A friend of mine from college, some of you may know him from the little flamming incident with drtye30, mentioned to me that I should give Acura a try. I know that some here have mentioned the RSX, aka girlie car, and that just didn't catch my attention. I just never got into the whole asian car market. Honda and Toyota just don't do it for me. Can't afford the really nice cars, Lexus, BMW, ect. So, I have to re-evaluate what I am going after. The tacoma would be the most utalitarian, however, dinan540 got me thinking about it (damn u
). So with my friend's suggestion, unwillingly I'll admit, I went to an Acura dealership.
Thier entry level sedan the TSX. Impressive is my first reaction when checking out thier standard features..... I must add that there is only one option and everthing else is standard, hence my reaction.
Right off the bat:
Pros. Long list of standard features, interior looks, warranty, price
Cons. Exterior looks, Performance
(The following pics are from edmunds.com, if pics don't work, blame edmunds.)
The exterior is ok. Nothing flashy, which is a good thing. It also doesn't look very aggressive. There are alot of straight lines and flat panels, seems like the way of cars nowadays. My personal prefrence is black (of course).
Black comes with a choice of tan or black (i think) interior. With the tan comes plastic molded wood grained trim and black has the plasticy aluminum look. Granted it's plastic, but looks good, not too shabby.
Interior is unreflective of the outside. There are curves abound. Controls have a good tactile feel. Gauges (my personal favorite area on most vehicles) are bright. You have the usual tach, speedo, fuel and water temp gauges. The lighting is a quiet blue backdrop with brighter with for the numbers and ring. Needles are red. Inbetween the tach and speedo is the 5th wheel of the group. This is where I get impressed. The display is a monochrome type of look, black background and grey digital display. It shows you pretty much what my E46 shows on it's OBC display, which I've gotten real used to over the years. Current MPG and cumelative MPG. Bluetooth integrated information display for incoming calls as well as vehicle mileage as well. Other information I've yet to test out.
Outside the cluster, the center dash looks similar to what you would find in a Lexus. At the very top are the same monochrome display from the gauges showing the temperature for the dual climate control system and time. Below are the usual vents and yes, the obvious navigation (a ~$2000 option). The radio/CD is integrated below the navigation and comes with a 6 CD changer. The total wattage of the system is 360. Not too bad really. At the very bottom comes the power port and cup for misc objects.
Between the seats, like some sort of promiscuius prom date, is the location of the 5sp automatic "tiptronic" transmission (6spd available). Behind it are the cup holders and interstingly enough, the armrest doubles as a hidding spot for an MP3 player hookup and power source.
The heated leather seats are smooth and comfy. I might also add that when set to max they are freakin hot (temp wise). Good for when you are in my area at this time of year.
Well now comes performance. Please understand that I'm comming from my 328i E46 so keep that in mind as I describe my feelings towards it. The TSX comes with just one engine. It's a 2.4L four cylinder v-tech (I know I know... ew.... the cursed word). Power is stated as 205hp and 164 ftlbs. Typical vtec power. Nothing impressive here. On the road, she doesn't boast much, the feeling of "YES" isn't there. However, at ~31mpg hwy on premium fuel is a major plus. Yes, its not Yugo or Mustang II, but comparing to my BMW (which is an unfair comparision) it lacks majorly. The FWD isn't felt as much as I thought it would. I didn't feel the torque steer I've felt with other FWD cars, but yet, it was proven still that it's just not a performance point.
OK, so what's standard?
Power moonroof with tilt
Heated outside mirrors
17" aluminum wheels
Body Colored Door handles
Seed sensing variable wipers
Dual outlet exhuast
Dual zone automatic climate control system
Power windows, doors, seats
Steering wheel controls (Cruise, Audio, PHONE, Multi-Function Display, and Voice Recognition)
Tilt and Tele Steering wheel
Leather wrapped steering wheel
12-volt power outlets.... yes, that's more than one.
Sport seats with preforated leather trimmed interior
Driver's 8 way power seat, 4 way passanger
60/40 split rear seats
Rear seat arm rest
360-watt sound system w/ 6 disc changer
Handsfree wireless telephone interface
MP3 input jack
LED Backlit gauges
Multi information display
"Maintenance Minder" System, much like what we have for our service intervals.
Auxiliary information display
Exterior temperature indicator
Illuminated igition, power window switches and steering wheel controls.
Dual stage front airbags
Front side with passanger detection
Side Curtain airbags
3 point seat belts for all passangers
4 wheel antilock brakes with brake assist
Vehicle stability assist with traction control
Tire Pressure Monitor system with location and pressure
Theft deterent system with immobilizer
Rear window defroster
Basic: 4 year / 50,000 mi
Powertrain: 6 year / 70,000 mi
Rust: 5 year / unlimited mi
And for those of you who really get into numbers, here are a few more:
2.4L 16vlv Aluminum-alloy in-line 4-cylinder
205hp @ 7000rpm (typical Vtech)
164 lbft @ 4500rpm (again, typical vtech)
Drive by wire
4-wheel independent double wishbone front / multi-link rear
Stabilizer bar: 25.4mm front / 15mm rear
Steering: Torque sensing variable power assist rack and pinion
Steering Ratio: 14.8:1
Steering Turns, lock to lock: 2.7
Turning Dia.: 38.1 ft
Brakes: 4 wheel disc with ABS and Brake assist 11.8" vented front / 10.2" solid rear
Fuel Consumption: Auto 22/31, Manual 22/30
Fuel Tank: 17.1 gal
Fuel Type: Premium 91-octane
Ground Clearence: 6.1 inches (better than my 1/4 inch)
Curb wieght: Automatic@3359 lbs, Manual@3271 lbs.
Weight Distrobution: Automatic 61/39, Manual 60/40
And a partridge in a Pear tree......blablablabla
WELL, that was a shit load of typing.
Overall I am really impressed. Now comes the price tag.
Availble Options: Navigation@$2,000 extra
Final amount due for loan: $20,195.00
+tax and Doc fee ($1,413.65 + $250)
Approved with eloan.com @ 6.25% intrest rate
Comes to $425.13/mo for 60 months. No penalties, early repayment all good.
Looks good, opinions?
ps... lost feeling in index finger....