The TSX was unchanged for 2013 and carries over in the same state for 2014, which is a sure sign that the end is nigh for this model; still available in sedan and wagon.
It’s the same old story, of course; a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder can be fitted with a six-speed manual transmission (but not for the wagon); a no-extra-cost five-speed automatic is actually better on gas than the manual; a sedan-only V6 upgrade puts out 280 horses.
Within the last year or so, Acura introduced a new base ILX model and replaced its aging RL flagship with the larger and fancier RLX. It will follow those updates in mid-2014 with an all-new TLX sedan that replaces the TL. Missing are any new change points for the current TSX, which has remained basically untouched since the 2009 model year, other than the addition of a V6 option for 2010 and a wagon model for 2011. Acura will likely end production of the TSX shortly and replace it with a stylish small wagon similar to the Buick Encore. In the meantime, the TSX soldiers on with its base 2.4-liter four-cylinder that’s rated at 201 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Only the 2.4 TSX sedan offers a six-speed manual transmission as an option (the five-speed auto with paddle shifters is standard). The optional 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is offered only with the automatic. The Sport Wagon is about four inches longer than the sedan and does not offer the V6, which is a little strange since it’s called a “Sport Wagon”. It also doesn’t offer the manual transmission. Among its many standard features, the TSX includes dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, bright xenon headlamps, seven-speaker audio system, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and perforated leather seats that are heated and power-adjustable in front. Buyers can add a navigation system with a full-color screen, plus a few other high-tech gee-gaws such as the impressive 415-watt 10-speaker premium audio system and a 15-gigabyte hard drive that stores up to 3,500 songs. A Special Edition sedan includes a number of interior/exterior upgrades aimed at making the TSX a little sportier.
Base price (incl. destination): $31,400 (sedan); $32,800 (wagon)
Type: Four-door sedan; wagon
Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (201)
Optional engine (hp): 3.5-liter SOHC V6 (280)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmission: Five-speed automatic; six-speed manual (opt.)
MPG (city/hwy): 21/29 (MT); 22/30 (wagon); 19/28 (V6)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control.
Weight (lb.): 3,470