Acura TSX

Introduced in 2004, the Acura TSX is a sporty, entry-level luxury sedan that serves as Acura’s least expensive model. The Acura TSX has many similarities to a typical four-door family sedan. However, the TSX offers just enough sporty styling, performance capability, and luxury to make it stand out amongst practical family cars.

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Acura TSX Origins

Following the discontinuation of the Acura Integra in 2001, the TSX was introduced as a 2004 model in April of 2003, as an effort to fill the gap as Acura’s four-door entry-level sedan. The first generation of the TSX spanned from 2004 through 2008. The second and current generation was launched in 2009.

About the Acura TSX

The TSX is the ideal car for consumers looking for a sedan that’s sportier and more upscale than the average family car, while still offering a healthy dose of practicality. The TSX boasts a comfortable, high-quality interior, reliability, and good fuel economy. As an Acura, the TSX is more refined than the average Honda or Toyota, and it offers a generous portion of standard features that would no doubt be deemed extras in many other similar cars.

A big part of the TSX’s appeal lies in its versatility. Part luxury car, part sport model, part family sedan, the TSX offers a little something for everybody. The TSX lineup allows drivers to enjoy performance, utility, and practicality in varying degrees, depending on which options they choose.

Acura TSX Features

The new features of the 2012 TSX include a Special Edition package that boasts a number of sporty style touches; including an aggressive-looking front spoiler, a rear bumper fascia, side sills, and wheel treatments. Interior upgrades in the TSX Special Edition include faux-suede seat inserts, red interior stitch, red cabin illumination, aluminum pedals, silver trim elements, and a black headliner. There is also a Sport Wagon edition of the TSX available, which offers cargo space that is at least on par with a compact crossover SUV.

Engine-wise, the 2012 Acura TSX offers drivers a choice between an ultra-efficient 2.4-liter, four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6. Transmission options for the four-cylinder include either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic, which is also available with the V-6 version. The model offers good gas mileage at 31 mpg highway.

On the inside, the 2012 model TSX can seat five passengers and includes a number of high-end features such as a sunroof, heated power front seats with driver memory, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate controls, Bluetooth capability, and a seven-speaker audio system that plays CDs and comes equipped with satellite radio and an iPod interface. Acura also offers an additional Technology Package, which allows drivers to add a navigation system, a rearview camera, and a 10-speaker sound system. Additional features include 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags.

While it’s easy to appreciate the 2012 TSX for the smooth driving experience it provides, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine doesn’t offer the same power as comparable entry-level, luxury sport sedans. The V-6 version offers somewhat better performance and includes a firmer suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a sound system that comes equipped with a road noise-cancelling feature. But while automotive experts are quick to laud the TSX for its technological features and interior comforts, the car’s drivability leaves some of them wanting more.

It’s not that the TSX drives poorly; it’s just that it tends to feel more like a family car that’s been gussied up rather than a luxury sport sedan. Opting for the V-6 certainly makes it better, but for all that it’s purported to be, the TSX should offer a bit more bang for its buck when it comes to performance and handling.

Acura TSX Evolution

The TSX was fully redesigned for 2009 to inaugurate the vehicle’s second generation. First generation models of the TSX were actually somewhat sportier than the new edition. Smaller and more compact, 2004 through 2008 models tended to offer sharper handling and be more entertaining to drive.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, sunroofs, and heated power front seats are all standard features on early models, just as they are in the second generation. However, earlier editions of the TSX, especially those equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, better afford the sport luxury model name. These earlier models also feature a more attractive interior design.

Additions made to the TSX during its first generation include the introduction of satellite radio, heated exterior mirrors, and powered passenger seats. The second generation of TSX is larger and roomier than the first generation. This, unfortunately, causes the car to perform more sluggishly. The option for a V-6 engine was introduced in 2010, presumably to remedy the sluggishness that resulted from the car’s larger size.

Select an Acura TSX Year

2014 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

2013 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

Launched in 2003, the Acura TSX is a relatively new entry in the luxury sport sedan segment.

2012 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The TSX gets a Special Edition model for 2012, which celebrates Acura's 25th anniversary with special wheels and badges, perforated suede seats with red stitching, drilled aluminum pedals, and a black headliner.

2011 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

TSX receives new front and rear styling, a revised front grille and rear taillights and restyled 17-inch wheels – all changes adopted from the new wagon. New automatic shift logic improves performance, feel, and fuel economy. The interior receives minor updates to trim and stitching, as well as a new optional navigation system, improved sound insulation and upgraded LED lighting.

2010 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

2009 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

The 2009 Acura TSX serves as Acura’s entry-level luxury sedan.

2008 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

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.

2007 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

The 2007 Acura TSX includes a long list of excellent features that make it attractive to the average driver.

2006 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

The 2006 Acura TSX is the entry-level luxury sport sedan that nestles between the RSX sport hatchback and the TL sedan.

2005 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan

The TSX joined the Acura family in 2004, filling the space between the RSX sport coupe and the midsize TL luxury-performance sedan.

2004 Acura TSX

Midsize, Sedan