Best Family Luxury Small Sedans: 2010 Acura TSX

October 26, 2010

This week we’re looking at the best family luxury small sedans. For many consumers, the purchase of a so-called entry-level luxury sedan makes a lot of sense. Whether it’s a family-car addition or used by one family member as a daily commuter, buyers in search of a little luxury in a small car have some very fine choices, indeed.

The Acura TSX, redesigned for 2009 and largely carryover for 2010 (except for new V-6 engine), is a sporty front-wheel drive, five-passenger luxury small sedan that’s affordably priced. According to The Car Connection review, the 2010 Acura TSX garners an 8.8 overall rating. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) for the 2010 Acura TSX range from $29,310 to $32,410 for TSX and $34,850 for TSX V-6 to $37,350 for TSX V-6 with technology package.

A luxurious interior is par for the course in luxury sedans, and the 2010 Acura TSX provides all the creature comforts consumers could want. Standard features include leather-wrapped steering wheel with easy-to-use system controls, supportive and comfortable sport seats with soft perforated leather, 8-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, dual-level heated front seats, rear seat roominess with impressive headroom and legroom for passengers over six feet tall, 13 storage spaces plus several beverage holders, 12.6-cubic foot trunk, which can be expanded by dropping the 60/40 rear seatbacks, remote entry, power windows and moonroof.

All 2010 Acura TSX models are equipped with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam headlights. Acura TSX models have a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty that includes Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC) roadside assistance, nationwide emergency and travel services, Acura Concierge service, maintenance minder system, and more.

Performance and Fuel Economy

How does the 2010 Acura TSX stack up in terms of performance? The luxury small sedan offers two engines, the 201-horsepower, 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine and the more powerful and new for 2010 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 . The all-aluminum four-cylinder improves front-to-rear weight distribution for better agility and handling. Transmission choices on the TSX include standard sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio six-speed manual transmission available at no extra cost.

The TSX V-6 is only available with the sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. Variable valve timing and high-flow exhaust systems improve efficiency and power. Although it’s a larger engine, the V-6, also all-aluminum, features a hollow camshaft and other weight-saving measures to keep it lighter and improve vehicle handling. Both four- and six-cylinder engines include drive-by-wire throttle system. For a more in-depth look at how the TSX V-6 handles, see Bengt Halvorson’s driving review in The Car Connection.

Performance features include standard TSX braking system (anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist), vehicle stability control, dubbed VSA (vehicle stability assist), standard Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, and available Acura voice-recognition navigation system.

As for fuel economy, the 2010 Acura TSX posts an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway in the four-cylinder automatic transmission-equipped models and 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway fuel economy in four-cylinder engines with manual transmission. V-6 engine fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

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