Base 4dr Sedan
2009 Acura TSX

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$29,160
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 TSX Overview

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Acura TSX. 2008 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Honda's up-market Acura division. With the unveiling of a new diesel engine and the revamp of their entire sedan lineup, Acura is attempting to reinvent itself as a credible player in the premium sedan segment. But ever since Acura's birth in 1986 as the very first premium Japanese brand, the automaker has suffered from an identity crisis. Acura has always been a mixed bag, as if Honda wasn't sure what it wanted it to be, and with a lineup that spanned the enthusiast-friendly Integra/RSX, the rebadged Isuzu-built SLX and the competent but anonymous RL, consumers were equally confounded.After complaints that the previous generation of Acura sedans were utterly devoid of style, the automaker decided to give all of its vehicles a bold, new face for the 2009 model year. However, as anyone who has ever followed the follies of cosmetic surgery knows, it's far from a sure bet. Although surgeons claim to be able to take years off a patient's face, the result is often just some weird mutation that looks like a bad photoshop job. Case-in-point: the 2009 Acura RL that debuted at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The new shielded fascia Acura applied to its "flagship" was greeted with howls of pain from virtually all who laid eyes upon it. The RL was followed a month later by an all-new TSX, and on the smaller sedan, the overall look was better received, but many of Acura's aesthetically astute critics remained. Now that we've had a chance to spend some serious time living with the 2009 TSX, we were prepared to move beyond its controversial exterior and see how it faired in the real world. Hit the jump to see how it did. %Gallery-23161% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. Like the outgoing TSX, this new model is essentially a re-badged version of the rest of the world's Honda Accord. Since the mid-nineties, North American Accords have diverged from those sold elsewhere, getting larger at a faster rate than its European and Japanese variants. The TSX has proved reasonably popular for Acura and, per usual, the new model gets more of everything -- beginning with the exterior. While the old model was relatively plain and slab sided, the 2009 model gets a significantly more aggressive stance thanks to the longer, wider, lower styling. The surfaces around the wheel openings are far more prominent than before and the character lines are sharply creased, drawing a few cues from the larger TL. While the majority of the exterior changes are subtle, the one element that's drawn the most attention is the aforementioned grille. The shield that first appeared on the refreshed RL has drawn almost universal complaints from observers, but the implementation on the TSX is less prominent and better integrated than on its larger sibling. In the harsh light of day, it still doesn't qualify as …
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2009 TSX Overview

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Acura TSX. 2008 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Honda's up-market Acura division. With the unveiling of a new diesel engine and the revamp of their entire sedan lineup, Acura is attempting to reinvent itself as a credible player in the premium sedan segment. But ever since Acura's birth in 1986 as the very first premium Japanese brand, the automaker has suffered from an identity crisis. Acura has always been a mixed bag, as if Honda wasn't sure what it wanted it to be, and with a lineup that spanned the enthusiast-friendly Integra/RSX, the rebadged Isuzu-built SLX and the competent but anonymous RL, consumers were equally confounded.After complaints that the previous generation of Acura sedans were utterly devoid of style, the automaker decided to give all of its vehicles a bold, new face for the 2009 model year. However, as anyone who has ever followed the follies of cosmetic surgery knows, it's far from a sure bet. Although surgeons claim to be able to take years off a patient's face, the result is often just some weird mutation that looks like a bad photoshop job. Case-in-point: the 2009 Acura RL that debuted at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The new shielded fascia Acura applied to its "flagship" was greeted with howls of pain from virtually all who laid eyes upon it. The RL was followed a month later by an all-new TSX, and on the smaller sedan, the overall look was better received, but many of Acura's aesthetically astute critics remained. Now that we've had a chance to spend some serious time living with the 2009 TSX, we were prepared to move beyond its controversial exterior and see how it faired in the real world. Hit the jump to see how it did. %Gallery-23161% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. Like the outgoing TSX, this new model is essentially a re-badged version of the rest of the world's Honda Accord. Since the mid-nineties, North American Accords have diverged from those sold elsewhere, getting larger at a faster rate than its European and Japanese variants. The TSX has proved reasonably popular for Acura and, per usual, the new model gets more of everything -- beginning with the exterior. While the old model was relatively plain and slab sided, the 2009 model gets a significantly more aggressive stance thanks to the longer, wider, lower styling. The surfaces around the wheel openings are far more prominent than before and the character lines are sharply creased, drawing a few cues from the larger TL. While the majority of the exterior changes are subtle, the one element that's drawn the most attention is the aforementioned grille. The shield that first appeared on the refreshed RL has drawn almost universal complaints from observers, but the implementation on the TSX is less prominent and better integrated than on its larger sibling. In the harsh light of day, it still doesn't qualify as …Hide Full Review