October 14, 2004
Consumer Reports rates Acura TSX best in comparison test
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Yonkers, New York – By a slim margin, Consumer Reports rated the Acura TSX best overall in tests of four sporty, midsized sedans for the November issue. The TSX was one of three cars in the group to achieve a “Very Good” overall rating. The others were the Audi A4 and the Subaru Legacy GT. The Volvo S40 finished with a “Good” rating.
Three of the cars tested, the TSX, A4, and Legacy GT, are powered by four-cylinder engines; the S40 has a five-cylinder powerplant. The TSX, A4, and S40 are all front-wheel-drive vehicles, while the Legacy GT has all-wheel drive. As-tested prices for this group range from $28,600 for the Volvo to $30,900 for the Audi.
“The Acura TSX and Subaru Legacy GT provide the best balance between sportiness and roominess,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test centre in East Haddam, Connecticut. “The Audi A4 and Volvo S40 are pleasant to drive, but aren’t very sporty and have very tight rear seats.”
Full tests and ratings of the four sporty sedans appear in the November issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale October 5. The complete report is also available to subscribers of www.ConsumerReports.org. The issue also includes an Auto Test Extra report on the new diesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI.