Sporty acceleration; superior interior quality; exceptional reliability
Tight rear-passenger legroom; no manual offered with the V6; missing cutting-edge accident-avoidance systems found on other luxury brands
There are no major changes for 2014.
Customers looking at the TSX will most likely be attracted to its sporting nature. Although the V6 is by far the fastest of the TSX variants, we suggest customers save their cash and stick with the base 201-hp 4-cylinder engine. Not only does the smaller engine save weight (which improves handling), but it also knocks more than $5,000 off the sticker price.
The 2014 Acura TSX is offered in three trims: Base, Special Edition and Sport Wagon.
The base TSX ($31,530) comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights with auto on/off, heated side mirrors with driver's side reverse tilt down feature, perforated leather seating, 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory feature, 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a 360-watt 7-speaker premium audio with 8-in subwoofer, USB/iPod integration and auxiliary input, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with touch controls for audio and cruise control, a power glass moonroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Special Edition ($32,530) adds sporty interior and exterior styling tweaks, such as unique 17-in wheels, a more aggressive front fascia, a rear spoiler, aluminum pedals and Luxe Suede seat inserts with red stitching. A 6-speed manual is a no-cost option.
The Sport Wagon ($32,880) includes all the features of the TSX sedan plus a rear cargo cover and under-floor storage.
A Technology Package is offered on both the sedan ($34,630) and wagon ($36,530) and brings a 415-watt, 10-speaker ELS audio system with DVD audio, HD radio and 15-GB hard-drive memory storage for music. Voice-active navigation with rear backup camera is also part of the package, as is a power rear tailgate for the TSX wagon.
A V6 engine is optional but only on the sedan and only with the Technology Package ($40,170). Eighteen-inch wheels are also standard on the TSX V6 sedan.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Kia Optima -- The Optima is newer, cheaper and bigger than the TSX, but it's not as composed in the corners. If driving dynamics isn't number one on your list, the Optima has sharp looks, plenty of amenities and an impressive warranty.
Volkswagen Passat -- The Passat is certainly more family friendly than the TSX, with softer suspension and a roomier interior. What it lacks in driving excitement, it easily makes up for with frugality. The Passat is big, relatively inexpensive and fuel efficient.
Buick Regal -- The Regal's styling is more dramatic than the TSX, and it offers the option of all-wheel drive. The Regal GS can be equipped with a powerful turbocharged engine and a manual transmission.