Advertisement
Go
2012 Acura TSX Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE
INVOICE
$28,256
BASE
MSRP
$30,010
On Performance
The Acura TSX handles well for a front-wheel-drive sedan, and while the four-cylinder has enough gusto the V-6 adds some extra punch.
8.0 out of 10
Browse Acura TSX inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

the addition of the 3.5-liter Acura V6 wakes the TSX right up
Edmunds

one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars on sale
Edmunds

Steering, as in most Acura models, is wickedly accurate
Popular Mechanics

Excellent body control and a willingness to play
Automobile

the automatic shifts smoothly, though sometimes it plays a game of hide-and-seek when pressing on with authority
Autoblog

The 2012 Acura TSX isn't quite as performance-focused as some finely honed sport sedans like the Infiniti G37 or BMW 3-Series, but it does offer a sportier personality, as well as a more engaging experience behind the wheel, compared to most other luxury sedans its size.

A 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine remains the base offering on the TSX sedan (and the only one in the Sport Wagon). And we think most shoppers will be happy with it; the four is spunky and more than adequate with either the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission (Sport Wagon shoppers also have to stick with the automatic).

The available 280-hp V-6 adds some serious punch, and the capable chassis makes the most of its power and torque, despite front-wheel drive--but the four is plenty strong for these models' size and weight. What's more, the TSX V-6 weighs more in front, which means its handling response isn't quite as crisp.

Steering and ride are very European in feel, tuned to be on the taut side though not punishing. The four-cylinder TSX sedan and wagon are fitted with electric power steering, but the sensations coming from the long-telescope steering wheel create one of the better driving simulations out there. Ride comfort is swell, a fine mix of taut control through the suspension and a good amount of give and take from the passive all-season tires.

 

Conclusion

The Acura TSX handles well for a front-wheel-drive sedan, and while the four-cylinder has enough gusto the V-6 adds some extra punch.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.