The TSX may be the smallest, least expensive model in Acura’s lineup, but it also offers the most variety. The TSX’s portfolio was expanded with a six-cylinder engine in 2010 and a wagon model in 2011. For 2012, a sporty-looking special edition — allegedly inspired by the original Integra — joins the fold. All these amendments are aimed at expanding the TSX’s customer base, but they haven’t diluted the character of the car. Based on the European-market Honda Accord, the TSX is a svelte, agile front-wheel-drive sport sedan. The 3.5-liter V-6 packs tremendous power, but we still prefer the balance and rev-happy nature of the 2.4-liter I-4, even if it is a little short on torque. We’d love to see a Sport Wagon with the manual transmission, but the six-speed is available only on sedans — and special-edition sedans, at that. Competitors may offer a little more pizazz when it comes to the interior, but the TSX still shines as a driver’s car. The suspension tuning was amended last year to provide more compliance over rough roads, but the TSX is far from soft. Body motions are kept in check, and the steering is sharp, somewhat tactile, and well weighted. The TSX is a surprisingly fun car to drive, no matter which engine or transmission it is equipped with.

Drive: Front-wheel
Trim Levels: TSX, TSX V-6, TSX Special Edition, TSX Sport Wagon
Body styles: Sedan, wagon, 5-passenger
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 201 hp, 172 lb-ft
3.5L V-6, 280 hp, 254 lb-ft
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 91.2 cu ft
Cargo space: (sedan) 12.6 cu ft; (wagon, rear seats up/down) 25.8/60.5 cu ft

After rolling out a V-6 option in late 2010 and a Sport Wagon variant in 2011, few changes were made for the 2012 TSX. A new special edition package, available on four-cylinder sedans, is now the only way to order the optional six-speed manual transmission. Sport Wagon models now eschew a compact spare tire in favor of an inflator kit, allowing for more underfloor storage.

Dual-stage front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

All: 18-21 mpg city/27-30 mpg highway

  • Rev-happy four-cylinder
  • Wagon is fun and functional
  • Delightful handling
  • No navigation with manual
  • Wagon only with four-cylinder
  • V-6 is quite expensive

More flavors than ever before.

  • Audi A4
  • BMW 328i
  • Infiniti G25
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