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ACCORDING TO Acura. 15 percent of TSX sedan "leavers"—customers who replace their TSX with something other than another TSX—shift to SUVs. So, as Acura sees it, there's an opportunity to keep them in the TSX fold with a vehicle offering SUVlike versatility.To attract the3e leavers as well as other buyers looking for a greener alternative to the more fuel-lliirsly crossover, Acuia is introducing Hie 30-mpg-highway TSX wagon.

Compared with the TSX sedan on which it's based, the wagon adds 3.6 inches of length and 1.2 inches of height, making it dimensionally larger than the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 328i Sport Wagon, andVolvo V50.With 60 5 cubic feet behind the front row and 25 8 aft the second, the TSX wagon delivers capacity on par with its competitors, and offers more cargo than its crossover sibling, the Honda Accord Crosstour (51.3/25.7).

The TSX wagon starts at $31,820 and bakes into that price 17-inch alloys, leather interior, Bluetooth, heated/power front seats, satellite radio, pcwer moonroof. HID headlamps, and five-speed automatic with paddle shifters. A $3650 Technology Package adds navigation,backup camera, real-time traffic and weather updates, power tailgate, and ELS surround audio. Spec a comparable A4 Avant or 328i Sport Wagon, and the price tag swells to around 45 large.

The Acura's strong value quotient does come aL a small price. WiLh only 201 horsepower channeled through five speeds, the TSX wagon is a bit light on oomph next to its rivals. Unsurprisingly, its 0-to-60 time of 8.3 seconds places it at the back of the wagon train.That said, the TSX never really comes across as lethaigic, and the twin-cam 2.4-liter is smooth, responsive, and emits a pleasing, racy growl when pushed—as if it's happy to tap redline all day.

While the TSX wagon is r.o podium placer at the dragstrip, it is a champ on a twisty road. Steering response from the electric power rack is laudable, with firm on-center feel and steady linearity throughout the turning range. The four-wheel disc brakes offer a strong, reassuring pedal. And with unique dampers and springs, the wagon's ride is more taut than that of most Acuras, save for the stiff-legged RDX, but it's never harsh and it's always a reminder that this wagon would rather devour a curvy byway than cruise a straight highway, ron kiino

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