Friday, December 4, 2009

2009 Acura TSX Breaks Cover at NY Show

If you happened to see the 2009 European spec Honda Accord that made its debut at this month’s Geneva Show (if you didn’t, click here), then you’ll be familiar with the 2009 Acura TSX’s appearance as the only differences between the two cars concern the Acura logos and the new front grille. Even though we liked the ’08 TSX’s design, we’re not so sure that we agree with Acura’s evolutionary approach to the 2009 TSX’s styling.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2009 TSX has slightly grown in dimensions, with body-width increased by 3.0 inches, wheel track dimensions up by 2.6 inches along with a 1.3-inch longer wheelbase and 2.4 inches greater overall length, all of which promise to benefit interior roominess.

There are no surprises under the hood as the new TSX is equipped with a slightly revised version of the 2008 TSX’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder unit producing 201 Hp and 172 lb-ft of torque (an improvement of 8 lb-ft or five percent over the outgoing model). TSX customers have a choice of a 6-speed manual with new ratios for second through sixth gears or a Sequential SportShift 5-speed auto. According to Acura, the 2009 TSX offers an estimated mileage of 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the manual version and 21/30/24 mpg respectively for the automatic. –Details and image gallery after the jump

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