Acura has had a bit of a rough go recently. People hated the silly looking beak-like grille, and their cars, crossovers, and SUVs fell behind the curve in many ways. With the addition of the new NSX, the company has reinjected some style and substance into the brand, but they’re still missing an awesome car like the TSX Sport Wagon that the company introduced back in 2011. It was a true automotive gem, and we miss it dearly.

Acura Did a Lot of Things Right

Acura TSX Sport Wagon on a mountain road

A quick glance at the Acura TSX Sport Wagon reveals a rather uninspiring machine. When it came out the Acura wasn’t much more than a European Accord with some fancy duds, but then if you looked around at most other Japanese automakers there wasn’t much else out there like it. The Germans had their luxury wagons. That was really it.

Acura TSX Sport Wagon

The TSX Sport Wagon came with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a five-speed automatic with 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It was an engine that was happy to rev, and if you had it, you certainly spent time wringing the thing out. When you weren’t driving with a lead foot, you could get 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway in a car with more than 60 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded.

The vehicle looked nice, too. It had Acura’s most unfortunate grille, but other than that, it’s still an attractive car even today. It’s well-proportioned and sleeker than the sedan. The interior featured premium materials and plenty of room for all passengers. It was a car that could do everything the family needed and be a little fun when it needed to be.

Acura Didn’t Do Everything Right

Acura TSX Sport Wagon

The car had the agile and competent handling that came with the Accord that it was based on. It had quick and communicative steering and was quiet and comfortable on the road. The issue most people had who reviewed it was the amount of power. The wagon form was just a little too heavy. It added a couple hundred pounds to the car’s equation and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, as commendable as it was, didn’t necessarily have the grunt to make the car an enthusiasts dream.

A V6 would have solved this problem, and Acura sold a V6 in the TSX’s sedan form, so it stands to reason that putting one in the Sport Wagon wouldn’t have been too hard. Also, there was no manual transmission available. While manual transmissions don’t sell well, enthusiasts to this day scream about the fact that there was no manual in this car. There was in the European Accord Touring abroad, so why not here? Acura should have had it available.

Acura TSX Sport Wagon

The last thing that Acura did wrong with the TSX Sport Wagon was canceling it too soon. The vehicle was genuinely a good car, and it was so close to becoming an amazing enthusiast dream sport wagon. That said, sport wagons aren’t huge sellers, and if Acura only catered to enthusiasts and did what automotive journalists said it should do, the company would probably go under. Hence the reliance on SUVs and crossovers.

Still, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon was a great idea, and with the resurgence of station wagons recently, like the Buick Regal Tour X and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, we think Acura should really think about bringing it back.

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