Spent a lot of time researching TSX's over several months. Driving the 2nd gen compared to the 1st gen was night and day. This is arguably the best car on the market under $30k for what the car offers as standard features. Bought mine 12/31/08, am 5,000 miles in, and still have a smile on my face every time that I drive it. GREAT vehicle for Road trips. Overall, a very economical car. For a smoother ride, I recommend not putting on aftermarket low-profile tires/rims.
6 speed manual super smooth shifting, iPod integrated dash, dual climate control, VERY comfortable seats, excellent styling both inside and out, great fuel economy, dashboard and steering controls, Xenon headlights, Hands Free Link (HFL) for bluetooth-enabled phone, dual fold-down rear seats.
Rear deck is tan/beige, even on black interior. Center dash display can have glare issues depending on how light hits it. Stock rims are somewhat bland. Hands Free Link (HFL) quality is poor, at least when using with iPhone. For 6MT, users are reporting pinging/engine-knocking (still TBD).
2009 Acura TSX Sedan 4dr Sedan w/Technology Package (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I purchased this car brand new. After about 3 weeks I started to notice the brakes squealing. After seven months and numerous trips to the dealership, the problem has not been corrected. Acura doesn't seem to know how to fix the problem and the dealerships are not willing to try any more repairs. For 30K the brakes should not constantly squeal. What an embarrassment for a vehicle considered luxury. Stay away from this car. For the money buy a Lexus IS. If I go back I would leave this car on the lot. Oh and there is a rattling noise from underneath the car anytime you accelerate. Sounds like something is loose. What a disappointment.
Fix the brakes and that annoying rattle when accelerating.
Have 2500 miles on new TSX. It's a very nice well rounded car...very good at everything though maybe not best-in- class at anything, except price/value. Drives very well, taut but not too stiff, nor mushy like Camry. Manual tranny is super though still getting used to that 6th gear. The engine, while not stout, performs superbly...you hardly notice when running at high revs...and MPG compares to my old VW Passat turbo despite being a heavier car (though the MPG reading calculated by the TSX is inflated about 10% vs actual). The interior comfort, esp the seats, are great...and the features (Ipod; XM; homelink; bluetooth) are amazing for the price. Definitely worth a close look!
Nice firm ride and firm leather seats. Six speed manual. Bluetooth and all the audio options. Instant MPG feedback. Oh yeah, and I have about $7 or 8 grand in my pocket compared to buying a comparably equipped A4!!
Let's be honest, the exterior styling is a bit dull. Layout of audio selections and channels are too close though the steering wheel controls help. And the glare from the audio screen is brutal on a sunny day. A bit slow from a dead stop. And the steering is a bit light at highway speed.
TL was last minute compromise on the last day of 2008. Still have a 2000 TL with over 160K on it so Acura reliability is a big plus. I looked at TL-SHAWD, but could not get over the BEAK. I also wanted a manual, fund to drive car with high reliability, low maintenance costs and good gas mpg. This car fulfills all of that and is a pretty comfortable driver to boot. Mileage is averaging 28-31 mpg, 6 spd is easy to use and car is not so "hot" that I am adding too many speeding tickets to my collection. Stereo is good, I dropped XM subscription after new car trial and use an Ipod instead. Overall, a pretty good deal with a low cost of ownership.
Fit & finish, MPG, handling, interior comfort, transmission. Also have almost 10 years good experience with the dealer.
Go to a key fob, switchblade key is annoying. V6 (I hear that is coming and would have waited). A little more low end torque and re- gear the 4cy; 3100RPM @80mph is high. Move CD slot lower on dash with position light, I find it hard to find at night. blue light illumination could be brighter.
The car looks great! Smooth ride on the highway. Seats are comfy! Love the chrome finishes on door handles & front grill.
Front grill & tail lights & seats
Need to improve on braking! Bit soft & not quick enough! The back seats not enough leg room. The center dash board/ radio display, has a glare. NAV should have "Touch Screen" & voice activated. Blue Tooth is HORRIBLE! Keeps HANGING UP! My brakes keep making squealing noises. Took it back twice.