2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Bluetooth. Why Doesn't It Work?

December 01, 2011


My iPhone 4 doesn't get along with the TSX's Bluetooth. Or, perhaps, vice-versa. Either way, it drives me crazy

Here's the problem:

With the phone paired to the car, any call I place defaults to the handset, which is illegal to place to your ear while driving in California. The iPhone offers the option to switch manually while paired to a Bluetooth source but even selecting the Acura's "HandsfreeLink" doesn't send the call through the car.

After multiple awkward conversations which ended with me pulling over to talk on the handset, I realized that I could manually switch between the handset and the "HandsFreeLink" using the car's "phone" menu. It requires a few button pushes before it eventually switches.

But it shouldn't work that way.

It's a problem. And it's a problem that's well documented here by owners of the 2011 TSX using the iPhone 4 and 4S -- one of whom claims to have run the issue all the way up the Acura food chain with no resolution.

I've contacted Acura's HandFreeLink customer service myself about the issue. I'll share the response -- when I get one -- in another post.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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