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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Gauges are large and quick to decipher at a glance
A much more aggressive stance than before
Not as streamlined as the original 'flying wedge' design
After five years on the market, the Acura TSX was due for an overhaul. For 2009, Acura offers that overhaul in the form of a complete redesign both inside and out, though reviews are mixed on whether the styling on the new 2009 Acura TSX is a success.
The 2009 Acura TSX is a simple, entry-level luxury sedan, and accordingly, it offers only one trim level with one exterior style. Some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praised the redesign, with reviewers at Car and Driver feeling that "the 2009 TSX has far more road presence to catch people's eyes," though the "jury's still out on Acura's new guillotine grille." Cars.com writes that the new 2009 Acura TSX features "new headlights, a new grille that incorporates Acura's shield design, and an aggressively styled lower bumper" that makes the Acura TSX seem "sporty without going overboard." Reviewers at Autoblog characterize the "sharper, edgier styling" as "polarizing for sure," and note that it "looks better in light colors." Notable exterior styling complaints on this 2009 Acura come from Automobile, where reviewers feel that the "seventeen-inch wheels on [their] test car were pretty dull," and also Edmunds, which adds that the TSX's various styling elements "try too hard to mask an otherwise mundane sedan."
While the exterior of the Acura TSX may draw mixed reviews from the automotive experts, the interior tends to fare better. Car and Driver finds the new interior features "arcing, undulating, fanning, multilayered, and inset sweeps of black, silver, and titanium-hued trim" that, while having the potential to "give the eyes a workout," still offer a "made-at-Acura familiarity." Cars.com reviewers love the "all-new styling that includes a tiered dashboard, a new gauge cluster and controls, and an integrated control knob." One drawback to the interior design is that the "2009 Acura TSX is awash with dashboard buttons," according to Edmunds, and "although the layout is logical, the sheer quantity of little black buttons (upwards of 40) would make a 747 pilot feel at home." However, ConsumerGuide praises the interior for featuring gauges that are "large and quick to decipher," along with "clearly marked" controls.
The 2009 Acura TSX emerges from its redesign with a more distinctive exterior and its traditional interior virtues.