2010 Acura TSX
2010 Acura TSX
2012 Acura TSX
Acura TSX, 2009–2012. Click image to enlarge

Review by Justin Pritchard

Vehicle Type: Sport Sedan

History/Description: With four or six-cylinder power, manual or automatic transmissions and numerous option packages to choose from, Acura expanded the TSX model lineup to ensure there was a model just right for virtually any need or budget. All variants of this Japanese luxury sports sedan were front-wheel drive, packed room for four adults (five in a pinch) and came with Acura’s promise of safety, reliable performance, high resale value, and owner satisfaction.

Look for Bluetooth connectivity, premium audio system options, xenon lights, automatic climate control, heated leather and navigation when you compare the used TSX to its competitors in the market. These include the Cadillac CTS, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4.

Engines / Trim: TSX nomenclature sees either TSX or TSX V6 grade levels separated from one another by available packages.

A Premium Package added up-level lighting provisions, a premium stereo, memory seating and more. A Technology Package, further, added the navigation system, full multimedia connectivity, a backup camera and more. For the audiophile, many used models will pack a six-disc CD player and satellite radio.

The TSX V6, not surprisingly, was powered by the available 3.5L V6, which launched for model-year 2010 and came solely with a paddle-shift automatic transmission. Output from this up-level engine was rated at 280 hp, while standard models were motivated by a 2.4L VTEC four-banger with a snudge over 200 hp. This engine came with automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.

A TSX A-Spec added a sporty-looking body kit for a more street-smart look and mad respect from your local import tuner crowd.

What Owners Like: Seems like the TSX got shoppers into the showroom with its promise of safety and long-term value, with some sporty driving dynamics helping to seal the deal. Owners report feeling safe and most rate the performance, even with the four-cylinder engine, positively. The feature-to-dollar ratio, say TSX owners online, is also favourable. The sporty handling and suspension are rated highly as well, and a look back at some test-drive notes from your correspondent’s 2009 archives reminded me of the sweet little growl the four-cylinder mill makes when you open it up.

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Acura TSX, 2009–2012. Click image to enlarge

What Owners Dislike: Common gripes include “boring” styling and the perceived lack of high-end pedigree one might find in a comparable European model, and the lack of available AWD. Further, some drivers wish for higher performance from the up-level audio system.

Acura TSX Owner Reviews (autoTRADER.ca)

Common Issues: Like many used Acura models, the TSX looks like a solid performer where reliability is concerned – but a few checks are advised, starting with the brakes.

Though the lifespan of brake system components is largely dictated by driving habits and locale, shoppers are advised to check the condition of the brakes on the TSX they’re considering, as owners have reported premature brake wear somewhat frequently.

Typically, brakes give off warning signs that they’d like some attention when there’s a problem.

When brake pads wear out for instance, they intentionally make an irritating squealing noise until they’re replaced. A vibration or pulsation through the brake pedal during moderate stopping is likely a sign of warped rotors, which also need to be replaced. When applying the brake pedal, deceleration should begin sharply, and fairly close to the top of the pedal’s travel. If the pedal needs to be pressed considerably farther before deceleration begins, or if you’re able to press the brake pedal to the floor, you need a brake job, ASAP. In any case, a mechanic can inspect and assess the TSX’s braking system in a matter of minutes if you detect any issues.

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