[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda Reports January Sales Results
More.......................
2018 MDX gets the updated ODMD 2.0 user interface from the 2018 TLX
More.......................
Hondata releasing FlashPro for Civic Type R on March 30th!
More.......................
First impressions and some background info on the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype
More.......................
2019 Acura RDX Prototype Debuts with Evocative Styling, Higher Performance, New Tech and Luxury Appo
More.......................
Live from Detroit! 2019 Acura RDX Reveal
More.......................
Honda releases more information on the 2019 Insight
More.......................
American Honda Sets 3rd Straight Annual Sales Record with Best-Ever December
More.......................
CR-V --> Re: Europe gets CR-V Hybrid
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Civic Type R video normal everyday driver
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: New 2018 TLX 2.4 Tech
Join Discussion......
CR-V --> Re: No Acoustic Windshield / Solargreen?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Drake giving away free TLX's
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Hyundai Kona EV - a tale of two headlines
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: Accord Auto Show Impressions
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: New comprehensive cradle-to-grave LCA study and economic assessment of LDV GHG reductions
Join Discussion......
CR-V --> Re: Molten Lava Red Touring Shortage
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Car&Driver 2018 BMW M5 Review
Join Discussion......
Spy Shots --> Re: Next-gen Ford Focus
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2019 Supra leaked ahead of Geneva debut!
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: IEEE Spectrum: Exposing the Power Vampires in Self-Driving Cars
Join Discussion......
Fit (and Jazz) --> I've successfully installed a 16 CR-V NAVI in my 09 Fit, sort of.
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: TLX vs Lexus IS video, TLX wins
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
Impressions

This is where the 2009 TSX comes into the picture. With our expectations and hopes in mind, on paper the new TSX gets off to a bit of a slow start. It is larger, heavier, and despite Acura's claims to the contrary, at a rated 201hp, it is in fact slightly less powerful than the outgoing model. It's also more luxurious, more refined, and better equipped than ever. The question is, is it a better car?

In many ways, the 2009 TSX represents a quantitative improvement over the outgoing model. It features a smoother ride, flatter cornering, reduced road and wind noise, increased passenger volume, a more useful torque band, and the (optional) ELS stereo system is the best I've heard in any Acura or Honda vehicle to date. On the flip side, to a seasoned TSX driver, it only takes a few hundred feet behind the wheel to sense that the 2009 TSX lacks some of the subjective driving excitement of the original TSX.

Inside the 2009 TSX
The interior of the 2009 TSX moves it another step forward. Seat comfort remains excellent (and Acura equipped it from the get go with power driver and passenger seats, with a memory function on the driver's side), and the driver is greeted with a nice and meaty steering wheel. The gauges are more stylish and adopt the "floating needles" first seen in the European Civic. When it comes to gauges, I'm a no-nonsense sort of guy and I would have been plenty happy with a more business-like approach, but at least these styling touches don't take away from the legibility of the gauges. A multi-information display is nestled within the circular center of the speedometer, and provides information regarding fuel economy, tire air pressure, outside air temperature, trip odometer readings, and you know, typical MID stuff. The center in the tachometer features a blank black plate on 6MT equipped TSX's and a PRNDL indicator on 5AT TSX's.

The dash is coated in a heavily grained low-gloss material that is somewhat soft and spongy to the touch. What's strange is that I can't quite decide whether it looks more upscale that way or not. It certainly seems a bit unique. Elsewhere, the general quality of the materials looks and feels quite good, with soft (perforated) leather and good quality plastics applied in a pleasing overall manner.

The TSX's center stack is the latest to get the "MMI" (multi-mode interface) dial treatment - this design is rapidly becoming the Acura standard, so get used to it. The touchscreen navi interface is gone, but the 8" navi display is much brighter and crisper for 2009. Unfortunately, the actual pixel resolution of the navi interface remains disappointingly low (it's believed to be 480x234 pixels). Ergonomically, everything is laid out reasonably well; as with most Hondas and Acuras, it didn't take much time at all to get up to speed with how to make everything work. As mentioned earlier, the ELS stereo that's included as part of the TSX's tech package is absolutely phenomenal. Also cool is the USB interface that offers full integration with 5th generation and newer iPods (including iPhones) as well as USB flash memory devices. We disconnected the iPod Nano that Acura supplied and listened to the ~800+ song collection on John Pearley Huffman's iPhone, and I was absolutely blown away by the audio system's sound quality and the level of integration with the iPod. We also tried a non-iPod player (a new 16GB Creative Zen), but as suspected, the system display reported back with the message "Unsupported device". Fortunately, an auxiliary input jack is supplied so that you may still enjoy music from unsupported devices.

One thing I particularly liked about the original TSX was the abundance of storage found in the center stack and center console, particularly the large pocket on the bottom of the center stack. I was disappointed to see that this pocket has been eliminated on the 2009 TSX, and the storage area under the armrest also seems to have shrunken a bit as well.



[Previous Page] [Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  09 TSX EPS Question for Jeff
dontcare 0
  2009 TSX interior size compared to 2003-2007 Accord Sedan
nowakj66 1
  For that PRICE... Give me a Genesis!
toddysan 7
  0-60 quotes are for 6-speed correct?
jero 8
  engine choices
shingles 22
  How much in Canada you think???
Kryngle Da Great 13
  Mercedes now considering 4cyl C-Class for U.S.
CivicB18 1
  When a small V6 comes, the 2.4 could be a lame duck
BernardP 17
  If Acura doesnt deliver, where will you go?
CivicB18 22
  List fully compatible MP3 devices
Nakamichi 2
  Edmund's First Drive
talon95 6
  Where's the tape deck?
delsol_SI 18
  Old TSX too small? What do you guys think?
PolishedMetal6MT 6
  versus the Audi A4 2.0 and others
JimmyEats 9
  Acura not for driving enthusiasts, apparently
Carmissimo 21
  03 Accord started the bloated, bulging, style trend
civicw 0
  I think I'm keeping my '06 TSX
OldManCivic 0
  How's the Drive by Wire?
silverf16 2
  I agree with the review whole heartedly...
sbarnesjr 0
  So how does this bode for the TL now?
jgalvan1 3
  Euro styling is gone
PolishedMetal6MT 14
  Will there be an A-Spec Upgrade Available?
DCPattie 0
  Question For Jeff
BB25 6
  Precision Crafted Performance
Odie 0
  Fat Japanese Jetta
dootndo2 0
  how is the turning radius on the new model?
kevinhing 2
  Thrilled....
cobalt 7
  potential other engine - IMA
ZIP 0
  Acura decides to go the (GM analogy) Cimarron route vs. bitchin' CTS
SoichirosHeroes 0
  hmmm soon to be ES
Powered by Honda 1
Jump to:
TOV Video: 2019 Acura RDX Walk-around with LPL Steve Hansen
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2018 North American International Auto Show
Read Article....................
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy