Shoppers looking at the 2009 Acura TSX will probably be considering other front-wheel drive vehicles, and possibly all-wheel drive vehicles, but more expensive rear-wheel-drive sport sedans such as the BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS are likely above their budget and wants.
The Subaru Legacy GT has performance that rivals the TL, though its handling is a little more crisp and all-wheel drive makes it more all-weather-friendly.
The Legacy’s back seat is also tight.
However the Legacy isn’t as quiet and refined as the Acura.
The Nissan Maxima is another alternative; it’s not as feature-rich as the TSX, but it has a torquey V-6 engine that gives it scorching acceleration off the line.
The base, front-wheel-drive Audi A4 2.0T is also a worthy competitor, with similarly good fuel efficiency and edgier performance without a sacrifice in ride.
Versus any of these competitors, there’s another big selling point: Acura dealerships.
|2009 Acura TSX||2009 Audi A4||2009 Subaru Legacy||2008 Nissan Maxima|
|$29,160Browse Used Listings||$30,700Browse Used Listings||$20,795Browse Used Listings||$28,630Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Front-Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||CVT||Manual||Continously Variable|