Acura TSX

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Acura TSX
2010 Acura TSX -- 03-15-2010.jpg
2010 Acura TSX
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Honda Accord Euro
Honda Accord Tourer
Honda Accord Saloon
Dongfeng Honda SPIRIOR
Production 2003-2014
Model years 2004-2014
Assembly Sayama, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Mid Level Car/
Compact executive car
Layout FF layout
Related Honda Accord (JDM)
Chronology
Predecessor Acura Integra (sedan, US only)
Successor Acura TLX

The Acura TSX is an entry-level luxury car manufactured by Acura. Introduced in April 2003 as a 2004 model,[1] it was sold only in the United States and Canada, but since the 2009 model year it has also been available in Mexico. It is also sold in Guam and Puerto Rico. It is sold in North America under the Acura luxury marque, where it filled the gap as Acura's 4-door, entry-level sedan when the Integra sedan was discontinued in 2001 (1996 in Canada since the EL was the Integra sedan's replacement there). The TSX would also eventually replace the Acura RSX in the US (which in turn succeeded the Acura Integra coupe). From 2008 until 2013, the TSX was the smallest vehicle in the Acura model line, other than the Civic-based CSX (and the preceding 1.6/1.7EL) sold only in Canada. In 2013, the smaller ILX was introduced in both the United States and Canada, based upon the Civic platform (replacing the CSX in Canada). All TSXs are built in Sayama, Saitama, Japan.

The TSX is badge engineered from the CL-series Accord (also known as the European Accord or JDM Accord) sold in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.[2] The TSX initially had a restyled interior and different suspension tuning than the European Accord when it was introduced. However, since 2008, the interior is now standardized for all three markets. In Australia & New Zealand, the CL-series is sold as the Accord Euro in the smaller mid-size bracket, where the American-market Accord is sold in the large car category. In North America, the TSX is sold alongside the mid-size luxury Acura TL, which is based on the American-market Accord. The Accord Euro was launched in China at the end of 2009, where it is built by Dongfeng Honda, and is called the Honda Spirior.

Honda announced plans to discontinue the TSX during 2014 with the introduction of the TLX.[3]

First generation (2004–2008)[edit]

First-generation (CL9)
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2004-2005 Acura TSX
Overview
Production 2003-2008
Model years 2004–2008
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Powertrain
Engine K24A2 205[4] hp (153 kW) @ 7000 rpm and 164 lb·ft (222 N·m) @ 4500 rpm I4
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105.1 in (2,670 mm)
Length 183.3 in (4,656 mm)
Width 69.4 in (1,763 mm)
Height 57.3 in (1,455 mm)
Curb weight 3,318 lb (1,505 kg)

Overview[edit]

Named as Touring Sportscar eXperimental, the Acura TSX was introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show as a production model. The 2004 model year TSX's powertrain consisted of a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission (which featured a special casing, to reduce weight), and a front wheel drive layout.[5] A five-speed automatic transmission was a no-cost option in the U.S. based on MSRP;[6] however, such was not the case in Canada.

2006-2008 Acura TSX

2005 was the second year of the TSX and Acura updated it with XM Satellite Radio,a four-way power passenger seat and illuminated the steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.[7] In 2006, the TSX was updated with slight tweaks to the engine (adding 5 hp); a sportier exterior styling featuring a slightly new front and rear treatment, standard side skirts, and standard, integral fog lights; and restyled wheels.[8] Interior tech features were added, including a Multi-information Display (MID) in the instrument panel, and luxury features such as a two-position memory for the driver's seat adjustments, auxiliary MP3 player input and Bluetooth-compatible HandsFreeLink (for cellular phones).[9] In 2007, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and an improved electronic rear view mirror were added, and the 2008 model year brought a new color option.

In testing conducted by the United States based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Acura TSX received an overall rating of "Good" for frontal offset testing,[10] an overall rating of "Poor" rear crash protection,[11] and an overall rating of "Acceptable" for side impact testing.[12]

Engine[edit]

The K24A2 engine used in the TSX was related to the engine in the Honda Accord (7th generation), the Honda CR-V, the Honda Element. The K24A2 featured intelligent variable valve timing (i-VTEC) and produced 200 horsepower (150 kW) in this iteration. Another feature of the i-VTEC system on the TSX and RSX-s was that, unlike other Honda K-series motors, variable timing was used on both the intake and exhaust cams in its three rocker design.

For the 2006 model year, the K24A2 was updated to produce 205 hp (153 kW). The diameter of the throttle body and intake valves were slightly increased, along with the cam duration and valve lift.

