2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Performance

#4 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

$13,007 - $14,464

2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.2

Though some reviewers complain that the Acura TSX Sport Wagon doesn’t offer a six-cylinder engine, most reviewers say the four-cylinder engine is up to the job. Though the TSX Sport Wagon isn’t a canyon carver, reviewers say its handling is sporty enough for most buyers.

  • "This is a civilized wagon, not a sports car. It will serve you well as long as you're more inclined toward country cruises than you are to back-road thrashings." -- Edmunds
  • "The Acura TSX Sport Wagon is peppy and agile." -- USA Today
  • "What you have here is a well-executed midsize station wagon built more for safe hauling than for taking corners at exuberant speeds, engineered more for fuel economy than high-performance, fuel-consumptive driving." -- The Washington Post

Acceleration and Power

Reviewers generally like the Acura TSX Sport Wagon’s 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While they wish the TSX Sport Wagon had a six-cyliner engine option, most say the four-cylinder works fine. The only transmission is a five-speed automatic. More than a few reviewers say it’s a good transmission, but that the sedan’s six-speed manual would help put the sport in Sport Wagon. On the whole, however, reviewers like the powertrain. The EPA says the TSX Sport Wagon gets 22/30 mpg city/highway.

  • "The drivetrain was a star. The four-cylinder engine made its satisfying power not from turbocharging, but by being designed to maximize the engine's high-revving abilities (7,000 rpm redline), yet not require that it be driven flat-out to perform well. Thus, fun to flog and satisfying in the stop and lurch of crowded suburban traffic." -- USA Today
  • "With pedal pressed to metal, it was surprisingly responsive. Its 170 pound-feet of torque was crisp and satisfying throughout the power band, and its five-speed automatic transmission more than ample to handle its modest 201 horsepower." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The automatic transmission is only a five speed, and the engine tech is only average." -- CNET
  • "Though the four-banger might be on the light side with a full load, for most driving with one or two people on board, it's more than adequate. It's a high-revver that pulls strong right up to redline." -- AutoWeek
  • "Likewise, the transmission falls into also-ran status. Just five forward gears and a torque converter. And you can't get a manual like you can in the sedan. One final seeming black eye: The TSX Wagon comes only with front drive." -- Motor Trend
  • "Flooring the throttle has the transmission digging quickly for a lower gear and sending the tachometer needle soaring. The sound is unmistakably that of a four-cylinder engine, but there's no unpleasant mechanical clamor, just a mellow growl that never sounds overstressed as the revs climb toward seven grand." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "You can get a speeding ticket as quickly in a TSX Sport Wagon as you can in a TSX sedan equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6. But you can carry more stuff in the TSX Sport Wagon, which has usable cargo space of 60.5 cubic feet, compared with a bit more than 14 cubic feet in the sedan." -- The Washington Post

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say that the Acura TSX Sport Wagon fails to live up to the sport in its name, but its handling is stable, accurate and fun enough for most drivers.

  • "Like its sedan sibling, the TSX wagon delivers on performance handling--it's planted and goes where it's pointed, despite its underlying front-drive chassis." -- AutoWeek
  • "This premium compact carves corners with grippy assurance and little body lean. The electronic steering system offers light effort at low speeds but firms up nicely on the highway or twisty mountain roads. The brakes deliver short, controlled stops." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Still, we're not going to pretend the TSX Wagon is tuned as a driver's car. There's not as much feel or feedback through the electric-assisted steering as we'd like, and its chassis stops being enjoyable long before its limits are reached." -- Edmunds
  • "In keeping with its model name, the TSX Sport Wagon does drive with sporty flair, but it falls short of hard-core performance. Casual drivers will enjoy its acceleration and the transmission's readiness to downshift under braking while in Sport mode. Manual shifting turns in satisfying gear changes that are quick enough to keep the power up while cornering." -- CNET
  • "More than anything, the TSX Sport Wagon feels light and easy to toss into corners. Hunkering down, the body allows a modest amount of roll and the electric steering rack exhibits a remarkable amount of accuracy. The suspension is pretty compliant on all but the worst expansion joints and ruts, and all the TSX really needs is the sedan's short-throw six-speed manual." -- Boston Globe
  • "The ride was on the firm side of the ledger, but not enough that many owners would notice. You could have some fun with it on back roads, but really, we think the average driver will not know or care, about the maximum G forces the Sport Wagon can rack up." -- Market Watch

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