2012 Acura TSX Video Road Test and Review
The Acura TSX is a compact luxury sedan that offers an affordable entry point into the Japanese premium brand's lineup. The Acura TSX comes with a reasonably sport ride, access to a long list of comfort features and technological conveniences, and a good amount of interior room for as many as five passengers. Safety equipment offered with the TSX includes front side airbags, forward airbags, active head restraints, side curtain airbags and electronic stability control and traction control.
The Acura TSX starts out in base trim (MSRP $30,010), which features dual automatic climate control, HID headlights, 17-inch wheels, heated leather seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player, power adjustments for both the driver and front passenger, fog lights, keyless entry and heated mirrors. The TSX Special Edition (MSRP $31,010) adds suede accents to the seats, red interior lighting cues, racing pedals, a black headliner and an aerodynamic body kit. The TSX V6 (MSRP $35,550) upgrades to a sportier suspension system, a louder stereo and 18-inch wheels. Most versions of the TSX can be ordered with the Technology Package, which includes a voice-controlled navigation system, a surround sound audio system, a rearview camera and a hard drive for storing digital music files.
The Acura TSX is initially offered with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine as its base power plant. Rated at 201 horses and 170 lb-ft of twist, this unit can be matched with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Fuel economy for the four-cylinder shows as 22-mpg in city driving and 31-mpg highway. The TSX V6 benefits from a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder drivetrain that is good for 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only gearbox available with the TSX V6, and fuel mileage for the larger motor checks in at 19-mpg around town and 28-mpg highway.
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