The 2008 Acura TSX is in a tight size and price bracket, in which people are looking for front-wheel-drive models--possibly with all-wheel drive--and probably rule out the more expensive yet less practical rear-wheel-drive sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Infiniti G35.
The Audi A4 2.0T is a close rival to the TSX; its 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is close in output to the TSX's engine, but the Audi's advantage in torque makes it feel faster in most real-world driving.
The Audi gets better fuel economy, too, of up to 31 mpg, but it doesn't have handling that's as light and nimble as the TSX.
The Saab 9-3 is another close rival, with the base model priced closely to the TSX, with similar power from its 210-horsepower engine, a standard manual transmission, and a similar cabin: spacious in front, with great seats, but rather small in back.
The Subaru Legacy GT has the all-weather advantage of all-wheel drive, and a bit more power from a 250-horsepower, turbocharged flat-four engine; it doesn't get the gas mileage of the TSX, 9-3, or A4, though.
The Maxima is another alternative; it's larger and roomier--the choice for those who want more backseat space--and it has a smooth and powerful 255-horsepower V-6 engine.
Acura dealership service is another selling point in itself.
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|2008 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan Automatic||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Front-Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||CVT||Manual||Continously Variable|
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