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2014 Acura TSX

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2014 Acura TSX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

The Acura TSX is an appealing luxury sedan that doesn't carry a luxury price tag. Straddling the line between a compact and midsize car, the 2014 TSX faces stiff competition in the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS, Audi A4, Infiniti Q50 and Cadillac ATS. Unlike those rivals, the Acura is front-wheel drive only and thus may not appeal to enthusiast drivers, but the TSX slots in at a lower price than them all. The TSX boasts dynamic driving manners, and with the optional V6 dishes up considerable muscle. For those desiring extra space, the TSX is available as a sleek station wagon that proves the words "sleek" and "station wagon" can indeed be friends. Also not to be overlooked is Acura's reputation for reliability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a premium sedan with a fine balance of sportiness and comfort, plus a reliability record as sterling as that of its Honda parent, you'll find much to like in Acura's TSX. Buyers requiring extra space can get that and plenty of style in the TSX Sport Wagon.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although it compares as well or better than its competitors on paper, Acura may not have the badge appeal of some rivals. If you live where it snows and need the added traction of all-wheel drive, look to one the TSX's competitors.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 8.0
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How It Ranks

#9

out of 20

Fuel Economy

#16

out of 21

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Consumer Rating

9.3 out of 10
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2014 Acura TSX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The Acura TSX sedan and TSX Sport Wagon carry over unchanged for 2014.

Driving the TSX
2014 Acura TSX Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Acura TSX hits the sweet spot between dynamic handling that makes you want to attack a twisty road and the comfort we all crave for the commute home...

after a long workday. The TSX doesn't offer the rear-wheel drive so often equated with sports sedans, but it is available with a precise 6-speed manual transmission for drivers desiring more engagement. The standard 5-speed automatic is inevitably less involving but does have paddle shifters and a Sport mode that can quicken your pulse. The TSX's suspension is balanced enough to tackle corners with glee yet still soak up road imperfections with minimal drama. Of our few gripes is Acura's electromechanical power steering that just doesn't have the feel or feedback of its German competitors. With 280 horsepower, the V6 model is noticeably quicker than the 4-cylinder version thanks to its 79 extra horses, but oddly feels less involving.
Favorite Features

STANDARD LEATHER SEATING
Once a separator between a premium and non-premium car, today some luxury brands are making you pay extra for genuine hide, offering instead faux alternatives. In the TSX, Acura doesn't. Even more relevant, the Acura TSX's front seats are among the most comfortable in this segment.

TSX SPORT WAGON
We realize some people think station wagons are about as hip as fanny packs, but the TSX Sport Wagon can change your mind. Elegant on the outside, roomy within and nearly as spry as its sedan counterpart, the TSX Sport Wagon is a tempting and more fuel-efficient alternative to a crossover SUV.

2014 Acura TSX Details
2014 Acura TSX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The TSX's cabin is comfortable and sophisticated. Comfort comes from its standard leather seating, body-hugging seats and excellent driving position. Sophistication is established thanks to its sweeping curves and bounty of buttons. Regarding the latter, the TSX goes a bit overboard on the buttons, which are sprinkled liberally across the steering wheel and dash like an over-salted soup. Rear legroom is good, as is trunk capacity at 14 cubic feet. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to create more room in both the sedan and wagon, the latter more than doubling its cargo room to 66.2 cubic feet thanks to a near-flat floor.

Exterior
2014 Acura TSX photo

The 2014 TSX sedan has a clean and sleek body highlighted by angles and a rising crease on each side. The TSX's front fascia is a tamer affair than its larger TL sibling, and the snubbed rear flows nicely right down to the standard dual exhaust outlets. Here we must also again sing praises of the oft-overlooked Sport Wagon, which is one of the best-looking station wagons on the road. In either sedan or wagon form, the TSX presents a tidy package that speaks to young professionals. It's the kind of car that says, "I'm smart, responsible, but still know how to have fun."

