Launched in 2003, the Acura TSX is a relatively new entry in the luxury sport sedan segment. It is the least expensive model from the luxury vehicle division of Honda Motor Company, and is a solid daily car with competent driving characteristics and a luxurious interior.
Like most other models from Acura’s stable, the TSX offers significant refinement, value, and reliability that only a few other rival cars can offer. However, its overall brand value is a lot less than that of European carmakers that are known for their luxury vehicles. Here is a look at the latest iteration of the sport sedan, the 2013 Acura TSX.
New For 2013
There are no changes in the 2013 Acura TSX from the previous year.
The 2013 Acura TSX has a very aggressive exterior design, with its wheels accented by large, muscular fender flares. The front fascia of the sedan is dominated by the Acura grille with a thick silver-colored upper bar, Xenon headlights, and fog lights.
The side mirrors of the TSX come with integrated turn signals. It has a wheelbase of around 106.5 inches and a length of around 185.6 inches. The width of the car is around 72.4 inches, and its height is 56.7 inches.
The 2013 Acura TSX models with four-cylinder engines under the hood have 17-inch alloy wheels. The other models that are powered by a V-6 engine have 18-inch alloy wheels.
Interior & Cargo
There is a luxurious feel throughout the cabin of the 2013 Acura TSX. Space is not a problem for up to five people. Headroom and legroom are more than adequate up front and at the rear. Shoulder width is also sufficient at the rear.
The standard stereo system that comes with the car has USB and iPod compatibility, along with Bluetooth connectivity. The optional navigation system offers up to 15 GB of hard drive storage space for music.
All the seats come standard with leather upholstery, and the front seats are power-adjustable and heated from the base model onward. Other standard interior features include a moon roof and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Available additional features for the interior of the 2013 Acura TSX include a navigation system with weather and traffic updates and a CD/DVD-audio compatible surround-sound system.
The 2013 Acura TSX comes with a number of standard safety features, including anti-lock disk brakes, side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, side-impact airbags for the front seats, electronic stability system, and active head restraint for the front seat occupants. Overall, it is a very safe vehicle that is perfect for the family.
The 2013 Acura TSX comes in two engine configurations. The first is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 201 horsepower (hp) and 170 lb-ft of torque with five-speed automatic transmission. With a six-speed manual gearbox, the torque goes up to 172 lb-ft.
The other engine is a 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque with the five-speed automatic shift. There is no manual gearbox available with this engine.
The 2013 Acura TSX has a front-wheel-drive system, and its automatic shift includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The driving experience of the car remains unchanged from the previous years, which means that it still offers a smooth ride without the sportiness of the first generation TSX.
The four-cylinder engine that comes standard with the 2013 Acura TSX is commendable insofar as engineering is concerned, as can be expected from Honda. However, despite its good performance, it fails to enter the league of other turbocharged four-cylinder engines found in rival luxury sport sedans, and it definitely cannot match up with the V-6 engines used in them.
The V-6 engine, on the other hand, offers a notable increase in power and thrust, and it delivers this power in a smooth and linear fashion. Most importantly, this engine offers a sporty suspension to make up for the lack of sportiness in the four-cylinder version, but it is still not enough.
On the road, the 2013 Acura TSX does impress in terms of technology and features, but it tends to feel a little disappointing to drive. The four-cylinder version of the car in particular tends to drive more like a family car rather than a luxury sedan.
What is surprising about the TSX is that the steering feels remarkably numb. This is hardly expected from Honda, a brand known for its responsive and peppy steering characteristics. The likely cause for this could be the electric steering assist, but it does not change the fact that the problem exists.
While the car does not meet the sport criteria of a luxury sport sedan, it does score on the luxury front. A roomy cabin and a smooth drive ensure that everyone in the car is comfortable throughout the journey.
Overall, the four-cylinder engine is not a likely choice for customers who want to buy the 2013 Acura TSX. For a more upscale, refined, and sporty experience, the V-6 engine is a better option.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Acura TSX
- BMW 328
- Honda Accord
- Lexus IS 350
- Infiniti G37x