The 2018 Acura TSX is a medium-sized entry-level luxury car that was manufactured by Acura. Introduced in April 2003 as a 2004 model, Acura TSX was sold only in the United States and Canada, but since the 2009 model year, it has also been available in Mexico. Acura TSX is also sold in Guam and Puerto Rico. Acura TSX is sold in North America under the Acura luxury marque, where it filled the gap as Acura’s 4-door, entry-level sedan when the Integra sedan was discontinued in 2001.
The Acura TSX 2018 would also eventually replace the Acura RSX in the US. From 2008 until 2013, the Acura TSX was the smallest vehicle in the Acura model line, other than the Civic-based CSX sold only in Canada. In 2013, the smaller 2018 ILX was introduced in both the United States and Canada, based on the Civic platform. All Acura TSX was built in Sayama, Saitama, Japan.
2018 Acura TSX Interior
2018 TSX and Acura updated it with XM Satellite Radio, a four-way power passenger seat, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Along with the slight tweaks to the engine in 2006, interior tech features were also added, including a Multi-information Display (MID) in the instrument panel, and luxury features such as a two-position memory for the driver’s seat adjustments which adjusted according to which of two keys were being used, auxiliary MP3 player input and Bluetooth-compatible HandsFreeLink. The Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system operates through voice control, where the user speaks when the HandsFreeLink button is pressed. Six different phones can be paired up with the HandsFreeLink system.
2018 Acura TSX Engine
The new Acura TSX uses a base engine similar to that of the previous Acura TSX. The engine is a 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine reaching 201 hp (150 kW) and 172 lb·ft (233 N·m) torque. While the rated power of the 2018 TSX engine is 4 hp (3.0 kW) lower than that of the 2008 model, Acura says the new engine distributes power across a much wider rpm range, which along with the increased torque, provides an increased feeling of power for the driver. The transmission choices remain 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual, though the automatic version now comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters for optional manual shifting.
The 2018 Acura TSX Sport Wagon was recently slated to receive a high-performance 2.2-liter i-DTEC clean turbodiesel engine in the 2010 model year. However, it was later announced that Honda had abandoned its plans to bring diesel engines to the U.S. and Japan in favor of hybrid gasoline-electric powertrains. Instead, the 280 hp 3.5-liter V6 became available in the 2010 Acura TSX. The Acura TSX V6 is only available with the 5-speed automatic transmission.
Acura TSX Safety
In testing conducted by the United States-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2018 Acura TSX received an overall rating of “Good” for frontal-offset testing, an overall rating of “Poor” for rear crash protection, and an overall rating of “Acceptable” for side impact testing.