2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon


#4 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon was new.


Interior: 8.1

Reviewers say the interior of the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon isn’t perfect, but is very good. Build quality is high, seats are comfortable and there is plenty of cargo room. Most auto writers like that the TSX Sport Wagon has a long list of standard features, and say that opting for the technology package makes the electronics on this wagon downright impressive.

  • "The TSX's interior has a high-quality appearance and room for up to five people." -- Cars.com
  • "TSX exhibits solid assembly quality and most of the trim and plastics are nicely textured. The overall effect is very understated, and leans more towards sporty minimalism than premium/luxury. A few interior panels look low buck, but they don't detract from the clean ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's a sense of quality inside the TSX that falls somewhere between the sensible Mazda CX-7 and the luxurious BMW X3. Everything fits together nicely, the materials are high quality and road and engine noise are kept largely at bay." -- Edmunds
  • "The ... Acura TSX Sport Wagon's cabin tech, with its hard-drive-based navigation, advanced voice command, and ELS audio system, earns the car an excellent score for electronics. The car offers a full range of audio sources and external data including traffic and weather." -- CNET


The 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon seats five people in two rows, and leather upholstery is standard. Reviewers say the seats are supportive and comfortable, even for long drives. An eight-way power driver’s seat is standard. Reviewers say even the rear seat is fairly roomy for a wagon, though taller adults may be cramped.

  • "The seating position is instantly right, with minimal fiddling, which seems to set the car up for spirited driving right out of box.” -- AutoWeek
  • "Our 6-foot-1-inch copy editor stuffed himself in the backseat after adjusting the driver seat for his preferred position. His knees touched the seatback, but there was ample headroom. He'd tolerate a ride across town this way, but not much farther." -- Edmunds
  • "Narrow, toe-tangling rear door openings made it hard to get into or out of the back seat. Once ensconced, though, there was marginally acceptable knee and toe space for two adults." -- USA Today
  • "Inside, the front bucket seats deliver good support and long-distance comfort." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Interior Features

Reviewers say that the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has a high-tech, high-quality interior, though the dash does have a lot of buttons, which can take some getting used to. Most features, like satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port with iPod integration are standard. But, if you opt for the technology package, you get navigation, solar-sensing climate control, a rearview camera and traffic and weather alerts. Though the technology package adds to the TSX Sport Wagon’s price, several reviews say it’s worth it. One favorite feature of reviewers is Acura’s Song By Voice system. Using a Bluetooth-enabled music player, you can stream music wirelessly through the TSX Sport Wagon’s stereo and control it with voice commands.

A few reviewers mention that the center stack is button-heavy and not as modern as some other interiors, but they don’t generally mind, as they found that the electronics are relatively intuitive.

  • "The gauges are large and quick to decipher at a glance. All models have a center-mounted dashboard screen for audio, climate, and navigation functions. Those controls are all separate from each other. That results in what some testers find a bewildering array of buttons, but at least they are clearly marked. However, the screen is prone to washing out in bright sunlight. It takes study to master all of the navigation system's functions. Standard voice recognition helps, but any commands must be spoken slowly, loudly, and clearly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cockpit has an overabundance of knobs and buttons, which can be daunting at first. With some time and familiarity, though, most operations can become intuitive, thanks to a logical layout of controls. The optional navigation system, on the other hand, is fairly easy to use from the get-go, with voice commands, real-time traffic, weather forecasting and a large LCD screen with a secondary control knob. We also think the accompanying Acura/ELS surround-sound audio is worth the extra cost." -- Edmunds
  • "As-yet-uninfected by modern over-complexity, the wagon's knobs, buttons and dials were just about where you wanted them and worked about the way you desired." -- USA Today
  • "The Bluetooth phone system is full-featured, downloading a paired phone's contact list and making it possible to dial by name with the voice command system. And another advanced feature Acura has been rolling out in its various models is what it calls Song By Voice, a feature that lets you request music from a paired iPod or the car's own hard drive by artist, album, or song name. This feature works well and had no trouble with a difficult artist name such as Blitzen Trapper." -- CNET


The 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. When the back seats are folded, it has a cavernous 66.2 cubic feet of space. That’s very good for the class. Reviewers like that the amount of cargo space rivals some SUVs'. Plus, since the TSX is a wagon, it’s lower to the ground, which makes loading heavy items easier. Reviewers also like the smaller storage spaces, including three hidden bins below the cargo floor. If you opt for the technology package, the TSX Sport Wagon comes with an automatic rear liftgate.

  • "As for the added cargo-carrying space, there's a fair amount here. With the rear seats folded, there's 60.5 cubic feet of space, which is actually more than the BMW 328i wagon (54.7 cubic feet) and the Audi A4 Avant (56.5 cubic feet). Then there's additional storage underneath the floor in the trunk and a couple of other nooks and crannies back there to the side." -- AutoWeek
  • "There's a lot of it, and it's cleverly done. Space under the floor can be used to hide valuables, or provide a deeper well for things that you don't want to slide or tip." -- USA Today
  • "Wagons have a one-piece liftgate; power operation is included with the Technology Package. The load floor is low and flat, but it narrows somewhat between the rear wheel wells. Shallow bins under the load floor add a bit more storage space for valuables. Pockets in all four doors help compensate for the somewhat small glovebox and center-console bins." -- Consumer Guide

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.