By James Bergeron

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Day 1:

2006 Acura TSX
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Released in late 2003 as a 2004 model the Acura TSX remains mostly unchanged for 2006, added are front fog lights, two-position remote-linked driver’s seat, blue-tooth hands free, a power passenger seat and a digital media auxiliary jack for the stereo. A 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with an ultra slick six-speed manual transmission powers my tester for the week.

I have always been of the opinion the TSX is a remarkable bang for the buck vehicle. Loaded to the gills with features and luxury that any successfull thirty-something would want and need, for a price that does not break the bank. Judging by the amount of TSXs I see on the road and by the comments I have heard from friends and co-workers I’m not the only one with this impression.

2006 Acura TSX
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Acura’s philosophy on packaging is simplistic to say the least and a remarkable deviation from other luxury brands. This really sets Acura apart from the Luxury makes such as BMW, Mercedes and Lexus who entice you with a mid-ranged priced vehicle with no options only to option you out to the poor house. The TSX comes in two trims, Standard and Navi and there is nothing base about this standard vehicle.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-off headlamps, leather interior with heated eight-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable seats, leather-wrapped wheel and shifter knob, 360-watt, six-CD system with eight speakers, cruise control, power sunroof, power windows with key-operated up/down feature, tilt and telescopic wheel, and 60/40 folding rear seat.

2006 Acura TSX
MSRP as tested (with Navi): $38,700

For more information on Acura and the TSX visit Acura Canada

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