2010 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2010 Acura TSX 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Buyers looking at the 2010 Acura TSX will likely be thinking about other front-wheel-drive and possibly all-wheel-drive entry-level luxury sedans, but pricier rear-wheel-drive sport sedans such as the BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS are probably outside their budgets and desires.

The Subaru Legacy GT's performance rivals that of the TSX's big brother, the TL, though its handling is a bit sharper and all-wheel drive improves poor weather capability.

On the other hand, the Legacy's backseat is a bit tight, and it's not 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-a feature now matched for the 2010 model year TSX.

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 for the TSX: Acura dealerships.

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Quick Specs
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The new 2010 Acura TSX offers more features than most entry-luxury sedans, and the V-6 cures its previous lack of power.
8.6
The 2010 Audi A4 satisfies a wide spectrum of luxury-car shoppers; the optional Drive Select system's an expensive, unnecessary distraction.
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The 2010 Nissan Maxima might look like a sport sedan, but it lacks the edgy, high-performance feel necessary to complete the package.
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Subaru is finally taking its all-wheel-drive message into the mid-size sedan mainstream, and it’s done so almost flawlessly with the 2010 Legacy.
MSRP From   
$29,310$31,450$30,690$19,995
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
CompactCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S4-Door Sedan H4 Manual
Drivetrain   
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODCVTContinuously VariableManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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