2009 Acura TSX User Reviews
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- $15,378 - $15,830
- Value, Reliability, Ride Quality, Appearance, Resale, Overall Driving Experience
- Wheel Finish, Acceleration, Driver's Seat, Electronic Steering seems too sensitive
Purchased As New
Like one of the posters before me, I am an ACTUAL owner. I bought the car late Dec 2008 (I traded in my 05 6-Speed). My first impression was very good: great looks & many more features than were in my 05. However, after having the car for 2 months, I've noticed a few things. (WARNING: Lengthy Post)
Note: If you've never owned an Acura, some of this may sound trivial (since the driving experience is still much better than that which you will get from most other brands). But, since this is my 4th Acura, I was a bit disappointed with some things.
I'll start with the cons (before I lighten things up with the pros):
The first thing that gave me some grief was the driver's seat. After my first drive to & from work, my lower back was a bit sore. So, I adjusted the seat over and over to find a comfortable position for my 30 min drive. I found a position I can live with for 30 min's, but it's still not great (a long road trip may prove to be difficult). I miss the seats of my 05, they were very comfortable (even during 300 mile road trips).
The performance was also somewhat of a disappointment. But, that may be due to the fact that this car has the automatic, whereas my 05 had the glorious 6-speed gearbox. I'll admit, the novelty of having paddle shifters was the main reason why I chose the auto this time around (I should have known better). I didn't even test drive an 09 6-speed, so I don't know if it lost any of its fun or not. Now, mind you, my 09 is not slow, it just lacks the zip I was used to. I can still scoot along pretty quick, but I feel like I have to drive it hard just to keep up with traffic. I only drove my 05 hard when I wanted to leave the traffic behind me (there's a difference). So, for better performance, check out the 6-speed first.
Next, there's the feul economy. I was averaging 29-30 mpg in my 05. I am now getting 23-24 mpg in my 09. This may be due to the fact that I had more control with the 6-speed that was in my 05. But, more likely, it's probably due to the increased weight of the car. I did not have time to research it, but I'm fairly certain that the 09 weighs more (after all, it is a bigger car). So: bigger car + same engine = lower feul economy. It makes sense, but was disappointing, nonetheless.
The hands-free Bluetooth feature is cool (I use it all the time), but it could use some improvement. I learned that, when you get in & start the car while already using your phone, the Bluetooth interrupts the call. So, don't start the car until you're done with your call. Also, navigating thru voicemail is nearly impossible. Calling the number is easy enough, but sending "7" to delete a message or "4" to replay the message is rather challenging.
The standard wheels seem to chip easily. I bought my car in the evening, so I didn't notice anything at first. But, the first time I went to clean it, I noticed tiny chips in the finish of the wheels.
The fancy electronic steering system is fine at lower speeds. But, on the highway, it seems overly sensitive & requires constant attention.
Now that I've talked you out of buying one, here are some of the pros:
VALUE: There aren't many cars that provide such an enjoyable driving experience with so many features for under 30k.
Also, the resale value of Acuras is one of the best. You can actually buy one, drive it for 3 yrs, then sell it for more than you owe on your loan. Just get online and see what yours is worth after 3 yrs, then look up the payoff on your loan. It'll put a smile on your face.
The reliablity is second to none. Just get your routine maintenance done, and that's about all you'll ever need.
The audio system is a welcome improvement from the 05 model.
The car looks gorgeous and rides better than my 05. Wind & road noise have been reduced. And, if you have to drive in the snow (like I do), you should feel safe and secure in this car.
PS. If you buy, don't haggle price. Get em to throw some options in for free....read morehide
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- Lot's of bells and whistles for the money.
- ENGINE PING!!! Rough ride. Limited leg room in backseat.
I am suprised that no one has mentioned the unresolved engine ping that plagues this vehicle. Numerous individuals have reported it, and Acura has done nothing to resolve it. And yes, it still pings when using premium octane fuel as recommended. Was considering purchasing this vehicle, but the pinging issue was a deal breaker. Have experienced this issue both with a brand new one off the lot during a test drive, and also while driving a courtesy loaner. Check the forums and you will see, these are not isolated cases. Might reconsider next year's model if they can get the bugs worked out....read morehide
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- good gas mileage with higher grade fuels, great pickup
- voice recognition is not the greatest and low body can be tough on bumps, can scrap pavement where I
overall nice car, pretty small back seat, and low to ground profile can scrap pavement where I never did before. But fine to drive and fits into parking spaces well.
