2013 Acura TSX Unveiled, Priced

By Blake Z. Rong | September 24, 2012
The Acura TSX is relatively unchanged for 2013, except for a modest price increase that prevents Acura from bragging that its entry-level luxury car starts "below 30 grand." Whereas the outgoing TSX started at $29,810, this new one gets a $700 increase to $30,510. That gets you a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder TSX with a 5-speed automatic. A Technology Package is $3,100 and adds the excellent ELS digital audio system, rearview camera, and voice-activated navigation. For the V-6 model, it comes standard with the Tech package at $39,150. None of these prices include the $895 dealer destination charge. Because manual transmissions are as cool these days as parachute pants, if you want to sample Acura's excellent 6-speed manual you'll have to get the Special Edition, now the only model with a row-your-own option. That starts at $31,510, exactly a grand over the base 5-speed automatic. Special Editions with automatic transmissions are the same price. Presumably the price increase is to distance the TSX from the newly-released Acura ILX, its entry-level luxury car (more so than the TSX) that's priced from $25,900 to $34,400 for the Hybrid model. If you're of the performance-minded type, the manual ILX comes in at $29,200, which is now 2 grand away from the sportiest TSX's $31,510 price. Compare this to the Buick Regal, if you will, which starts at $27,055. Or the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, which starts even higher than the two at $34,755—startlingly overpriced, for a car whose replacement will be far newer and better in every way.

Every 2013 TSX models from Acura Motors are expected to come equipped with many standard features including HID headlights, leather seating, a moonroof, heated front seast, and a 360-W 7-speaker audio system.