This is Europe’s Honda Accord. Seriously. To create the TSX, Acura swipes a high-end version of the Accord our pals across the pond drive, replaces that car’s appealing grille with one that is, umm, not, slaps some Acura badges on it, and calls it a day. Though this might sound like a slapdash approach, the result is a surprisingly satisfying entry-luxury car, one that exudes quality, and is comfortable, safe, fuel efficient, entertaining to drive, and surprisingly affordable. Better yet (for wagon lovers like me, anyway), the 2013 Acura TSX is offered in both sedan and station wagon format.
As great as the TSX is, it would appear that its days are numbered. The new 2013 Acura ILX is intended to replace the TSX, but since dealers sell just as many of the latter as they do the former, Acura might be reconsidering that strategy. Then there’s the debut of the flagship 2014 RLX to consider, a car that starts at $48,450. It sure would seem that Acura requires two models to bridge the $16,000 spread between a loaded ILX and the least expensive RLX.
In any case, if Acura decides to kill the TSX in favor of a next-generation TL (TLX?), I’m sure I won’t be the only one to miss this car.