2012 Acura TSX Special Edition Review

Tuesday March 20th, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Refined reflexes, Superb shift, Zingy motor
Against: Low torque = peaky performance

Since the demise of the ground-breaking NSX sports car and the discontinuation of the razor sharp Integra Type R, Acura has become an invisible brand to enthusiasts. But for 2012, the luxury division of Honda has introduced a sports-flavored Special Edition version of their most affordable TSX sedan that will have erstwhile marque supporters rallying for a closer look.

The TSX SE is Acura’s best shot at a sports sedan. Unlike any other product in the company’s extensive line, this one is available with a manual transmission 6-speed. The gearbox is a delight to use, with short throws, predictable clutch engagement, and a neatly crafted shift knob that makes you want to work the gearbox even more than you need.

Best of all, those 6 closely spaced ratios control a typical high revving Honda motor that loves to be run to peak rpm in each gear. The exhaust note of the iVTEC 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16 valve engine changes from a purr to a snarl as the variable valve timing kicks in at about 5,500 rpm. By the time you’re ready to upshift, the tachometer needle has zinged past 7,000rpm, and the 201hp motor is emitting a full banshee wail. You’ll never tire of the TSX’s soundtrack. In a model line full of over-refined Acuras, the TSX is the guttural exception, the only Acura that speaks to Honda’s proud roots in racing.

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Table of Contents – Editorial Car Reviews, Feature Articles

Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek


Below is a comprehensive list of all the Expert Car Reviews and feature articles published on CarReview.com [updated 10/11/2011]:

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2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Review

Tuesday August 9th, 2011 at 9:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
By Derek Mau


  • Adept handling for a wagon
  • Powertrain provides nice balance of power and economy
  • Comfortable cabin
  • A luxury car with lots of cargo room
  • Optional Acura/ELS surround sound system


  • 5-speed transmission automatic transmission
  • No V6 or 6-speed manual option for North American market
  • Navigation system needs to catch up to the competition
  • Backseat legroom is tight for taller passengers

Since the SUV started dominating car sales, the station wagon has fallen in status somewhere between the microcar (e.g. Smart car) and the minivan. In the era of the Ford Country Squire your parents appreciated them. Nowadays, auto journalists and Europeans are the select few who fully appreciate their form and function, but nobody buys them here. It’s that last trait that’s led to the near extinction of the family wagon.

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2011 Acura RL Review – More Than Just a Fancy Accord

Thursday April 21st, 2011 at 2:44 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya


  • Unflappable SH-AWD system makes for a great poor weather driver
  • Smooth power delivery and very controlled in the turns
  • Interior features and details


  • Uninspired styling
  • User interface for radio and satellite not best in class
  • Rear seat leg room could be better

The sea of mid/large-sized luxury sedans has grown over the years, primarily because this is still a lucrative class of automobiles for manufacturers. Luxury car brands are fighting for those hard earned consumer dollars in the $45-$70k range and unlike their value oriented cousins, there is still a lot of margin in these vehicles.

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ZL1 Camaro, Redesigned 2012 Acura TL, Audi TT RS – 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Saturday February 12th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

Article and photos by Megan Green

Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Minutes before the much anticipated debut of the Chevy Camaro Z28, it was all over Twitter that the car revealed would actually be a ZL1. A high performance Camaro, the aluminum hood is raised with a vented insert, rear diffusers and spoiler, and 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. Under the hood is the LSA 6.2L V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. The ZL1′s power comes from a supercharged aluminum-block 6.2-liter V8 producing an estimated 550 hp.

The interior is given as much attention as the exterior design with microfiber suede inserts on heated leather seats. Unique to the ZL1 is a leather wrapped shifter and steering wheel, redesigned with the bottom of the wheel squared off and ZL1 badges. The ZL1 is still in development, though, and is projected to be available in early 2012. The ZL1 name is taken from the 1969 Camaro ZL1, which had an aluminum block 440-hp 427-cubic inch V8.

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2012 Acura TL Sedan – We're Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

Tuesday February 8th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Acura TL SedanAcura will soon debut the newly revamped 2012 Acura TL sedan at the Chicago Auto Show this week. Acura released a teaser photo of the car’s slightly refreshed rear, but what we’re really looking forward to is the reveal of the front fascia and the rest of the new TL’s specs. Public opinion and a lot of grumbling from our own team of editors at CarReview disliked the current style of the 2009 – 2011 Acura TL. Many are crossing their fingers, hanging garlic in their house, and picking up pennies everywhere with hopes that Acura will lose the ugly design of the current TL.

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2010 Acura MDX Review

Friday August 6th, 2010 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2010 Acura MDX SH-AWD
By Holly Roberts


  • Comfortable seats
  • Roomy interior
  • Ventilated front seats (my favorite in the summer!)
  • Nice safety features (that take a bit of getting used to)
  • All kinds of places to put things so they are out of sight


  • 3rd row seating is just for kids or those with very short legs!
  • Bluetooth kept dropping calls
  • Collision Mitigation Braking system (I hated it!)

The MDX is definitely an SUV, and a very luxurious one at that.  Having seen a lot of MDX’s on the road over the last few years, I had no idea how roomy they really were.  In my opinion, the design of the 2nd generation model is a huge improvement over the first generation models.  Naturally, we get to review the most-blinged out models, and this one surely did not disappoint!

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2010 Acura TL 6-Speed Manual SH-AWD Review – Not the prettiest gal at the ball, but she can certainly dance

Tuesday July 20th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: twain

2010 Acura TL
By Twain Mein


  • Handling – incredible balance offering the best of performance and comfort
  • Roomy interior
  • Responsive engine
  • All the gizmos you could ask for
  • Price-a lot for the money
  • Safety-5 stars all around
  • All wheel drive


  • Weak styling
  • Rear seats do not fold down

The 2010 Acura TL comes in two main variants, the base TL with front wheel drive and 280 hp, and the SH-AWD with all-wheel drive and 305 hp. We tested the fully loaded TL SH-AWD with the Technology Package option and high performance tires. Additionally, new for 2010, our TL came with a 6-speed manual. Sticker price was $43,385 plus $810 for destination and handling.

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2010 Acura ZDX Review – Innovation in art and automotive performance

Tuesday June 15th, 2010 at 12:66 PM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2010 Acura ZDX

By Holly Roberts


  • High commanding view high like an SUV
  • Seriously comfortable seats
  • Excellent handling ability
  • Really fun to drive
  • Roomy interior
  • A place for everything and everything in its place
  • Massive panoramic glass moonroof
  • Gorgeous styling


  • Back seats aren’t really geared for tall people
  • Manual and automatic shifting from 1st to 2nd was sluggish (that could just be a tuning issue)
  • I felt like the rear-view mirrors could have been a *bit* larger

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2010 Acura RDX FWD Review- A Cure for the Common Crossover

Friday February 19th, 2010 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Acura RDX

By Bill Clark


  • Fun to drive
  • Voice activated navigation helps keeps eyes on the road
  • Concert-hall 10-speaker stereo
  • Luxuriously appointed interior


  • FIRM ride
  • That turbo is thirsty!
  • Minimal cargo room
  • Front fascia styling only a mother could love

Just when I thought there was no hope for the crossover segment, Acura introduces the game-changing 2010 RDX with a fresh new exterior look, a more luxurious interior, and a host of new technology features. The 2010 RDX is now available with a two-wheel drive option which offers improved fuel economy and a lower price point over its SH-AWD™ counterpart.

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