• Feb 5, 2008
It's handy to work next door to Honda's US Headquarters if your goal is to snag pictures of future models. A user from the Temple of VTEC forums named Tyson grabbed a couple shots of what's believed to be the 2009 Acura TSX. He'd been seeing the silver sedan for a few days, and was finally able to think quickly and grab the camera phone. What we know as the Acura TSX is the rest of the world's Honda Accord. Being their bread and butter sedan, Honda's not gone out on a limb here, but what we can make out is a pleasing evolution from the current TSX/Euro Accord. Having experienced the cavernous new Accord, we find the TSX a bit more "right-sized" when you think in terms of sports sedans. Hopefully, sporty moves will be delivered by Honda's SH-AWD hardware, with the RDX's turbo-fed mill providing the twist -- at least that's what we're praying for. Production is expected to start later this year.

[Source: VTEC.net]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura makes the TSX because it sells very, very well.

      It's a better car for your money vs. the Lexus IS250 or BMW 325i.

      I just wish they'd make it a real performance car by giving us a Type S with the 2.3L-T and SH-AWD from the RDX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks the same. Isn't this a re-design? Or just a refresh? Looks like the new Euro Mazda6 and a Ford Fusion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Lexus ES from the side. Bland as hell.

      Acres of sheet metal above the wheel wells make this thing look huge, at this point, it might as well be the TL.

      Maybe the RL update will be somewhat interesting, but this is about as vanilla as it gets, and not good rich-tasting vanilla. Bland, nothingness kind of vanilla.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell happened to the wonderful sport 4 concept?

      This looks like the current TSX with a body kit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.honda.co.uk/car/

      Here is the UK honda site, click on the Type S Civic....
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a Fusion from the side
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, clean lines... I like it, but then again, I have always liked the TL and TSX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again. Design-wise, Honda of Japan is fine. Honda in Europe is fine. Honda of America is completely lost.

      The initial rumors were that Honda was going to keep the new TSX roughly the same size as the current one. These pictures certainly make it seem like it will be bigger. The initial rumors also suggested that Honda would be finding a way to shoehorn in the RDX turbo-4 and SH-AWD, which may be the TSX's only saving grace. On paper, it seems like a fantastic engine for a compact sport sedan, but too bad, the fuel economy is probably going to stink. A turbo-diesel might be interesting though...

      I have to rant a bit sorry. Please keep in mind that I currently drive an Acura, and prior to that I'd driven Honda's for the last 11 years. These are words from a lifelong fan, not a hater.
      Honda of America. Please give your Honda faithful the cars that they want. The Fit is a great car, but seriously... you're not bringing enough of them in. It schools all the other sub-compacts in the market. The reason why it's so good? It is a JDM model. Don't mess with it, and for Pete's sake, stop holdiing back shipments. Where are the sporty (much less sports) cars? We miss the RSX. I even miss the Prelude. The TL Type-S was 2 years too late. The Civic si is decent, but not as cool as the euro version. What's worse, the "Flagship Hondas" are the worst in recent memory. The RL was promising, but needs a better engine. It's screaming for a refresh and a Type S/R. The new Accord sedan is hideous, and the new Pilot is a step backwards. The CRV looks like a bulbous mess. Maybe most importantly, GET THAT NEXT-GEN NSX GOING ALREADY!!! Why are you letting Nissan, and soon to be Toyota steal all the high-performance thunder??? At this rate, even Mitsubishi is going to have more interesting cars than you (and that will be a cold cold day in hell indeed).
      • 6 Years Ago
      TSX's are a little smaller than the TL. And as far as vehicle size is concerned, Honda is all out of whack. The current Accord is as big as an RL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really. The Accord is the nonpremium mid/fullsize, rather like the Impala or Taurus. Do people criticize the Impala because it's about the size of a DTS or STS? No? Then what's the problem with the Accord?

        The problem with Acura is that, without the RSX, there's no way for young buyers to enter the brand. The RDX and TSX are very slightly too expensive and, well, old. The RSX was very good at getting young, urban professionals into the showroom and, when they've grown up a little, into TSXs, MDXs and TLs.

        I guess Honda figured these people would have defected to the Civic Si and, to a degree they have, but not in the numbers Acura needs. And quite a number have moved to VW and Mini instead.

        I know Honda wanted to take Acura upmarket, and to a dgeree they've managed it with the MDX. But they're overstretched in resources and squeezed between markets. The RL needs to be better-differentiated from the TL, true, but a lack of an RSX replacement is what's hurting them. The rest of the lineup is actually pretty good.
          • 6 Years Ago
          @Joshua,

          I actually am Canadian and, yes, I'm aware of the CSX. It's a good car (so was the EL), but it's not an RSX--it's essentially a Civic Si sedan with nicer interior trim (like the EL). And yes, you're right, it exists because Canadians are more amenable to a small car with a premium badge.

          I still think Acura really hurt themselves by dropping it.
          • 6 Years Ago
          In Canada we still have the Acura CSX which is about $27,000CAD for base and goes up to $35,000CAD for the Type-S (Civic SI motor and tranny). This helps to get young drivers into the showrooms here, although I imagine that Honda primarily offers the CSX in Canada since we like small cars here more than United States, rather than the fact that it brings young buyers in.

          If people were looking at Acura but went European, it is likely they would have switched later on anyways so i don't see any long-term loss there.
          • 6 Years Ago
          In Canada we still have the Acura CSX which is about $27,000CAD for base and goes up to $35,000CAD for the Type-S (Civic SI motor and tranny). This helps to get young drivers into the showrooms here, although I imagine that Honda primarily offers the CSX in Canada since we like small cars here more than United States, rather than the fact that it brings young buyers in.

          If people were looking at Acura but went European, it is likely they would have switched later on anyways so i don't see any long-term loss there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Side profile is Fusion-esque. At least it doesn't look super sized like the Accord which is also a mish mash of copied and odd styling cues.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was thinking the same thing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. With that said, I don't like the changes they made to this Euro Accord aka Acura TSX. Should have left the styling the way it is overseas.
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