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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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Revenent 5
  TSX vs. GSR 4dr - Fun factor
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  I think Honda is targeting VW
Karl O. 14
  My pics...
Civic 1
  iPod input jack?
Mark J 5
  www.canadiandriver.com
bobski32 6
  Heated mirrors?
tnkgrl 8
  Thank you Honda/Acura
Spencer! 1
  Seating Position
corloc 1
  Jeff, TSX-S possibilities?
MatthewSU 0
  jeff thanks....
kevlar1 14
  TSX vs. WRX
Classic 2
  Hey, they gave George some credit in here
NSXman 3
  Interior LED Colors
Xavi77 2
  Noise Levels
brunt954 3
  Jeff -- TSX vs Passat 1.8T?
burr 4
  Jeff, can you clarify the driver seat memory?
Moshua 2
  Integrated keyless entry?
MatthewSU 2
  brake
jjpcat 3
  Jeff, regarding "bolt-ons".
jfunk 3
  No guts No glory
shiftright 24
  Edmunds' First Drive: 2004 Acura TSX
Szklanny 1
  Sport-luxury or premium blend?
StretchSJE 19
  Auto on headlights?
provench 2
  Underrated HP/Torque?
provench 1
  I really like it but...
EXV6 5
  Gas Pedal
mad_ox1 6
  Any Chance of a 2-door
LaCerne 3
  Jeff's been busy huh?
TonyEX 2
  Thanks for the insightful review Jeff.
Lung Fu Mo Shi 2
  wood trim?
tramont 6
  Any Photos of a White or Meteor Silver TSX?
kjc 4
  K24 vs H22?
SirHill 1
  GUYS!! - Stop feeding
dydx 0
  how many steering turn lock-to-lock? (no-text)
SirHill 1
  Error in Gas Mileage
MardiGras 2
  My beef with the TSX and Good Job Jeff!
TonyEX 5
  Read the article by Autoweek.....
shiftright 1
  Artfull discription ...thanks
onecrx 0
  when do they go on sale?
HappaSaiyan 1
  I like it...
toddysan 0
  solid review jeff thanks!!
kevlar1 7
  Excellent Review Jeff!! Handling Question?
TheAnswer 7
  UPDATED Drivetrain section
JeffX 0
  Only one surprise 4 me...memory seating!
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  power delivery
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