- 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 a sporty front-wheel-drive compact sedan based loosely on the European-spec Honda Accord. The 2009 Acura TSX is 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 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine powers the new 2009 Acura TSX; like its predecessor, it's definitely peppier with the standard six-speed manual transmission, even though midrange torque has been boosted to make it a bit more responsive with the Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission and its steering-wheel paddle shifters. The TSX is a sport sedan, though not a high-performance vehicle; it has a firm but absorbent ride and nimble handling.
Most so-called entry-level luxury cars skimp a bit on the standard convenience features or don't offer the top-technology options, but the 2009 Acura TSX is especially feature-laden. Dual-zone climate control, a USB interface, and Bluetooth connectivity are on the standard-features list, and the available navigation system features real-time traffic information and dynamic rerouting capability to direct you around hazards and congestion if possible. A 410-watt Elliot Scheiner–tuned sound system is also available.
The 2009 Acura TSX comes with all the safety equipment of its peers, including front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control. The 2009 TSX has earned the "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).