wagon's unique characteristics are found at the rear of its cabin. The rear cargo space includes a removable side panel to accommodate wider or oversized items. In addition, there are integrated under-floor bins for hidden storage.

All TSX Sport Wagon models will have a long list of standard features including leather upholstery, premium audio, power glass moonroof, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and USB/AUX music interfaces.

Hardware

2011 Acura TSX Sport WagonWhile the sedan variant of the Acura TSX is offered with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder powerplants, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon will be sold only with the 2.4-liter all-aluminum 4-cylinder engine. Rated at 201 horsepower, the powerplant is mated to a standard "Sequential SportShift" 5-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. Interestingly, although the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series wagons both offer all-wheel drive, Acura's "Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive" will not be available on the Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

The suspension of the new Acura TSX Sport Wagon is independent, front and rear. The front features double wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. In the rear, the Sport Wagon is fitted with a multi-link setup with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. According to Acura, the suspension has been tuned for "agile handling.allowing it to easily tackle a twisty mountain road." All four wheels are fitted with disc brakes and anti-lock control (ABS). The standard wheels are 17-inch aluminum alloy.

Safety

The new Acura TSX Sport Wagon is fitted with a comprehensive list of standard safety features. These include Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering_ (ACE_) body structure, driver and front passenger front and side air bags, and two side curtain air bags. According to Acura, its Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) uses sensors in the front passenger seatback to determine the height and position of the passenger and will deactivate the side air bag if a child or small-statured adult leans into the side air bag deployment path.

Technology

The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is available with a hard disk drive-based Acura Navigation System_ with an 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display. The system includes AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather_ featuring radar image mapping. In addition, the TSX Sport Wagon is offered with an Acura/ELS Surround� Premium Audio System and a hard disk drive (HDD) for media storage.
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