2011 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Acura TSX’s distinctly Japanese feel puts it at odds with the slightly more upscale feel you’ll get from the other front-drive sedans and wagons from European automakers.

They may have more luxurious cabins—maybe—but the Audi A4 and Volvo V50 have no handling advantage over the Acura, nor any pricing or reliability advantage.

The badges may be a bit more prestigious, though.

The TSX sedan could be pitted against the much more expensive BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon, but in truth its toughest competition will be Acura’s own RDX crossover, which has available all-wheel drive, a whizzy four-cylinder engine with turbo power on the option sheet, but not much more cargo capacity.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2011 Acura TSX is the essence of what the brand should be: compact, light, efficient, and user-friendly—not to mention fully equipped.
7.8
The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.
8.2
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
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MSRP From   
$29,610$32,895$32,300$29,000
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Turbo Gas I5
EPA Class   
CompactSport Utility VehicleCompactSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan I4 AutomaticFWD 4-Door4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Wagon
Drivetrain   
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door4 Door Sedan5 Door Wagon
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVTAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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