2009 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2009 Acura TSX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Shoppers looking at the 2009 Acura TSX will probably be considering other front-wheel drive vehicles, and possibly all-wheel drive vehicles, but more expensive rear-wheel-drive sport sedans such as the BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS are likely above their budget and wants.

The Subaru Legacy GT has performance that rivals the TL, though its handling is a little more crisp and all-wheel drive makes it more all-weather-friendly.

The Legacy’s back seat is also tight.

However the Legacy isn’t as quiet and refined as the Acura.

The Nissan Maxima is another alternative; it’s not as feature-rich as the TSX, but it has a torquey V-6 engine that gives it scorching acceleration off the line.

The base, front-wheel-drive Audi A4 2.0T is also a worthy competitor, with similarly good fuel efficiency and edgier performance without a sacrifice in ride.

Versus any of these competitors, there’s another big selling point: Acura dealerships.

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Quick Specs
The new 2009 Acura TSX has a standout features list and distinctive interior, but its acceleration isn't notable.
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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   
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas V6
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODCVTManualContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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