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Pros: interior styling, fit and finish
Cons: acceleration from a standing start (i did get the AT so that was kind of a given)
Advice: if you're into a balance of elegance and performance, this is the onesuspension made to toss this car around curvy roads. probably not ideal for buyers with children. interior on par with cars twice it's price. for the 'fast and the furious' crowd, this car may seem bland, but for others it looks classy in an understated manner. gas mileage has been great for a car that feels like it could be mistaken for a 6-cylinder. Acura did a great job of giving you alot for a relatively lower price than you'd expect (just check out their website to see what all is included!). on a sidenote: the trunktray and the all weather floor mats were worth every penny ... well, trunktray was thrown in there for me to feel like i was getting a great deal, but buy it if you have to. i bought this car a year ago and also am new to carbuying so i couldnt really haggle with the sticker price yet i feel like i got a great deal anyways.
Pros: Sport shift, Navi system, Beautiful lighting scheme inside and out (check out the blue ambient lighting inside)
Cons: These cars are hard to find. Be prepared to be flexible on color choices.
Advice: Buy the Navi system if you can find it. The price difference is small, but the convenience and intuitiveness of the system is top-notch.I did research for four months trying to decide what sport sedan to buy. By chance I saw my friend's father's TSX and was intensely curious. I decided to take one for a test drive and I was immediately sold. The performance of the four cylinder can't be overstated. Take one for a test drive and you will immediately see why you will get the performance of a high-end six without chugging premium gasline like a freight train. I don't understand the complaints about the styling; I really find it attractive and everywhere I go it turns heads. I wish I had more room to go into detail here, but the bottom line is: you pay 10 grand more for a BMW 325, but a lot more people drive them and the only extra thing you get is the propeller emblem on the grill. Quality levels between the TSX and 325 are very comparable. Save your money, buy a TSX and you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Nice styling, navigation, uniqueness on the road
Cons: Slightly smaller insides then the Passat i tried.
Advice: Cannot go wrong, Acura has excellent reliabilty history. Get the navigation if you can its great.The car feels tight and super smooth, everything in it is classy. The engine loves to rev up, from a dead stop I merged onto a fast moving road and the automatic took the engine right up to the redline (7100rpm) before shifting into 2nd gear..wow! Its super smooth, the shifts with the auto are imperceptable at normal to fast speeds. i got the navigation and it works pretty well, we looked up a nearby town without knowing how to get there, put in a sample street and let it takes us there, it really works. Steering is and suspension are firmer then the Accord. Try it you will like it, very similar ride to the BMW 3 series, with great road holding on the curves, its stays fairly flat.
Pros: quick acceleration onto the freeway, awesome sound system, audio controls on steering wheel
Cons: stiff ride, poor rear visibility
Advice: drive it on a winding road and take it onto the highwayI've driven my TSX for 8 months now, and it still puts a smile on my face whenever I step on the gas. Fabulous sound system, quick acceleration, and responsive handling are my favorite features. As others have noted, it's true that other drivers will pull up beside you and stare! I think I've seen only 8 or 10 other TSX's on the road... I'm so glad I'm not driving an Accord or Camry; it's nice to be a little different. Plus, I think the quality and features compare favorably with BMW 3-series, Infiniti, and Lexus, especially for under $30,000. I was a satisfied Toyota owner for 13 years, but when I went shopping for a new car, nothing in Toyota's lineup could match the performance, size, and styling of the TSX. The only negatives are that the ride is stiff/bumpy if you're on a less than perfect road; my old Corolla seemed smoother. You really feel the road in this car. The rear view is limited; backing up is tough, and sometimes it's easy to miss seeing low/small cars behind you on the road. And then, there's paying $2.30/gallon for premium gas in San Diego...
Cons: Exterior styling
Advice: Buy it Now!!!!Very fast Silky smooth engine Great handling Awesome set of features Looks cool inside and out Great value Fantastic stereo
Pros: Styling/Gas Milage/Drivability
Advice: Ask.......Like all other Acuras, this one comes pretty loaded with features, quality and toys you would expect in this category. My gripe is the lack of attention to some obvious detail, such as the Moonroof switch location, lack of a standard trip computer, lack of auto up/down windows, and an annoying lack of lighting in the steering wheel switches. However, you do get a pretty nice soundsystem, butt-warmers, great-looking blue ambient lighting and decent leather. I absolutely love the livability of the vehicle. The handling is light and sure-footed, and the suspension seems plush for cruising, while firm enough for some respectable spirited driving. I love the clean, yet beefy rear end with the dual tailpipes, and also the mirror mounted l.e.d. turnsignals. The fold-down rear seats are welcome, as are the top-notch interior pieces and panels on the upper dash. Some areas of the interior trim do suffer from poorer matierial choices. Bottom line? A great all around vehicle for the money, with a premium nameplate. It's also pleasing to cruise past 325i's knowing they paid like 10k more for thiers with comparable features and capabilities.
Pros: 6-speed shifter (very crisp)
Cons: No growl from the engine (I'm over it now)
Advice: Find a 6-speed (85% of the 16,000 made this year are automatics)I wasn't looking for an Acura, but a guy I work with has a TL and loves his dealership (Mile High Acura). He convinced me to look at the TSX. I test drove the 6-speed TSX and was really happy with the experience. I got a better deal at a different dealership though (Courtesy Acura). The drive-by-wire Throttle system makes it feel as if the car knows what you want to do before you do it. The gas pedal is like glue on your foot (very responsive). The A4 was somewhat similar, but it has a delay in response with the turbo. This felt much quicker. Also, the A4 has reliability issues when it gets to high mileage. The TSX interior is somewhat similar to an A4 (metal strip across the dash, information center inbetween the tach and speedometer). Only it's better! It doesn't have the '80's red dash look. It uses Blue and white LED's for the instruments and has a blue LED shining down at the stick at night giving the center stack and stick a cool blue glow at night. I admit I wasn't sold on the exterior styling right away, but have grown to like it now. I really enjoy the interior and the car is best at night! There is no way to beat this car at this price! It still has plenty of kick on the highway at 80mph - very surprising for a 4 cylinder. It climbs Moutnain roads (even Pikes Peak) with ease - no hesitation. The best part of all is the 1st Tune Up is 110,000 miles.