As the lowest-priced front-wheel-drive sport sedan in Acura’s long and growing list of vehicle line-ups, the 2008 Acura TSX sedan is one of the best industry-wide values going due to its fully-loaded list of high-tech features and excellent vehicle handling. The generally agreed-upon downside to the Acura TSX is its 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. Capable of generating 205 hp and 164 lb-ft of torque, the low rpm rating coupled with a poor fuel economy rating for its class may make it difficult for some potential buyers to fall in love with the TSX. Still, there’s plenty about its balance of ride comfort, drive handling, and on-board equipment to help cement a strong industry-wide reputation, pleasing most and disappointing few.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
There are no significant changes to the 2008 Acura TSX aside from the inclusion of hands-free Bluetooth phone integration.
Looking more like the Acura’s version of a Honda Accord than anything else, the 2008 Acura TSX’s exterior styling remains virtually unchanged for the 2008 year, having received its most significant body overhaul back in 2006. Back then, the entry-level luxury sedan was outfitted with a revamped rear bumper and tail lights that gave it a slight edge over the competition at the time. While some reviewers wish that the Acura TSX looked a bit sportier than some of its on-board capabilities imply, others feel that the TSXs simplistic exterior design will serve it better over the long haul after today’s trendy cars slip hopelessly into stylistic oblivion.
When considering its reasonable price range, it’s hard to match the 2008 Acura TSX’s interior. Despite the fact that the Acura TSX line debuted back in 2004, it still manages to remain contemporary—nicely wedged in between the traditionally luxurious mode and a modern aesthetic. With a front dash that’s decked out in either wood or aluminum matched with soft-touch vinyl, the instrument panel controls are no-nonsense and easy to use, from the climate/audio features to the optional seven-inch touchscreen navigation system. With a near-equal amount of front and rear legroom as the more up-scale Acura TL, the five-passenger TSX features seats that are both comfortable and supportive. However, its cargo space leaves a bit to be desired, especially when compared to other entry level luxury sedans. Still, the 2008 Acura TSX’s 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space will probably suffice.
Performance & Handling
Saddled with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine good for 205 hp and 164 lb-ft of torque, the 2008 Acura TSX’s performance suffers most noticeably from a low-end torque rating. From a standstill, the TSX feels a tad sluggish upon acceleration, despite its decent zero-to-60-mph time of just fewer than seven seconds. The Acura TSX comes to life once drivers get the rpm past the magic 3500 mark. If potential buyers are more accustomed to driving Hondas, this won’t matter much at all, but if their tastes steer more in the direction of Audis, they may be let down. With a four-wheel anti-lock braking system that brings the vehicle to smooth stop in a short distance, nimble suspension, and steering functionality that is both sharp and quick, the 2008 Acura TSX gives consumers a good, clean ride.
The 2008 Acura TSX touts a laundry list of safety features, including front, rear, and dual-sided airbags, Xenon HID head lamps, front end fog lights, child anchor seats, an anti-theft alarm system, stability/traction control, electronic brake distribution, heated side mirrors, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
EPA Fuel Economy
TSX: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Reliable handling
- Good engine power above 3500 rpm
- Excellent fuel economy
- Great value
- Stylish high-tech interior
You Won't Like
- Engine prowess a bit to be desired below 3500 rpm
- Slightly less backseat legroom than others in its class
- Unimpressive engine torque
Handles the road with a healthy amount of confidence.
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