Acura TSX Review

Today we are reviewing the 2014 Acura TSX, the last produced vehicle for this model. In 2014 Acura made a bold decision and decided in favor of quality, not quantity and stopped overwhelming customers with way too many unnecessary choices. The very similar both in size and features the TSX and TL were dropped from the Acura lineup in 2014 and molded into a spectacular new TLX model. And, since the brand has already revealed the very elegant and rather cheek TLX 2020 it seems like the decision was just. But we digress, let’s get back to the TSX review, it might just be the car you are looking for.

The Pros

  • Luxuriously roomy cabin  
  • Exemplary quality of materials
  • Good craftsmanship
  • Strong performance on the V6 model
  • Available as a station wagon
  • Acura’s reputation for reliability.
  • Genuine leather comes standard 

The Cons

  • Subpar breaking
  • FWD only
  • Buzzy dashboard
  • Cramped back seat 

Acura TSX Overview 

Exterior of Acura TSX

!In 2018 Honda Expanded the Takata Airbag Recall and among others, it included 2010-2014 Acura TSX cars and the 2011-2014 Acura TSX wagons.  Honda notified owners of the affected vehicles and replaced the front airbag inflator, free of charge. Always check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall!

This particular Acura TSX is a fine example of a great entry-level luxury sedan, and back in 2014 the TSK immediately went right to the top of the ratings and became a finalist in the 2014 Best Luxury Small Car for Families award. Thought over the last couple of years of production sales have significantly dropped, and that may be the main reason for a transition into the Acura TLX. 

Acura TSX is valued for the great engine lineup; you can pick and choose between the powerful V6 and the sprightly handling four-cylinder, both great choices. The 2014 Acura TSX has an upscale beautifully- designed and very well-made interior, plush front seats, and athletic performance. It is an extremely attractive sedan in all regards. Drawbacks? The competition! There are a plethora of rivals offering better options: if you are after sporty aggression – go for the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series with much better performance. If you are shopping for something sleek and stylish with almost an icon image – there’s the Mercedes CLA-Class you should consider. 2014 was a major sedan overload year for every taste and wallet. 

2014 Acura comes in two trims – Base and Special Edition. And there is also TLX Sport Wagon. 

Exterior

Somehow it’s always assumed that luxury segment cars are all about design with scrupulous attention to detail, though, some of Acura’s exterior overhauls were disastrous and resulted in a serious sales drop.  This isn’t the case for the TSX, this particular model really was modern, on-point and designed with style and class. The 2014 TSX is sleek and attractive, its clean-cut design is complimented by angles and a rising crease on each side. The TSX’s  Special Edition trim has stronger emphasis on exterior design with the more aggressive-looking front spoiler along with the unique rear bumper fascia and very distinctive wheels. Furthermore, if you are shopping for a station wagon – this is the most attractive one on the road today. 

Interior

Interior of Acura TSX

You get into the 2014 TSX’s cabin and immediately know you are in a luxury segment vehicle. It is a stylish, comfortable, convenient and sophisticated cabin. The seating is accommodating and will impress you with plushness and firm support. The dashboard looks a bit overcrowded with buttons and controls, but when you see a flow to the design it’ll all make sense. It is a spacious cabin, even in the rear seat, there is a substantial amount of legroom. The design is pleasant, all of the materials are of high quality, the upholstery looks upscale and feels soft to the touch.   

Performance

Powering the base Acura TSX trim is either the four-cylinder or V6 engine. The Special Edition trim is available only with the four-cylinder. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates up to 201 hp and the 3.5-liter V6 offers 280 hp. With that advantage in horsepower, the V6 undoubtedly offers better quicker performance. 

Technology

Technology-wise –the TSX is a solid effort. The TSX’s cabin isn’t a Mecca for the tech-savvy but is definitely more than just enough to get by. The standard tech package includes Bluetooth, USB ports, Cruise Control, Hands-Free Phone, Remote Keyless Entry as well as a good Navigation System, Real-Time Traffic Information and Voice Recognition System. The Entertainment tech is also impressive with the iPod Connector MP3/CD Player, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Premium and Satellite Radio and an iPod interface.

Value

The 2014 Acura TSX sedan recommended price was 31 530 USD –  39 275 USD. The average price for a used 2014 model today will, of course, depends on many things – condition, mileage, trim, etc. All though, generally, the price varies between 13 214 USD and 16 941 USD. 

Seats

The 2014 Acura TSX seats five in a luxury cabin. The two seats in the front are spacious and supportive. The seats in the back are more comfortable and offer more head and legroom than some of the rivals. But, taller folks will feel uncomfortable if seated in the back. 

Climate control

There’ a dual-zone automatic climate control. 

Infotainment System

Infotainment as we’ve come to understand it in 2019 is missing, though there is an 8-inch navigation screen optional with technology package and a 10-speaker audio system with hard-disk drive (HDD) for your music. There’s a CD and MP3 players that come standard on every trim. 

Storage and Space

There are 14 cubic feet of space available for cargo, which is a pretty good number. Furthermore, the seats in the back fold down and create additional space more than doubling its cargo room to an impressive 66.2 cubic feet.

Comfort

The TSX looks comfy and it has the sort-of ride comfort than comes to be additionally appreciated on the long rides. 

Seat comfort

Interior of the Acura TSX

The seating is very comfortable and supportive, especially in the front. Heated front seats are standard across all trims. Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, driver memory settings, a four-way power passenger seat are also found standard on every trim and add heaps to the comfort. 

Ride comfort

The ride is generally smooth with both V6 and V4. It is a comfortable ride most shoppers come to expect from an upscale vehicle. 

Quality

The engine is a very quiet one and the cabin is well-insulated, so the interior is all-round perfection when it comes to offering a peaceful quality ride.   

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the TSX 5 out of 5 stars on the rollover test, all of the other standard NHTSA crash test results aren’t available. 

Should I Buy the Acura TSX?

It is a solid used entry-level luxury sedan, it should definitely be at least considered.   

How Much Does it cost? 

13 214 USD – 16 941 USD