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- Great styling, good fuel economy, excellent handling,
- No L.E.D. rear lights
My wife and I own three Mercedes Benz; the most recent is a 2007 SLK 350. They were so unreliable that I was afarid to drive any of them to Lake Tahoe for fear of having them break down and then being towed to the nearest Mercedes dealer in Sacramento!!!! We wanted to purchase a car with good fuel economy, safe, fast and had styling...most of all, we wanted a RELIABLE car! We were really tired of the unreliable Mercedes...it is not unusual for us to spend over $1000.00 every six months to maintain just one of the Mercedes...let alone three of these cars. The Acura met our needs...I find it plenty fast, handles very, very well, is very safe according the government and best of all...it beats the Mercedes, BMW and Audi in fuel economy. We are not teenagers...in reality I get stuck in traffic driving from my home to my practice every day. I don't need a car that goes at break-neck speed and takes corners flat out. For the people who pretend to be NASCAR drivers...the Acura is not for them! But for the driving WE all do in daily traffic...the Acura TSX fits our needs. I can always swtich to one of the Mercedes...if I need to feel superior to my fellow citizen...and hope it doesn't fall apart as I drive to my destination....read morehide
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- great gas mileage i get 24 in the city, very supportive seats, responsive transmission
- one very minor complaint which is glare on the info screen
I actually own this car, an 09 i got less than a month ago. Dont believe some of these people on here that obviously dont own the car or are salesmen at other car dealers. Mine has more than enough power. it is very comfortable, yes it does sit low (because its a sports sedan), yes it rides a bit rough (because its a sports sedan), yes the electric assist steering is very quick (because its a sports sedan). It gets great mileage, for real, I get 24 in the city about 32 hwy. Yes it is a 4cylinder, which is why I purchased this car as gas mileage is more important than extra horsepower in this day and age. It has incredibly comfortable front seats. Comes standard with XM, ipod connector and great interface for either the IPOD or in my case i'm using a 2gig USB flash memory, great stereo, xenon headlights, paddle shifters. The fold down back seats have a real wide opening from the trunk so you can carry a surprising amount of cargo if necessary. This TSX is a BLAST to drive. I have had many compliments on the looks of this car....read morehide
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- Lots of tech gizmo appeal, stylish instrument cluster, good fuel econ
- Quality is a COMPLETE disappointment, lots of rattles, road noise.
At first I LOVED this car. I have now had it about a month, and it has a lot of rattles, squeaks, vibrations, excessive road noise. It already has a busted right front door speaker (NOT from misuse, I can assure you...I have never had the volume past 40%). And today I find that the body molding that runs on each side of windshield (tha "A pillar"??) has popped out and is sticking up in the air. This is my first Acura or Honda vehicle, and I am EXTREMELY shocked and disappointed at the poor quality of the vehicle. If I could do it over again, I would go buy a new Nissan Maxima. Before this Acura, I had two Nissans...and THEY were quality vehicles....read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- 4 cyl. saves a lot in gas
- Looks like Saturn Aura, interior a little confusing. rides a little rough
Comparing Acura TSX, Saab 9 3, Mercedes. I am leaning towards a Saab 9 3 sedan. The Saab has more power and much quicker compare to Acura TSX. The ride is much stiffer on the Acura due to the
much firmer seats and noisier. I will test drive again one more time to make decision. What bothers me most is the look of the Acura TSX. I thought it was a used Saturn AURA at the Acura dealer and on the road....read morehide
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- Good looking car, good mileage, low maintenance.
- Front brakes went faster than I thought they would
I have owned my TSX for the last three years and I love it. Before I bought it I tested the BMW 325 (cheap version) and the 525. I was surprised to find more interior room in the TSX. I also found out that repair costs, in the future, for the TSX would be cheaper than any BMW. Since I don't need to go from 0 mph to 75 mph in 6 seconds, power is not an issue for me. However the car can easily handle 95 to 100 mph if you wish. I also tested the BMW 330 and found the TSX to be similar to it. If I had $15,000 extra to spend on a vehicle, I would be driving the 330. Ever since gas prices went nuts, I have been paying attention to how I drive my TSX. I average now 30.22 mpg....read morehide
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- Looks more expensive than it is, only 4 cylinder luxury car out there
- Road noise (typical of Honda), Defective front speaker
I took deliver last week of my new TSX having traded in a 2005 TL. I really love this car and I think it looks more expensive than my 2005 TL. I chose black on black and had the windows lightly tinted and the car turns heads.
With gas approaching $5 a gallon, I wanted a 4 cylinder luxury car and this is the only one. Power is more than adequate and I am getting great mileage.
Interior is nicer than my 2005 TL and the seats are more comfortable. The technology package is awesome. My only complaint is the front drivers door speaker is defective and needs to be replaced as it distorts sound badly.
All in all I'm very pleased with the car that shows you can be FRUGAL and still be FABULOUS!...read morehide
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- Look nice, good fuel, and nice price
- Noisy engine, too much button, can't see the GPS by reflection in day time
I am shopping about for my next car and test drive few car including TSX. When I first see the car, I love it until I drove it. Exterior and Interior are well design it. However, it has too much engine nose and the power is kind of week....also, I can't see the GPS in the day time because there is a glass in front of GPS and make the reflection...Man...i know i wouldn't like it in the long run. I should wait for Nissan Maxima...read morehide
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