Acura's TSX model sits at the bottom of its lineup, an economical car of modest proportions. As a near-luxury vehicle, the cabin offers upscale trim. For 2011, Acura brings out a wagon version of the car.

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Styling of the TSX Sport Wagon mirrors updates to the 2011 TSX sedan in the front. Except for the grille treatment, the TSX's overall design does not stand out particularly. Similarly, in Sport Wagon form, the car looks similar to other compact wagons.

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Acura's grille has been criticized for its beaklike design. But this latest version shows some refinement, with the upper bar set into a frame. Acura calls its design language Keen Edge.

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In Sport Wagon form, the TSX gains a few inches in length and 129 pounds in weight. Front- and rear-seat space is similar to that of the sedan.

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The high opening position of the hatchback prevents forehead damage. The hatch also has a power closing mechanism, completely unnecessary but contributing to the luxury image of Acura.

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Acura came up with a new wheel design for the 2011 TSX, which also makes its way to the Sport Wagon.

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The ride quality is typical for Acura, firm and competent. All-wheel drive would have probably helped sell the car, but Acura only makes the TSX in front-wheel-drive form.

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There is plenty of cargo space in the back of the TSX Sport Wagon, one of the main advantages of a wagon over a sedan. With the rear seats folded down, Acura boasts a 5-foot, 10-inch long cargo area able to hold 60.5 cubic feet of stuff.

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The front seats show Acura quality, with leather coverings and power adjustment.

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The rear seating area is not the most spacious, but is reasonably comfortable.

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Acura updated its cabin tech for the 2011 TSX sedan and Sport Wagon, with a hard-drive-based navigation system and a bright, high-resolution LCD.

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An electric power steering unit provides boost. Acura tunes it more for ease of use than road feel, which tones down the sportiness of the car.

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The voice command and phone buttons on the steering wheel demonstrate how Acura has not cured its "buttonitis." The dashboard also abounds in buttons.

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Where the TSX sedan is available with a six-speed manual, a five-speed automatic is the only option in the Sport Wagon. Similarly, a V-6 is an option for the sedan, but the wagon only gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

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The navigation system's maps, stored on a hard drive, look very good and include a traffic overlay. But these maps are strictly 2D, with no 3D view.

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The TSX Sport Wagon uses Acura's familiar interface design for setting destinations, choosing music, and placing phone calls through the Bluetooth phone system.

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The car comes with iPod integration, and Acura's Song By Voice feature lets you use voice command to select music.

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The ELS audio system includes 14 speakers and a 460-watt amp. Speakers on the D pillars face forward, a change from the sedan architecture.

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