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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 Performance

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While reviewers were never thrilled with the performance of the TSX's four-cylinder engine, they love the acceleration capabilities of the new V6. Unfortunately there are still issues with understeer and braking. The Acura TSX is a fun car to drive, but if responsive handling is more important to you than sheer power, you should check out the Volkswagen GTI.

  • "We could hardly ask for a better balance of fun and comfort from a sporty, front-wheel drive, entry-premium sedan. ... It encourages a quicker pace when the road begins to meander, and adequately absorbs surface irregularities and external roars when cruising." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In keeping with a potentially bothersome Honda and occasionally Acura tradition, there was noticeable road noise at highway speeds - especially over Southern Cali's grooved concrete freeways." -- Edmunds
  • "The electric power-steering is just a tad on the light side, and, despite the minor revisions to the brake system, the pedal became slightly mushy during a particularly spirited downhill canyon run." -- Road and Track

Acceleration and Power

The TSX's base four-cylinder engine makes 201 horsepower, which most reviewers say doesn't provide for a whole lot of oomph. The other option is a new 3.5-liter, V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower. Most of the automotive press is impressed with the V6's great acceleration, although some reviewers lament the fact that it is only available with an automatic transmission. 

The EPA gives the 2010 Acura TSX with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission a rating of 21/30 mpg city/highway which is good for the class, while the manual transmission clocks in at 20/28 mpg, which is average. Meanwhile, the new V6 engine gets a rating of 18/27 mpg which falls below that of most class competitors.

  • "The V-6 also makes more alluring sounds when driven with vigor, yet it's smoother and quieter around town." -- Road and Track
  • "Not only is the auto's manual mode responsive, smooth, and relatively quick, it also helps scoot the TSX down the dragstrip with alarming alacrity. Zero to 60? How about 5.9 seconds." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Acura TSX V6 is quite fun to drive hard." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The car is certainly quick -- around 6.5 seconds to 60 mph -- but you really have to wring the tachometer to get it moving. ... Fine for a Civic, OK for an Accord, but lacking in that gratifying quality of effortlessness that luxury cars have, even entry-luxury cars." -- Los Angeles Times

Braking and Handling

Most reviewers feel that the 2010 Acura TSX handles very well in tight twists and turns. That said, some reviewers still expect more immediate feedback than the car offers. Reviewers agree that understeer is still a concern. Some had a positive experience putting the car through the motions on twisty mountain roads, but others complained about the sluggishness of the car's brake pedal under certain conditions, or the constant correction needed for the power steering.

  • "Handling does not take a back seat to ride comfort in the TSX. This premium compact carves corners with grippy assurance and little body lean." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Kryptonite in the garage is an efficiency-enhancing electromechanical power steering (EPS) system that ranges from a shortcoming to a deal-breaker, depending on which KBB editor you ask. Most vehicles require subtle steering input when traveling straight down the highway; the 2010 Acura TSX requires constant, unnatural-feeling correction." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Taking 133 feet to stop from 60 mph, the TSX's braking performance was about 10-15 feet longer than we'd expect; its number is more befitting an SUV than a sport sedan." -- Edmunds
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