New wagons dominate 2010 NYIAS
By Nauman Farooq
Generally, station wagons have not been very successful in North America. People on this continent have much preferred to buy an SUV or a cross-over rather than a wagon.
So it has certainly come as a big surprise to see all the new wagon models recently going on sale. Honda just launched the Accord Crosstour a few months back, and Subaru came out with another new Outback wagon.
More surprisingly, Cadillac recently launched the CTS Sport Wagon (now also available in “V” trim); Kia has just announced production of their Forte wagon, and now onto the latest addition to this list, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon.
The TSX (which is the European Honda Accord) has been around for a few years already, and while in Europe they had always offered it as both a sedan and wagon, the addition of the wagon in our showrooms is all new for 2011.
At their press conference at the 2010 New York International Auto Show, Acura said that the “TSX Sport Wagon delivers flexible utility and generous interior space – perfect for those with a growing family or an active lifestyle.”
Oddly, in their press-release, they completely forgot to mention exactly how much room this new wagon actually has to offer. Looks like it has plenty of space though.
What is mentioned is that this new sport wagon will only be offered with one engine. While the TSX sedan can be had with either an I4 or a V6 engine, the TSX Sport Wagon will only come with the 2.4-liter, double over head cam (DOHC), i-VTEC, inline four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 201 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque. In the Sport Wagon, only the five-speed automatic gearbox is offered (sedan version can also be had with a six-speed manual), and drive only goes to the front wheels.
So it won’t be the wagon of choice for an enthusiast, nor will it be the choice of vehicle for someone looking to haul a big family, as the TSX Sport Wagon is only a five passenger vehicle. But thanks to its low opening tail-gate and its long, spacious trunk, it will be perfect for carrying pets.
The TSX Sport Wagon will be in showrooms by the last quarter of this year with prices starting around the $35,000 mark.