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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, TSX
Create Date March 01, 2003 01:00
Last Update August 26, 2003 21:34
Introduction
Los Angeles, CA - January 24, 2003

Let's try to forget for a moment that Acura has left upwardly mobile enthusiasts out in the cold for the last decade or so. After baiting us with such great rides as the Integra GS-R, Integra Type R, and RSX Type S (not to mention the Honda CRX and sporty Civic models), they've pretty much left us to our own devices when it was time to buy a larger car. Of course, we're selfish people. We want to have our cake and eat it too, so to speak. So that means we can't give up all the wonderful qualities that endeared us to our Acuras or Hondas in the first place.

There are basically two choices within the Honda/Acura family for the up-and-coming person who needs to move out of their Civic/CRX/Integra/RSX into a more practical 4-door: the Accord or the TL. Due to its clearly mainstream intentions, let's skip the Accord part of the argument for now and go straight to the TL. The TL is a great car and it's plenty potent with a 260hp motor available in the Type S, but at 3500+ lbs it offers a vastly different feel from any of the smaller sporty offerings. Beyond the "beep beep beep beep, beep beep beep beep" that greets your key in the ignition and the styling of some of the switchgear, there's little about the TL that reminds you of any of the sportier Hondas/Acuras. Add the lack of a manual transmission (a requisite for almost any enthusiast) and ho-hum styling that makes your grandma do a double-take, and it's no wonder that Acura's been losing a large portion of the customers it captured with the Integra or RSX to the likes of Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, and increasingly, Infiniti (thanks to the G35).

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05-07-2003 17:27 JeffX
03-03-2003 00:18 I think Honda is targeting VW   (Score: 1, Normal) Karl O.
03-04-2003 09:58 iceman6
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03-15-2003 19:44 NSXman
03-01-2003 09:19 www.canadiandriver.com   (Score: 1, Normal) bobski32
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03-01-2003 18:51 Heated mirrors?   (Score: 1, Normal) tnkgrl
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03-05-2003 23:48 dydx
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03-09-2003 20:31 Spencer!
03-10-2003 21:24 dydx
03-09-2003 20:22 Thank you Honda/Acura   (Score: 1, Normal) Spencer!
03-09-2003 22:41 iceman6
03-08-2003 18:31 Seating Position   (Score: 1, Normal) corloc
03-09-2003 21:19 JeffX
03-08-2003 18:36 Jeff, TSX-S possibilities?   (Score: 1, Normal) MatthewSU
03-04-2003 10:10 jeff thanks....   (Score: 1, Normal) kevlar1
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