2007 Acura TSX Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
December 19, 2008

For drivers seeking a fun-to-drive sport sedan and don’t mind a conservative look, the 2007 Acura TSX is a smart choice.

At TheCarConnection.com, experts have pulled together reviews of the 2007 Acura TSX from across the industry to cull the best possible input for buyers. Editors from TheCarConnection.com have also added their own firsthand experiences with the car to provide a complete overview.

The 2007 Acura TSX is the lowest-priced Acura, a front-wheel-drive compact sport sedan with a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine making 205 horsepower. The 2007 TSX offers a choice of a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission or the five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

Overall, the TSX is more enjoyable to drive with the manual transmission than the automatic. The manual has one of the nicest linkages in the market, but the automatic can be hesitant at corners and grades.

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Although the appearance of the TSX is conservative, it feels anything but that behind the wheel. The brakes respond firmly and confidently; the suspension brings a good combination of nimble control, yet soaks up potholes; and the steering is responsive and communicative, thanks in part to a great variable-assist power steering system. It gets good fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway, but the '07 Acura TSX does drink premium unleaded fuel.

Inside, the 2007 Acura TSX remains far from cutting-edge in look and feel, but it maintains the updates of 2006 (including the multi-info display, matte-metallic surfaces, and a revised steering wheel and gauges). The switchgear is simple but solid. The seats feel good in the front, but backseat legroom is a problem for adults.

Despite the fact that the Acura TSX is the entry-level rung of the 2007 Acura line, the convenience features are good. Look for a power moonroof, a rearview mirror that dims automatically, and a Bluetooth setup for hands-free calling. Leather upholstery is also standard.

The 2007 Acura TSX can’t boast a strong overall showing in the battery of U.S. crash tests. In IIHS trials, the 2007 TSX scores well for frontal impact (a rating of "good"). Federal test scores give the TSX five stars for frontal impact, and four to five stars in side impact. Other tests aren't as resoundingly positive; side impacts score "acceptable," and rear impacts score "poor." Regardless, features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and front side and side-curtain airbags.

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Styling

The overall styling of the 2007 Acura TSX is clean, sleek, and sophisticated. Drivers seeking cutting-edge design may feel left behind, but most will approve of the look.

The 2007 Acura TSX sticks to the basics when it comes to styling. Its look is clean, but also bland and conservative—which might in itself appeal to some.

Kelley Blue Book reports that the TSX "has the capability to serve as a business vehicle on the weekdays and a driving enthusiast's dream on the weekends." This more or less sums up the feelings of most reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com: The 2007 TSX is lauded for its sleek design, but generally, it's nothing to write home about.

Furthermore, trim selection is limited to one basic option for the '07 TSX. According to Cars.com, "Following a modest makeover for 2006, the only change for 2007 is the addition of a standard tire pressure monitoring system." In other words, there aren't a lot of design choices a buyer can make to keep things fresh and new; you basically get what the manufacturer puts in it for you. At the same time, however, Cars.com points out that in the 2007 TSX, "a fresh hood, new grille and updated bumper were also installed ... Inside, Acura's available navigation system was upgraded."

Edmunds says the 2007 Acura TSX offers a "high-quality interior." This feeling is echoed by Forbes, which notes that "superior interior design [is a] priority." Despite the overall great appearance of the design, however, ForbesAutos points out that drivers should "keep looking if you need space for four or five large adults," and the 2007 Acura's backseat is rather cramped.

Perhaps the harshest critics of the 2007 Acura TSX's design, however, are the editors at Autoblog, who are not impressed by the 2007 TSX. "Maybe the use of the word 'styling' is a bit liberal," they note, "but...it's a handsome vehicle, albeit a bit on the bland side. The Euro-Accord's front fascia fits in well with its bigger brothers and the rear certainly isn't as unattractive as some of its German competition, but it lacks visual weight."

TheCarConnection.com’s editors note that the most radically styled sport sedans are often also the ones that drop quickly out of fashion; thus, if the Acura name isn’t enough, buyers can assume that the TSX will appeal to enthusiasts when used, too.

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Performance

Overall, drivers are likely to feel good about the 2007 Acura TSX—especially if they opt for the manual-transmission model.

TheCarConnection.com finds that some reviewers criticize the 2007 Acura TSX as underpowered. On the flip side, this sporty four-door offers good fuel economy and particularly impressive handling.

The 2007 Acura TSX comes with a 205-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, hooked up to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The latter allows fingertip shifting from the steering wheel, but reviewers are solidly in favor of the manual transmission. The editors at Autoblog, after getting caught in a traffic jam, beam about the “balanced clutch engagement and gloriously smooth stick."

Whichever transmission you choose, “fuel economy is impressive,” at 22 mpg city, 31 highway with the automatic, Edmunds points out.

