Driven: 2010 Acura TSX V6 Page 2

September 17, 2010
Our test TSX V6 came with the Tech Package, which included a navigation system with real-time XM traffic and weather, voice commands, and a high-end Acura/ELS audio system with ten speakers and DVD Audio capability. An iPod-capable USB input is already included.

While the sound system was amazing we were extremely disappointed with the navigation system—quite possibly the poorest-performing nav unit we've experienced in recent memory. When navigating a traffic-bound Seattle, on unfamiliar streets, the system kept telling us to "take the second left," or "take the second right," only to find out that, when the system had told us that, we were already passing the intersection. When we stopped, the map was accurate, but as soon as we drove along, even at 30 mph on surface streets, it lagged a block or two behind and updated in a way that reminded us of a computer with an old processor that couldn't keep up with newer software. After trying several times, we gave up and used the CoPilot Live app on the iPhone instead.

V6 an alternative, but not a better value

Pricing is the major matter, though. Our TSX Tech V6 model totaled $38,760, which seemed like a pretty lofty sum—more than a BMW 328i or 328i xDrive, and just a couple grand short of the 335i. The 2010 Subaru Legacy GT and Nissan Maxima also come to mind and cost thousands less, but with them you don't get superior luxury-brand customer service.

Then there's Acura competing against itself. For less than a thousand dollars more than our TSX, you could get the roomier TL with the SH-AWD all-wheel drive system.

While the V6 model is a more refined, mature-feeling take on the TSX, it's the spirited Acura TSX four-cylinder model that makes sense. We'll say no more.

For additional takes on the TSX V6, along with specs, prices, related news, pictures, and more visit out full review of the 2010 Acura TSX.

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