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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.

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 391 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

Superbly smooth ride, great handling, great design

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,001

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

Pros: "A great price for a luxury car, fun to drive."

Cons: "I haven't found any negatives with the car."

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

"Extremely luxurious and comfortable interior, smooth ride, great handling and acceleration, very well-designed car. Super reliable. Gets surprisingly good gas mileage, average 25 to 26 mpg around town, better on highways."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great car

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "best for the money"

Cons: "needs more punch off the line"

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

"not your fathers Honda this tsx is a great bad boy car comes alive after 5000 rpm handles 2nd only to a 328 bimmer great gas mileage looks and gas mileage wish it had more punch off the line.."

Excellent reliable and comfortable, great to drive

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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

Pros: "Reliability, safety, great handling, trim"

Cons: "Noise insulation, styling"

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

"I previously owned several TLs. Loved those too. But I purchased the TSX when I had a longer commute and gas prices were high. Very comfortable car - I drove it from San Diego to Miami when I relocated. I had minor problems with electronic door locks, and those were the only problems. Great reliability with all Accuras. Had a bad accident that totaled my TL, but the car saved my life. This TSX has been a great car. Now I'm thinking of trading up, but I am reluctant to leave the warm embrace of accura reliability and safety, even though now I can afford a luxury sedan of my choosing. All the dealers I have dealt with across the country have been outstanding. I'll tell you that once I had to have my TL towed, and the driver of 20 years experience said that was the first Accura he had ever towed. They just don't break down, and I think that guy knows."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Monday, December 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "gas mileage, reliable, nice interior"

Cons: "none!"

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

"This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It has lots of standard features, and is completely reliable. Plus it gets good gas mileage!"

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

So happy with this

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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

Pros: "Comfortable, equipped nicely"

Cons: "Poor turning radius"

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

"I've had it for 10 years and it's been very reliable. Have over 110,000 miles and only had one break down, which required towing to the dealer and $1500 in repairs. But that was it."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Can't go wrong with an Acura

By on Saturday, November 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quality, reliability, fit and finish, economy"

Cons: "electronics"

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

"Second Acura I have owned and have nothing to complain about except the electronics - somewhat complicated to set up and CD tracks don't show the time. Mechanically you could not ask for a better built vehicle. Strongly recommended!"

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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