A Tough Package to Beat
By Mike on
Vehicle2010 Acura TSX Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
ReviewFYI, looked @ the A4, 328, & IS250. So, my ratings are relative to this group. The car is far better looking in person (I'm okay with the grill-the TL is a mess). To me, the IS is the 1 car that has better exterior styling (the Infiniti G=ew!=no dice). For 0-60, here's the skinny: TSX i4 w/M 7.5s (8.3 w/A), 09 A4 2.0T (i4) w/A 7.3s, 08 328i (v6) w/A 6.9s, & IS250 (v6) w/A 7.7s. I couldn't quickly find the M numbers for the others, but probably slightly better. B/for the 3, the delta is minor. I only notice the i4 at >60 b/c the i4's narrower torque band loses to a v6's wider band. Overall, the TSX combines luxury, Honda reliability, & fun & everyday driving in an unbeatable combo.
Best FeaturesNearly all. Looks, fun to drive, great seats & stereo, 29.5 mpg avg, and most, the silky smooth stick. I can get over an i4 for all that the Tech Package+M gives you for less than 31k. If Honda could've fit the RDX's turbo in it, at $1-2k more, the v6 snobs would have nothing b/styling to pick on.
Worst FeaturesI think the TSX i4's body roll in turns is too much compared to say, the 328. Part suspension, part weight distribution? The experts say the electronic steering is numb-frankly, I don't notice it, but know that I came off a 1995 Civic (w/250,000 miles) with no power steering for the last ~20k.
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