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2008 Acura TSX

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2008 Acura TSX Review

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Acura's 2008 TSX competes in the bustling compact premium sedan market. Although not as large or powerful as the Audi A4 or the new BMW 3 Series, price, quality and exceptional resale value make the TSX a worthy competitor. The TSX delivers an exceptional balance between ride comfort and road handling, and returns fuel economy figures rivaling some economy cars. If you can live without a V6 engine and the option of all-wheel drive, the well-equipped TSX has much to offer, especially when considering its sub-$30,000 price tag.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you grew up with Honda Civics and Preludes, but your new position in the world demands driving an upscale sedan, you'll love this car. The 2008 Acura TSX has the capability to serve as a business vehicle on the weekdays and a driving enthusiast's dream on the weekends. Its tight, six-speed manual transmission and powerful VTEC engine make it a blast to drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the 2008 Acura TSX if you are used to a torque-heavy V6 engine that offers up a hefty dose of power below 3000 rpm. Another quibble: Rear-seat legroom might be tight for some adults.

What's Significant About This Car?

The TSX has only one change for 2008---Bluetooth hands-free phone integration as a standard feature.

Driving the TSX

Driving Impressions The 2008 Acura TSX is powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder engine producing 205 horsepower. You have your choice of either a six-speed manual or five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission....

Though quick, the TSX lacks the "pit of your stomach" punch only a six- or eight-cylinder engine can provide. Driving the TSX with the six-speed manual is a pure joy. The car is so well balanced that it almost seems to slice through curves like a knife through whipped butter. The front-wheel-drive layout works well for the TSX, providing excellent traction while being nearly devoid of torque steer. Acura has equipped the TSX with a comprehensive stability and traction control system known as Vehicle Stability Assist, or VSA. It's a nice feature that will provide you with peace of mind as you have fun with the TSX's nimble suspension.
Favorite Features

Voice-Activated Navigation
Acura's voice-activated navigation is one of the best in the industry. Not only is it relatively simple to operate, you can vocally ask it to find landmarks, restaurants or gas stations.

Six-speed manual transmission
It's safe to say that Honda knows how to build a good front-wheel drive transmission, but this one is just a peach. Shifting through the gears in the magnesium box is pleasurable enough that we often found ourselves doing it just for fun.

2008 Acura TSX Details
2008 Acura TSX photo Interior

Here is where the magic begins. The 2008 Acura TSX's interior is clad in the finest materials, far superior to anything in its price range. Every switch moves as though Teflon-coated and all the seams line up precisely. The seats are wonderfully comfortable and supportive for sporty drives, the dash is handsomely adorned with wood or aluminum and soft-touch vinyl and the instrument panel puts on its own light show once the sun sets; it's all truly a work of art.

Exterior

Though some complain the TSX is rather basic in its execution, we think its sharp lines and clean appearance will stand the test of time better than some of the more trendy designs currently on the market. Build quality is beyond reproach, and the car is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Acura TSX comes nicely equipped and includes a choice of six-speed manual transmission or five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, 17-inch wheels, heated leather power seats (eight-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger), power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 360-watt Bose audio with in-dash six-disc changer, steering wheel-mounted controls for cruise and audio, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, Bluetooth hands-free phone integration, xenon headlamps, fog lights, XM Satellite Radio, heated side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror and remote entry.

Optional Equipment

The only option is the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition.

Under the Hood

The Acura 2.4-liter engine is marvelously silent and smooth. It delivers plenty of punch, though you'll have to rev it until the tachometer needle is well past the 3,000-rpm mark to make the most of the engine's power and torque.

2.4-liter in-line four
205 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)}

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2008 Acura TSX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 375 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

I would buy the exact same car again!

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 238,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Road Noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I would buy the exact same car again! It has been extremely reliable and held up with regular maintenence only."

Not one incident or repair after 10 yrs and 59000

By on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great driving , car handles very well"

Cons: "small tires make for a rough ride over bumps"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best handling car I've ever owned. Easy on gas (25-32 mph range)and super dependable. Easy to park. Because this is a sporty model, it sits lower than most cars and some senior citizens have difficulty exiting the car."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

220,00 and still going

By on Friday, February 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very Reliable, 200 HP, 30 MPG highway..."

Cons: "Not exactly thrilling looking from side or back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"bought this car new in 2004. It has needed four sets of tires and a brake job, a battery, a 125,000 mile tune up, and an oxygen sensor. That is it. Whoever posted that they paid for the center console replacement should run back to Acura and demand a refund... they had to replace then all as they were faulty. I cannot say enough about how great this car still runs and looks."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great car!!!

By on Saturday, January 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have owned this car since new.I chg oil with synthetic at 20% (avg 4000-4500 mi).This is my third Acura (TL,CL,TSX).For the $ this car has it all.have done nothing to it except reg maint items (batt,pads etc...)Still runs like the day I bought it.....I love this car and will not ever sell it.....8)"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

GREAT vehicle!!

By on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, economical (27 mpg), sporty"

Cons: "Ride is more sporty, less luxury/comfort."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is everything a car should be -- it has a 200 hp 4 cyl. engine -- gets 27 MPG, is responsive, sporty, quick, fun to drive -- I'd buy this again and again. It has been totally reliable. It has creature comforts such as heated seats, power sun roof, 6 cd player, fold down rear seats to allow transport of larger/long items -- skis, big dogs, etc... I cannot say enough good about this car. Acura should be proud of themselves."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very good decision

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price, fun to drive, good design, good on gas"

Cons: "pricey maintenance if taken to the dealer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought the car used a few months ago and it has been a great experience. Car rides great, has good pickup for a four cylinder, and the consoles are simple and easy to understand. No looking for buttons or features, it is all right there. You know it will be a good buy because it is a Honda, and although there are minor flaws like with every car, I chose to go out on a limb and purchase one. There are not that many TSX's on the road, but they are sharp looking cars. Heated seats, moonroof, fog lights, keyless entry, sport mode shifter, leather seats, optional navigation, HID lights."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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