2008 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2008 Acura TSX
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2008 Acura TSX is far from the freshest sport sedan design, but it remains one of the most sensible and fun-to-drive.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
7.6
Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
7.4
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
7.8
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
MSRP From    
$28,190$30,700$30,360$20,795$28,630
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas V6
EPA Class    
CompactCompactCompactCompactMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Drivetrain    
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODCVTManualManualContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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