2011 ACURA TSX
Graphite Luster Metallic / Jet Black Perforated Leather
Stock #: ASM0011
2.4L I4 DOHC i-VTECH® • 6 Speed Manual
21 City / 29 Highway / 24 Combined
In a world...
Filled with Teutonic Sedans and ever-multiplying cookie-cutter crossovers with anemic engines trying to convince you of its long-worn sporting potential, why not opt for something a little under the radar?
Acura has always been a bit of the oddball of the JDM luxury trio. Lexus was the Mercedes with less maintenance, Infiniti a purveyor of Zen gardens, and not too long ago Acura was the Japanese Buick. European Honda products packaged under the sign of a Caliper (or squished H, you be the judge) and made to feel more premium with the inclusion of leather, wood, and most options standard while undercutting the competition price by a hefty margin. Sound familiar?
Around the dawn of the new millennium, some of the execs decided on a new direction for the brand, focusing on the executive compact and midsize sedans from the likes of BMW and Audi. The result would come to be admired by a generation of those in the know who wanted a high revving VTECH four-cylinder, handling over straight-line performance, and an interior quality that made an Audi A4 weep.
The TSX on offer is from the illustrious second generation that offered an all-new platform focused on safety and comfort, while a revised suspension allowed the front wheel driver to hone their skills into a carefully crafted sleeper able to handle with the best of them. Adding to the allure, this particular TSX is fitted with the ultra rare 6-speed manual transmission with sublime shifts and buttery smooth operation. Lease special this is not!
Who needs a V6 sucking up your precious fuel when a high-revving Honda engine can make up for the reduced horsepower by putting a smile on your face? The only thing you'll have to worry about is figuring out how to not sound like a Honda fan by shouting, "VTECH KICK IN YO!"
Tok Tickers and Youface stars love to wax poetic about their E30s and B8's while creating more noise and questionable home repairs than a slumlord painting over the cockroach on your kitchen wall.
Much like Acura, perhaps it's time to not follow the trend and purchase the svelte underdog that will have you teased by some and admired by others for doing the basics brilliantly and leaving enough change in your pocket to actually enjoy a Sunday drive.
Schedule a test drive today. Before you miss out.
After all, this isn't a Buick.
PRECISION CRAFTED PERFORMANCE
Prior to gracing our lot, this TSX went though our extensive vehicle check brought to us by Living the Dream Auto Care with the following services performed:
Oil Change and fluid top offs.
- 201-hp / 172 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm , 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine
- Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission
- 4-wheel independent suspension: double wishbone front / multi-link rear / Electric variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)
- 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/50 R17 93V high-performance all-season tires
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure / Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control / 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
- Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), front side airbags and side curtain airbags / Active front head restraints
- Auto-on/off xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights / Fog lights
- Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration
- Remote entry system with folding key and Acura personalized settings
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
- Tilt and telescopic steering column
- Sport seats with perforated leather-trimmed interior and contrast stitching
- Driver’s and front passenger’s heated, power-adjustable seats / 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
- Acura 360-watt Premium Sound System with XM® Radio,3 in-dash CD player and 7 speakers, including subwoofer
- Power moonroof with tilt feature
Acura TSX Overview
The Acura TSX was introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show as a production model. The 2004 model year TSX's powertrain consisted of a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder K24A2 engine which produced 200 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission (which featured a special casing, to reduce weight), and a front wheel drive layout. A five-speed automatic transmission was a no-cost option in the U.S. based on MSRP; however, such was not the case in Canada.
In 2006, the TSX was updated with slight tweaks to the engine (adding 5 hp with an increase from 200 hp to 205 hp); a sportier exterior styling featuring a slightly new front and rear treatment, standard side skirts, and standard, integral fog lights; and restyled wheels.
In 2007, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and an improved electronic rear view mirror were added, and the 2008 model year brought a new color option.
The K24A2 engine used in the TSX was related to the engine in the Honda Accord (7th generation), the Honda CR-V, and the Honda Element. The K24A2 featured intelligent variable valve timing (i-VTEC) and produced 200 hp (149 kW) in this iteration. Another feature of the i-VTEC system on the TSX and RSX-s was that, unlike other Honda K-series motors, variable timing was used on both the intake and exhaust cams in its three rocker design.
For the 2006 model year, the K24A2 was updated to produce 205 hp (153 kW). The diameter of the throttle body and intake valves were slightly increased, along with the cam duration and valve lift.
The redesigned 2009 Acura TSX made its debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 20, 2008 before going on sale on April 24. In terms of size, the TSX is larger than its predecessor with 3.0-inch (76 mm) greater width, a 2.6-inch (66 mm) wider track and a 1.3-inch (33 mm) longer wheelbase, and the length grew by 2.4 inches (61 mm). Curb weight increased by approximately 100 to 150 lb (45 to 68 kg).
Making its debut on the new TSX is Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which is designed to reduce accident impact on occupants. In the United States, the TSX comes standard with luxury features like leather seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power driver's seat with memory, sunroof, Xenon headlights, and adds a USB port music interface; in Canada this configuration is known as the "Premium Package" as there is a base trim available with the four-cylinder TSX that has cloth seats and halogen headlights, and without the USB connector, memory seat function, and fog lamps. The TSX has an optional technology package, which includes a navigation system real-time traffic and weather, and a 10-speaker premium sound system with DVD-audio capabilities.
For the United States, Acura also added a "Sport Wagon" body style of the TSX in fall 2010 as a 2011 model. The wagon is available with the I4 engine and 5-speed automatic.
The 2010 model year TSX added an optional 3.5L 280 hp V6 engine, shared with the Acura TL. It comes standard with the five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and 18-inch alloy wheels, and is available in either Premium or Technology trims.
For the 2011 model year, the TSX received a facelifted grille with horizontal slots.
For the 2012 model year, Acura introduced an all new Special Edition model. The exterior features a more aggressive front spoiler giving it a sporty look, reminiscent of their old sports coupe, the RSX. Other cosmetic upgrades include a rear bumper fascia, side sills, and a "Special Edition" badge on the trunklid. In the cabin, Acura made sport-minded appointments including suede seat inserts with red backing. There is red stitching on the shift knob, seats, and steering wheel, along with red ambient lighting featured on the gauge cluster, overhead lighting, and footwell lighting. The pedals have also been upgraded to aluminum.
In late 2013 Honda announced that the TSX would be replaced with the Acura TLX sedan and that they will discontinue sales of the TSX model in 2014.
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