2012 Acura TSX vs. Its Competition

2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Acura TSX has few direct rivals, although people might cross-shop sportier versions of mainstream sedans or the base versions of serious sport sedans.

The Acura TSX’s distinctly Japanese feel puts it at odds with the slightly more upscale feel you’ll get from the other front-drive sedans and wagons from European automakers.

The latest generation of the Audi A4 is more performance-oriented, and its back seat can be cramped for adults.

In truth, the TSX Sport Wagon's toughest competition will be Acura’s own RDX crossover, which has available all-wheel drive and a whizzy four-cylinder engine with turbo power on the option sheet.

Base 328i versions of the BMW 3-Series are also a possibility (a new base turbo four-cylinder is being phased in), while those who want all-wheel drive might also take a look at a well-optioned Subaru Legacy.

2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura TSX
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2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Audi A4 4-door Avant Wagon Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A4
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2012 BMW M3 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 3-Series
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2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Legacy
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form.
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19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas Flat 4
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CompactSport Utility VehicleCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
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4-Door Sedan I4 AutomaticFWD 4-Door4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i
Front-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 DoorSedanSedanSedan
AutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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