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Acura TSX - Ride Quality

geot1geot1 Posts: 4
edited 12:29AM in Acura
I have had my TSX for about 6 weeks and 1800 miles. The ergonomics of the car are for the most part excellent. I enjoy the looks, handling, accelleration, navi etc. I do have one major issue - the ride. I feel every bump, every shallow pothole on the highway or city street - in short everything that is not pristine highway or backroad. It almost feels like I'm bottoming out at times except the car doesn't touch the road.

What kind of ride is everyone else experiencing? Any problem with struts? Is this what "firm" means?
I've driven many cars and haven't experienced this bad a ride since the Honda wagon first came out with 12 inch wheels.
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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,600
    I'd check the tire pressure first and ensure that it is within specs. If it is, then Yep - that's the firm ride you are feeling IMHO.
  • geot1geot1 Posts: 4
    Had dealer check and he adjusted the pressure lower - but without much of a change. I'm just surprised I haven't seen more comments on this. In fact I've seen the opposite. Reviewers talk about how well it handles curves (I agree) and that it manages city steets equally well.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Of course it is firm. The ride in an Accord is kind of firm and the TSX is even tighter. Add the sportier tires to the mix and this should be a surprise to no one.
    Replacing the tires with something else might help a little.
    A Camry will have a much smoother ride.
  • I hate the ride. It is stiff, busy, and you too feel every bump. My experience is identical to your own, and that is one major complaint.

    A big part of the problem is the tires. You've got low profile tires with stiff sidewalls.

    I did a lot of experimenting with tire pressure. I've now got the front tires at about 35 psi and the back at about 32 - 33 psi. That is a little more than ACURA recommends, and one would think that would lead to a harsher ride. But, it has worked out better for me thsi way.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If I had to classify the TSX handling, I would call it "taut". Is it too stiff? Hmmm... that depends. For a luxury sedan? Probably; definitely not like a Lincoln Mark IV. For a sport sedan? No way. I like it just right.

    If you want to feel a stiff ride, go test drive a Toyota Matrix. In contrast to that, the TSX feels like Jell-O.
  • geot1geot1 Posts: 4
    Thanks uncledavid for the advice. I will try adjusting the tire pressure.
    If I had one major recommendation for Acura it would be to add a third option (after manual/auto and navi). That is a sport vs non sport suspension much like BMW does. I realize a limited production car like this may not be going after a wider audience - but this will only enhance its image and appeal.
    If the tires are a big factor - is it possible to put bigger profile tires on these wheels?
  • qddaveqddave Posts: 164
    Wouldn't you realize the stiffness of the ride on the test drive? If you didn't like the ride quality, why buy the car? Or was it lower on your priority list. No offence, just wondering.
  • you can put a higher profile tire on the car but you'll have to use a smaller wheel like a 16" otherwise you could damage the car/suspension as the diameter would be too great for the space in the wheel well.
  • Xporx4 - I partially agree. I do think the ride is taut. But, taut and stiff are not necessarily the same. A BMW 325i is taut, but absorbs bumps nicely. The TSX lets too much into the cabin. That said, I can't say that I see ride quality as a major issue. It is a potential weakness of the TSX, but not a big deal to me.

    Geot1 - You could not fit higher profile tires on the current rim. To maintain the height and offset, you'd have to get new rims, and move to a 16 inch tire. I think the size you would want would be 205/60 16. The folks at Tirerack.com could tell you for sure. This would not be an inexpensive change (figure on spending about $1000 for four new tires and rims).
  • boz10boz10 Posts: 14
    If you refer to Honda's web site in the UK, the standard size tire is 205/55/16. This size should work as the euro accord is basically a TSX. BTW this is the size tire I'm using this winter as I am putting snows on.
  • geot1geot1 Posts: 4
    I did not notice ride roughness on the test drive. Roads around the dealer probably did not represent the wide range of roads you find commuting 26 miles to work. My mistake.
    These's a lot I like about the car and that's why I'm trying to make the ride as comfortable as possible for everyday use.
    I appreciate all the feedback from the board
  • I think your experience is a lot like mine. It is hard to judge ride comfort on a test drive. I assumed it would be no problem because the media reports were so positive. But, I find the ride to be kind of stiff and busy. I love the car otherwise (looks, acceleration, handling, interior refinement).

