2012 Acura TSX: For A Few Dollars More

September 23, 2011
2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Quiet confidence.  It's one of the many traits that impressed when we tested the 2011 Acura TSX sedan and counterpart 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.  It also helped that Acura designers dialed down the controversial grille to Dull Roar.

For 2012, the mug doesn't shrink further and neither does the price.  Thankfully, it's all of a $200 premium across the board.  That keeps the base TSX sedan under $30,000--by a whisker, now $29,810--before you factor destination charge, tax, title, et al.

The new model year also introduces a Special Edition package to TSX sedans for $30,810, which you'll have to choose if you insist your Acura have a six-speed manual grearbox.  The rest of the "special" in this edition includes minor exterior tweaks, Lux Suede seat surfaces with red stitching and lighting inside.  Think of it as a segue car for Honda Civic Si graduates.

Regardless if you equip your sedan with the standard four's 201 horsepower or optional six's 280 horsepower, we still recommend the $3,100 hit for the Technology Package.  You get your money's worth with an upgraded ELS sound system and hard-drive nav system, and it all fits the TSX's character well.

Owing mainly to the addition of a power liftgate, said Tech Package tacks on $3,650 to the $31,160 base of our preferred model, the $31,160 TSX Sport Wagon.  All the better to utilize the cargo area, now with improved underfloor storage since Acura ditched the spare for a tire repair kit.  The wagon's only powertrain configuration remains the base 2.4-liter coupled with a five-speed automatic.  Yet whether equipped in wagon or sedan, you don't give up much everyday performance to the six.

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