2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon


#5 out of 9 in 2013 Wagons

2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon was new.


Performance: 8.3

When it comes to performance, reviewers have few complaints about the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. They say it has good power and handling that's sporty for a wagon. Their biggest complaint is that it only has a five-speed transmission; most test drivers say they would prefer a six-speed.

  • "The mandatory 5-speed automatic transmission is behind the times, now that so many vehicles offer 6-speed units." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2011)
  • "The Acura TSX Sport Wagon is peppy and agile." -- USA TODAY (2011)

Acceleration and Power

On the whole, reviewers say the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has plenty of power for getting around town or cruising the highway. The 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine gets generally positive reviews. The only transmission is a five-speed automatic. More than a few reviewers say it’s a good transmission, but that the Acura TSX sedan’s six-speed manual would help put the sport in Sport Wagon. The EPA says the TSX Sport Wagon gets 22/30 mpg city/highway.

  • "Though heavier than its sedan counterpart, TSX Sport Wagon is surprisingly quick. Its low- and mid-range response is quite good given that the engine's 201-horsepower peak comes in at a rather high 7,000 rpm. The automatic transmission is smooth and quick to react to throttle inputs, but a 6th gear would be nice." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2011)
  • "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 (2011)
  • "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 (2011)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say that the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon has handling that's pretty fun for a wagon.  They say that it hugs the road well and has limited body roll through turns. They also like how its steering is light at slow speeds, but gets heavier at higher speeds. Braking performance also gets good reviews.

  • "Handling is quite good, especially with the sport-tuned suspension that underpins both the Sport Wagon and V6-powered sedan. The ride quality also is comfortable and quiet compared to other sport sedan competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Sedan-based styling gives the TSX Sport Wagon a lower ride height than any SUV, even car-based crossover models. The result is a more ground-hugging stance with a lower center of gravity that translates into more nimble and stable handling, plus less susceptibility to crosswinds on the highway. The lower-profile body also makes for easier entry/exit and cargo loading." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2011)

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