Quiet confidence. It's one of the many traits that impressed when we tested the 2011 Acura TSX sedan
and counterpart 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
. It also helped that Acura designers dialed down the controversial grille to Dull Roar.
For 2012, the mug doesn't shrink further and neither does the price. Thankfully, it's all of a $200 premium across the board. That keeps the base TSX sedan under $30,000--by a whisker, now $29,810--before you factor destination charge, tax, title, et al.
The new model year also introduces a Special Edition package to TSX sedans for $30,810, which you'll have to choose if you insist your Acura have a six-speed manual grearbox. The rest of the "special" in this edition includes minor exterior tweaks, Lux Suede seat surfaces with red stitching and lighting inside. Think of it as a segue car for Honda Civic Si graduates.
Regardless if you equip your sedan with the standard four's 201 horsepower or optional six's 280 horsepower, we still recommend the $3,100 hit for the Technology Package. You get your money's worth with an upgraded ELS sound system and hard-drive nav system, and it all fits the TSX's character well.
Owing mainly to the addition of a power liftgate, said Tech Package tacks on $3,650 to the $31,160 base of our preferred model, the $31,160 TSX Sport Wagon. All the better to utilize the cargo area, now with improved underfloor storage since Acura ditched the spare for a tire repair kit. The wagon's only powertrain configuration remains the base 2.4-liter coupled with a five-speed automatic. Yet whether equipped in wagon or sedan, you don't give up much everyday performance to the six.