- Swooping instrument panel design
- Peppy performance with manual transmission
- Quiet interior and refined powertrain
- Supportive seats
- Standard Bluetooth hands-free interface
- Limited back-seat space for adults
- Nav system only available in a $3,100 package
- All the chrome in front doesn’t fit the TSX’s character
The new 2009 Acura TSX has a standout features list and distinctive interior, but its acceleration isn't notable.
The TSX is Acura's least-expensive sedan. It has front-wheel drive and sporty road manners. This year, it's completely redesigned and quite different than the 2008 TSX, with new proportions, a slightly larger size that's several inches bigger overall in most directions, a neatened appearance with the updated Acura grille, and a more inviting interior with additional standard and available convenience features.
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 201 hp powers the new 2009 Acura TSX; like its predecessor, it's definitely peppier with the standard 6-speed manual, though torque in the midrange gets a boost, which boosts its responsiveness through the paddle-shifted 5-speed automatic. While it's eager, it's no high-performance vehicle; it has a firm but absorbent ride and nimble handling.
Most so-called entry-luxury cars skimp a bit on convenience and luxury features, and some fail to offer the top tech options. The TSX is especially feature-laden. Automatic climate control, a USB interface, and Bluetooth are on the standard-features list, and the available navigation system features real-time traffic information so it can help redirect you around traffic incidents. A 410-watt Elliot Scheiner-tuned sound system is also available.
The 2009 Acura TSX sports all the latest in safety, including side and side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control. The 2009 TSX has earned the "Top Safety Pick" award from the IIHS.