Second generation (2009-2014)[edit]

Second-generation (CU2)
2009 Acura TSX -- NHTSA.jpg
Overview
Production 2008-2014
Model years 2009-2014
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L K24Z3 201 hp (150 kW) and 172 lb·ft (233 N·m) I4
3.5 L J35Z6 280 hp V6 (2010-)
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 106.5 in (2,705 mm)
Length Sedan: 185.6 in (4,714 mm)
Wagon : 189.4 in (4,811 mm)
Width 72.4 in (1,839 mm)
Height Sedan: 56.7 in (1,440 mm)
Wagon: 57.9 in (1,471 mm)
Curb weight

3,470 lb (1,574 kg) AT

3,400 lb (1,542 kg) MT

Overview[edit]

2011 Acura TSX sedan

The redesigned 2009 MY Acura TSX made its debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 20, 2008 before going on sale on April 24.[13] In terms of size, the TSX is larger than its predecessor with 3.0-inch (76 mm) greater width, a 2.6-inch (66 mm) wider track and a 1.3-inch (33 mm) longer wheelbase, and the length grew by 2.4 inches (61 mm). Curb weight increased by approximately 100 to 150 pounds (45 to 68 kg).[14]

Making its debut on the new TSX is Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which is designed to reduce accident impact on occupants. In the United States, the TSX comes standard with luxury features like leather seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power driver's seat with memory, sunroof, Xenon headlights, and adds a USB port music interface;[15] in Canada this configuration is known as the "Premium Package" as there is a base trim available with the four-cylinder TSX that has cloth seats and halogen headlights, and without the USB connector, memory seat function, and fog lamps. The TSX has an optional technology package, which includes a navigation system real-time traffic and weather, and a 10-speaker premium sound system with DVD-audio capabilities.

Acura also added a "Sport Wagon" version of the TSX in Fall 2010 as a 2011 model[16] The wagon is available with the I4 engine and 5-speed automatic.[17]

The 2010 model year TSX added an optional 3.5L 280 hp V6 engine, shared with the Acura TL.[18] It comes standard with the five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and 18-inch alloy wheels, and is available in either Premium or Technology trims.[19]

For the 2011 model year, the TSX received a facelifted grille with horizontal slots.

For the 2012 model year, Acura introduced an all new Special Edition model. The exterior features a more aggressive front spoiler giving it a sporty look, reminiscent of their old sports coupe, the RSX. Other cosmetic upgrades include a rear bumper fascia, side sills, and a fancy "Special Edition" badge on the trunklid. In the cabin, Acura made sport-minded appointments including suede seat inserts with red backing. There is red stitching abound—on the shift knob, seats, and steering wheel—that compliment nicely with the red ambient lighting featured on the gauge cluster, overhead lighting, and footwell lighting. The pedals have also been upgraded to aluminum.

Engine[edit]

The new TSX uses a base engine similar to that of the previous TSX. The engine is a 2.4-litre in-line 4-cylinder engine reaching 201 hp (150 kW) and 172 lb·ft (233 N·m) torque.[20] While the rated power of the new TSX engine is 4 hp (3.0 kW) lower than that of the 2008 model, Acura says the new engine distributes power across a much wider rpm range, which along with the increased torque, provides an increased feeling of power for the driver. The transmission choices remain 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual, though the automatic version now comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters for optional manual shifting.

The TSX was slated to receive a high-performance 2.2-litre i-DTEC clean turbodiesel engine in the 2010 model year; however, it was later announced that Honda had abandoned its plans to bring diesel engines to the U.S. and Japan in favor of hybrid gasoline-electric powertrains.[21] Instead, a 280 hp 3.5-litre V6 became available in the 2010 Acura TSX.[22] The TSX V6 is only available with the 5-speed automatic transmission.[23][24]

The Acura TSX has a narrow price elasticity, as the base model 4-cylinder TSX is considered a good deal for a luxury car. However, higher trims (particularly the V6 powered models) compete directly with more expensive sport luxury cars such as the Audi A4 and Infiniti G and Acura's own TL.[25]

2011 TSX Sport Wagon[edit]

Acura TSX Sportwagon

2011 TSX Sport Wagon is a version of Honda Accord Tourer, with 60.5 cu-ft of rear cargo area (with rear seats folded down; 25.8 cu-ft with the seats up), rear seats with 60/40 fold-down design.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 New York Auto Show.[26] The Acura TSX Sportwagon is powered by the same 201-horsepower Honda K engine 2.4L DOHC inline four-cylinder engine and suspended on the same four-wheel independent sports suspension as the sedan.

