Acura TSX Interior
Reviewers agree the interior of the 2007 Acura TSX is nice. Motor Week notes that the "TSX coddles its passengers in a typical Acura cabin. That means clean, comfortable, and well equipped."
New Car Test Drive says, "The Acura TSX interior feels graceful. Satin-finish or simulated wood trim wraps from door to door, across the center console and steering wheel." Edmunds notes "the 2007 Acura TSX offers an attractive, upscale interior that is very contemporary," and adds, "The gauges are brightly lit and easy to read, the leather seats are comfy and supportive." Many features that other makers offer as expensive options come standard on the five-seater.
The Auto Channel points out that Honda, Acura's parent company, "is very good at designing a lot of usable space into a small package and the TSX is a good example." As nicely outfitted as the TSX is, some reviewers felt that sitting in it was similar to sitting in an Accord. "With a handsome interior design that could teach even a lofty name such as Porsche a thing or two, the TSX feels like an Accord simply because of proportions in the base model. The seating position, the placement of the A-pillars, the rake of the windshield -- things like these make the TSX feel like an Accord, and they're things Acura couldn't get around without a redesign," says Forbes. "It's perfectly comfortable, but -- again -- it's a Honda Accord in a Sunday suit."
"Given the TSX's rather small size, it's surprising how comfortable the front seats are," says Autobytel. "In the rear seat, however, it's another story." Other reviewers make similar observations. About.com notes, "As a family sedan, it has all the qualities you're likely to demand, provided your rear seat passengers aren't long and leggy." Forbes says, "Most passengers are OK in the rear seat; a fifth person can occasionally squeeze in." Edmunds is less optimistic: "Although TSX claims to seat five read between the lines and know that a fifth passenger will suffer in the center seat." Autobytel says, "With shorter front-seat occupants, the 2006 Acura TSX can transport five adults in relative comfort -- but I still wouldn't want to be the fifth rider stuck in the middle of the back bench."
"The Acura TSX has a high level of standard equipment," writes Forbes. "That can improve a price comparison versus European competitors, which tend to charge extra for just about everything, including equipment luxury buyers have come to take for granted, like sunroofs." Standard features include many things that other carmakers package as add-ons, including XM Satellite Radio, a hands-free Bluetooth interface for cell phones, a six-disc in-dash CD player, and eight-speaker stereo system, power windows and locks, leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights, heated power leather seats, a power moonroof, and more.
Despite all of these features, Forbes finds, "Some of the latest high-tech gadget features, like adaptive headlamps, are missing."
A navigation system with voice recognition is the only factory option on the TSX. Edmunds calls it "simple to use, intuitive and recognized as one of the best in the industry." MSN explains that the navigation system has been updated from its original (2004) incarnation, which drew mixed reviews: "It's been enhanced with expanded memory and a faster processor to provide quicker start-up and route search times, more points of interest and additional features, including access to the Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide."
The navigation system has earned a good reputation. The Auto Channel says, "I don't tend to use these navigation systems much unless I'm in unfamiliar territory and as a low-tech kind of guy I'm not all that intrigued by them. Colleagues who know about these things say the Acura's navigation system is one of the best."
While Acura doesn't offer options packages with the TSX, plenty of individual features are available for customization. These include a music link for an iPod, a leather or silver steering wheel, and a moonroof visor.
Of the TSX's cargo space, MSN says, "While roomy, the trunk has a rather high opening. Split rear seatbacks flip forward and fold fairly flat to enlarge cargo space, although activating the seatback release calls for a long stretch into the trunk. Also, the pass-through cargo opening between the trunk and rear seat is only moderately large." Other reviewers agree.