It's hard not to walk away underwhelmed from the redesigned Acura TSX. While it improves upon its predecessor in some ways, it goes backward in others. It's an unusual and often faulty way of showing off supposed automotive acumen; an offshoot of the "they don't build 'em like they used to" attitude. Having said that, the Acura TSX may not be worse than its predecessor, but we're not sure it's improved.

Author:Meztilar Shakarg
Language:English (Spanish)
Published (Last):21 March 2007
PDF File Size:17.85 Mb
ePub File Size:13.10 Mb
Price:Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]

It's hard not to walk away underwhelmed from the redesigned Acura TSX. While it improves upon its predecessor in some ways, it goes backward in others. It's an unusual and often faulty way of showing off supposed automotive acumen; an offshoot of the "they don't build 'em like they used to" attitude. Having said that, the Acura TSX may not be worse than its predecessor, but we're not sure it's improved.

The TSX basics remain. Acura's entry-level model is a front-wheel-drive sedan with a high-revving four-cylinder engine, taut handling, a spacious cabin and class-leading feature content. Some thought Acura would use the turbocharged engine from its RDX, a small SUV, this time around, but instead it chose to just slightly revise the normally aspirated 2. With horsepower and pound-feet of torque, output is certainly adequate and now more useful in everyday driving, but shoppers keen on spicy acceleration will find more to like from turbocharged or V6-powered competitors.

Given that the fuel economy is also only a hair better than the related and heavier Honda Accord's hp V6, it seems Acura missed the opportunity to get a jump on competitor vehicles that provide similar power and fuel economy to the TSX. There are a few areas where the TSX has gone backwards. The new electric steering isn't as communicative as the old hydraulic system.

Styling, while subjective, is not as streamlined as the original "flying wedge" design -- the new TSX has bulges and creases and a chrome grille mustache, all of which try too hard to mask an otherwise mundane sedan. Inside, the TSX's previous touchscreen electronics interface good has been replaced with a multipurpose knob with a multitude of buttons bad. Thankfully, the intuitive voice commands remain.

There are, of course, areas of improvement. The automatic transmission now features automanual control via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Acura's trademark high-tech features are getting even more sophisticated; the new Technology Package adds weather forecasting, real-time traffic with rerouting and one of the industry's best sound systems.

The TSX also has marginally more interior space. This "give here, take there, stand pat all over" philosophy adds up to a car that's not particularly memorable. Acura could've saved itself a lot of effort by slapping some paddle shifters and a few additional high-tech doodads onto the old TSX.

Still, while some of these models may be faster, more luxurious, more fuel-efficient, better-handling or less costly than the TSX, few if any offer such a solid mix of it all. The problem is, the '08 edition did that too, and car buyers were still looking elsewhere. The Acura TSX just doesn't raise the bar high enough. In fact, it barely budges it. In other words, "the last one was better. The Acura TSX is a compact entry-level luxury sedan available in one well-loaded trim level.

Also standard are Bluetooth and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. The optional Technology Package adds a rearview camera and a navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather forecasting. The front-wheel-drive TSX is available with one engine, a 2. Available transmissions are a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles -- both are the same price.

EPA fuel economy with the automatic is 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. Standard safety equipment on the TSX includes antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. One of the main flaws of the previous TSX was excessive road noise. To the new car's credit, the TSX is equipped with additional sound-deadening materials and newfound structural rigidity, which quiets things down on the freeway.

For manual-equipped models, a shorter-travel clutch and less aggressive throttle tip-in produce a car that's easier to drive smoothly around town. Less welcome is the new electric power steering system designed to perform better read: be lighter at low parking-lot speeds.

The problem is, because the old car wasn't exactly arm-wrenching, the resulting change equates to a less communicative steering system. Still, the TSX is a very enjoyable car to drive on twisting roads, especially if it's equipped with the manual transmission. Body motions are well-controlled and the car stays relatively flat and attached to the tarmac in even the most aggressive turns.

