2013 Acura TSX
2.4L 4 Cylinder 201 HP with 6 Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission
White Pearl with Ebony Leather
We had the unique opportunity to experience an outgoing model for a few days. We were left with the impression that it remains a cool car. Yes...we know the TSX is replaced by the ILX.
We also know that through the years there have been a myriad of comments and opinions directed at the TSX.
As expected the styling is middle of the road Acura conservative, with the iconic grille shield, and a discreet street presence. Upholding the tradition of Acura sedans in having conservative styling, with a subtle street presence.
The interior is surprisingly well finished, with higher quality leather, and many soft touches. Compared to numerous cars in the segment where you wonder where the leather came from, and accompanied by hard surfaces. The TSX is a pleasant surprise.
The controls are easy, intuitive, with a conservative dash layout. Great sound system, useful back up camera, easy to use power seats, yes the centre dash screen could be a little bigger. The rear seat has reasonable leg room to accomodate adults for short trips.
How does it drive?
First impression is that Acura understands how to mate a close ratio 6 speed transmission to its 4 cylinder engine. This car is fun to drive, the engine comes alive in the upper revolution range, the shifter is precise and easy...its a great combination.
The level of power is subdued, while the fun factor is elevated.
The steering is precise, the brakes are authoritative, and while most cars are solid on broken pavement this TSX is extra solid and confidence inspiring. Yes...the car inspires a level of exuberance.
Overall its a pleasant surprise to experience a competent car, with a high level of fit and finish, and a genuine sporting chracter with a responsive engine and a precise manual transmission.
The quick review