2004 Acura TSX - Road Test Specs

2004 Acura TSX Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual w/Navigation System)
Vehicle
Model year2004
MakeAcura
ModelTSX
Style4dr Sedan w/Navigation System (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$28,490.00
As-tested MSRP$28,990.00
Drivetrain
Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 6800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)166 @ 4500
Transmission type6-speed manual
Chassis
Suspension, frontdouble wishbone
Suspension, rearmulti-link
Steering typepower steering
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HX MXM4
Tire size, frontP215/50R17
Tire size, rearP215/50R17
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.30 @ 86.33
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33.13
60-0 mph (ft.)127.87
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)40
Sound level @ idle (dB)Lo
@ Full throttle (dB)77
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe TSX is pretty much standard-issue Acura in terms of acceleration. The engine doesn't have abundant low-end torque, bu the mid-range is strong and the tach needle swings past its 7,000-rpm redline without breaking a sweat. In fact, we stretched each gear out to around 7,300 beore shifting (and after discovering the rev limiter at 7,400). However, despite having such a broad range of useable power, the TSX was well into fourth gear before crossing the quarter-mile mark, proving the car's short gearing. And those expecting a characteristic VTEC rush at high rpms will be disappointed. The developmetn of i-VTEC has softened the engine's high-end punch, giving the drivetrain improved refinement (but reduced excitement) when wound up. Still, (and despite our mediocre acceleration numbers) the level of mid-range torque from this 2.4-liter inline four keeps the TSX entertaining when you hit the "go" pedal.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWe've noticed a pattern of less-than-stellar maximum braking performance from Acura products over the last few years. They aren't horrible and they certianly aren't dangerous, but in terms of impressing us with short distances and a complete lack of fade (like most Toyota/Lexus models) the braking performance of Acura (and Honda) products continues to be, well...adequate. The TSX's brake pedal is easily modulated up to a point, but when invoking maximum braking performance the pedal feels stiff and resonds with a healthy amount of vibration (and a more-than-healthy amount of noise). The front-end experienced some dive, and there was a slight pull to the left on each run. We also saw slightly longer distances on each of our three panic stops, but the total stopping distances only went up by three feet over three runs, so heat-induced fade was a minor issue. The numbers themselves were fine, but we expected slightly shroter distances. We should reiterate that when driven on twisty roads the TSX's brakes perform quite well in terms of modulation, feedback and fade resistance, so the above weaknesses really only relate to emergency/panic braking (thus the "Good" rating). IF Acura could improve/refine its ABS system the company's vehicles would do much better in our instrumented testing.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe TSX displayed modest body roll in the slalom, but it was very easy to predict and control when driven at the limit. The car's stability control system is properly calibrated to allow a big of rotation before cutting power (however, our best times still came with the system defeated). Unfortunately, the car's short gearing meant we had to use third gear in the slalom or risk hitting the redline, but in third gear the car was at the lower end of the tachometer--meaning no toruqe to accelerate out of the final cones. There was likely a better time to be had but the lack of torque meant entering the slalom with as much speed as possible, and that made navigating the first few cones tricky. Items like steering feel and suspension dampening were exceptional. A bit more low-end torque (or longer gear ratios) would ahve increased the car's average speed through the slalom substantially. — Karl Brauer
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 City 29 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.1
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3241
Length (in.)183.3
Width (in.)69.4
Height (in.)57.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)34.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot available
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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