In other words, the Acura TSX is still one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars on sale. Although the layout is logical, the sheer quantity of little black buttons upwards of 40 would make a pilot feel at home.

Although the interface is a step backward the old car's touchscreen controls were much simpler to use and more visually appealing , the tech pack's navigation system is the same found in Acura's higher-end products, and features voice commands, real-time traffic, weather forecasting and a large LCD screen with secondary control knob.

The accompanying speaker surround-sound system is one of the best factory stereos available and is a solid justification for the pricey tech pack. Elsewhere inside the TSX, materials are consistent with the rest of Acura's well-built line. However, those looking for a Lexus-like level of opulence will be disappointed, since this Acura is only a smidgen nicer than its otherwise well-constructed Honda cousin and features a sportier, BMW-like aesthetic. Interior room inside this compact sedan is actually quite good, with only a shade less space than the larger TL.

The trunk measures Available styles include 4dr Sedan 2. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used Acura TSX.

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis.

It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so. Popular searches. My Account. Review Features Save. ZIP Code. See all for sale. List price range. Appraise this car. View Photos. Four-cylinder engine could use more low-end power, button-happy center console, lacks a certain premium feel.

See less. Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. See your car's value. Edmunds' Expert Review. Vehicle overview. The Acura TSX is completely redesigned for Major changes include a larger size for enhanced interior room, revised exterior styling and new technology-oriented features.

Write a review See all reviews. Aug Update: k miles and still purring with original clutch. I replaced the suspension one year ago and this vehicle just looks and drives so well for its nearly 11 year age. For a great value and fun drive, find a used TSX with 6-speed manual and enjoy. Just check that the oil consumption recall was fixed or that the model year is after they fixed the issue at the factory. Feb Update: My TSX is still going strong, but it turns out the oil consumption issue became a problem, consuming more than a quart per miles.

Although it was a tedious process, Acura ended up replacing the piston rings as part of their extended warranty due to this known issue.

No more burning oil and my engine has a new life at , miles. Used car seekers should check if TSXs of this vintage have had the warranty work done, especially on manual transmission models which are more prone to this problem. If the exhaust tips are sooty then the car is burning oil. Original review I am the original owner a black, 4cyl TSX with 6 speed manual transmission.

It now has 96k miles of more than half highway miles. Oddly enough, I'm more pleased with the car as it ages. Because it's still performing very well, despite the expectation for an older car to start acting up. Power is good, handling is still tight, no rattles, the auto climate control is spot on. The 6 speed short shifting manual mated to a smooth clutch that doesn't buck in slow traffic is pleasure to drive.

Manual lovers would like this car, and the engine is happy to rev. Fuel economy has been 30 mpg with my type of driving. This is excellent for a car with decent power. The TSX handles pretty well in snow when mated with good all-season or winter tires. They drive well in snow and the traction control, when needed, works in concert with these to provide good control.

I used to have Bridgestone Pole Position, which handled even better in dry and wet conditions but were horrible in snow. Surprisingly, the Continentals actually have improved fuel mileage by at least 1 mpg, as they claim.

Rear seats are more suitable for smaller people. The door opening is a little tight getting in, but the seats are very comfortable once in. Child seats are a pain to use because of the bucket shape and the closeness of the latch.


Acura 2009 TSX Owner's Manual

Quick Links. Table of Contents. Main Menu. Your selection of a Acura TSX was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to.


2009 Acura TSX - Owner's Manual (524 pages)

When the first-generation Acura TSX — reached the end of its production run, we were apprehensive. Would the makeover follow the all-too-familiar malaise afflicting so many new cars—more mass, more money, less edge, less fun? The original TSX offered only one engine—a naturally aspirated, 2. We loved it. Tidy in size, agile, loaded with standard features, and thrifty at the pump, that TSX would be a decidedly tough act to follow.

Related Articles