    For what it is worth, it took me a little while to get used to the ride. Now, I don't even notice it.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    Ride was one of the shortcoming Consumer Reports mentioned in their test of the TSX.
  • mrgold35mrgold35 Posts: 73
    I like the ride quality of the TSX. My other car is a 97 Accord and this car feels sloppy compared to the TSX. 95 mph in the TSX feels like 75 in the Accord. I feel connected to the road and feel more confident while driving. I'm alway looking a the speedo and realizing I'm going 10-15 mph over the speed limit because the car feels so smooth.
  • iranbtiranbt Posts: 1
    While test-driving the TSX I did notice the firm ride and how it transmitted every bump into the cabin. At the same time I noticed how much confidence I gained as a result of this firmness. In my fiance's Camry(more comfortable than my couch at home) I'm always afraid of going more than the speed-limit while driving on curvy roads at night. A firm ride will eliminate that fear completely. I rather feel confident and involved rather than sleepy and worried.

    This is the main reason I refused to buy the TL despite the amazing deal I was offered. The TL felt too soft for my taste, and people say the TL is sporty! If TL is a sporty car to the general public, then I understand why I always get stuck behind people who have absolutely no idea about their surroundings and the road-conditions. This is why you see mass accidents in the US a lot more than you'd see them in Europe or Japan. Cars are becoming less and less involved with the road as time passes, and one thing to be concerned about is, "At what point should we stop hiding the physical aspects of driving?"
  • johnny420johnny420 Posts: 473
    Interesting take on U.S drivers and being involved with the driving.

    I agree that, while firm, the TSX ride is nowhere near harsh, and that firmness inspires confidence on the road. The car feels planted. You get used to the firmness after driving the car for awhile.
  • Agreed about the ride quality - it makes for a better driver's experience. It may make for a worse rider's experience though.

    My theory is that most folks in the US want to be riders rather than drivers, even when they're behind the wheel. Lots of cars in the US advertise features that blur the distinction between your car and your living room, and the emphasis is on comfort and convenience (and safety.) This doesn't really encourage folks to embrace the act of driving. Infact it sort of suggests that you can spend less time "worrying" about driving and more time relaxing, enjoying time with other people in the car.

    I guess I don't really mind that point of view although when you're out on the road and see so many people driving inattentively it makes me angry. It's one thing to be chatting on a cell phone and watching TV at home; it's something else to be doing that riding on a metal object with lots of kinetic energy.
  • seazseaz Posts: 3
    I can confirm that the ride quality in the TSX leaves something to be desired. True, it is a sporty sedan and it's supposed to be stiff, but it feels stiff in an unrefined way. I've got an '04 TSX 6sp and when I test drove it seemed fine. It rides very nice on the freeway and newly paved roads, but when I'm driving around on the city streets it's awful. After driving it two years I'm used to it for the most part, but every pot hole and every manhole cover in downtown still makes me brace for impact cringe when I run over it. I've driven BMWs and Audis and I can just say that the suspensions on the German cars, while stiff, are much more well controlled and refined. I just have to remind myself that the TSX is a relatively inexpensive car when compared to the BMW, and so it is what it is. Overall still a good value. (I'm not a fan of the TL. That is softer, but to me clumsy.)
  • I JUST PURCHASHED MY TSX 2 WEEKS AGO. I AM 6' 1" AND WEIGH 187 POUNDS. GREAT CAR EXCEPT MY BACK IS KILLING ME. INSTEAD OF RIDING ON THE SEAT I SEEM TO BE RIDING PARTLY ON THE SIDE BOLSTERS. ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO SOFTEN THE BOLSTERS OR WIDEN THEM. I CALLED ACURA AND THEY WERE NO HELP. IF NOT EXPECT TO SEE MY CAR ON CARS.COM VERY SOON.
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