The 2006 Acura TSX is the entry-level luxury sport sedan that nestles between the RSX sport hatchback and the TL sedan. This line debuted in 2004 and it is based on the European Accord rather than the American Accord. Acura explores the design options available on the European model. The 2006 Acura TSX comes with a four-cylinder engine as the sole choice, but it produces a good amount of power. This sedan makes good use of ergonomic technology in its roomy interior. It seats five people and has only one trim and a lot of standard features.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Models: Acura TSX
Acura makes some minor alterations to the engine, features list, and styling. It increases the power produced by the engine to get 205 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque. The optional navigation system upgrades to retrieve information faster and to include additional information. Bluetooth connectivity and an audio media auxiliary jack also join the list of features. Acura redesigns the front and rear fasciae, fog lamps, side sills, and wheels.
The Acura TSX serves as a four-door, five-passenger sedan that comes in only the base model. Standard exterior features include: heated and adjustable power front seats, a driver’s seat with memory settings, a power sliding/tilting glass sunroof, and leather upholstery. It also has an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an in-dash CD changer, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The body silhouette has the classic Acura long, sloping hood line culminating in the chrome grille, which displays the Acura nameplate, and short rear. The headlights seem to wrap around the sides of the car. The TSX has clean, classy lines, and the silver aluminum wheels accentuate the sophistication. The dual chrome exhaust tips get relocated to fit underneath the rear fascia.
Standard features for the 2006 Acura TSX base model include: leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver seat memory, an eight-speaker Bose surround sound system, a navigation system, satellite radio, a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, keyless entry/startup, an in-dash stereo system with Bose speakers and a six-disc CD changer, and Bluetooth. The standard automatic climate control system uses satellite data to monitor the outside temperature and adjusts the interior temperature accordingly.
The interior of the TSX offers more luxury than expected from an entry-level model. The cockpit has large, round, easy-to-read gauges and the center stack looks neatly organized with easy-to-use controls. The bucket seats feel comfortable and supportive, and all passengers enjoy adequate legroom. The model offers adequate hip room for two adults to occupy the rear seat, but a third passenger seated in the center may not seem comfortable. The interior uses high-quality materials.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Acura TSX draws power from a 2.4-liter, dual overhead cam (DOHC), four-cylinder engine that produces 205 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque. It uses front drive and a six-speed manual transmission. You can also get the optional five-speed automatic transmission equipped with SportShift. This allows you to shift gears manually when you need to.
The engine provides adequate power, but in order to accelerate at a fast speed, you must rev the engine for enough power. The manual transmission feels smooth, and the gears are easy to find. The automatic transmission shifts gears smoothly and almost seamlessly. This car displays impressive handling and sharp steering. The fine-tuned suspension delivers a comfortable ride.
Standard safety equipment for the 2006 Acura TSX includes stability and traction controls, side and curtain airbags for all passengers, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with BrakeAssist, and electronic brake force distribution.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association gives this car five out of five stars for protection in all types of collisions except for rear side-impact protection, which only receives four out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Acura TSX a ?good? rating for protection in frontal-offset crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura TSX Base automatic transmission: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Acura TSX Base manual transmission: 21/30 mpg city/highway
- Luxurious interior with quality materials
- Powerful engine
- Comfortable ride
- Clean interior design
- Long list of standard features
- Sharp handling
You Won't Like
- Not much power until you rev the engine
Gives you luxury amenities, performance, and style at a moderate price.
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