Acura TSX Review
The 2014 Acura TSX ranks 3 out of 13 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura TSX, as well as reliability and safety data.
With its well-appointed interior and balanced handling, test drivers say the 2014 Acura TSX is an intelligent, fun-to-drive option among upscale small cars.
The base 2014 TSX comes with a four-cylinder engine that many reviewers think is lively and provides decent acceleration. A V6 engine is optional, and a few critics think that it outshines the four-cylinder, saying that it is more powerful and refined. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is optional. Some test drivers write that the manual transmission is particularly fun to use, with an easy-to-engage clutch and a slick shifter. A TSX with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers agree that the 2014 TSX deftly balances ride comfort and agile handling, thanks to a firm, yet forgiving, suspension, accurate steering and strong brakes.
Reviewers say the 2014 Acura TSX has an upscale interior design and high-quality interior materials. They agree that the front seats are roomy and supportive, but they think the rear seats could offer more legroom. The TSX’s trunk capacity is good for the class, but if you need even more cargo space, consider the Volkswagen GTI. Critics think the TSX has an overwhelming number of buttons on its dashboard, which can make the audio and climate controls difficult to figure out on first glance. The TSX comes standard with features such as heated leather seats, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input and a power moonroof. Optional features include a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, navigation and a rearview camera.
- "With a base price starting just over $31,000, Acura loads the TSX with a bounty of standard features and offers only a handful of options. The result is a well-equipped, nimble and fun-to-drive luxury sedan brimming with Acura quality and resale value." -- AutoTrader
- "If you want a premium sedan with a fine balance of sportiness and comfort, plus a reliability record as sterling as that of its Honda parent, you'll find much to like in Acura's TSX." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Acura TSX might not match its rear- or all-wheel-drive rivals in terms of cabin appointments, driving dynamics, or overall refinement. Its main strength is in its overall balance. It delivers a reasonably sporty experience with plenty of standard features at prices that are well below comparably equipped American and German competitors." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Though not quite as compelling as a couple other rivals, the 2013 Acura TSX is nonetheless a smart choice for an entry-level luxury sedan or wagon." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Automotive journalists say the Buick Verano offers a smooth, quiet ride and an upscale cabin. It also costs significantly less than the TSX, has more trunk space, and is available with optional features that the TSX lacks, such as blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
The BMW 3-Series costs a bit more than the TSX, but critics say it has phenomenal handling and a spacious cabin. Additionally, the base BMW 320i gets significantly better fuel economy than the four-cylinder TSX.
Details: 2014 Acura TSX
The 2014 Acura TSX is a five-seat, front-wheel drive sedan, which is available in five configurations, ranging from the base TSX with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission to the top-of-the-line TSX V6 with the Technology Package, which features a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Acura TSX Sport Wagon is reviewed separately. The Acura TSX has not been fully redesigned since 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.