2009 Acura TSX

It's easy to forget how well Honda manual transmissions work and feel. So many Honda buyers don't even know what to do with a clutch, and that's a shame. This six-speed is an absolute delight to use. Clutch takeup is great, and the effort is light enough to make city driving a pleasure. The in-line four feels pretty strong given the size of the car, but it would be much nicer if the TSX hadn't grown up so much.

I disagree with Joe Lorio about the infotainment controls. There are far too many buttons and knobs to make the system easy to use. The rest of this car feels pretty traditional and has sort of a simplistic luxury feel, but the dizzying array of buttons looks intimidating. I don't think the placement of the buttons does anything to make the system more intuitive.

The looks don't do anything for me, either. Acura's new corporate face doesn't look pleasing at all. I can't remember anyone liking the new RL when it debuted at the Chicago Auto Show last February, and the TSX wears the new look with only a little more grace.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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