Acura TSX Review
The 2013 Acura TSX ranks 3 out of 12 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura TSX, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Acura TSX has excellent safety and reliability scores, and a well-made interior.
The Acura TSX is powered by a four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is optional. Auto reviewers say both transmissions shift smoothly. There’s an optional V6 engine that critics prefer because it’s powerful, yet refined and quiet in city environments. The V6 engine only comes with the automatic transmission. With the automatic transmission, the base TSX averages 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Overall, test drivers like the TSX’s firm handling and strong brakes, but they say competitors offer sportier performance. Some test drivers are disappointed with the TSX’s bumpy ride. Though reviewers find faults in the TSX's performance, it should suffice for shoppers in the market for a family or commuter car.
The 2013 TSX’s cabin is high-quality, according to reviewers. It also comes with a lot of standard features, including a moonroof, USB port and Bluetooth. A navigation system and stereo upgrade are available. Auto writers say sound quality from the optional stereo is great, but think these optional systems come with far too many buttons on the steering wheel and center stack. The TSX’s second-row seats are cramped for adults, but the front seats are comfortable, and their positions provide great all-around visibility, according to reviewers. The TSX’s trunk is also one of the roomiest in the class.
- "Often overlooked, the TSX has classy styling and appointments that reflect the high levels of comfort, refinement and convenience we have come to expect from the Acura brand." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Though not quite as compelling as a couple other rivals, the … Acura TSX is nonetheless a smart choice for an entry-level luxury sedan or wagon." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The Acura TSX might not match its rear- or all-wheel-drive rivals in terms of cabin appointments, driving dynamics, or overall refinement. Its main strength is in its overall balance. It delivers a reasonably sporty experience with plenty of standard features at prices that are well below comparably equipped American and German competitors." -- Consumer Guide
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A3 receives one of the highest performance scores in the class for its powerful turbocharged engine and responsive transmissions. It also has an available diesel engine, which is the only one available in the class, and yields fuel economy ratings that are higher than the TSX’s.
If you want an upscale small car with a quiet, composed ride and a lot of standard features, check out the Buick Verano. Its list of interior features is comparable to the TSX’s. This year, the Verano gains an optional turbocharged engine that’s stronger than the base engine in the TSX. The turbocharged engine also comes with a smooth manual transmission reviewers like.
Details: 2013 Acura TSX
The 2013 Acura TSX is available as a sedan and Sport Wagon, which is reviewed separately. The TSX sedan comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and a V6 is optional. The base engine has a standard automatic transmission and an optional manual transmission, while the V6 only comes with the automatic. The base engine can come with special edition and technology packages, and the V6 is only available with the technology package. The TSX was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 to 2013.