Boston Globe Top Drives for 2012
201-hp I-4, 5-speed auto, FWD, EPA 22/30
Unless youre Globe auto writer Craig Fitzgerald and buy a wood-paneled Buick Roadmaster, youre not looking at station wagons. American families pile their dirty kids into crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. Even hybrids outsell new station wagons.
That didnt stop Acura from introducing a wagon version of its TSX sedan this year. Its a sharp-cornering, high-quality five-door on a budget. You cant order all-wheel-drive, a V-6, or a third-row seat like on the Mercedes E-Class wagon. This is practical, understated luxury. The leather interior is simple and comfortable. The engine is a four-cylinder and returns up to 30 mpg. A single option package orders a smart, voice-activated infotainment system, upgraded audio, and a power hatch. Its sleek, priced right, and drives like a small sports car.
It could be a little quicker and the stock tires are bad in snow. But this Acura sure beats an old Buick.