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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.

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