2012 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2012 Acura TSX has few direct rivals, although people might cross-shop sportier versions of mainstream sedans or the base versions of serious sport sedans.

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.

The latest generation of the Audi A4 is more performance-oriented, and its back seat can be cramped for adults.

In truth, the TSX Sport Wagon's toughest competition will be Acura’s own RDX crossover, which has available all-wheel drive and a whizzy four-cylinder engine with turbo power on the option sheet.

Base 328i versions of the BMW 3-Series are also a possibility (a new base turbo four-cylinder is being phased in), while those who want all-wheel drive might also take a look at a well-optioned Subaru Legacy.

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With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon.
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The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
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The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
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The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form.
MSRP From     
$30,010$32,895$32,500$34,900$28,900$19,995
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
CompactSport Utility VehicleCompact CarsCompact CarsCompactMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan I4 AutomaticFWD 4-Door4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan Manual FWD4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i
Drivetrain     
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 DoorSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual