2010 Acura TSX

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Acura TSX base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    201-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Slick-shifting six-speed manual
  • Remains flat during aggressive cornering
  • Stylish appearance
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Touchy electric power steering
  • Stiff suspension may prove too firm for bad roads
2010 Acura TSX exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2010 Acura TSX

  • V-6 engine available
  • Long standard features list
  • Abundance of safety features
  • Optional real-time weather info

2010 Acura TSX Road Test

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David Thomas
In a world of high gas prices, the fuel-efficient, sub-$30,000, four-cylinder Acura TSX makes a lot of sense; it has a comfortable ride, and it sells pretty well. For 2010, Acura adds a powerful V-6 to the TSX lineup, which makes for a car that's much more sporting and fun to drive than the four-cylinder TSX. It's not cheap, however, treading on the midsize Acura TL's price range, and I doubt shoppers will want to give up the added size of a TL for a sport-oriented TSX.

We reviewed the four-cylinder TSX for 2009, and you can read about it here. Besides the six-cylinder engine in the TSX V-6, which I detail below, not much has changed. Compare the 2009 and 2010 versions here.

Performance
In addition to the optional 280-horsepower V-6 engine borrowed from the TL, the TSX also gets a sportier suspension package. It's this suspension and handling upgrade that most radically changes the car's driving persona versus the base four-cylinder. While that car's soft suspension soaks up bumps, it delivers few thrills; I doubt anyone looking for the driving experience of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series would consider a four-cylinder TSX.

Not so the V-6. The steering was exceptionally precise without being overly heavy, like in a BMW. Even though the TSX is front-wheel drive, it had minimal to no understeer during hard acceleration, which many driving purists complain about in front-wheel-drive cars. The TL's V-6 makes this smaller sedan fast, but it didn't ...

In a world of high gas prices, the fuel-efficient, sub-$30,000, four-cylinder Acura TSX makes a lot of sense; it has a comfortable ride, and it sells pretty well. For 2010, Acura adds a powerful V-6 to the TSX lineup, which makes for a car that's much more sporting and fun to drive than the four-cylinder TSX. It's not cheap, however, treading on the midsize Acura TL's price range, and I doubt shoppers will want to give up the added size of a TL for a sport-oriented TSX.

We reviewed the four-cylinder TSX for 2009, and you can read about it here. Besides the six-cylinder engine in the TSX V-6, which I detail below, not much has changed. Compare the 2009 and 2010 versions here.

Performance
In addition to the optional 280-horsepower V-6 engine borrowed from the TL, the TSX also gets a sportier suspension package. It's this suspension and handling upgrade that most radically changes the car's driving persona versus the base four-cylinder. While that car's soft suspension soaks up bumps, it delivers few thrills; I doubt anyone looking for the driving experience of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series would consider a four-cylinder TSX.

Not so the V-6. The steering was exceptionally precise without being overly heavy, like in a BMW. Even though the TSX is front-wheel drive, it had minimal to no understeer during hard acceleration, which many driving purists complain about in front-wheel-drive cars. The TL's V-6 makes this smaller sedan fast, but it didn't strike me as besting any of its competition. The car feels heavy and well planted, and acceleration comes on in a smooth burst despite the fact that the automatic transmission has just five speeds. Most of today's luxury cars — and even non-luxury ones — with V-6 engines pack six gears. Some, such as Infiniti models, have seven speeds.

I've also tested the four-cylinder TSX and found it to have plenty of power for those not seeking driving thrills. It also has an optional six-speed manual transmission, which is a bit more fun to drive. The four-cylinder versions don't have the handling chops of the V-6, but the V-6 doesn't come with a manual.

The superior handling comes at the expense of ride comfort. While it isn't as rigid as either an A4 or 3 Series, you'll definitely feel road imperfections through the seat. The nice thing about the four-cylinder TSX is its comfortable ride. If you value one of those things well above the other, that should direct you to the engine option that's best for you.

Of course, mileage is also impacted with the V-6. It gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, while the automatic-transmission-equipped four-cylinder gets 21/30 mpg. A front-wheel-drive A4, with its turbocharged four-cylinder, gets 23/30 mpg. The Audi's turbo-four provides more driving thrills than the base TSX and might be a good compromise for drivers trying to make up their minds.

Exterior
If you don't like the look of the new Acura TL and its beaklike grille — or the looks of other models in the company's lineup — blame the TSX. When it was redesigned last year, the look translated well to its smaller dimensions and sales were brisk.

There are no exterior changes for 2010. You get the same rounded fenders mixed with angular lines everywhere else. It's a slick, somewhat space-age look. It's modern without looking offensive and remains one of the company's best-looking vehicles.

Interior
Seating position is important in a driver's car, and I never really fell in love with how I fit in the TSX. I sat more upright than I really want to in a sedan, with my knees bent at nearly a 90-degree angle to get to the pedals. Strangely enough, the RDX crossover I recently tested feels more like a sedan than an SUV, and despite the TSX's stance, its sight lines weren't a great deal better.

The black leather interior is very sports carlike, if a bit overwhelming. I would probably go with the Parchment (tan) interior to lighten things up. All the interior materials are high quality, especially for this segment.

The center stack of controls is chock-full of buttons, but after two consecutive weeks testing Acuras, I was more than accustomed to them. I'd guess owners would acclimate quickly as well. The backseat is tiny, just like those in the competition. It's also the main reason why, if I were thinking of spending $34,850 on a V-6 TSX, I'd pony up another $255 and get the larger TL, which features the same engine and horsepower.

Features
Acura has one of the simplest pricing and trim-level setups in the business. You get a lot of standard features, and there's usually only one type of option package, which is treated as a separate trim level. So you can get a TSX or a TSX with Technology Package. That's the trim name, "with Technology Package."

That package adds a navigation system with live traffic and weather, a 415-watt sound system, and voice-activated Bluetooth and audio and climate controls. It's not a cheap upgrade, at $3,100, and the nav system is pretty outdated. The resolution is rough, and it's hard to use the large knob controller to input destinations. Ford and GM are putting out some of the most elegant multimedia systems in the business right now and even the new Kia Sorento SUV has a superior-looking nav system. It's a shame luxury automakers like Acura are falling behind.

Safety
In 2009, the TSX was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, having earned the highest score of Good in front, side and rear crash tests. IIHS is requiring roof-strength tests for its 2010 Top Safety designation, and the TSX hasn't yet been tested. However, because it scores so highly in the other tests, this car's safety credentials should be considered excellent.

Acura TSX in the Market
While I like both engines in the TSX, the V-6 makes little sense. When compared with others in the segment, and even with the larger TL, it doesn't seem worth the money. With the car-buying world shifting to more efficient engines, Acura seemed to have a winner with the base TSX and its pleasant ride. Perhaps it still does.

Shoppers considering the V-6 should definitely cross-shop the Audi A4 and the Infiniti G37 sedan. Both offer more driving thrills, a similar price and equally good looks.

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Awesome Car!

by J. from St. Louis, MO on April 20, 2018

This car has been amazing! Maintenance is low key and has been an excellent car. Gas mileage is wonderful. If I had someone to pass this car onto I would! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Acura TSX currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Acura TSX has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TSX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker