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2012 Acura TSX
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 22 31 $28,256 $30,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Special Edition 22 31 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 31 $31,125 $33,110
TSX 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual Special Edition 21 29 $29,181 $31,010
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic 19 28 $33,383 $35,550
TSX 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Tech Pkg 19 28 $36,252 $38,650
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic 22 30 $29,505 $31,360
TSX Sport Wagon 5-Door Sport Wgn I4 Automatic Tech Pkg 22 30 $32,883 $35,010
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,256
$43,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,010
$47,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$500 / month
$793 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon. Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.5 84.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 32.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
185.6 181.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 54.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.0 9.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.35 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 225/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3470 3825
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4300 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 7000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.70
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TSX BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 9.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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