Intro: With a smart combination of performance, luxury, and tech-savvy features, the 2012 Acura TSX brings a lot to the table for an entry-level premium sedan.
Sharp styling features like standard fog lights and dual exhaust are met with functional performance features including a double wishbone front suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all season tires.
New for 2012 is a Special Edition TSX, with a more aggressive front spoiler, dark grey finish 17-inch alloy wheels, revised side skirts and new look rear bumper.
Performance: Base engine for the front wheel drive TSX is a 201 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 coupled with either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. For those seeking more power we recommend the 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated with the 5-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The 5-passenger interior has a sophisticated, performance look.
Most of the TSX's high-end features come standard including a power sunroof, heated power front seats with driver memory, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Choosing the Technology Package adds touch screen and voice-activated navigation, real-time traffic reports, weather updates and a rear view camera. Meanwhile the stereo improves to a 415-watt ELS Surround audio system with 15 gigabytes of media storage, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and ten speakers.
Located at the bottom of the center console bin are a power outlet, USB connection, and auxiliary audio jack, again, all standard.
Safety: Safety features on the 2012 TSX include front crumple zones that work in unison with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front dual stage airbags, and front/rear side curtain airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Acura TSX is $29,810. A range-topping V6 Tech Package model starts at $38,450.
Warranty: The TSX is backed by a transferable 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a transferable 6-year, 70,000-mile power train warranty.
Summary: The Acura TSX takes the successful recipe of a front wheel drive tech savvy sedan and kicks it up a notch with aggressive styling, an available V6 powerplant, and the latest technological features.