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To put together this review on the new 2009 Acura TSX, the experts at TheCarConnection.com looked at the range of available reviews. TheCarConnection.com's editors incorporate firsthand information wherever possible to assure the best in accuracy and depth.
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).
- 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