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2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Practically cool

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Acura TSX Sport Wagon

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Station wagons of today are no longer those aircraft-carrier sized, wood-paneled monstrosities of the past.

Today, they are pretty cool.

Case in point is the 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

This well-equipped ride is roomy, practical and yes, has some a nice dash of style.

But in case you just can't bring yourself to drive a wagon, the TSX is still available as a sedan.

However, Acura has announced that next year, the TSX will be replaced in its lineup by a new model, the TLX.

The TSX is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 201 horsepower and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission (in the sedan) or a five-speed automatic. A V-6 engine is also available in the sedan, for those who want more power, and it's a 3.5 liter that makes 280 horsepower with automatic transmission.

The wagon, which we tested, only comes with the four cylinder and the automatic tranny.

The wagon gets 22 mpg city, 30 highway, which is pretty good because it's not a small vehicle; you can comfortably haul a family.

The interior of the car is neatly arranged and filled with quality materials. Acura typically doesn't go chintzy when it outfits its vehicles.You won't find gaudy design touches like you might see on other luxury brand interiors.

But there is a long list of standard features that you might have to pay extra for on other models, such as power and heated front seats and dual zone climate control.

One thing that was surprising, though, was that our tester did not come with a smart key, which is pretty standard among luxury brands these days, and becoming more common on non-luxury models. So you'll actually have to put the key in the ignition and turn it to start the car.

The TSX Wagon starts at around $33,000 and ranges to close to $40,000.

It will be interesting to see what kind of changes Acura brings to the new TLX. Acura typically has been rather reserved in its styling. But the outgoing TSX is a solid choice for those seeking a pleasantly designed vehicle with lots of practicality.

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