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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Modern without being memorable
A much more aggressive stance than before
Its profile is wind-swept and muscular
Los Angeles Times
sweeps of black, silver, and titanium-hued trim…give the eyes a workout
Car and Driver
Gauges are large and quick to decipher at a glance
Based on the European-market Honda Accord, the TSX has a attractive styling inside and out—particularly in wagon form--though it does have its low points.
The latest, much-maligned Acura grille that's ingloriously been dubbed a "bionic beaver" was very slightly softened last year, but otherwise these are nicely proportioned vehicles on the outside. The crisp-edged flanks, and generally modern, high-tech look of the TSX sedan is aimed right at younger professionals who don't cling to European brands—but still want a clean, conservative look.
The cabin's more overtly handsome, with a gentle arc that spans the dash, plus cleanly designed, high-quality materials and easy-to-use controls. An arcade of silvery plastic hones some of the visual weight from the dash, and the touchy bits never let on any lower-rent vibes. Wood trim is available, if you really want it, but in our opinion it doesn't really fit the character of the car.
This year, Acura has also added a TSX Special Edition that adds to the four-cylinder model a more aggressive front-end appearance, side sills, and five-spoke polished-finish alloys.
For the most part, the 2012 Acura TSX is smartly styled and cleanly designed as a sedan or wagon.