Two transmissions are available, both as standard equipment, a 6-speed close ratio manual and a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic with a new lock-up torque converter assembly and F1-style paddle shifters.
The only engine available in the new car is an all-aluminum DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder with dual balance shafts for extra smoothness and direct ignition technology to reduce fuel-consumption. Displacing 2.4L and producing 201hp and 172lb-ft of torque (with manual transmission), the new mill produces its useable power across a much wider rpm range than the engine in the previous model.
Standard features include leather trim, a power moonroof, HID headlights, Bluetooth handsfree and a premium sound system with XM satellite radio and USB connectivity. Upgrading to the Technology Package gets you a voice activated satnav, Zagat restaurant information, AcuraLink realtime traffic information and journey rerouting services, a rearview camera and a 10-speaker audio system.
Destination and Handling is not included in the sticker price and for the 2009 TSX remains unchanged at $715.