Bought a lightly used wagon (sales demo) - low miles and additional warranty with CPO. Great car. Most of the professional reviews of this car seem to pick on it for not having enough power - they mus...
Bought a lightly used wagon (sales demo) - low miles and additional warranty with CPO. Great car. Most of the professional reviews of this car seem to pick on it for not having enough power - they must be spoiled. The TSX wagon has plenty of pick up for just about any real world needs; the 5 speed auto is well mated to this engine. I guess one could say this car is the best of the previous generation technology - which means it is not cutting edge, but does mean that the car is extremely well sorted. Engine-transmission - great. Suspension - firm, but nicely supports around town and swooping curves (more of a grand tourer than sports car, but really, that is what is called for). Steering - quick turn-in, extremely accurate. Feel is ok, although it is an electronic setup. Stereo - great. Nav/controls - easy to see, works well. I like having the knob/buttons for manipulating controls compared to the modern touch screen. Visibility/lighting - no blind spots, great headlights.
Quietness: wind noise well suppressed; some road noise on broken pavements at highway speeds. Not a loud car, but not hushed due to the tire noise. (Perhaps better tires -- Tirerack suggests the OEMs are middle of the road for quietness.) Build quality and comfort - high/excellent. Good perch for long and short drives. While not especially luxurious, hits the right notes to make one feel a little special. Definitely a cut above mainstream makes. Does the entry luxury job well.
If you a looking for a car with the latest gadgets, this is not it (but you knew that). If you want a well sorted car that does the basics very well - handling, visibility, comfort, stereo, ergonomics, this is a great car. I traded in a myFordTouch car and like the controls on this one much better. I travel a lot and sample many rental cars with the latest designs. There appears to be on the part of many manufacturers emphasis on electronics but not the basics of a good driving car where the man machine interface is well thought through. If you don't need the very latest gizmos and want a good driving, slightly sporty but otherwise practical/reliable car with some nice luxuries, the TSX is hard to beat.