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2014 Acura TSX

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2014 Acura TSX Review

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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.

What's New for 2014

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

Driving the TSX

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.

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
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

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

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2014 Acura TSX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 168 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Very reliable and great on gas

By on Saturday, January 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Gas mileage"

Cons: "Lack of power"

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

"Very economical car with great reliability. The exterior has aged well and I think it's a better looking car than the TL or ILX. The car came equipped with a lot of standard equipment that would cost thousands of dollars more verses the German brands. The gripes I have about this car is its power is not great and you really have to make it scream to get up to speed. The backseat room is very small and there's no backup camera. I would give this car a favorable rating because it's been a great car for me."

A Keeper

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Looks, fun driving, great features, reliable"

Cons: "Back Seats kind of tight"

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

"I am in the middle of my three year lease on this car, and I am faced with a really tough decision - do I trade in for a new TLX, or do I keep? This car has exceeded all of my expectations, and instead of getting bored with it and wanting the newest, I honestly love this car more and more with each passing day and am seriously considering buying it out after my lease ends! The look, the feel, the driving dynamics are phenomenal, and of course, being a Honda Product - no visits to the dealer or shop other than routine maintenance! I've been really disciplined with how many miles I drive on this car, in case I decide to trade-in, however, I don't see a trade-in my future - this is a keeper! What I love about it is the balance between new technology and old in one package. I enjoy the fact that my Acura still has a Manual E-Brake! And of course the reliability of Honda/Acura's 2.4L V-TEC engine is my favorite part of this car - 200HP, without a turbo charger and a tried and true engine that will last for many 1000's of miles without any issues. If you need a good entry level luxury car at a reasonable price without the "gremlins" that plague the competition from across the pond - look no further - the TSX is the car to own! Too bad you may not be seeing my car on the used car lot for sale!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever driven.

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very reliable car and lots of fun to drive!"

Cons: "Dont have any cons for this car."

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

"This car has excellent acceleration,and the steering,brakes,and tires give you a true sports sedan driving experience. Even with its incredible tork and acceleration, I still managed about 25+MPG in the city, and 30-34 MPG highway. When you combine all of this with the premium sound system and bluetooth,its a really sweet ride. Just last week, I had the car completely serviced. My service tech heard a small noise when he went to start it, and he determined that it would probably need the timing belt replaced in the next 6 months. I didn't feel right selling this car in that condition, so I paid the $700 to get the work done now. That should give someone a peace of mind for at least the next 100K miles!"

9 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Will never buy anything but Acura in the future.

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage, ride quality, comfort, accessories."

Cons: "Bump into exterior and you will leave a nice dent."

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

"I find myself volunteering to drive whenever friends or family want to take a road trip. This car is amazing. On a trip from Greensboro to Atlanta I averaged 42mpg thanks to the Bridgestone Ecopia tires that are standard on this car. The interior is quiet and the sound system is nice. The back seat is a little tight but who cares.........I never ride back there. If purchasing this vehicle make sure you pay a little more to get the technology package. It is worth every dime."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Space, style and bulletproof reliability

By on Friday, October 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,372

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, cargo space, value for features,"

Cons: "missing latest tech (collision and blind spot)"

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

"The TSX Sportwagon is my 4th Acura and I expect it to last as long as my first (22 years and 230,000 miles). It may not have the most up to date technology (collision avoidance, blind spot warning, text message reading, etc.) but, for the value, it has everything I need. There is plenty of space to fit four passengers comfortably, five in a pinch. The cargo area can easily swallow a variety of items; I even fit a 12 foot tree with all the seats down from rear to dash. Some may not like the "beak" on the front but it is distinctive enough without being too flashy. Fuel economy so far (4300 miles) has averaged 23.46 with 80% city / 20% highway driving with a high of 27.6 and low of 21.35. It is great for long trips, my longest between fillups has been 480 miles with a gallon or two left in the tank. It is very solid and stable on the highway with a little more road noise than expected but that is what the amazing stereo is for. I am disappointed that this is the last model year for the TSX but will enjoy my Sportwagon for many years to come!"

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Perfect and sporty!

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

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: "Great around town"

Cons: "Some work on long drives"

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

"Great car around town with excellent performance and mileage. Easy to handle and comfortable interior."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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