Cooley's Logbook: 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

A nice Asian competitor -- in a fight that just about every other carmaker has walked away from. Acura's TSX Sport Wagon really should live in the Honda catalog, where its limited performance and tech makes more sense.

The BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class, and Lexus IS all used to be made in cool little sport wagon variants. Only one problem: America kind of hates wagons. So those models are all gone from our market at the present time. Then, there's Acura.

Soldiering on with the TSX Sport Wagon , but in a sort of half-assed way, Acura seems to present this as a utility vehicle: witness the absence of a V6, SH-AWD, sport suspension, or other selections that would make it a road toy. Instead, it's a sedan with a little more room.

It's a light and easy-handling car with great perkiness, but not great performance. The former is about getting around town, the latter is about those twisty roads you love.

I like the car, but it's hard to love it. It offers all the tech basics (if you get the Technology Package) but nothing advanced. So it leaves me thinking I would cross shop it against a VW Jetta SportWagen, which is not supposed to happen between cars separated by over $11,000 MSRP.

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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