One of the hottest luxury sedans on the road today is the Acura TSX. After its introduction, it sets sales month after month and wins over enthusiastic customers and automotive press with its blend of outstanding performance, wimble handling and sporty styling. The TSX offers class-leading technology and the latest standard safety features, which make it continue to distance itself from the competition.
In the Acura’s line-up of performance luxury sedans, the TSX sports sedan complements the sporty TL and the luxurious RL. Like other Acura products, the TSX is considered a stepping stone providing luxury sedan buyers with an entry point to the Acura brand.
The TSX driving character is sharply focused on the sporty end of the scale, to keep with its European competitors, such as Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. The sophisticated geometry of the multi-link rear suspension helps the TSX corner flat and resist acceleration lift and braking dive. The TSX is equipped with P215/50R17 Michelin MXM4 V-radiated tires, 4-wheel disc brakes and electronic driver aids including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control and ABS.
The 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine of the TSX produces 205 hp at 7,000 rpm and 164 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm. Either a 6-speed manual transmission (with a lightweight magnesium case) or a 5-speed SportShift automatic offer quick and precise gear changes.
An aggressive demeanor is enhanced by the TSX’s body retaining the superior aerodynamics. The sporty appearance of the TSX is given by a 5-sided Acura grille, more angular side markers and bumper-integrated fog lamps. The nine-spoke alloy wheels are highlighted by more substantial side sills. The short, high trunk lid terminates sharply to help air separate cleanly off the back of the car at top speeds. The aggressive look is also given by the rear bumper and taillights.
Comfort is provided by a dual-zone climate control system and a power moonroof with sliding shade. The standard 360-watt Premium Sound System, the 6-disc in-dash CD changer, the cruise control and the functions of the optional latest-generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition are controlled by the steering wheel-mounted switches. A HandsFree Link wireless phone interface, an auxiliary jack for digital music players and Acura’s Smart Maintenance System are also included in the TSX equipment.
To emphasize performance, the TSX’s rigid and aerodynamic body is styled. The wheels are pushed to the corners of the body by its 105.1-inch wheelbase to allow more interior space, white the rounded cabin serves as an efficient aerodynamic shape.
The TSX features, in front a sporty headlight treatment with thin, angular turn signals, and a low, powerful looking bumper, with integrated oval the signature Acura grille. Also, large air openings beneath the front bumper guid airflow to the radiator.
On the body sides, a crisp style line starts at the top of the front fender flare and gradually rises to the rear. A high level of structural strength and rollover protection are offered by thick C-pillars. Luxurious look, feel and operation are revealed by the chrome-plated door pulls. The precision engineering and attention to detail are given by the exceptionally narrow body gaps.
In the TSX’s back, the rear window slopes at a shallow angle to meet a short, high trunk lid, which ends sharply to help air separate off the back of the car at high speed, reduces turbulence and enhances stability and fuel economy. The taillights and the rear bumper have a non-aggressive appearance.
The TSX is a driver’s car. Its interior is a study in driving efficiency, being equipped with modern and concise instruments and all controls have a satisfying mechanical feel. This makes you feel at home and in complete control.
The fit and finish of the materials transcend the class, which makes the TSX more than just a hard-edged sports sedan. There is a tangible feeling of quality, starting from the supportive perforated leather seating, to the dual zone automatic climate control system and the 360-watt Acura premium sound system.
- Cockpit designed for performance driving
- Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
- Small-diameter, leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with tilt and telescope feature
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Supportive, performance-oriented front bucket seats
- 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support for superior comfort and 2-position memory
- 4-way power adjustable passenger seat
- Comprehensive luxury features, including automatic dual-zone climate control system, power windows, power door mirrors, and keyless entry system
- 8-speaker, 360-watt Acura Premium Sound System with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3
- Comprehensive safety features including side curtain airbags (see the Safety section for information on all TSX safety features)
- XM Satellite Radio
- HandsFreeLink(R) wireless phone connectivity
- Roomy interior with seating for five passengers
- Blue LED ambient lighting
- 60/40 locking split-folding rear seatback
- Homelink(R) remote control system
- Keyless entry system with window controls, panic button and entry callback chirp
- Digital media auxiliary jack
- The Multi-info display on instrument panel
- A high level of interior finish, including a "seamless" passenger airbag cover that blends into the instrument panel
- Available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
Powertrain and Performance
The 2007 TSX is powered by an advanced 2.4-liter DOCH i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder that produces 205 hp SAE net (Rev 8/04). The combination of the i-VTEC “intelligent” valve control system, which features Variable Timing Control (VTC) makes the TSX engine offer formidable power, impressive fuel economy and very low exhaust emissions.
The four-valve-per-cylinder and free-flow intake and exhaust systems of the all aluminum powerplant combine to provide 205 hp at 7000 rpm. A remarkable achievement considering this engine’s outstanding horsepower output are the strong 164 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm and the 22/30 City/Highway EPA mileage rating.
The TSX engine is also very clean, despite its power output. Strict Tier 2-Bin5 and Low Emission Vehicle-2 (LEV-2) standards are met in the rear-mounted exhaust layout, close-coupled catalyst and advanced Programmed Fuel Injections (PGM-FI).
The TSX is delivered with either a 5-speed SportShift automatic or a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. The manual gearbox features a lightweight magnesium alloy case and multi-cone synchronizers and give this transmission a light, quick action and very short shift throws.
At the driver’s option, the 5-speed SportShift automatic can function as a conventional automatic transmission or can be shifted manually for hands-on sporting fun. Combined with the drive-by-wire throttle system, the shift logic of the SportShift transmission results in quick, smoothly controlled shifts.
The innovative Maintenance Minder System of the TSX automatically monitors the vehicle’s unique operation condition to show the driver when maintenance is required. This system is designed to eliminate unnecessary maintenance procedures, which help reduce environmental impact and operating expenses, thus ensuring that major issues are addressed on time.
Safety and Security
Safety begins with the dynamic traits of the vehicle, i.e. how the vehicle can help its driver avoid an accident. For this, the TSX uses latest technologies to offer substantial improvements to overall safety. Such “active safety” or accident-avoidance capability include the standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, and anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Passive safety engineering provides occupant protection when an accident is unavoidable. In the TSX, the passive safety begins with the vehicle’s structural rigidity and extends to the front seatbelt pretensioners and load-limiter and to its airbag system. These include front SRS dual-stage/dual-threshold airbags, side airbags with position sensors on the passenger side, and side curtain airbags. The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) unit has sensors on the front passenger side, which allow it to illuminate and then flash the seatbelt reminder light if the passenger side seatbelt is not fastened.