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in 2009 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,454 - $14,759
Original MSRP: $29,160 - $32,260
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Acura TSX Interior

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Despite its tight rear dimensions, the redesigned TSX's interior is considered a high point. Reviewers especially note the long list of standard equipment, the excellence of the optional ELS audio system, and the comfort of the front cabin.

  • "As a home-to-office car, the new TSX is quite satisfying. You simply won't find another sedan that packs so many high-tech interior features for the $32,775 it costs to get into a 2009 Acura TSX with the Technology Package." -- Edmunds
  • "The TSX eschews traditional luxury cues for a more technological type of richness, although wood-look trim is available. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the second row sufficiently passes the six-footer test." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Liking the new Acura TSX interior is easy. It's comfortable without being plush, sporty without being sparse. Communication between driver and car is, for the most part, open and easy and unabridged." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Despite an increase in cabin width of about 2 inches, the interior feel is still cozy overall." -- Consumer Guide

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Front Seats

According to consensus, the 2009 TSX's extended cabin has enhanced the comfort of the car's perforated heated leather seating.

  • "Front seat passengers are now about 1-in. farther apart, so there'll be less elbow-bumping, but the interior doesn't seem much roomier, because the lower dash and door panels appear to wrap a little more tightly around your knees and lower body." -- Road and Track
  • "The front seats are supportive, with enough side bolstering for reasonably rambunctious motoring on twisty roads. The bottom cushion could be deeper, but this is a common shortcoming in today's cars." -- New Car Test Drive

Rear Seats

Praise for the rear seats is almost as hard to find as passenger room. Most auto writers say the backseat is cozy, but not in a good way.

  • "The TSX is a full eight inches shorter than the latest American-market Accord, and that loss is duly noted in the tight rear seat legroom and cramped trunk." -- The New York Times
  • "The rear seat is more like a bench than twin buckets, and space for the lower extremities is snug." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Legroom is cramped even if the front seats are not set far back. … As in front, taller passengers will find head clearance lacking. Foot space is tight unless the front seats are raised high." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Most reviewers are pleased with the lengthy list of features offered in the 2009 Acura TSX, but there are a handful of complaints about too much clutter on the instrument panel and too much plastic throughout.

  • "Is it well equipped? Like a Chippendales show." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Even without the optional features-laden Technology package…the TSX is loaded with features such as leather trim, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration, and fantastically snug sport seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "The center stack is dominated by the same array of knobs and buttons found in the MDX and the RDX for the climate control, entertainment and navigation options. That means more than 25 knobs or buttons, a dizzying array at first glance." -- AutoWeek

ELS Surround Sound System

The 2009 TSX's Technology Package includes a navigation system with real-time traffic, but its most notable feature is a well-liked ELS Surround Sound System with 10-speakers.

  • "The base sound system is good, but the comprehensive premium sound system included in the Technology Package is downright amazing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "ELS founder Elliot Scheiner, a multi-Grammy-award-winning producer, has said that this application in the TSX is the best yet, and our ears couldn't agree more." -- AutoWeek
  • "With the push of a button, the note function captures 10 seconds of up to 30 songs and saves the text indicating song title, artist name, and XM channel. Sure beats scribbling song titles down when you're hustling along at 80 mph." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

There's obvious disappointment that the TSX's 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space hasn't increased. However, auto experts are reasonably pleased with the sedan's interior stowage.

  • "The trunk space hasn't grown." -- Car and Driver
  • "A wide aperture and low deck are thoughtful, but the trunk narrows quite a bit between the rear tires, limiting its usefulness for hauling bulky items. Oddly, TSX's trunk has traditional lid hinges rather than compact strut-type ones. They steal little cargo space, though. Storage pockets in all four doors help compensate for the somewhat small glovebox and center console bins." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Storage is more than adequate. Every door has a molded-in space for a water bottle, the front doors room for the proverbial map, although given a navigation system is standard, think guidebook or CDs." -- New Car Test Drive