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Original MSRP: $29,160 - $32,260
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Acura TSX Review

Review Last Updated: 7/18/12

The 2009 Acura TSX has a well-equipped, high-quality interior and top safety score. However, it has a poor reliability rating, and some test drivers thought rivals offered better performance.

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When it was new, reviewers liked the 2009 Acura TSX for its nimble handling and long list of standard features. Like many 2009 small cars, some reviewers thought that the back seat was a bit cramped, but most reviewers still considered the TSX’s cabin a high point. The trunk offers a class-competitive amount of space and the base model comes with more features than most small cars have. The base TSX has dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a moonroof and a seven-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. The available Technology Package adds things like navigation, a rearview camera, a stereo upgrade and GPS-linked, dual-zone automatic climate control.

Despite its feature-packed interior and nimble handling, a number of test drivers wanted more power from the TSX’s 2.4-liter four cylinder engine. Several said that other upscale small cars had better acceleration and felt sportier than the TSX. The TSX’s fuel economy ratings, however, are good compared with rival used cars like the 2009 Volvo S40 and 2009 Saab 9-3. The TSX also has an unbeatable safety score, though it has a poor reliability rating, which unfortunately, is not uncommon in this class.

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers said that if you’re looking for a spacious car with refined performance, the 2009 Volkswagen GTI will not let you down. The GTI also gets good gas mileage for a sporty car, though it trails the TSX in terms of safety. Inside, the GTI impressed reviewers with its well-made cabin and comfortable seats.

Like the TSX, the 2009 Volvo S40 also has a lot of standard features, including a moonroof, Bluetooth and satellite radio, but it’s also available with a more powerful engine. The S40 T5 R-Design has a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that’s more powerful than the TSX’s engine, and it’s available with all-wheel drive. While the TSX earns a higher safety score than the S40, the Volvo offers the best reliability score in the class.

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