In addition to it’s quality interior, the TSX is outfitted with a slew of high tech gadgets that make you feel like you’re in a far more expensive machine. There is a laundry list of standard features, and some of them include: leather, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, an 8-speaker 360 Watt stereo system, and a handy ‘heads up’ display on the instrument cluster. The only option on the TSX besides XM satellite radio is the navigation system, which can be voice-controlled in addition to its Bluetooth hands-free phone integration. Although the navigation system’s map interface is a bit dated-looking, the most important aspect – ease of use – is in full effect.
The voice recognition system is quite handy, not to mention safe. It has the ability to control the HVAC functions, stereo and navigation system. However, if you don’t understand the required commands, the conversation between driver and the female voice resembles a heated domestic dispute.
Driver: “Radio off”
TSX: “Air conditioner on”
Driver: “No. I said ‘Radio off’”
TSX: “Air conditioner off”
Driver: “NO! LISTEN! R-A-D-I-O OFF”
TSX: “Fan low”
Driver: “Ugh. Nevermind.”
Although backseat space is a bit tight in the legroom department for a six-foot tall passenger, the TSX boasts seatbacks that fold flat for increased cargo space. And it makes a difference. We were able to fit two bicycles laying flat inside the TSX with rear wheels still attached.
On the outside, Acura designed the TSX to be congruous with its precise-looking brand logo. The lines are sharp, exact, clean and inoffensive. They don’t shout new, revolutionary design, but they’re not drab either. Add on the standard HID headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels, the TSX advertises its -here we go again – perfectly balanced appearance.
It’s easy to grasp how exceptional a value the TSX delivers because there are essentially only two states the car can come in – with navigation or without. Without, the base price is $28,000. With navigation, it comes in a shade over $30,000. Oh, and a little extra if you’re jonesing for satellite radio. A generous 4 year/50,000 mile warranty seals the deal. For $30,000, you won’t find a better equipped, quality entry-level luxury sedan.
Who Should Buy It?
Besides Mr. Miyagi, people who put well-rounded performance before brute power, have a discerning taste for luxury, technology and quality – but don’t have a bulging pocketbook to afford them all – will find the TSX to be their dream car.
There’s a good reason why the TSX has remained essentially unchanged since it’s debut as a 2004 model – once found, balance should never be messed with. Although the TSX’s look is getting a bit stale, Acura plans to give the TSX a makeover in the 2009 model year. Although perfection lies in the eyes of the beholder, as far as this beholder is concerned, for the money, the TSX just might be the most perfect all-around sedan available today.
|The official website of Acura – www.acura.com|
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