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Acura TSX has a long list of standard features, many of which cost hundreds or thousands extra on its competitors. Among them are leather seating, moonroof, HomeLink transponder and xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. Even the standard audio system is robust with 360 watts of power, seven speakers (including a subwoofer), and USB/auxiliary inputs in addition to AM/FM/CD/satellite radio. Special-edition models spice things up with red-accented instrument panel and suede seating, and classy aluminum pedals. Those with the Technology Package gain an 8-inch screen that relays navigation, traffic and weather, a rearview camera and 10-speaker audio system with hard-disk drive (HDD) to store music.

Optional Equipment

Unlike many of its competitors that offer a plethora of add-ons – and that can jack up a model's price by thousands – the TSX confines most of its options to trim levels, of which the Technology Package ladles on the most. In addition to those mentioned above, it also includes a nifty GPS-linked climate-control system and Song By Voice feature, which lets you request a song by – you got it – saying it. In the 2014 TSX Sport Wagon, the package also includes a power tailgate. V6 models include 18-inch alloy wheels and Active Sound Control to tame interior noise.

Under the Hood
2014 Acura TSX Engine photo

Two engines are available in the 2014 Acura TSX: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that powers most models and is the only option for the Sport Wagon, or a more potent 3.5-liter V6 that's exclusive to the sedan. Most buyers will opt for the slick-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission, but it's worth noting that Acura offers a 6-speed manual for 4-cylinder versions of the sedan. As with so many Honda and Acura products, the TSX's i-VTEC engine loves to rev and is at its best when pushed hard. The bigger 3.5-liter V6 has more power and a broader spread of torque, but the peppy 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is more than adequate for most drivers. Premium-grade fuel is recommended for both engines.

2.4-liter inline-4
201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
172 (manual), 170 (automatic) lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg (manual), 22/31 mpg (automatic), 22/30 mpg (automatic, Sport Wagon)

3.5-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Acura TSX sedan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,530, and the TSX Sport Wagon starts at $32,880. A top-line Acura TSX sedan with V6 will barely crest the $42,000 mark. In contrast, a BMW 320i Sedan begins at $33,675, and if you want a leather interior and an exterior paint color other than non-metallic white or black, you'll need to tack on a couple grand more. Likewise, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS begin at nearly $37,000, the Audi A4 at nearly $35,000, the Cadillac ATS at just under $34,000 and the Infiniti Q50 at over $37,000. Closer to the TSX's base price are the Volvo S60 and Infiniti G37 at just over $33,000. Slightly less is the Buick Regal at $30,615. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price for the best deal. The TSX's resale value is expected to be good, but still trail the Lexus IS and Cadillac ATS.

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2014 Acura TSX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 139 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Very good car

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I was plesantly suprise at the gas milage. When I first bought the car I thought the gauge wasn't working because it took so long to move off the F"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Incredible styling, quality interior, performance"

Cons: "Back Seats tight - good for kids"

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

Taking Delivery of My New Baby

"After 4 years of research, test drives, and comparisons of various luxury sedans in this class, I decided on leasing a 2014 Acura TSX Special Edition 5 speed. The styling was great, the interior roomy (not in the back, but the kids are still little and fit) and the driving dynamics are comparable to anything in it's class. After test driving other cars in this class, I saw no reason to pass this one up - backed by Honda's Ironclad reliability - this one is a keeper - will buy out before lease ends for sure! If you want a well built, well engineered, and reliable performer with standard features that cost thousands more with the competition- look no further - there is no prestige in overpaying for the overpriced, potentially unreliable competition from across the pond."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Taking Delivery of My New Baby

Still exceeds expectations after owning 6 months

By on Saturday, January 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Front seat comfort, performance, reliability"

Cons: "Small rear doors"

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

"I purchased a used TSX wagon as a second car for the wife, kids, and dog. The car quickly became the car of choice for the whole family (over the BMW). It combines Honda reliability with Acura cool. Front seat comfort is outstanding, performance of the 2.4 is solid, paddle shifters responsive, xenon lights are great, and the utility is perfect. The only negative is that the rear doors may be a little tight when the kids get older. I rent different cars several times per month. It is always a treat to come home to the Acura."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good enough.

