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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 406 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

Just buy it

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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: "See above"

Cons: "I got nothing"

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

"A bit of background: I've always had good experiences with Honda products, but seduced by Toyota's reputation for reliability, I bought an Avalon immediately prior to buying this car. Worst automotive mistake of my life. Needless to say, I did my homework this time, and bought an '06 TSX with about 90,000 miles. Best automotive decision I've ever made. I absolutely love this car. It is extremely agile and fun to drive, with the most comfortable seats (I'm 6'5", so that matters), unobtrusively luxurious, gets great gas mileage (~35 mpg highway) and, most important to me, is absolutely rock-solid mechanically. I've put over 40,000 miles on the car since I bought it about two years ago, and all I've done is routine maintenance -- changing oil and other fluids, mostly. Someone rear-ended me so hard that she and her passenger cracked their windshield with their foreheads, and all my dealer had to do was replace the rear bumper cover -- no frame damage at all. My wife gets motion-sick so easily that normally I have to drive like a granny when she's in the car; the Acura's finely-tuned suspension allows me to drive normally through even twisty roads with no discomfort on her part. I would unhesitatingly recommend this car to anyone who wants a safe, reliable, fun-to-drive and luxurious ride, with a little style thrown in."

Best car I've ever owned.

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "All the features"

Cons: "A bit pricey, no aux port"

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

"Love everything about it. Excellent gas mileage, love all the standard features. Bought car used with only one owner. After 178K still runs like brand new. Great entry level luxury car. Excellent visibility, amazing trunk space but nice and compact."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This is an AWESOME car!!!

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

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: "Everything!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I purchased my 2005 Pearl White Acura TSX brand new in December 2004. I have approximately 172,000 miles on it and it has given me no problems at all!! I just purchased an SUV this month as a second car, but still drive my Acura regularly because I love it SO MUCH! I have only had to replace brakes, tires and the battery since I've owned this car. I did have to replace the motor in the passenger side door last year so that it would lock with the remote, but that was minor to me. I have to use Premium gas, but I get excellent gas mileage! I am emotionally invested in this car. My plan is to drive it until it gives out, which I hope will be around 300,000 miles or more! :-D"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

AMAZING 2006 TSX

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Super fun to drive, but they don't exist anymore!!"

Cons: "DNE anymore. Today's Sedan is US made!"

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

"Owned a glacier blue TSX and just lost it Nov 5th in a frontal car wreck. It's trully 5 stars frontal accident safety. Got hit by someone head on; they were going 40mph and me 30mph. Amazing car!!! Will miss it forever, as they don't make TSX anymore. The new replacement is a mix of TSX and TL and made in the US. This car only needed oil change, tires and a battery replacement (from my kids leaving the lights on). For 9+ years, it served me amazingly, with luxury with enjoyment. RIP my glacier blue beauty!!! WILL BE MISSED!!!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Saturday, October 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Overall quality. Perfect size to drive and park!"

Cons: "Premium gas."

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

"I bought this new in 2006. It just turned nine years old and I can't think of a replacement. Even the new TSX and TLX don't feel as good to me as this one. Only one problem and this just a few weeks ago...gas pedal sensor replaced. About $500 repair, but this is the first repair other than one set of tires and one battery. The finish and interior are still like new, although I admit I'm a bit OCD about taking good care of things."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,500

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: "Fun to drive and just the right size."

Cons: "Premium gas"

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

"I bought this new in 2006 and have had no trouble with it as my friend who also bought one on my recommendation said the TSX is bullet-proof. I love this car."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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