Pros: Sprightly acceleration, even with 4-cylinder engine; athletic handling with good ride composure; contemporary, classy cabin; availability of wagon body style
Cons: Rather high noise levels for a luxury-brand vehicle, particularly with 4-cylinder engine; cramped rear seat
CG Says: The Acura TSX might not match its rear- or all-wheel-drive rivals in terms of cabin appointments, driving dynamics, or overall refinement. Its main strength is in its overall balance. It delivers a reasonably sporty experience with plenty of standard features at prices that are well below comparably equipped American and German competitors. The manual-transmission Base Special Edition is the most enjoyable to drive while being surprisingly frugal. Also notable is the rare-for-the-class station wagon model—the TSX Sport Wagon. If you want to play in the premium-compact-car segment but find the Buick Verano too sedate and the BMW 3-Series or Cadillac ATS too pricey, the TSX is a very worthy choice.