2010 Acura TSX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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We've always applauded Acura's decision to stick with a high-revving, high-personality, high-efficiency four-cylinder in the TSX. For 2010, Acura's smallest sedan gains an optional V-6, but we're not complaining. So what gives?
Simply put, the market has changed. Once upon a time, twenty percent of TSX buyers opted for a manual transmission. Now, fewer than one in twenty does. The larger and more grown-up second-generation TSX is appealing to a different crowd--and doing so at a very respectable pace despite our disastrous economy--and these buyers are cross-shopping competitors with powerful six-cylinder engines.
Power-hungry buyers can now opt for a TSX with the base TL's 3.5-liter V-6. It produces more torque off idle than the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder does at its peak, so keeping up with brisk traffic no longer requires repeated forays to the high end of the tachometer scale. According to Acura, the V-6's extra 79 hp is sufficient to knock two seconds off the four-cylinder TSX automatic's nine-second 0-to-60-mph sprint.
Acura maintains that this V-6 model is the sportier version of the TSX, but it's not. Instead, its added speed and refinement make it more luxurious. To wit, springs and dampers have been retuned to cope with the driveline's extra 210 pounds, but the result is a more supple--not firmer--ride. There are minimal brake upgrades and no supersupportive seats. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission available, and it shifts even more smoothly than when paired with the four-banger. The TSX V-6 will easily light up the front tires off the line, but torque steer is admirably well controlled, and the transmission's long fourth- and fifth-gear ratios help provide relaxed, quiet cruising and account for the mere 3-mpg penalty in combined fuel economy (EPA ratings are 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway).
In fact, the only drawbacks attributable to the V-6 are a larger turning radius and handling that now falls into the Terminal Understeer category. Oh, and there's the price. A $5540 premium is a product-planning faux pas, as it bumps the TSX up to within $105 of the larger TL. We're still not complaining, though, since the four-cylinder version is still around for those who don't need the extra go. And owners of the previous-generation TL now have another option when it comes time for a new car--the TSX V-6 is similar to their car in size, refinement, and performance. So the engine isn't the only part of this new TSX taken from the TL; some of the buyers will come from the TL, too.
The Specs
On Sale: Now
price: $35,660
Engine: 3.5L V-6, 280 hp, 254 lb-ft
Drive: Front-wheel
We’ve yet to receive all the details surrounding Acura’s new 2011 TSX Sport Wagon, but we’ll likely to learn a little more later this month, when the stunning family-hauler will officially be launched at the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Acura may have decided against offering a V-8 anywhere in its lineup, but fans have something else to look forward to: a hybrid TSX sedan.
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So, with the addition of an optional V-6 the new TSX erases the last significant division between itself and the TL sedan that sits above it in Acura's lineup. In fact, all three Acura sedans are now V-6-powered, with front- or all-wheel-drive, or about as easily distinguishable as their names (TSX, TL, and RL). This is not the way to build a hierarchy.
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The last time I drove an Acura TSX (the previous-generation four-cylinder model), a young man in the grocery story parking lot walked up to me and started going on about the TSX's high-revving engine and how much he wanted to own one. This is not a scenario I see playing itself out with the new TSX, at least not the V-6 model. This TSX feels all grown up -- it's a much more refined proposition than the old car. The interior feels more upmarket (although it's not overly luxurious), it's more roomy (although it also feels heavier, which isn't necessarily a good thing), and the V-6 puts the power down with no drama. If that's what a buyer is looking for, the TSX is quite a nice car to drive. As others have pointed out, the TSX now bumps up against the TL in the Acura lineup, a matter that Acura's product planners have likely noted. In the meantime, it's not a bad thing that buyers of Acura's entry-level car now have a choice of either a raucous four-cylinder or a more refined V-6.
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I still don't understand why Acura has decided to completely vacate the niche it once served so well with the Integra and later on, the RSX and TSX in favor of a half-hearted assault on mainstream luxury sedans.
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It's a little surprising that I'm driving a TSX with a V-6, since by this point I thought I might have been in a TSX diesel; such were Acura's plans in early 2008, when I first drove this new-generation TSX. Those plans were shelved, though, due to Americans' lukewarm responses to diesels offered elsewhere, the fluctuating price of diesel fuel, and the economy. Anyway, the V-6 is a great engine. It works well with this gearbox. I put it in sport mode, and then you can shift with the paddles on the steering wheel, which work just fine. I got up to about 100 mph on an entrance ramp, and the response was very good. I've always liked this car; it's got a great chassis, and even with the extra power, the front wheels are not completely overwhelmed. You can definitely squeal the tires if you hammer it out of a turn, but it's not horrendous by any means.
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Aside from the parallels in packaging, let's not forget that you can get into a larger TL for some $2000 less than this TSX we tested. Still, the V-6 TSX is an entertaining drive. Power is about as much as you could ever want for a front-wheel-drive car. The five-speed automatic transmission is excellent, with smooth shifts exactly when you want them. Highway comfort is excellent, while the handling is plenty capable. Sure, all-wheel drive would be nice for performance driving, as long as it wasn't some half-hearted setup that waits until a wheel slips to move torque rearward.
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An Acura executive has admitted that the company is considering joining Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz on the wagon bandwagon. According to John Watts, Acura's senior manager of product planning, Honda's premium brand is considering offering a wagon version of its TSX.

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
201 hp @ 7000rpm
170 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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