Best Family Luxury Small Sedans: 2010 Acura TSX Page 2

October 26, 2010

Technology

Besides the standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity, USB audio interface with iPod integration, and 350-watt, 7-speaker audio system, the 2010 Acura TSX has a number of other technology features available either as standalone options or as part of a technology package.

Technology package includes:

  • Acura navigation system -- 8-inch screen, voice recognition, real-time weather, real-time traffic with traffic rerouting, Zagat survey restaurant ratings and reviews
  • Acura/ELS surround sound system – Ranked number one by Edmunds.com among six luxury brands, the Acura/ELS surround sound system includes 10-speakers, 415-watt amplifier with digital 96 kHz sampling, MP3- and WMA-compatible 6-disc CD changer, and more.
  • Rearview camera
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing climate control interface
  • Steering-wheel controls for voice recognition

Safety

When you buy a luxury sedan, small or otherwise, you have a certain set of expectations. One of these includes the best possible array of safety features. In this regard, the 2010 Acura TSX delivers, with standard six airbags, 3-point seat belts for all five seating positions, and front seat belts with automatic tensioning and load-limiter systems, active head restraints for driver and front passenger, and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) anchors. Also standard are vehicle stability assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. A rearview camera is optional.

Acura TSX also posts stellar performance on tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) awarded the 2010 Acura TSX a 5-Star safety rating – the highest rating available -- in both crash tests: frontal (including driver and front passenger side seating positions) and side (covering front and rear seating positions). In addition, the 2010 Acura TSX received a NHTSA 5-Star rating in rollover resistance testing.

The IIHS gave the 2010 Acura TSX a “Good” – the highest rating available -- in frontal offset crash test, side impact crash test, and  rear crash protection/head restraint rating.

Summing Up

The 2010 Acura TSX and TSX V-6 offer consumers  fun-to-drive luxury small sedan choices at reasonably inexpensive prices. Opting for the technology package in either model will set you back $3,100, but the additional cost is probably worth it for what you get. No turbocharger in the four-cylinder engine might be a deciding factor for some consumers, but the V-6 is certainly spirited.

All things considered, the 2010 Acura TSX is a value-laden luxury small sedan. For around $33,000 (with destination charge) for TSX four-cylinder with technology package to just under $40,000 for TSX V6 with technology package, consumers can get a smooth-riding, powerful luxury sedan. And achieving up to 30 mpg highway (four-cylinder automatic transmission) is pretty compelling as well.

All good reasons for us to include the 2010 Acura TSX as one of Family Car Guide’s best family luxury small sedans.

[IIHS, NHTSA]

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