Luxury car buyers remain in the market, but like the astute consumers many are, value is also important to them. Honda’s Acura line has the right blend of luxury, price and reliability luxury buyers seek, with the TSX sedan offering the perfect entry point to this premium brand.
Based on a slightly shorter version of the platform underpinning the Honda Accord – indeed the Acura TSX is sold as the Accord in Europe – the five-passenger sedan features optimized suspension tuning for superior handling and cornering. A standard 2.4L I4 engine is paired with a six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission, the latter with paddle shifters for drivers seeking a more engaging experience.
In the cabin, the spacious interior is nicely laid out with easy to read displays, an attractive and sensible center stack, and comes optionally equipped with a navigation screen that pops up on the dashboard. That latter feature is part of an inclusive technology package which includes a voice recognition navigation system, real time traffic and weather, rear view camera and a Zagat Survey guide to help drivers review a local list of fine dining destinations.
Bluetooth connectivity means that a hands free call to a choice restaurant is accomplished via verbal command with the navigation display returning the best route there, adjusting for current traffic delays and detours. Acura claims that three-quarters of TSX buyers choose this package which also includes an upgrade to more supple Milano leather.
Driver and front passenger seating is firm, yet comfortable, offering ample bolstering with memory and heating features included, but lacking the cooling feature found in the RL. Rear seating is tight, even somewhat uncomfortable for six-foot tall passengers, which may move some buyers to the slightly larger and more expensive TL model.
A smooth ride and decent steering may not be enough for the TSX buyer, which is why Acura now offers an optional 3.5L V6 engine, the standard powerplant found in the TL. The V6 offers 280 horsepower, a vast improvement over the I4’s 201 horses. Importantly, there is only a one mpg difference in gas mileage between the two engine choices.
Trunk storage space is just under thirteen cubic feet, just enough room for three or four moderate sized suitcases stacked side by side. Additional storage space can be realize via the 60/40 split folding rear seat.
Like Honda, Acura scores at the top of all crash test ratings as the TSX comes equipped with stability and traction control as well as anti-lock brakes with brake assist. With a beginning price just under $30,000, a nicely equipped Acura TSX can be bought for about $35,000, comparably priced to other entry level luxury sedans.
Adv. – If you’re planning to buy a new car, then you’ll want to get price quotes or find a dealer to arrange for a test drive. You may also want to arrange for your own auto financing which can save you hundreds of dollars on your next car loan.
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