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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: First Drive Page 3


For a front-wheel drive car, the TSX Sport Wagon does very well in most circumstances, understeering predictably when pushed, but allowing a high degree of playfulness. If in fact the newly-nesting mom or dad is going to buy this car they’d never push it as hard as we did with Baby on Board at least, which leads me to believe it’s absolutely entertaining enough for most buyers.

Those who like really raucous wagons? Maybe not. For one thing, it’s just too nose-heavy vs., say, that 3-Series. Also, the suspension errs on the side of being smooth, but uneven, rolling pavement makes it feel soft-kneed rather than buttoned down, although this is only a first-impression takeaway. More roads, more time, and more varied conditions would be necessary to draw any absolute conclusions about handling.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon's interior is clean and smartly laid out, the seats are supportive and comfortable, and cabin noise is pretty hushed. This isn’t quite the uber-sexy quarters you can find in the A4 Avant, but Acura gives you a pile of standard amenities, like leather seats and HID headlamps, that are all extras from Audi.

And that’s all part of Acura’s formula, believing that if the new-new is wagons, the new economy for entry-luxury buyers is bang for the buck. And these days that’s a pretty sound argument.

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