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.
The interior is your typical current Acura theme: a few too many buttons, but you figure it out pretty quickly. As for the price of the V-6 and the TSX V-6's role vis-à-vis the Acura TL, well, that's another matter.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor