Crowding the house.
Acura touts its new ILX as a small, affordable entry point to the brand, but wasn’t that the point of the TSX? Officials insist the ILX’s content, pricing, and fuel-economy figures might woo today’s younger buyers, but we still see some reason to perhaps consider the slightly larger, slightly more expensive TSX. Six-cylinder power, for instance, is offered in the TSX but not in the ILX. The TSX is available in sport wagon form, whereas the ILX is offered only as a four-door sedan. Yes, the TSX package is starting to feel a little dated — it’s based off the European-market Accord, which debuted in late 2008 — but there’s still a lot to like. The 3.5-liter V-6 packs tremendous power, but we still prefer the balance and rev-happy nature of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, even if the smaller engine is a little short on torque. Competitors such as the BMW 3-series and Audi A4 might offer more pizazz when it comes to interior appointments, but the TSX still shines as a driver’s car and is far from soft. Body motions are kept in check, and the steering is sharp and well weighted. The TSX is a surprisingly fun car to drive, no matter what engine or body style you prefer.
new for 2013
Acura has made no changes to the TSX for 2013.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.
Wagon is fun and functional
No navigation with manual
Wagon only offered with four-cylinder
V-6 is expensive
Base Price Range: $30,400–$39,135
TRIM LEVELS: TSX, TSX V-6, TSX Special Edition, TSX Sport Wagon
BODY STYLES: Sedan, wagon, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 2.4L I-4, 201 hp, 172 lb-ft
3.5L V-6, 280 hp, 254 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 91.2 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (sedan) 12.6 cu ft; (wagon, rear seats up/down) 25.8/60.5 cu ft