US model of 2011 TSX Sport Wagon went on sale in 2010-12-21 with a base price of $30,960 USD ($34,610 USD with Technology Package). Early models include 2.4L I-4 engine, Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.[27]

Acura Canada has decided not to sell the TSX Sport Wagon until an unspecified later date, citing market conditions as the reason for the delay.[28]

2012 TSX Sports Sedan and Sport Wagon, 2012 TSX Special Edition[edit]

2012 TSX Special Edition is a version of TSX Sports Sedan commemorating 25th anniversary of Acura, with 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, a more aggressive front spoiler, rear bumper fascia and side sills, 17x7.5-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with a dark grey finish, a "Special Edition" badge on the trunklid, perforated black Lux Suede inserts and red backing upholstery, unique red stitching and red-lighting throughout the interior, aluminum pedal covers, a black headliner material replaces the standard grey headliner used on other TSX models.[29]

Technology package includes ELS audio system and hard-drive based navigation system.

Changes to 2012 TSX Sport Wagon include a compact tire repair kit that allows for a significantly larger underfloor storage area.

TSX Special Edition was unveiled in 2011 Orange County International Auto Show.[30]

2013 model year[edit]

US TSX sedan models include TSX, TSX Special Edition, TSX Special Edition with 6-Speed Manual, TSX with Technology Package, TSX V-6 with Technology Package. US TSX Sport Wagon models include TSX Sport Wagon, TSX Sport Wagon with Technology Package.

The 2013 TSX sedan and wagon were produced using domestically and globally sourced parts in Sayama, Japan.[31][32]

2014 model year[edit]

US models of TSX Sedan went on sale in 2013-09-17, followed by TSX Sport Wagon in 2013-09-27.[33]

Production[edit]

Honda announced that the TSX would be replaced with the Acura TLX sedan, and will discontinue sales of the TSX model in 2014.[34][35]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2008 Wheels Car of the Year award winner.[36][37]
  • 2009 Car of the Year Finalist, Motor Trend.[38]
  • Ranked best resale value in the Sedan category in CNN's "Best Resale Value Cars" article on November 29, 2006.[39]
  • The Acura TSX was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list in its first three years of production (2004–2006).
  • Top-Value Car of 2004 in the Category: Sedan under $35,000 from SmartMoney.com.
  • It has received the "Frontal Five Star Rating" from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal crash tests.
  • "Best Pick" in a Frontal Impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • In November, 2004, the TSX earned Consumer Reports' "Recommended" mark; in addition they named the car "Best Overall" in tests of four sporty sedans.[40][41] In April 2007, the magazine rated the used TSX a "Good Bet."
  • In the IIHS crash tests, the 2nd generation TSX received Good overall marks in both front and side impact crash tests and the Good score in all 14 measured categories.[42][43] The IIHS gave the TSX its "Best Pick" accolade.
  • Car of the year in South Africa, 2009[citation needed]
  • Best upscale small car for families 2011,US news and world report.
  • AutoPacific's most ideal mid sized luxury car, 2012

Racing[edit]

Realtime Racing prepares a factory TSX to compete in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GTS class. The factory TSX is refashioned to be stiffer and lighter, and includes motor work with raised compression, and a custom built sequential transmission. Acura won the Manufacturer's Championship for the Touring class in 2005 with the RTR TSX, as well as the Driver's Championship for Peter Cunningham. Acura returned in 2006 and won the Manufacturers' Championship of the Speed World Challenge Touring Car class for the second year in a row, running both RSXs and TSXs. TSX drivers finished in 3rd and 4th in the Drivers' Championship.[44] More success followed as Pierre Kleinubing won the Championship in 2007, and Peter Cunninghm took it in 2008. Driving for RTR in 2009 is Peter Cunningham, Pierre Kleinubing, Toby Grahovic, Kuno Wittmer, and Jeff Courtney.[45]

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US sales
2003 18,932[46]
2004 30,365
2005 34,856[47]
2006 38,035
2007 33,037[48]
2008 31,998[48]
2009 28,650
2010 32,076 (incl 126 wagon)[49]
2011 30,935 (inc 3,210 wagon)
2012 28,865 (incl 4,234 wagon)[50]
2013 17,484 (incl 1,976 wagon)[51]

References and footnotes[edit]

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  29. ^ Acura Announces Special Edition Model for TSX Sports Sedan
  30. ^ Acura Announces Pricing for 2012 TSX Sports Sedan and Sport Wagon
  31. ^ Acura Announces Pricing for 2013 TSX Sport Wagon
  32. ^ Acura Announces Pricing for 2013 TSX Sedan
  33. ^ 2014 Acura TSX Sedan and Sport Wagon Blend Luxury and Sporting Performance
  34. ^ 2015 Acura TLX Prototype to Debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show
  35. ^ 2015 Acura TLX prototype to debut in Detroit, TSX to be discontinued
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