2013 Acura TSX Overview
2013 Acura TSX Overview
The 2013 Acura TSX is a compact, four-door, five-passenger, entry-level luxury vehicle sold in sedan or wagon body styles. Acura sells a base TSX trim, a TSX V-6, a TSX Special Edition and a TSX Sport Wagon trim. Easily tapped engine power, stabile handling and sport wagon availability are among some of the TSX’s strongest assets. The TSX doesn’t perform exceptionally well in any given category, nor does it compare poorly in any category and therein lies the reason the TSX manages to survive in one of the most competitive automotive segments.
New for 2013
Acura makes no changes to the TSX for 2013.
The 2013 Acura TSX embodies Acura’s styling elements that are a Zen-like balance of flair, restraint and quality. The TSX is tastefully styled and is instantly recognizable as an Acura through its angular-beaked grille and lowered front air dams. Exterior edges are crisp and proportioned with a modern, technology biased look.
The Standard equipment list on both the TSX sedan and the TSX Sport Wagon is generous and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights and foglights. Heated exterior mirrors and a power glass sunroof with remote operation also come standard. The sedan, when optioned with the V-6 engine, adds 18-inch alloy wheels. A Special Edition trim, only available on the four-cylinder TSX sedan, includes a unique rear bumper fascia, a more aggressive-looking front fascia and side sills, along with distinctive, five-spoke alloy wheels. The optional Technology Package includes a power liftgate on the wagon but isn’t really needed as the wagon’s liftgate is light and easily lifted by hand.
Interior & Cargo
Interior elements on the 2013 Acura TSX are much like those on the exterior, well designed, high quality and restrained. The TSX’s cabin offers a pleasing ambiance full of soft-touch high-quality materials. Most features are highly user intuitive and owners will have no trouble mastering the TSX’s buttons and switches.
Dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory settings come standard on the TSX sedan and TSX Sport Wagon. All trims even include a four-way power passenger’s seat, as well as a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. Electronic gadgets include Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port. Some excellent optional features include an unusually user-friendly navigation system with voice recognition and a highly recommended ten-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system. Sedans equipped with the V-6 gain an audio system road-noise-cancelling feature and a rear view camera. The Special Edition package includes seat inserts made of faux-suede, aluminum pedals, and bright silver trim elements with a black headliner. To balance the effect, red interior stitching and red cabin illumination come with the Special Edition package as well.
The cabin offers ample room and unlike some of its cramped competitors the TSX feels like a midsize vehicle. Seats provide excellent support, good driving positions, and all day comfort. Cargo space is ample, especially with the Sport Wagon’s low, flat floor which swallows cargo like only a wagon can. At 12.6 cubic feet, the sedan’s trunk is acceptable but with 61 cubic feet of space the Sport Wagon offers an entirely efficient cargo hauler.
Past TSX safety ratings have been excellent, and while the 2013 Acura TSX has not been tested, it is entirely based upon past models and should perform just as well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded past TSX models with top Good ratings as well as a Top Safety Pick designation.
Standard safety equipment found on the 2013 Acura TSX includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, as well as active front head restraints. Front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and electronic brake force distribution also come standard. However, some of the best features available in other Acura vehicles like a blind-spot warning system, all-wheel drive and active cruise control are missing on the TSX.
As before, balance remains the central theme in the TSX’s driving experience. Not quite a performance car, not yet a sport sedan, the 2013 Acura TSX blends sport inspired driving with smooth-shifting power delivery and a refined but taught ride.
The V-6 offers fantastic power, while the four-cylinder offers balance and quick-revving pep even though (when in the Sport Wagon) it is low on family and cargo hauling torque. The TSX is a driver’s car, with minimal body motion, sharp steering, and well-weighted handling. Regardless of which engine powers the drivetrain, the TSX is an unexpectedly enjoyable car to drive.
The TSX sedan comes with a 201-horspower, 170 lb-ft of torque producing, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. Special Edition trims offer a six-speed manual transmission as an alternative. The Sport Wagon comes only with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission configuration. The automatic features manual shift capability and is one of the best transmissions available. With EPA fuel economy of 22/30 mpg city/highway the four-cylinder provides good fuel economy with lively power delivery.
A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine matched to a five-speed, automatic transmission powers upper trim sedans and provides a healthy dollop of performance based driving dynamics. EPA rated fuel economy of 19/28 mpg city/highway is excellent for such a powerful engine. Either engine setup brings unmatched Acura reliability and bullet-proof mechanical components.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Acura TSX
- Audi A4
- BMW 328i
- Lincoln MKZ
- Infiniti G37
- Lexus IS250