Admittedly, the station wagon as a concept has seen better days when it comes to representation in the marketplace. Besides these two very luxurious, top of the line wagons from Subaru and Acura, brands like Mercedes, Volkswagen and of course Audi, still offer variations on the theme. It’s too bad that Audi’s A4 Avant line-up usually stickers almost $10,000 more than this Subaru and Acura when similarly equipped just because it is gorgeous.
In case you’re wondering, the Subaru Outback 3.6R is actually the pricier model in comparison to the Acura TSX Sport Wagon with the tech package by a few hundred dollars. Okay, maybe that isn’t the biggest price difference ever seen between two such obvious rivals, especially as the Outback does add the benefit of full-time all-wheel drive. So, if you live in a Snow Belt State (or Southern California and the three rainstorms a year here freak you out), perhaps you would feel more secure in the full time all-wheel drive Subaru. Seriously, lots of people do it.
But do remember that if you hit rough weather, the 2012 Acura TSX Wagon is front wheel drive which rarely puts a bad step in inclement weather with rear wheel drive sports cars proving to be the most allergic to snow country. Then there’s the unexplained and continued over-population of crossovers with the majority being borderline torturous to drive if boredom was an affliction recognized by the American Medical Association.
Well, wagons used to be boring, stodgy and not very fun to drive but now they are the sporting man or woman’s option for a new family runabout. But that isn’t taking into account the fact that just because your new family adds some new members, you should always take into consideration the fact that this car must fit with your “active lifestyle” or at least be as tasty as an afternoon spent eating Jamie Lee Curtis’ Activia yogurt cultures on the couch while watching Lifetime Television for Women.
Either way, no judgments from us as to how you spend your free time and eventually you will need a wagon to also go raid the ice cream aisle at your local grocery store before ANY Lifetime all day film festival begins. There’s no getting up from the sofa once the movies start, which is the definition of an “inactive lifestyle you can and should be proud of.” And depending on your preferences, there are plenty of people who would be very proud to own one of these wagons. We just think one is a whole lot better than the other.