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Cons: Cheap sound of doors being closed
Advice: It's probably as good as you can do for the money, but it's not the greatest car ever.I have no doubt that my new TSX is a better car than my 5-year old Saab 9-5 with 140k miles. But I seriously doubt that a 5-year old TSX will be as good as that used Saab. Granted, I'm comparing a $27k car with a $35k car. But the TSX is just not as substantial. Slamming the door of my TSX makes me cringe sometimes; it sounds so cheap. And it is a noisy car. It definitely has some annoying rattles. Little things could be improved. The stitching on the door armrest is like a saw-blade on your forearm. It does not have daytime running lights, but dash lights are necessary in daylight (which leads to driving without headlights when they should be on). I love my XM radio, but the radio controls on the steering wheel do not allow me to channel surf. The controls on the dash around the radio could be improved. (When switching from XM-2 presets to XM-1 presets, you have to cycle through the CD player.) The Saab had some cool little things that turned out to be very convenient. I miss driver's seat memory. The climate-control could be set to switch to recirculate below 10 mph, so you didn’t have to breathe exhaust while waiting at a traffic light. The headlights went off when you turned off the engine, so I left them on for five years. When you turned the car on, the sound system came on at a preset, lower volume, so it wouldn’t scare you no matter what volume it was when you last turned it off. Rear-seat A/C vents were nice. I used the rear-seat center pass-through more than you might think. Like the TSX, the 9-5 was a 4-cylinder, but the turbo gave it a little punch. And, though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I miss the distinctive styling of the Saab. Considering the features and the price, it would be more fair to compare the Saab 9-5 to a TL, I guess. To be fair, the TSX does some things better than the Saab. It has much better cup-holders. I really like that you can open the trunk from the outside without the key fob. The xenon headlights are nice. I might use the seat-warmers once a year. The ambient blue lighting is cool, and the HomeLink buttons are convenient. The car handles well. The TSX does not look like every other Japanese four-door sedan, thank goodness, but it is not really all that distinctive. If I had traded up from a Camry, I’d be thrilled with the sportiness of the TSX. If my last car had been a Sebring or a Century, I would find the TSX’s finish to be a great improvement. Having driven Volvos and Saabs for the last 10 years, however, the TSX is a bit of a come-down. I hope its reliability over the years and miles will change my mind.
Pros: Handling, comfortable driving position, and interior aesthetics and ergonomics.
Cons: Would welcome a little more torque.
Advice: Don't be turned off by its moderate specs, go drive it first.Since my wife cannot drive a stick, my choices were limited to automatics. I'm replacing a 12-year old BMW 325i so was looking forward to something equivalent. After 8 months of test driving many cars that included G35, RX8, S40, TL, 300C, 2006 325i, IS300, Mustang GT, the TSX Auto became my final choice, despite it having the least power on spec. There was however instant gratification getting into the TSX because of the outstanding interior styling and comfort, no other car I tested besides the TL did that. TSX is not a straight line drag racer but it sure can take twisties in stride and do it with a comfortable luxurious ride, both of which can be appreciated everyday more than the occasional 0-60 drag strip. A BMW is still the champ in overall performance but with about $7000 more when similarly optioned, it wasn't that much better. A combination of great taut handling, excellent seats, ergonomic interior, Acura reliability, and best of all value-pricing sealed the deal! As a bonus, it also came in the correct shade of fiery Milano Red!
Pros: standard features: front & rear airbags
Cons: No dislikes
Advice: test drive others and you'll know this is the right carAn excellent car for the price! I previously owned a Lexus IS300 and thought that it would be difficult to find an auto that could match its comfort and function but the TSX does more than that. It is such a pleasure to drive while at the same time keeping its sporty feel and safety. The standard features are a bargain. In order to get all these features in a BMW, Audi or Saab, you have to pay thousands more. I highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for safety, comfort, luxury and a great price... you have it all in the TSX
Pros: 200 Hp i-Vtec engine
Cons: None, If I design a car, this would be IT
Advice: Test drive it, and work with what your budget is.I sincerely can say after purchasing the 2005 TSX, I can say it competes very well with the BMW 325i and Audi, I love the interior, the 200hp i-Vtec engine is Powerful yet not overbearing, This car exceeds the Mazda 6. Great Car, If you want all the features of the BMW without that huge overprice, I would seriously suggest the Acura TSX 2005, Not sure what the new 2006 will look like. but if the design is different, than I am glad with my 2005 version!-
Pros: Solid car, great quality
Cons: No real dislikes
Advice: Give it a drive, don't be afraid to mash the gas2 months of research, a multitude of test drives lead me to Acura. Even more test drives in the TL and the TSX convinced me to purchase the TSX. In my opinion the fit & finish of the TSX betters the TL. I do not see any issue with the excelleration, it scoots especially once you get to know the M-AT, you just have to get accustomed to the power band. Got my n-nav 5sp-a with a few extras for $28k, that included taxes, title,& lic. I am a 45 yr old ex-risk taker who has owned 20 vehicles which have been mostly sports sedans and big V-8 4x4's.
Pros: overall handling /fit and finish
Cons: rear tail lights /front headlights
Advice: Best car out there -wipes Accord out, burns a BMW, and outzipped both the Saab and Audi A4!This is the perfect blend of sport, luxury and fun! I had a Lexus ES300 before and while a great car, it was so boring! The ACURA TSX is a perfect fit for 2005 with high fuel economy, perfect balance, great ammenities, all wrapped up in a real value! Find all that in a BMW or Audi or Saab-no. THIS ONE DOES IT FOR ME -DON'T BUY ANY OTHER CAR IN THIS CLASS TILL YOU DRIVE THIS AUTOMOTIVE GEM!
Pros: Feeling the engine respond when asked. - VROOOOM!
Cons: Sounds system is great but not as good as the Infinity(car) system
Advice: Good looks, Great fun to drive, great gas mileage - Acura QualityThis car is a blast to drive. The gas mileage(highway) is fantastic. I have exceeded 35mpg. The TSX has no problems in snow(MN). The backseat is a bit cramped but acceptable. The Gas tank is quoted as 17 gallons but I have never filled it with more than 13 gallons despite the low fuel light being lit. **Midgrade gas works just fine** Fit and finish are great. The TSX turns heads. Like any Acura/Honda absolutely no problems with 37K on the odometer. If you have young kids and basically need a fun car with some transport functionality this is the car for you.