2013 Acura TSX Review

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Acura car models are the living embodiment of sports luxury served up with distinct design and a choice of engines which have more often than not raised the bar for smoothness and reliability. The 2013 Acura TSX is one of the great cars to have come from the Acura stable adding a touch of class and understated luxury to a fun yet practical and affordable family saloon. Stepping into the luxury segment means getting much more from your car – more comfort, more gadgets and basically more car – and the 2013 Acura TSX scores high on all those parameters!

The 2013 Acura TSXis a large entry-luxury family saloon which does a great job and makes you feel good while it goes about doing it. You have a choice of powerful four and six cylinder engines with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. There’s an extensive list of safety features, loads of space on the inside and ample room for luggage as well with an attractive price tag becoming the icing on a very appetizing cake.

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2013 Acura TSX – Performance:
When you have a car which looks like the 2013 Acura TSXdoes; you just know that there’s going to be some serious power under the bonnet. That’s entirely true and then some because Acura offers the car with a choice of two engines – a rev-happy 2.4L inline-4 as well as a big 3.5L V6; both of which feature Acura’s trademark variable valve timing and lift electronic control allowing them to run silky smooth yet dish out some major horsepower.

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The 2.4L i-VTEC inline-4 makes 201 hp at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm. This engine can be paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission which features their Sequential SportShift paddle shifters as well as a 6-speed manual transmission; which manages to eke out a peak torque of 172 lb-ft at the same 4,300 revs. With the automatic transmission, the 2013 Acura TSX delivers up to 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city, with a combined figure of 26 mpg. The manual transmission version is the more spirited of the two and returns slightly lower figures of 29 mpg highway and 21 mpg city with a combined 24 mpg.
The top-end 2013 Acura TSX V-6 has a more potent 3.5L V6 VTEC engine which makes 280 hp at 6,200 revs and offers a generous torque output of 254 lb-ft at 5,000 revs with a healthy dose available lower down the rev range too. Fuel efficiency is surprising good as well with the TSX V-6 delivering up to 28 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city with a combined 23 mpg.
With an 18.5 gallon fuel tank, the 2013 Acura TSX can comfortably handle the miles in the city or out on the open road.

2013 Acura TSX – Safety:
Acura models are known for their safety consciousness and the 2013 Acura TSX is no different, offering a long list of cutting-edge safety active and passive technology to ensure maximum stability and protection at all times.

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The vehicle stability assist uses multiple sensors for various dynamic parameters and physical aspects and reacts instantly to offer a balanced ride and a feeling of being planted and in control. Antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution work with brake assist technologies to ensure sure stopping power in the shortest distance. The 2013 Acura TSX has xenon HID headlamps as standard which offer excellent visibility after dark. The passenger cell is a result of an extensively crash-tested body structure which offers maximum occupant protection in the event of any mishap. Acura’s restraint technologies for their seat belts and active head restraints along with a full complement of front, side and curtain airbags offer maximum protective safety with their Occupant Position Detection System optimizing airbag operation as per individual needs.
Acura’s package options for the 2013 Acura TSX include a Technology package which brings even more equipment and added safety with rear view camera and a navigation system which gives you real-time traffic and weather updates apart from Bluetooth technology and full cellphone integration with HandsFreeLink.

2013 Acura TSX – Exterior, Interior and Technology:
The 2013 Acura TSX is every bit as distinct as an Acura should be featuring smooth, clean lines with sharp accents and design elements aimed to make it stand out from the crowd. The pointed front grille and sculpted headlamps are Acura’s signature elements while the long shapely hood design adds character. The flared wheel arches on the side of the TSX are the only curves in the midst of sharp lines rising towards the rear where the design ends in a chiseled boot with an accented boot lid, wrap around tail lamp clusters and twin exhaust pipes down below.

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The interior of the 2013 Acura TSX is a great place to be. The first thing you notice is the meaty, multi-function steering wheel and a simple, yet elegant and functional dashboard. The contrast achieved by the dark themed plastics and soft metal accents lend it a sporty touch while being pleasing to look at. The perforated leather seats with contrast stitching not just look comfortable but offer great support and ergonomics while keeping you firmly in place when your sportier side takes over. The rear of the 2013 Acura TSX is just as comfortable offering generous passenger room and adjustable air vents.
The feature list on the 2013 Acura TSX is extensive with the car available in five variants. Automatic climate control and a sound system with USB and iPod integration are standard with the optional Technology package adding a Dolby ProLogic II certified premium 10-speaker ELS surround sound system with hard drive media storage and support for multiple formats. You also get the Acura Navigation System with voice recognition for navigation, audio and climate control systems. The 2013 Acura TSX V-6 model also receives Active Sound Control to optimize your audio experience on the move.

2013 Acura TSX – What Others Are Saying:
The Auto Channel: “Ride and handling are on the sporty side and the TSX is roomier inside than some of its more expensive competitors. It’s not ostentatious, a plus for many people and reasons. Seating comfort is very good. Precise handling and good all-day comfort. The 2013 Acura TSXcombines efficiency, comfort and performance.”

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The Car Connection: “The front seats throughout the TSX lineup are impressive. The TSX hits the right mark for the type who want the premium look and a more nimble driving feel with some added comfort and practicality that you may end up giving up with traditional sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series or Infiniti G37.”
The 2013 Acura TSX achieved a Top Safety Pick designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2013 Acura TSX – Pricing:
The 2013 Acura TSX is offered in 5 variants with the 2.4L engined model paired to the standard automatic transmission starting from $30,510.
The Special Edition model is available with the 5-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual transmission for $31,510.
The 2013 Acura TSX with 5-speed A/T and Technology package is available for $33,610.
The top-end 2013 Acura TSX V-6 with the Technology package costs $39,150.

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