The Acura TSX is a compact executive car manufactured by Acura. Introduced in April 2003 as a 2004 model, it was sold only in the United States and Canada, but since the 2009 model year it has also been available in Mexico. It is also sold in Guam and Puerto Rico. It is sold in North America under the Acura luxury marque, where it filled the gap as Acura’s 4-door, entry-level sedan when the Acura Integra sedan was discontinued in 2001. The Acura TSX would also eventually replace the Acura RSX in the US. From 2008 until 2013, the Acura TSX was the smallest vehicle in the Acura model line, other than the Civic-based CSX sold only in Canada. In 2013, the smaller as Acura ILX was introduced in both the United States and Canada, based upon the Civic platform. All TSX are built in Sayama, Saitama, Japan.
The Acur TSX is badge engineered from the CL-series Accord sold in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The Acura TSX initially had a restyled interior and different suspension tuning than the European Accord when it was introduced. However, since 2008, the interior is now standardized for all three markets. In Australia & New Zealand, the CL-series is sold as the Accord Euro in the smaller mid-size bracket, where the American-market Accord is sold in the large car category.
In North America, the TSX is sold alongside the mid-size luxury Acura TL, which is based on the American-market Accord. The Accord Euro was launched in China at the end of 2009, where it is built by Dongfeng Honda, and is called the Honda Spirior. Honda announced plans to discontinue the TSX and the larger TL during 2014 with the introduction of the TLX, which replaces both vehicles.
Acura TSX Engine
The Acura TSX uses a base engine similar to that of the previous TSX. The engine is a 2.4-litre in-line 4-cylinder engine reaching 201 hp (150 kW) and 172 lb·ft (233 N·m) torque. While the rated power of the Acura TSX engine is 4 hp (3.0 kW) lower than that of the 2008 model, Acura says the new engine distributes power across a much wider rpm range, which along with the increased torque, provides an increased feeling of power for the driver. The transmission choices remain 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual, though the automatic version now comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters for optional manual shifting.
The Acura TSX was slated to receive a high-performance 2.2-litre i-DTEC clean turbodiesel engine in the 2010 model year; however, it was later announced that Honda had abandoned its plans to bring diesel engines to the U.S. and Japan in favor of hybrid gasoline-electric powertrains. Instead, a 280 hp 3.5-litre V6 became available in the 2010 Acura TSX. The Acura TSX V6 is only available with the 5-speed automatic transmission. The Acura TSX has a narrow price elasticity, as the base model four-cylinder Acura TSX is considered a good deal for a luxury car. However, higher trims compete directly with more expensive sport luxury cars such as the Audi A4 and Infiniti G and Acura’s own Acura TL.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2011 TSX Sport Wagon is a version of Honda Accord Tourer, with 60.5 cu-ft of rear cargo area, rear seats with 60/40 fold-down design. The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 New York Auto Show. The Acura TSX Sportwagon is powered by the same 201-horsepower Honda K engine 2.4L DOHC inline four-cylinder engine and suspended on the same four-wheel independent sports suspension as the sedan. US model of 2011 TSX Sport Wagon went on sale in 2010-12-21 with a base price of $30,960 USD ($34,610 USD with Technology Package). Early models include 2.4L I-4 engine, Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. Acura Canada has decided not to sell the TSX Sport Wagon until an unspecified later date, citing market conditions as the reason for the delay.
Acura TSX Special Edition
2012 Acura TSX Special Edition is a version of the TSX commemorating 25th anniversary of Acura, with 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, a more aggressive front spoiler, rear bumper fascia and side sills, 17×7.5-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with a dark grey finish, a “Special Edition” badge on the trunklid, perforated black Lux Suede inserts and red backing upholstery, unique red stitching and red-lighting throughout the interior, aluminum pedal covers, a black headliner material replaces the standard grey headliner used on other TSX models. Technology package includes ELS audio system and hard-drive based navigation system.
Changes to 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon include a compact tire repair kit that allows for a significantly larger underfloor storage area. Acura TSX Special Edition was unveiled in 2011 Orange County International Auto Show.
Acura TSX Racing
Realtime Racing prepares a factory Acura TSX to compete in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GTS class. The Acura TSX factory is refashioned to be stiffer and lighter, and includes motor work with raised compression, and a custom built sequential transmission. Acura won the Manufacturer’s Championship for the Touring class in 2005 with the RTR TSX, as well as the Driver’s Championship for Peter Cunningham. Acura returned in 2006 and won the Manufacturers’ Championship of the Speed World Challenge Touring Car class for the second year in a row, running both RSXs and TSXs. Acura TSX drivers finished in 3rd and 4th in the Drivers’ Championship. More success followed as Pierre Kleinubing won the Championship in 2007, and Peter Cunninghm took it in 2008. Driving for RTR in 2009 is Peter Cunningham, Pierre Kleinubing, Toby Grahovic, Kuno Wittmer, and Jeff Courtney.