The 2008 Acura TSX is a luxury sports sedan with a single trim level and an energetic 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine. The unique feature of the i-VTEC engine is that its valves open for a longer period of time and at a wider aperture above 4500rpm to let in more air. This enhances acceleration and improves fuel economy. Another improvement in the engine’s performance comes from Variable Timing Control which, as the name implies, advances or delays the timing to decrease emissions and improve gas mileage.
As an entry-level luxury sedan, most people will be really pleased with the generous list of standard equipment. Relax in the comfort of the TSX’s fully adjustable seats, dual zone climate control with air filtration, and steering wheel controls for Bluetooth HandsFreeLink. Voice activation is also available for phone, air conditioning, and navigation.
The interior of the Acura TSX is outfitted with luxurious seating surfaces, eye-appealing textured dashboard and steering wheel, and ambience lighting that is both calming and illuminating at the same time. Storage of gloves, maps, and other necessities is accomplished with clever bins and nooks throughout the cabin. Visibility through the windows and windshield is nearly panoramic with minimal blind spots.
While the 2008 Acura TSX offers all of the performance of a sports sedan, it plays a dual role in that it is also a fuel efficient vehicle, with 19mpg city and 28mpg highway for the models with the manual transmission. Even better fuel efficiency comes for the models with the automatic transmission, in the vicinity of 20mpg city and 28mpg highway.The TSX handles the road skillfully with excellent cornering and respectable acceleration, especially at higher rpms.
For those who are looking for an exciting yet affordable way to enter the luxury sport sedan segment, the 2008 Acura TSX is every bit a contender. There may be luxury sport sedans out there who jump off the starting line a bit faster, but this one gives you loads of standard features and the quality you are looking for in a reliable car.