The new 2009 Acura TSX goes on sale at the end of the month, and Honda's upscale brand and its upscale managers have tagged it with a price of $28,960, not including destination charges of $715.
That's for the base manual-transmission version. Acura says the TSX with the Technology Package and manual transmission will go for $32,060, plus the destination charges. The five-speed automatic transmission? Yours for no additional charge.
Though the TSX's price has gone up a little more than 4 percent, Acura says it's a strong value because of its improved power, performance and safety features. The TSX has grown for the 2009 model year, 3.0 inches wider and 2.4 inches longer. Its four-cylinder engine is slightly less powerful at 201 hp, but it develops more torque.
There's standard leather seating, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio and USB connectivity. The 2009 Acura TSX also offers a rearview camera, a navigation system and DVD-Audio as options.