2011 Acura TSX Wagon: Fun With Full Lock, Part II
April 05, 2011
There was quite the discussion after I posted a video about our long-term Buick Regal's steering. I knocked it for the hollow sound and undamped feel it delivers when turned to full lock.
There was an immediate upheaval. How could make such a claim without any context? What was I comparing it to? Don't all steering wheels have to stop at some point?
Well, yes, but in the interest of reader interaction, here's the same test. This time I did it with the Acura TSX wagon, a direct competitor to the Regal. Make the jump to see the exciting result.
You can make your own judgement about the sound, but I can tell you a couple things about the feel since, you know, I was there.
For one, the TSX's steering effort is considerably higher than in the Regal. This means you're less likely to go flying into the bump stops. Second, it actually feels as if there is some kind of rubber bushing, or other high tech damping device, used in the steering system to cushion the blow at full lock. It's not exactly perfect, but there's enough there that you don't really notice it.
I'll check some other cars in the fleet to see if any other long termers have this issue. Can't remember any off hand, which is sort of the whole point.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line