Several reviewers, including Edmunds, aren’t so fond of the engine’s lack of torque and its subpar oomph taking off from traffic lights. ”The TSX's familiar Achilles heel...continues to be its engine," the reviewer declares. And while the engine is lacking at low revs, it compensates up high. ConsumerGuide points out that because of the lack of power below 3,000 rpm, “highway passing or merging demands the ‘right’ gear.” But if you rev the engine, its personality dramatically changes. Echoing the remarks of other reviewers, Edmunds explains, "revved past 3,500 rpm toward its 7-grand redline, this VTEC power plant comes to life with an almost turbolike fury.”

Kelley Blue Book absolutely raves about the handling, proclaiming that even though the TSX "lacks the 'pit of your stomach' punch," it is still "so well balanced that it almost seems to slice through curves like a knife through whipped butter," thanks largely to its front-wheel-drive layout, which "works well for the TSX, providing excellent traction while being nearly devoid of torque steer."

Car and Driver, which has chosen the TSX as one of its 10 Best Cars in recent years, reports that the 2007 Acura TSX "delivers a level of light, accurate feel and eager response that sets the standard for this class,” but regarding its lack of engine power, it "needs to spend some time at the gym."

Autoblog especially likes the way the 2007 Acura TSX handles. "You know what's going on beneath you, but you're not troubled by it—and although the steering is a speed-sensitive rack and pinion setup, there's no question about how it will react to inputs."

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Comfort & Quality

The 2007 Acura TSX will likely delight shoppers with its interior appointments, but beware the tight quarters in back.

Ride quality and the overall look and feel of the interior are strong points for the 2007 Acura TSX, but the tight backseat might be a sticking point.

The editors at Autoblog, who subject the 2007 TSX to a road trip, note that "fortunately, the interior of the TSX is a pleasant place to be, with thoughtful switchgear, comfortable seats, well-padded armrests and a bevy of aural selections—all well executed in minimalist fashion." ConsumerGuide especially likes the firm, well-bolstered front seats that help “keep occupants secure in exuberant cornering.”

Edmunds is also fond of the interior, pointing out that the 2007 Acura TSX is "a bit more upscale than the typical family four-door." However, like several others, the Edmunds reviewer points out that backseat space isn’t especially roomy: "Although TSX claims to seat five, read between the lines and know that a fifth passenger will suffer in the center seat." Kelly Blue Book also cautions that "rear-seat legroom might be tight for some adults."

Ride quality is a big positive for the 2007 Acura TSX, according to several reviewers. The Autoblog editor compliments the setup, “with most road imperfections easily muted through the double wishbone (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension." Such an ideal combination, with crisp handling and an absorbent ride, is quite hard to find in other models.

Reviewers turn in conflicting comments regarding refinement and noise. For instance, Cars.com reports, "This sedan is exceptionally quiet," but ConsumerGuide says the TSX is “not luxury-class hushed,” pointing to the audible engine and intrusive tire noise on coarse pavement, though the reviewer concedes it “isn't irksome.”

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Safety

The 2007 Acura TSX doesn’t stand at the top of its class, yet it offers a lot of standard safety features.

The 2007 Acura TSX doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles that might come with a higher-end car, such as swiveling headlamps and laser cruise control, but it provides good active and passive safety.

Cars.com points out that "side curtain airbags and all-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags include a passenger-sensing system. An electronic stability system is also included." ForbesAutos has more or less the same information, choosing to call out that "antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control systems, and front side and side-curtain airbags are standard." ConsumerGuide also offers that the 2007 Acura has "good all-around visibility."

Edmunds focuses on the basic safety features offered in the 2007 Acura TSX. "The 2007 Acura TSX boasts a long list of standard safety equipment including four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control, side airbags for front passengers, front and rear side-curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system."

Crash-test scores are mixed. The 2007 Acura TSX receives the top score from the IIHS in its frontal offset crash test, but the organization rates the TSX only "acceptable" in side impact. NHTSA testing tells a similar story, with the TSX earning a perfect five-star rating on all counts except for rear side impacts, where it receives four stars.

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Features

The 2007 Acura TSX lacks a few leading-edge features, but comes loaded.

The 2007 Acura TSX comes standard with virtually all the features a buyer might want. The only major option is a navigation system, which is one of the best in the business—at least according to some reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com

Motor Trend reports that the Acura TSX also comes with "sport suspension, power everything, leather, sunroof, primo audio, and dual-zone A/C."

According to ForbesAutos, the Acura TSX 2007 comes with "a Bluetooth hands-free interface for cell phones; power moonroof; high-discharge Xenon headlamps; and leather upholstery" as standard. Then again, they point out that "some of the latest high-tech gadget features, like adaptive headlamps, are missing, however. Aside from the automatic transmission, the only factory option is a voice-activated navigation system."

Most reviewers also note that the navigation system is the only available factory option, and they focus on what that means for buyers. Edmunds points out that the navigation system is “simple to use, intuitive and recognized as one of the best in the industry." At ConsumerGuide, the feedback isn’t all positive regarding the nav system: "It absorbs some climate and audio functions, which can frustrate simple adjustments, and its voice recognition understands only clearly spoken, precisely worded commands."

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