The 2013 Acura TSX is tastefully styled inside and out, with a clean, conservative look overall--although some of its details won't appeal to everyone.
Essentially a European-market Honda Accord, with different styling cues and features, the TSX is appealing and nicely propportioned—particularly in wagon form. With crisp-edged flanks, and a generally modern, high-tech look, the TSX is aimed right at younger professionals. One of the details that doesn't enhance the design--rather, it stands out as a sore spot for some--is the much-maligned "bionic beaver" grille.
But otherwise, it's hard to find a point of contention inside or out; it's all very tastefully done. In the handsome cabin, a gentle arc spans the dash, and it's appointed with cleanly designed, high-quality materials and easy-to-use controls. Metallic plastic trim helps lift some visual weight from the dash, and the touchy bits never let on any lower-rent vibes. You can get a TSX with wood trim, but we don't think it fits the character of the model.
The TSX Special Edition model that Acura introduced last year--including a more aggressive front-end appearance, side sills, and five-spoke polished-finish alloys--will again be offered for 2013.