Acura takes on Lexus with the release of the 2011 TSX Sport Wagon, a luxurious and lean eco machine that will pave the way for Honda’s hybrid line-up.
According to www.huffingtonpost.com, the Acura TSX boasts the best federal government fuel mileage rating of any 2011 gasoline-powered wagon, permitting 22 miles per gallon in traffic and 30 mpg on the highway. The TSX Sport Wagon also earns better mileage ratings than many smaller sport utility vehicles, surpassing the four-cylinder powered Toyota RAV4 and earning a Consumer Reports magazine “recommended buy” title.
Lexus and other Acura contenders aside, Atlanta residents want to know how the TSX Sport Wagon stacks up against the city’s steep gas prices:
With recent Atlanta gas prices hovering around $4.00/gallon, the Acura TSX’s 18.5 gallon tank will run about 555 miles on a single tank of gas, cashing in at approximately 13 cents per mile of highway driving – and that’s when shopping at the steep end of the Atlanta gas price spectrum. According to www.atlantagasprices.com, Atlanta’s Costco shoppers filled up for an astonishing $3.55/gallon today, allowing TSX Sport Wagon drivers to go more than 100 miles with little more than a $10 bill.
Back in 2009 Acura outwardly strove for Tier 1 amenities, like rear-wheel drive and big V-8 engines, but when Honda CEO Takanbou Ito unveiled the company’s new hybrid focus at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, he stated that he had “strong confidence in [Honda’s] ability to advance the Acura brand,” hinting at Acura eco roll-outs to come. The 2010 announcement pit Acura against a laundry list of CO2 emission-slashing contenders in a move many champion as a much-necessary step in the right direction for the Japanese automaker. But is the 2011 Acura TSX Atlanta’s new go-to eco sport wagon?
Only time will tell – though we’re quite sure that in lieu of recent prices Costco will become Atlanta’s go-to gas seller.