If you’re looking for reasonable performance, coupled with outstanding comfort and value in a near-luxury sedan, Acura’s compact-to-midsize TSX
is still a good choice to add to your shopping list. Restyled, updated and enlarged for the 2009 model year, the TSX continues to be a solid choice for buyers wanting a bit of luxury and a bit of sportiness in a front-wheel-drive sedan.
What started as a single model has evolved into a product line, including the TSX sedan (in both four and six-cylinder engine variants) and the TSX Sportwagon. In keeping with the model’s value proposition, no all-wheel-drive versions are available, and the Sportwagon comes only with the 2.4-liter four cylinder engine. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard on most TSX models, although the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition
is available with the 2.4-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
For the majority of shoppers, the 2.4-liter version of the TSX sedan, which makes 201 horsepower, will probably be good enough. It’s not quick, with the 0 - 60 run taking nearly 9 seconds with the automatic transmission, but it feels relatively light and is competent in corners. Fuel economy isn’t bad, either, with the TSX rated at 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Buyers wanting more power can opt for the 3.5-liter V-6, but that adds over 200 pounds to the car, almost all of it in the front end. As you’d guess, that makes the car nose-heavy and somewhat less satisfying to drive in corners. It also impacts fuel economy, dropping it to 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, but the bigger engine does buy you a 0 - 60 time of 6.4 seconds.
As previously stated, the TSX wagon comes only with the smaller engine and five-speed automatic transmission. While Acura pitches the Sportwagon as a race car with five doors, it’s likely to be beaten from stoplight to stoplight by a wide variety of sedans, crossovers and SUVs. That said, it’s probably the best-driving midsize station wagon on the market today.
Inside, 2012 TSX models offer reasonable headroom and a surprising amount of rear legroom. There’s plenty of standard content, including Bluetooth phone connectivity, a power adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support, heated front seats, rear climate control vents, a 360-watt audio system with XM Satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Opting for the Technology Package adds a 415-watt Acura / ELS Surround audio system with 10 speakers, a voice-guided navigation system with rearview camera, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather, automated Bluetooth phone book downloads, a GPS-linked climate control system and steering-wheel-mounted voice command controls.
For 2012, Acura is offering a Special Edition of the TSX sedan
, available with both automatic and manual transmissions. Special Edition buyers also get “Lux Suede” seat inserts with contrasting red stitching, red gauges, red ambient lighting, metal pedal covers and paddle shifters (on automatic transmission models), a body kit and unique 17-inch wheels.
While Acura hasn’t officially stated that the TSX is being discontinued, this year's introduction of the ILX sedan could mean the beginning of the end for the TSX. If you’re on the fence about buying one, we’d suggest that you not wait all that much longer.
For an in-depth review of the 2012 Acura TSX, be sure to check out the comprehensive model review on The Car Connection