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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Solid assembly quality with nicely textured trim and plastics
Well-built with nice materials
Easy to find a good driving position
With the 2009 Acura TSX redesign, the engineers and designers at Acura HQ have addressed a few of the issues that affected the outgoing model, but not all the problems have been solved.
The 2009 Acura TSX offers seating for five, and as is the norm, those up front will find themselves sitting in decidedly more comfort than rear occupants. ConsumerGuide reviewers find that "legroom is good" up front, "but headroom for taller occupants gets tight beneath the sunroof housing," and the "nicely bolstered" seats prove to be a "bit too firm for ideal comfort." However, they come in handy when throwing the Acura TSX around twisty roads. Reviewers at Cars.com feel that "it's easy to find a good driving position" in the seats of the Acura TSX, which are "covered in standard leather upholstery." Unfortunately, they add that "the backseat isn't as comfortable" and offers "limited legroom." ConsumerGuide agrees, citing the rear room as "somewhat disappointing given this vehicle's longer wheelbase versus its predecessor."
One category in which the increased dimensions of the 2009 Acura TSX are evident is cargo space. ConsumerGuide reviewers are pleased to find that, for 2009, Acura offers "storage pockets in all four doors" that help to "compensate for the somewhat small glovebox and center console bins." As for the trunk, Edmunds says that it "measures 12.6 cubic feet," which Cars.com says can be expanded "with both sections of the rear seat folded."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that materials quality and assembly are commendable on the Acura TSX, which features typically high-quality Japanese design and Acura touches. Edmunds says that the "materials are consistent with the rest of Acura's well-built line," though "those looking for a Lexus-like level of opulence will be disappointed." Fortunately for Acura, Lexus is closer to a competitor with the more upscale Acura TL rather than the 2009 Acura TSX. Other reviewers find favor with the interior quality, as ConsumerGuide mentions that the interior features "solid assembly quality with nicely textured and trim and plastics." Cars.com adds that "the previous TSX's material quality was already good for its class, and it's been improved with this redesign."
One of the biggest complaints about the outgoing Acura TSX model was the obtrusive level of road noise. For 2009, Acura engineers worked hard to make the interior quieter, but according to some reviewers, they may have gone overboard. Edmunds reviewers find that "the 2009 TSX is equipped with additional sound-deadening materials and newfound structural rigidity, which quiets things down on the freeway." However, ConsumerGuide reports that the Acura TSX's engine "sounds loud and unrefined, particularly as its speed rises."
The 2009 Acura TSX excels in tight fits and good finishes, but there’s still more interior noise than with some luxury sedans.