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It’s not always easy to balance sporty characteristics and essential luxury, but Acura always does a good job; combining quality elements with impeccable fit and finish with thrilling engines and immense practicality all in one attractive package. With the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, Acura have managed yet again to encompass all those aspects while adding further value and everyday usability – everything people look for in a luxury sports wagon.
The 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagonoffers a combination of great passenger comfort and massive cargo space with enough flexibility to cater to the needs of the most active family. A powerful and efficient engine with a convenient automatic transmission adds to the experience and rounds off one amazing all-round package.
2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – Performance:
The 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagonis no small car. Almost 190 inches in length and weighing in at around 3600 lbs, it needs an engine which provides the muscle in city condition as well as on the open road; that’s where the renowned 2.4L motor comes in. Powering the Sport Wagon is the 201 hp 2.4L inline-4 i-VTEC engine. This engine has a very rev happy nature making it’s peak power at 7,000 rpm. The peak torque of 170 lb-ft comes in at 4,300 rpm with a healthy torque band available over a wide range.
A 5-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels and also features Acura’s Sequential SportShift paddles, allowing you to use a fully automatic mode or step in and take over gear change responsibilities when you feel like getting more involved in the drive. The smooth-shifting automatic box and the state of tune of the engine together ensure good drivability in all traffic conditions never leaving you feel wanting for performance.
Fuel efficiency is another strong point in overall performance with the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon returning 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city with a combined 25 mpg. Consider the 18.5 gallon fuel capacity and you can safely expect a range of over 450 miles on a full tank.
2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – Safety:
Acura safety features are one of their strong points and the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is loaded with all the essential safety equipment to ensure complete safety for you and your family. Typically Acura, the suspension is set up for sportier characteristics using independent setups front and rear with stabiliser bars to provide utmost stability in a straight line as well as while cornering with a car full of people and luggage. The vehicle stability assist and brake assist technologies equipped with sensors for speed, steering and throttle position, G force and yaw together with anti lock brakes take care of all dynamic performance aspects and ensure maximum vehicle control and the most effective braking in the most demanding weather conditions. All season tires and a tire pressure monitor add to the assurance.
Protective safety and the safety of children are high on the priority list as well with pretensioner and load limiter equipped seat belts all round with supplemental restraint system comprising front, side and curtain airbags. Active head restraints and the Occupant Position Detection System optimize front passenger safety while LATCH anchors make installing child seats much easier.
2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – Exterior, Interior and Technology:
Take a look at the Sport Wagon and you immediately know it’s an Acura which brings so much more to the table. The front end resembles the TSX saloon with its pointed grille and sharp head lamps. The flared wheels arches and rising shoulder line on the other hand hint at increased space and cargo capacity. The gradually sloping roof line means rear passengers get good head room and with the wide tailgate, the loading area is also quite large.
On the inside, you get everything that the sports luxury TSX saloon offers – the grippy steering wheel and functional instrument panel with a pleasing ambience from the use of drk plastics and contrast trim accents. Fit and finish levels are top notch and everything you see and touch looks and feels high quality. There are a lot of storage spaces all around in the doors and center console along with some useful cubby holes. The seats up front are powered and use perforated leather and indulgent cushioning to offer maximum support and superior comfort with ergonomics to make every long drive feel much shorter. The rear seats are equally comfortable and are of a 60:40 split folding variety to offer flexibility as you need it.
The boot capacity is 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up. Fold down the 2nd row and that figure goes up to 66.2 cubic feet. There’s even a hidden compartment in the floor. The flat load floor and cargo hooks make loading and securing luggage easier.
The equipment list on the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon includes everything you need for a drive out of town and even more to keep you comfortable moving around the city. Automatic climate control with humidity control and an air filtration system are standard. You get a sound system with USB and iPod integration as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The optional technology package add a Satellite Navigation system with real time traffic and weather updates together with voice recognition for the audio, navigation and climate control. You also get a premium surround sound system, a rear view camera and a remote-linked power tailgate.
2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – What Others Are Saying:
The Car Connection: Steering and ride quality feel very European, tuned on the taut side but not punishing. The electric power steering is pleasingly calibrated and nicely weighted. Cabin is handsome and features a clean design with easy to use controls and high quality materials. Front seats are impressive and quite adjustable.
US News: The Sport Wagon makes a lot of sense for those looking for sporty performance with lots of cargo space. Standard equipment is a long list but opting for the Technology package makes it downright impressive.
Motor Trend: The 2.4L engine is smooth and responsive and emits a racy growl when pushed.
2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – Pricing:
The TSX Sport Wagon is priced at $31,860 going up to $35,510 when equipped with the Technology package.