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2008 Acura TSX Sedan

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  • $28,190 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Acura TSX Sedan

Acura has done a marvelous job of blending a fun-to-drive vehicle with a practical compact sedan for their entry-level 2008 TSX. Its wide grille and modern headlights provide a distinct look that is consistent with Acura's design motifs. The TSX's low base price belies its well-equipped nature, with such standard features as xenon headlights, heated exterior mirrors, XM satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

What's new for 2008?

The Acura TSX remains unchanged for 2008, with the only notable addition being an MP3-compatabile audio system.

Model Strengths

  • Fun to drive
  • nimble handling
  • reliable.

Model Review

The 2008 TSX is the Acura uses a 2.4L engine to drive the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. Thanks to double-overhead camshafts, four-valves-per-cylinder, and adjustable VTEC camshaft timing, this four-cylinder engine makes a potent 205 horsepower and a respectable 164 lb-ft of torque. There is a good amount of low-end torque and a rip-snorting top-end rush that makes this powerplant feel larger than it actually is.

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Source: The Car Connection

As the experts at TheCarConnection.com put together this review on the new 2008 Acura TSX, they studied the range of available reviews. Then TheCarConnection.com's editors incorporated their firsthand experience with the vehicle to help assure the most useful review.

The compact, front-wheel-drive TSX sport sedan is the lowest-priced vehicle in the Acura line. The 2008 Acura TSX is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generating 205 horsepower, and is available with either a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission or five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

Performance is very perky with the six-speed manual, which is one of the nicest, most tactile manual gearboxes, but it's not quite as energetic with the automatic, which is sometimes hesitant to downshift for corners and grades. More expensive premium unleaded fuel is recommended for the 2008 Acura TSX.

The 2008 Acura TSX has a ride that soaks up rough surfaces and potholes alike, and the four-wheel independent suspension brings responsive, nimble handling. Brakes feel just right, and the variable-assist power steering communicates a good feel of the road at touring speeds but makes parking easy.

The TSX's exterior styling is quite simple and conservative yet very attractively proportioned, and the interior follows the same theme. The car's interior was made a little more contemporary in 2006 with a revised steering wheel, gauges, and multi-info display, as well as the use of more matte-metallic surfaces. Seats are firm and supportive for front occupants in the 2008 Acura TSX, with plenty of headroom for all, but backseat passengers will find legroom lacking.

A full complement of comfort and convenience features comes standard on the TSX, even though it may be Acura's "entry level" model. They include a power moonroof, xenon headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. The only major option on the 2008 Acura TSX is a voice-activated navigation system that includes points of interest in several categories.

Standard safety features on the 2008 Acura TSX include front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes. The TSX has been crash-tested, obtaining results that are impressive but not in the top tier, with federal tests giving it five stars in frontal impact and four- and five-star results in side impact. The insurance-supported IIHS gave the TSX the top score of Good for frontal impact, Acceptable for side impact, and Poor for rear impact.


The Bottom Line:

The 2008 Acura TSX is far from the freshest sport sedan design, but it remains one of the most sensible and fun-to-drive.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Acura Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12 months/12,000 miles limited warranty from purchased date or expiration of new car warranty date. Additional 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty from in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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