The 2009 Acura TSX serves as Acura’s entry-level luxury sedan. It was named a Finalist in Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2009. It offers a zippy four-cylinder engine and ample interior room compared to other vehicles in its class, and costs less, too. It suits budget-conscious drivers who want an Acura. The TSX comes as a base; a Technology Package is treated as a trim level.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Acura TSX, Acura TSX with Technology Package
The Acura TSX has been completely redesigned for 2009. Its length and width increase, which improves interior room. The optional AcuraLink navigation system includes real-time weather information.
Despite serving as the company’s entry-level luxury sedan, the 2009 Acura TSX still adds attractive exterior features to the mix. Standard equipment for the TSX includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt to offer curb view when backing up, automatic xenon HID headlights, fog lights, and dual exhaust.
The interior of the 2009 Acura TSX looks surprisingly well-appointed for an entry-level vehicle. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, memory settings for two drivers, power door locks and windows, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and audio functions on the steering wheel, a self-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient cabin lighting, and an audio system with a six-disc CD changer.
The optional AcuraLink system offers voice-activated control of a real-time navigation and weather system with an eight-inch display screen. Voice activation also works with your cell phone for truly hands-free dialing. It also includes an optional Panasonic/ELS audio system with 10 speakers. Optional equipment comes with the Technology Package.
Leather upholstery provides standard equipment; interior trim is alloy and leather. The dashboard looks arranged well, but the large number of buttons to work all of the high-tech equipment may be a bit daunting at first.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Acura TSX’s four-cylinder engine generates 201 hp and has the power to get you where you want to go. The sport suspension feels stiff and may make driving on bumpy roads a rough ride. Increased interior insulation lessens road noise. The TSX delivers a fun drive on winding country roads, taking on even the most challenging turns.
The six-speed manual transmission is very responsive; the optional five-speed shiftable automatic can be shifted manually by using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The Acura TSX offers front side-mounted airbags as well as full curtain airbags. The ABS includes emergency braking assist to help you stop the TSX. The stability and traction control systems help you remain in control of your car even in the most aggressive turns.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura TSX: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Acura TSX, automatic: 21/30 mpg city/highway
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Handling on corners
- Upgraded ELS audio system with surround sound
- Stylish, quality interior
You Won't Like
- Less horsepower
- Sporty suspension gives rough ride on bumpy roads
- Overly sensitive power steering
Performance expected from a sport sedan; the suspension and transmission offer the ride and handling to go along with the power.
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