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.
The name of the $3000 technology package seems a bit misleading. The navigation system hardly seems like modern technology with a dull and grainy interface. While it boasts traffic and weather capabilities, the graphics are on par with the original Nintendo. It's also awkward that the large navigation screen doesn't share any functions or display capabilities with the audio or HVAC controls. Intertwining the two would certainly help in simplifying the jumble of buttons on the dash.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor