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2010 Acura TSX

Day 1

2010 Acura TSX V6 with Tech Package
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They have finally done it — Acura has finally given consumers what they have been asking for since 2003, when the 2004 TSX was first launched. That is, they have dropped in the 3.5-litre V6 engine that is known as one of Honda’s best engines and one of the best V6s on the market, with great power, smooth delivery and excellent fuel economy.

The only unfortunate part is that they (Acura) did not equip the V6-powered version with the wonderfully slick six-speed manual transmission that everyone really wished for. But perhaps there was a method to their madness, or perhaps they have a secret to yet reveal.

2010 Acura TSX V6 with Tech Package
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As it is, my tester for this week is the 2010 Acura TSX V6 with five-speed automatic transmission and the technology package. The TSX, and most Acuras for that matter, come very well equipped in base form with a standard moonroof, cruise control, auto-climate control and heated seats. The premium package on the four-cylinder model adds: leather, upgraded stereo, HIDs and a few more goodies.

The V6 model, then, adds to that with the larger engine (of course) and 18-inch alloy wheels, and in my tester, bump the price to $42,790. Note that you get navigation, a rear backup camera, and an even more premium stereo with DTS surround sound.

Power is up from the 200hp in the four-cylinder model to 280hp, but the torque is the big story moving from 170lb-ft to 252lb-ft of torque; this larger engine should move this TSX with authority.

2010 Acura TSX V6 with Tech Package
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $42,790

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Day 2

2010 Acura TSX V6 with Tech Package
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I’m not sure where to start with the TSX’s interior. It is well put together (as is every Acura product) and it has a ton of buttons (as does every Acura product). So, we can say that Acura is consistent across its line-up, at least, and it isn’t displeasing.

I actually really like the interior except for said onslaught of buttons. The Tech package makes everything a breeze, with all the controls integrated into the navigation display. The lack of colour (other than black and grey) inside the car, though, is a little disappointing; typically a little touch of aluminium trim goes a long way to spruce up the interior.

2010 Acura TSX V6 with Tech Package
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Compared to the first generation TSX, the 2010 model is wider, longer and heavier, and although it is still smaller than the last-generation Acura TL, it feels closer to it than the previous-generation TSX did.

The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, and the driving position is perfect, with all the controls within reach and well-placed. The rear seating is still small but larger than before and with the seat in my driving position, the back is comfortable for me.

Trunk space is good: I was able to fit my curling broom width-wise as well as my gym bag, and the 60/40 split seats add to the cargo capacity but the hole between the cabin and the trunk is not as large as it could be, as there is bracing for chassis stiffness in that area.

My tester has a weird grumbling noise that seems to be coming from the speakers in the driver’s door as you accelerate, which is very odd. Also, it only seems to occur on warm days; goes to show there is no guarantee of a perfect car, even from a manufacturer with a reputation like Acura.

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