The Acura TSX is a compact executive car manufactured by Honda and sold through its Acura division. The 2014 Acura TSX spans two generations, both derived from the corresponding Japanese and European versions of the Honda Accord, the second platform used for the Acura TL. The 2nd generation Acura TSX was introduced as a 2009 model in March 2008 and was based on the 9th-generation JDM Accord. Specifically, the last generation of the TSX would offer a V6 option for 2010 and a wagon for 2011.
The 2nd-generation TSX offers enough sportiness to be enjoyable while retaining its solid credentials as a versatile and capable car. The smooth and economical four-cylinder engine delivers responsive performance, the front seats are excellent and the interior is well-appointed. The ride is tense and, while agile, handling is frustrated by the steering, which lacks feedback. The tight rear seat is another shortcoming. A wagon model is also available. In later years there is a backup camera built into the optional navigation system.
The standard equipment on all Acura TSX models includes an electric sunroof, xenon HID headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio, and HandsFreeLink wireless connectivity. Available on both sedan and wagon models, the optional Technology Package includes a navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic and weather features, integrated rear-view camera parking aid, and a 10-speaker, 415-watt surround sound system.
Acura TSX Interior
Inside, the 2014 Acura TSX has five seats, front seats are wide and supportive. With little legroom, the rear seats are not suitable for adults. Standard features on the TSX include Bluetooth, a USB port, and a power sunroof. Notable available features include the 10-speaker Acura/ELS sound system, satellite radio, and navigation. The 2014 Acura TSX has above-average luggage space for the class and provides 14 cubic feet of room. The navigation system can be confusing and the knobs and buttons give the dash a chaotic look.
Acura TSX Engine
The TSX is powered by a 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Returning 280 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. The programmed transmission incorporates SportShift manual abrogate and directing wheel paddles. The car’s sporty handling comes thanks to a special suspension that uses dual-mode shock absorbers. These shock absorbers have the ability to automatically change the given road and driving conditions.
Acura TSX comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, outer body trim, red contrast seat stitching, exclusive red instrumentation, and perforated sports pedals. TSX is also available with a 5-speed automatic or a free 6-speed manual, making it the only variant of the TSX that can be used with a conventional manual. The Sport Wagon TSX variant is also returning for 2014. Based on the 4-cylinder TSX sedan, the wagon brings the refinement, handling, and refinement style of the sedan, but adds 30 cubic feet of cargo to the rear.
Acura TSX Safety
The Acura TSX has a good safety rating, but many cars in the class have higher ratings. TSX Acur received five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollover test, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest mark in four out of five tests. In the small overlap preliminary test, the Acura TSX scored a marginal rating. Acura TSX standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction-controlled vehicle stability assists, tire pressure monitoring system, front side impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags, and new active anti-whiplash front head restraints.