I bought the car about 3 months ago and it has exceeded my expectation. I read that it was considered slow, but that has not been my experience...any rev above 3k RPM will get the car moving and once you get to the 6k RPM the vtec kicking is a joy to behold. The 6 speed manual transmission is one of the best I have driven with a precise and close gear box. The clutch is a little tricky but you should get a hang of it in a couple of days. The handling of the car is amazing, and getting off off rumps and driving in twists is really enjoyable, the car goes where you point it and has no body roll. Generally a great entry level luxury car with some sportiness..
The 2006-2008 TSX has perfect balance of performance, luxury, and economy. My 2 previous cars were an M3 and M5 BMW. I was honestly not expecting to like this car when I first drove it, but I love it. It has the most balanced handling of any front drive car I have ever driven. You can almost throttle steer it through a corner. The engine revs like a Ferrari V8, and the car feels much faster than the numbers indicate. The 2006-2008 cars have a markedly improved performance due to a larger throttle body and intake system, and the updated front/rear fascia and rocker covers make it look substantially sportier. All the controls are perfectly placed, and the fit-and-finish are outstanding.
Combination of stiff chassis / compliant suspension, rev-happy engine, fantastic shifter, excellent fuel economy (24 city / 32 highway), large trunk, impeccable build quality / reliability, high level of luxury for the money, great looks (2006-2008 models), minimal fancy electronics to break
Having the option of buying an "M" version would be nice, why do car makers feel the need to have 3" of gap between the fenders and wheels?, Acura needs to shed about 200 pounds and a few inches from the 2009-on models to bring them back to the perfection that is the 2006-2008 cars
I found this to be a joy to drive from the moment I test drove it in crisp Alaska October. The handling has been great even on snowy roads. All I hope for now is just a tad bit more thrust, say an additional 75 horses would be nice. I have had a few issues with the hands free but over all love the car, and the deal I got made me felt I stole it.
Exterior design was icing on the cake along with the HID lights. Love the carbon gray color, gives it a sophisticated look, without the cost.
Give it the horsepower to match the design and feel of the car or Type S it, for it's more the sport's model. Sunroof noisy when open above 40 mph. Better choice of performance tire pkg. Maybe an SH-AWD model would be nice. And lastly, beef up and update the stereo package to match the luxury look.
After owning German cars for 20 years I've switched to a TSX. This was the only Japanese car that had a German "feel" to it, but with none of the reliability issues that have plagued my German car ownership experience. German cars, when not in the shop, are still the benchmark for interior design and driver handling, but the TSX comes so close that it won me over from selecting a Jetta GLI. The driving feel is very Euro, with stiff steering, taught suspension, and would perform very well on the autobahn as it is the Euro Accord. I'm looking forward to a long trouble free ownership.
Euro look, very nice cockpit layout, interior materials high quality, slick 6 speed, smooth revving engine, very well equipped for the price, a driver's car.
Sunroof switch in the wrong place, temp controls too small / fussy, in dash CD cannot play MP3, I-Vtec kicks in at 6000 RPM..would be nice to activate at 4500 - 5000 rpm.
Previous vehicles were all domestic trucks/SUVs. This little car is big on fun, features, & value. 6-sp transmission is the way to go - crisp and smooth. Could use more torque off the line, but then again I'm averaging 26 mpg with about 60/40 city/hwy driving. Exterior design is clean and has a "smart" look to it. Interior is cozy, with soft to the touch materials, and also feels bigger than it actually is. Had a great experience with dealer; all done over the phone. If you're looking for the perfect balance of design, style, performance, and economy, this simply can't be beat at the price point.
Black/tan color combo, 6-spd tranny, extra bright HID's, decent stereo, gas mileage :)
Can't view the outside temp and odometer at the same time in the infocenter? No compass on the non-navi model? I'm not fond of the '09 redesign; what's up with the 6in fender flares?