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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
Modern without being memorable
Acura offers no visual redesign for the 2010 model year following a complete update in 2009. The aggressive front end, crisp-edged flanks, and generally modern, high-tech look of the TSX will likely please younger professionals, though more mature buyers may find themselves wondering what the fuss is about. Overall, however, the TSX presents a clean, conservative look that many reviewers like. Inside, much of the same can be said, with a bevy of electronic features accenting the high-tech style. The basic styling elements are attractive and contemporary, with flowing, swoopy curves executed in pleasing materials and colors.
The 2010 TSX is an entry-level sedan, and according offers only one exterior styling package and one trim level per engine package. Many reviews of the four-cylinder model read by TheCarConnection.com like the TSX's design, with reviewers at Car and Driver feeling that the 2010 TSX delivers "far more road presence" than before, though the "new guillotine grille" is a more controversial feature. Cars.com likes the overall demeanor, calling it "sporty without going overboard." Exterior styling complaints from Automobile focus on the standard 17-inch alloy wheels, which they feel are "pretty dull." Edmunds' beef with the TSX concerns the dramatic exterior elements, including the grille, which, in their opinion, is trying to "mask an otherwise mundane sedan."
New additions for the 2010 V-6 model include dual outlet exhaust tips, split-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, and a revised front fascia. Motor Trend points out that even these upgrades are subtle, however, saying, "you'd be hard pressed to notice them." Autoblog agrees, noting there were "essentially no changes" from the four-cylinder model beyond the wheels and V-6 badging.
Though the Acura TSX's exterior is a mixed bag, according to the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, the car's interior is generally well-received. Cars.com reviewers find the "tiered dashboard" attractive, while Car and Driver says the "arcing, undulating, fanning, multilayered, and inset sweeps of black, silver, and titanium-hued trim" might "give the eyes a workout," but still shine through as characteristically Acura. Complaints about interior design include a dash that is "awash with ... buttons," the quantity of which, according to Edmunds, "would make a 747 pilot feel at home." Swinging back the other way, ConsumerGuide likes the "clearly marked" controls and "large and quick to decipher" gauges.
The 2010 Acura TSX is attractive inside and out, though like any entry-luxury sedan, it does have its low points.