Of the three Japanese automakers (Toyota, Nissan, Honda) that have luxury brands, most would agree that Honda’s Acura line has slowly dropped behind the other two with regards to performance. Not to mention the German brands all three initially set in their sights. A sad state of things given that it wasn’t that long ago that Acura offered the only true sports car in the bunch. But don’t get us started on the demise of the NSX. Instead, start a slow clap for the 2010 TSX which has finally been given enough guts to at least be competitive in the small luxury sedan segment. Now, let’s talk about this whole front-wheel drive issue.
Many things can be excused around these parts, but with regards to sporting luxury cars, an absence of power is not one of them. This has finally set in for Honda/Acura with the 2010 TSX and its available V6.
Power for the new engine is a solid 280 horsepower engine, 254 foot-pounds of torque, and with a harmonious accompaniment of an appropriately revised suspension, and 18-inch high-performance tires and brakes to facilitate its newly found sporting intentions. Of course, we are still left to dream of the day a rear-wheel drive TSX is a reality. But baby steps folks. Base models in comparison come with a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. A five-speed automatic transmission with SportShift, which can be shifted manually without a clutch pedal, is the only transmission for the V-6. Not to be a downer, but it should be mentioned that with the V-6, the TSX is rated at 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway; a decrease from the 21/30-mpg rating of a four-cylinder TSX with automatic transmission.
Standard features on every TSX include seats trimmed in perforated leather, power-adjustable and heated front seats, power moonroof, Bluetooth phone interface, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, XM satellite radio with complimentary service period, and USB and auxiliary jack connectivity ports built into the center console.
Price of admission into a base TSX model has been elevated just $150 over last years versions, to $30,120. The starting retail price for a 2010 Acura TSX with 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is $35,660. Of course, in the luxury world at least, the Acura name does not loom as large as other options, but pricing of the new TSX is more the competitive.