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The Acura TSX represents a sound buy among entry-level luxury sedans. With a refined interior, choice of an economical four-cylinder engine or powerful V8 and generous list of standard equipment at a low price, it's one of the best values in the class. Couple that to renowned Honda reliability and Acura's high level of customer satisfaction, and the TSX is worth considering for people who like to spend their money wisely.
The TSX comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The base sedan comes standard with features like leather upholstery, HID headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 7-speaker audio system with XM satellite radio, Bluetooth and USB iPod interface. The Special Edition adds different exterior styling touches such as a front spoiler, aluminum pedals, suede seat inserts and an optional six-speed manual transmission. The V6 adds a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and the Technology Package with satellite navigation with real-time traffic and weather, hard drive storage for audio files, backup camera and ELS surround sound premium audio.
The Audi A4 has a well-finished interior and powerful turbocharged engine with optional all-wheel drive, but costs more when similarly equipped. The Buick Regal offers a more efficient eAssist hybrid and is generally cheaper, but standard equipment levels are not as generous. The Volvo S60 has distinctive styling, long list of advanced safety options and all-wheel drive, but can cost much more than the Acura. The Volkswagen CC costs about the same, offers all-wheel drive on the V6 and a stronger base four-cylinder, but has less interior space.
So while the TSX isn't the freshest or most exciting model in the segment, it represents a pragmatic buy for people who want a lot of equipment for a relatively low price. On top of that, it's likely to be reliable and comfortable as well as efficient. If that appeals to you, the TSX is worth a drive.
The base TSX comes with a long list of standard features that will impress anyone who wants lots of toys to get comfortable with. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The TSX gets 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, full power features including dual power heated front seats, split-folding rear seats, woodgrain trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth with steering-wheel mounted controls, trip computer, compass, power sunroof, fog lights and a 7-speaker audio system with XM satellite radio, USB/iPod interface and streaming audio. The Special Edition Package adds a unique body kit with front spoiler and rear bumper diffuser, Alcantara inserts in the seat, red stitching and illumination and aluminum pedals, as well as the option of a six-speed manual transmission. The Technology Package includes satellite navigation with voice activation, real-time traffic and weather, 415-watt 10-speaker ELS surround audio system, 15 GB hard drive and a GPS-linked solar sensing climate control.
The TSX V6 adds performance and technology levels that are far above the base car. The big change is the 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower through the five-speed automatic. The V6 gets 18-inch wheels and a lowered sports suspension. Inside, the V6 adds standard navigation with voice activation, real-time traffic and weather, 415-watt 10-speaker ELS surround audio system, 15 GB hard drive and a GPS-linked solar sensing climate control.
Refined interior, powerful engine with optional all-wheel drive, but can get very expensive with desirable options
Potent turbo engines or efficient eAssist hybrid, but isn't especially fast and lacks badge prestige
Stylish, comfortable interior with good powertrains, but potent T6 versions can get pricey
Distinctive styling, good equipment levels and optional V6 with all-wheel drive, but lacks space inside