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.
|2010 Acura TSX||2010 Audi A4||2010 Nissan Maxima||2010 Subaru Legacy|
|$29,310Browse Used Listings||$31,450Browse Used Listings||$30,690Browse Used Listings||$19,995Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Flat 4-Cyl|
|4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan H4 Manual|
|Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||CVT||Continuously Variable||Manual|