Exterior Design Comparison
We have heard differing of opinions here and there (mainly from people who are anti-wagon, in general) about the looks of these vehicles but quite frankly we thought it was a bit of a case of “Beauty and the Beast.” Now, the jacked-up, macho Subaru Outback may have been plain looking and all work from a style point, you have to admit that it is a slightly brutal vehicle from a visual standpoint. Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to run into one while travelling over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
The 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon on the other hand somehow brought the “SexyBack” to this segment with apologies to Justin Timberlake. This is thanks to an elegant wagon greenhouse at the rear that flatters the TSX sedan design cues much better than even its stable mate with a trunk. The TSX Sport Wagon is low slung, features elegantly cohesive character lines all terminating in a gorgeous tail light housing design. The TSX Sport Wagon looks ready for the Opera whereas the Subaru Outback looks ready for a trip to Home Depot where its owner will be teaching a class on caulking kitchen tiling. It’s not bad, it’s just utilitarian and devoid of visual elegance. (Advantage: 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon)