In 2003 Acura introduced the TSX, a mid-sized luxury sports sedan designed to replace the four door Acura Integra and appeal to those who desired a more luxurious interior in their sports sedan. Available with either a six speed manual or five speed automatic transmission, the Acura TSX filled the gap between the TL, designed to appeal to the younger drivers, and the RSX, designed to appeal to slightly more affluent young families, by seamlessly blending reliable functionality and high performance with sleek styling.
Although the ride is smooth and reliable, yet just a bit stiff as compared to other luxury sedans, it is the interior features that helped make the vehicle a true competitor to the likes of the more costly BMW or Audis. For a reasonable price, TSX comes fully loaded with heated front leather seats, dual zone climate control, 17 inch wheels and a 360 watt stereo system with six-CD changer. Every inch of the interior, from the beautiful leather to the flawlessly smooth operational controls, boasts expert craftsmanship and high quality materials. The only feature available as an option is an advanced navigation system with voice recognition. The features that are standard on the vehicle are optional on the Acura's European competitors and significantly increase their prices far beyond that of the TSX.
The five passenger 2004 model shared the same precision based front wheel drive, 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter engine as the 2003 model. In fact, the Acura TSX has had few noteworthy changes mechanically or in body style between the 2003 and 2007 model years, and still has managed to score highly with both consumers and automotive industry experts as a fuel efficient combination of performance and luxury.
2011 Acura TSX Sedan
The 2011 Acura TSX ranks near the middle of the upscale, small car class. With a new sport wagon for the model year, the TSX gets good marks for luxury, but fails to make the grade on performance. Offered in an MSRP range of $29,610 to $38,250, the TSX returns 21 mpg city and 29 highway.
To shop the competition, take a test spin in the Volkswagen GTI, which is about $7,000 cheaper with better fuel efficiency, more cargo room, and higher performance. The Volvo C30 should also be on the list of models to consider for a good-looking exterior with a handsome glass hatch. Cargo space is skimpy, however, at just 12.9 cubic feet. The Audi A3 wagon is $3,700 cheaper, with good power and fuel efficiency and a superior interior.
The TSX certainly isn't a bad car, but it tends to under steer and, with the base four-cylinder engine option (201 hp), its sluggish. Much better to go with the optional 2.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 hp with 254 lb. ft. of torque; it literally transforms the TSX into a different car. For one thing, it packs on enough weight that handling is vastly improved. more
2010 Acura TSX
The sporty 2010 Acura TSX is a muscular sedan that offers you slick styling, spirited performance and efficient design. Carrying over its 2009 comprehensive redesign, the new TSX handles better than ever with its electric-powered steering system.
2009 Acura TSX
The 2009 Acura TSX is making its mark on the automobile industry with a sleek look, generous power, and numerous technological upgrades. Revamped for the 2009 model year, the TSX is a moderately priced luxury sports sedan available in four different trim levels.
2008 Acura TSX
The 2008 Acura TSX is a luxury sports sedan with a single trim level and an energetic 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine. The unique feature of the i-VTEC engine is that its valves open for a longer period of time and at a wider aperture above 4500rpm to let in more air.
2007 Acura TSX
Offered at four trim levels, the 2007 Acura TSX may be a technophile's dream car because of its Bluetooth lock-in for cell phones. .
With a starting MSRP of $28,090, the TSX comes with a 205 horsepower 2.4 liter 4-cylinder inline engine, and a 5-speed automatic transmission (with options for 5 speed automatic with a navigation system, and a 6-speed manual with or without a navigation system).