By on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good value for features provided"

Cons: "Not enough rear seat room; needs more cargo space"

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

"My wagon is a good enough ride. It comes with plenty of standard features you would expect on a Premium brand vehicle (mine does not have the Technology Package). It drives nice with enough power (you're not going to win any drag races against any Camaro SS's or Mustang GT's)and engine and transmission work well together. The only thing I would change is expand the wheelbase to the rear seat passengers have more room; and, also at the same time increase the cargo area in the back."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Monday, January 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,025

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Super fun to drive, great tech, audio, nav system"

Cons: "Wish it had Tiptronic to go with paddle shifters"

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

"I'm a huge car fan and I have previously owned an Infiniti G35 and a BMW 328i. The 2010 V6 TSX blows them both away in almost every category. First of all, the V6 is powerful and easily outruns the 328 and at least keeps pace with the slightly higher HP G35 due to it being slightly lighter. But where the real value comes in is with that actual way this car is made. It's rock solid. Every part of it is well made with very high quality materials. Parts of the BMW and Infiniti were poorly made or fell apart easily. But the Acura is one of the best made cars I've had or seen. The styling is fantastic and it's sporty, but not overdone. Now to the really important part...the way it drives and handles. I will be honest...after coming from a BMW and Infiniti, I wasn't expecting to be blown away with it. But I was. From the moment I test drove this and drove it onto the highway, I was blown away. It has a slightly heavy (in a good way) but perfectly smooth feel to it and handles incredibly. The acceleration (on the V6 model) is flat out awesome...extremely smooth and extremely fast while maintaining extreme control. I was very surprised at how "attached" to the road you feel seeing as this is a slightly lighter car than I'm used to. The handling is truly impressive and acceleration, especially when using the Paddle Shifters, is quite incredible and will shoot you back in your seat if you put the pedal to the metal. I have the Navigation and Technology package and I couldn't be happier with that either. Everything can be controlled by your voice. And if you don't like using that feature, most things can be controlled by the steering wheel mounted controls, including the Bluetooth system. The Navigation system is nearly flawless. It's DVD based, so yes you do have to update the DVD (149 dollars) every few years (probably 3 times if you keep the car for a decade), but it's SO worth it. Takes virtually NO time to boot up and know where you are. You turn the car on, it loads for about 5 seconds while you are putting your seat belt on and getting ready and before you know it, it's ready, spot on with where you are, and never fails me. It's a very intuitive technology and navigation system and it also has lane assist and reads every thing to you while lowering the music automatically while it's speaking. The tech and nav package also comes with ELS Premium surround sound system. I'm a HUGE audio snob and this system absolutely blows both the Bose and Harmon Kardon systems I've had in previous cars out of the water. It has a built in sub in the back and then 9 other speakers that create one of the most impressive and luxurious sound experiences you've ever had. There is no way you won't be blown away with how incredibly awesome the ELS system is. Other random things I'm very happy with about this car is the quality of the leather, interior accenting, trunk space, HID lights, and memory seats. I can't tell you how much fun this car is. It's the best money I've ever spent and I plan on having this car until it won't drive anymore. And since it's basically a Honda, I know that will be a looooong time from now. It's literally the best car you can buy."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Value in Its Class

By on Saturday, January 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Wanted a sports sedan, the first fork in the road--safety; check. The next fork in the road--reliability; that left two cars: the Acura TSX and Lexus IS 250. (I should clarify that I understand that neither the TSX or IS 250 meet the true definition of a sports sedan). The IS 250 underwhelms in ride and handling though is an absolutely gorgeous car! The TSX is the practical alternative in this segment and is much better equipped than the IS 250 at substantially less money. It is quick, handles nicely, and has a good balance between ride and handling. Add high quality materials and fit and finish and this car is awesome! The 4CYL lacks the instant power you may want/need when passing on the highway (I am still getting used to the paddle shifters after having a 3.5 V6), but it is not objectionable. Back seat is small, but this isn't an issue for me as 95% of the time I am the sole driver and my kids are grown. My biggest complaint/dissapointment is that I understand the TSX is being replaced by the ILX--too bad."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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