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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Up Close

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The TSX Sport Wagon is pretty athletic-looking — for a wagon. It’s sleek and low-slung like the Audi A4 Avant, but the one area where it falls a little short is its rear styling. The tail looks a little bloated — especially from the side — and it’s a little droopy, too, compared with the TSX sedan’s crisp trunklid. You need to see it in person to get a sense of this; it’s not quite evident from the photos.

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The cargo area looks about as big as the A4 Avant’s 28-cubic-foot space, but it’s hard to know for sure because Acura didn’t release cargo specs for the wagon. There’s a shallow storage bin underneath the cargo floor, and a removable panel on the left side of the cargo area lets you load golf bags, according to Acura.

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The split backseat folds flat with the cargo area, but the cargo walls intrude into the space near the wheel wells, notably reducing the width of any cargo you’d be able to slide flat into the wagon. A low lift-over height should make cargo that will fit relatively easy to load, and the liftgate opens high enough for even taller people to walk underneath it without banging their head.

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Acura doesn’t expect the TSX Sport Wagon to make up a large portion of the model’s sales, but it’s nice to see the automaker giving the wagon a shot in the U.S. to see how luxury shoppers respond.

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If you like the slight difference between the 2011 wagon and the 2010 sedan’s front end — added chrome strakes in the grille, fog light surrounds and new headlights — you’ll be happy to know Acura says those changes will also be on the 2011 sedan when it goes on sale around the same time as the wagon.

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Mike Hanley has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the auto industry. His primary focus is new vehicles, and he's currently a Senior Road Test Editor overseeing expert car reviews and comparison tests. He previously managed Editorial content in the Cars.com Research section. Email Mike Hanley

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