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2012 Acura TSX Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: I recommend the TSX! by oldsnwbrdr

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Introduction

It's fun to drive and offers a lot of features for the price, but the sounds it makes aren't appropriate for a near-luxury automobile.

Reviewed: 2012 Acura TSX

4dr Sedan 201-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2012 Acura TSX?

Feature availability

Even without the tech package, the car is very well-equipped for the price. Favorite features are the automatic xenon headlights and the flawless bluetooth-iPod interface. Base stereo is decent, most of the time I play an mp3 disk or bluetooth music from my iPhone.

Handling

The car feels very light on its feet and is highly tossable. It has a tight turning radius and is easy to park. On-center steering feel may be a touch vague, however.

Fuel economy

Besides price, this was my primary reason for choosing the TSX over the TL. I don't have a lead foot but average about 25-27 mpg overall. On the freeway I'm easily over 30mpg and can run 500 miles on a tank of gas.

Front seat support & comfort

I find the heated front seats exceptionally comfortable. I am 6' 2" and have very good room. Note, however, that my wife finds the forward lean in the headrests uncomfortable.

Interior styling

The interior is very attractive and well-built. I like the contrast of the taupe leather and black carpet. Dashboard is modern-looking as are all Acura cockpits. It's not particularly luxurious, however.

Why Not the 2012 Acura TSX?

Quietness

As is common in Acura and Honda products nowadays, the TSX is by no means a quiet car. Under heavy acceleration, the engine sounds like a cheap 4-cylinder. There is also quite a bit of road noise on coarse pavement. For this reason I chose to lease the car for three years rather than buy it (I am hoping the forthcoming TLX is much quieter than the TSX).

Audio & nav systems

My only complaint about the audio system is the archaic-looking display on non-tech TSX's. It is a monochrome display that looks like an ancient LED alarm clock. It won't even fully display longer artist names or song titles.

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