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2008 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

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The 2008 Acura TSX is in a tight size and price bracket, in which people are looking for front-wheel-drive models--possibly with all-wheel drive--and probably rule out the more expensive yet less practical rear-wheel-drive sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Infiniti G35.

The Audi A4 2.0T is a close rival to the TSX; its 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is close in output to the TSX's engine, but the Audi's advantage in torque makes it feel faster in most real-world driving.

The Audi gets better fuel economy, too, of up to 31 mpg, but it doesn't have handling that's as light and nimble as the TSX.

The Saab 9-3 is another close rival, with the base model priced closely to the TSX, with similar power from its 210-horsepower engine, a standard manual transmission, and a similar cabin: spacious in front, with great seats, but rather small in back.

The Subaru Legacy GT has the all-weather advantage of all-wheel drive, and a bit more power from a 250-horsepower, turbocharged flat-four engine; it doesn't get the gas mileage of the TSX, 9-3, or A4, though.

The Maxima is another alternative; it's larger and roomier--the choice for those who want more backseat space--and it has a smooth and powerful 255-horsepower V-6 engine.

Acura dealership service is another selling point in itself.

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The 2008 Acura TSX is far from the freshest sport sedan design, but it remains one of the most sensible and fun-to-drive.
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The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas V6
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Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Manual w/ODCVTManualManualContinously Variable
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