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2013 Acura TSX

$9,966 — $21,130 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
  • Nose-heavy handling when pushed hard
2013 Acura TSX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Acura TSX
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Sedan or wagon
  • Manual or automatic
  • Long standard features list

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The TSX is Acura's entry-level premium car that's offered in sedan and wagon form. It seats up to five people and competitors include the Audi A4, BMW 328i, Buick Regal and Lexus IS 250.
New for 2013
There are no changes for 2013.

(Skip to details on the: TSX Sport Wagon)
Exterior
The TSX's wheels are accented by large fender flares, and the front of the car is defined by a grille that features a silver-colored upper bar. Exterior features include:

  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Standard fog lights and side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard on four-cylinder models
  • 18-inch alloy wheels standard on V-6 models

Interior

The TSX's interior has a high-quality appearance and room for up to five people. The standard stereo is USB/iPod compatible. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard. The optional navigation system boasts enough hard drive space for 15 gigabytes of music. Interior features include:

  • Standard power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Standard leather upholstery and moonroof
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cellphones with music players can sync with the TSX's stereo via Bluetooth
  • Available navigation system with traffic and weather updates
  • Available CD/DVD-audio-compatible surround-sound system

Under the Hood
The TSX is available with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine. The car has front-wheel drive and is offered with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. The automatic includes steering-...

Vehicle Overview

The TSX is Acura's entry-level premium car that's offered in sedan and wagon form. It seats up to five people and competitors include the Audi A4, BMW 328i, Buick Regal and Lexus IS 250.
New for 2013
There are no changes for 2013.

(Skip to details on the: TSX Sport Wagon)
Exterior
The TSX's wheels are accented by large fender flares, and the front of the car is defined by a grille that features a silver-colored upper bar. Exterior features include:

  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Standard fog lights and side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard on four-cylinder models
  • 18-inch alloy wheels standard on V-6 models

Interior

The TSX's interior has a high-quality appearance and room for up to five people. The standard stereo is USB/iPod compatible. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard. The optional navigation system boasts enough hard drive space for 15 gigabytes of music. Interior features include:

  • Standard power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Standard leather upholstery and moonroof
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cellphones with music players can sync with the TSX's stereo via Bluetooth
  • Available navigation system with traffic and weather updates
  • Available CD/DVD-audio-compatible surround-sound system

Under the Hood
The TSX is available with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine. The car has front-wheel drive and is offered with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. The automatic includes steering-wheel paddle shifters. Mechanical features include:

  • 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 170 (automatic) or 172 (manual) pounds-feet of torque; five-speed automatic or six-speed manual
  • 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque; five-speed automatic only

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for front occupants

TSX Sport Wagon
A wagon version of the TSX entry-luxury car joined the lineup for 2011, and there have been no significant changes to it since. The wagon's design doesn't differ much from the sedan's styling until you get to the rear, where an open cargo area replaces the trunk. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Test drove it

by Naomi from Schenectady ny on October 22, 2018

Awsome car wish I had to brought one nice sporty car love the handle loved how the interior was would make a good family car I recommend it Read full review

(5.0)

Best car ever.

by Sk from WA on August 6, 2018

I love this car. It?s taken care of me. I?m sad that I need to get rid of it. This car feels like a spaceship. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Acura TSX currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Acura TSX 2.4

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.

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