Toyota’s midsize sedans recall the old German automaker mantra of “one sausage – three lengths” – in that the platform that underpins the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES350 makes them all essentially the same underneath, but they wear vastly different sheetmetal and appeal to different buyers. You might think I’m stretching the metaphor a bit, but hear me out: all of these cars are remarkably similar under the skin, and yet they drive, feel and look completely different. So maybe it’s not a take on the German mantra, but a Japanese one – one sushi roll, three lengths.
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Station wagons ruled the ’70s and ’80s, but the ’90s brought a paradigm shift in automotive purchasing. Station wagons quickly became associated with old folks, while car buyers flocked to the taller and flashier xUVs that brought with them an image of youthfulness and adventure. The station wagon was out and the xUV was in. There are CUVs, SUVs, XUVs, you name it. Stick a word in front of “utility vehicle” and you have the core of your new marketing message locked down.
Unfortunately, none of these describe what should be considered the most practical utility vehicle of all, the classic station wagon. The clean lines, the squared-off rear, the ample utility–yes, vans and xUVs get close to fitting the bill, but don’t capture the nostalgia and personality one gets from a station wagon.
Against all odds, there are still a few manufacturers that believe people will buy wagons and have taken the risk of bringing them to the U.S. market. At current count, there are fewer than ten manufacturers with proper station wagons for sale in the United States. One such manufacturer who took the gamble is Acura, introducing their TSX Sport Wagon to the U.S. market for the 2011 model year.
If you are looking for a smart sport utility vehicle that can actually deliver the goods, both in the city running errands and in the snow or off-road then check out the Honda Pilot. Speed:Sport:Life ran a 2012 model Honda Pilot from the top of the United States at Niagara Falls down to the bottom of the Mississippi River. The Pilot was filled to the brim with family, luggage and even a soap box derby car. It turned out to be the perfect road trip vehicle.
Check out how this SUV handled the Racer Boy review categories.
If you are looking for a mid-sized sedan that can get your daily errands completed without killing your pocketbook at the pumps, but at the same time has a sense of style and performance, then check out the Acura TSX. Speed:Sport:Life put this baby through the paces recently and found it to be a great handling machine with some top of the line features for the price.
Check out how this sleek sedan handled the Racer Boy Review Categories.
Honda’s Acura brand has released their full-length Super Bowl ad starring Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno fighting to become the first to order the new Acura NSX Concept which debuted at the 2012 NAIAS. Pretty strange to see Seinfeld pitching for Acura but we all know Seinfeld and Leno are car lovers, no matter what the brand.Photos: Zerin Dube [nggallery id=203]