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.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor