|Premium compact car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $10,700 – $24,800*|
2009 Acura TSX Front
2009 Acura TSX Rear
2009 Acura TSX Interior
2009 Acura TSX Front-2
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Front
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Rear
TSX is let down by a noisy four-cylinder engine, a cramped rear seat, and, when equipped with the available navigation system, a daunting control scheme. Its 2009 redesign, however, brought meaningful improvements in ride quality without sacrificing the TSX’s excellent handling characteristics. The manual transmission is particularly delightful. The V6 for 2010 was a welcome addition, delivering a refined engine note, great power, and reasonable fuel economy. These virtues, combined with competitive new-car pricing, make TSX a good choice-but strong resale value tends to keep used-car prices on the high side.
A redesign of Acura’s premium compact sedan for 2009 gave it freshened styling and new features. This front-wheel-drive sedan was Acura’s entry-level car. Featuring Euro-inspired styling that included a new signature “power plenum” grille and bold fender flares, the TSX shared some of its basic design with the European-market Honda Accord. Exterior dimensions grew moderately. The 2009 model was about an inch longer in wheelbase, 2.5 inches longer overall, and 3 inches wider than the 2004-2008 TSX. Interior dimensions were largely unchanged, though shoulder space grew by about 2.5 inches.
The sole engine was a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder teamed with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic included steering-wheel paddles to facilitate manual gear changes; they could be used in Drive mode at any time. The 2009 TSX came in a single trim level that included such standard features as a sunroof, wireless cell-phone link, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. An optional Technology Package, priced as a separate model, included a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather information; a rearview camera; and a 10-speaker, 415-watt surround-sound audio system. Competitors to Acura’s TSX included the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Saab 9-3, as well as the Lexus IS and Volvo S40.
A V6 engine became available for the 2010 TSX. Borrowed from the larger TL sedan, the 3.5-liter V6 developed 280 horsepower. Four-cylinder models could have either a manual or automatic transmission, but the V6 mated only with automatic. V6 models got an upgraded automatic transmission with specific gear ratios, along with special suspension tuning and 18-inch aluminum wheels versus 17s for the four-cylinder version. A performance exhaust system for the V6 included dual outlets.
The 2011 Acura TSX sedan gets slightly freshened styling and powertrain tweaks designed to improve fuel economy. A new 4-door station wagon body style, the TSX Sport Wagon, joins the lineup as well, but is offered only with the four-cylinder engine.
Sedan versions of the TSX added a Special Edition trim level, which had the same features as the base model but added specific trim both inside and out. The wagon carried on unchanged.
No major changes for 2013.
No major changes for TSX’s final year. The TSX and larger Acura TL were both replaced by TLX for the 2015 model year.