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in 2010 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,827 - $19,120
Original MSRP: $29,310 - $37,950
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2010 Acura TSX Interior

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The interior of the 2010 Acura TSX is a favorite among reviewers because it is overflowing with standard features and high-quality materials. Test drivers particularly like the supportive and comfortable front-row seats and the 10-speaker ELS Surround Sound System. 

  • "Although it's generally attractive, the TSX's interior doesn't seem distinguished or upscale enough to warrant the premium badging. The faux titanium accents around the dash and console struck us as a bit hokey and downmarket -- substituting a smattering of real aluminum trim would go a long way here. Overall build and materials quality, however, are excellent." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the cabin is comfortable and inviting, with leather all around." -- AutoWeek
  • "The comfortable, spacious, and exceedingly well-equipped interior is one of the TSX's stronger suits," -- Car and Driver

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Front Seats

Car reviewers love the front seats in the TSX which offer excellent width, support and bolstering. 

  • "Legroom is good, but headroom for taller occupants gets tight beneath the sunroof housing. The seats are nicely bolstered if a bit too firm for ideal comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Immediately noticeable are the very supportive front seats, whose full and high-reaching side bolsters conjure up visions of the NSX's buckets." -- Road and Track 
  • "The front seats, for one thing, are superbly shaped for maximum comfort." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The seats remain wide and comfy. Strikingly, compared to the skinny seatbacks becoming au courant among smaller luxury cars, the side of the seat is thicker than a brick wall." -- Autoblog

Rear Seats

Reviewers have mixed feelings about the TSX's second row. While some consider it sufficiently comfortable, even for those on the taller side. Others complain about being cramped. Regardless, it would probably be wise to reserve the back seat for shorter people or small children. Cramped rear quarters are common for the class.

  • "It's small like a 3-Series' backseat, with limited legroom -- my knees were pressed up against the back of the front seat -- and I only had about an inch of headroom to spare. I am 6-foot-1, though, so small children should find it just fine." -- Cars.com
  • "Somewhat disappointing. 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
  • "The rear seat's generous thigh support, relaxing seatback angle and wide pull-down center armrest give comfort to those in back." -- Edmunds
  • "The second row sufficiently passes the six-footer test." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

While some autos reviewers say the TSX's instrument panel is too busy, there is a general consensus that once you learn to use the system, it is fairly straightforward. Everyone seems to agree that the car is well-equipped with high-quality materials and features. Standard features include a multi-information display located in the speedometer which includes an odometer, ambient temperature, oil-life percentage, and several possible alerts, among other things. A seven-speaker audio system, USB port and Bluetooth are also standard.

  • "Despite being loaded with a nav system, high-end ELS sound system (which delivers superb sound via its tight, thumping bass, crisp highs and realistic separation) and most every other automotive luxury and convenience, the TSX's controls are as intuitive as those of its popular Honda Accord cousin." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "The dash feels awash in buttons. The steering wheel has 11 buttons on it, seven of them multi-function. The center stack is a button convention with two multi-function knobs as special guests. We're sure it wouldn't take much to adapt and find our go-to buttons, but the initial cockpit survey leads us to think Airbus, not Acura." -- Autoblog

Stereo

The TSX's Technology Package, which includes an ELS Surround Sound System with 10 speakers, has left many reviewers in awe. Other components of the package include dual-climate control, a navigation system and rearview camera, but above all, reviewers are most excited about the audio system's crisp surround sound. 

  • "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

Cargo

Although the trunk of the 2010 Acura TSX is slightly smaller than what is typical for the class, reviewers still say there's adequate cargo space.  If cargo space is really important to you, the Audi A3 is worth a look. With 19.5 cubic feet of trunk space, it's a class leader. 

  • "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
  • "Though its 12.6-cubic-feet capacity (about 3 or 4 cubes smaller than that of a typical midsize family car) may seem on the small side, the trunk has a wide opening and a deep, boxy shape. It was capacious enough to swallow three golf bags dropped in crosswise." -- Edmunds  
  • "Wide trunk opening helps with loading large or awkward objects." -- Cars.com

 

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