What is it? Acura's smallest sedan receives updated exterior styling, improvements to quiet the cabin, and updates to the engines to boost fuel economy.
The 2011 car's appearance is enhanced with a new front fascia, revised chin spoiler, a new look to the fog lights, and an updated grille. The back of the car gets revised taillights and a new rear license plate finish. New wheels round out the exterior changes.
The 2011 models have revised styling for the center console, darker trim pieces, new door handles, an updated parking brake handle, and a new look for the steering wheel. Rear-seat passengers are treated to their own heating/cooling vents mounted at the rear of the center console. Other note-worthy upgrades include an enhanced navigation screen, claimed faster navigation system performance, and a 60-gigabyte hard disk drive with the ability to store 15-gigabytes of music. Finally, to quiet the cabin (our last TSX had pronounced road noise), the 2011 model gets a new acoustic glass front windshield, thicker side glass, increased use of sound-deadening insulation, improved floor mats, and new under-floor covers.
According to Acura, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 3.5-liter V6 receive numerous improvements to reduce internal operating friction; the goal is to improve fuel economy, make the engines run cleaner, and increase engine life. The company says the changes result in 1 to 2 mpg better EPA fuel economy.
Both five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions (four-cylinder model only) continue to be available. A wagon variant joins the line later this year.
CR's take: The TSX successfully combines a sporty demeanor without sacrificing solid credentials as a well-rounded car. The four-cylinder engine is economical yet still provides responsive performance. Other high notes include terrific front seats and a nicely done interior. But the TSX's ride isn't entirely settled and we think, for a sports sedan, the steering could have more feedback. The rear seat is also snug.
When will it be available? November 2010.
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