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Acura TSX vs Acura TL



  • johnny420johnny420 Posts: 473
    The TSX is a nice car but its 4 cyl engine seems to have gotten passed by by technology-driven 6 cyls that have the low end punch but also deliver good gas mileage and low emissions.

    And yet the car is an absolute blast to drive. What difference does it make if six bangers have more power? It does not change the fact that the TSX is an excellent sport sedan.

    Technology-driven 6 cyls? The K24 may be the most advanced production NA four available. No lack of technology there.

    Again, a couple of opinion-laced posts from individuals who likely don't own the car, but sure seem to know all about it.
  • am153am153 Posts: 10
    Thanks all for your help.

    I've settled on the TL without NAV in copper color. I love the color, but the only choice was that or white. Either would be fine. The car drives fine, and I'm looking forward to learning about all the features.

    Thankfully, I don't go through buying cars very often.

    Good choice, the TL. :D
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    The copper color? Huh? You mean carbon bronze (my favorite)?
  • am153am153 Posts: 10
    Carbon bronze it is; you are correct.

    Several people at the dealership (I presume they were customers) also said that carbon bronze was their favorite color. It is now my favorite, too.

    This some awsome car.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Congrats on your new TL :)
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Is the carbon bronze sort a copper color?
  • Hi everyone,
    I'm looking at the three options in the title and I am leaning towards the TSX or the Accord right now (mostly for $$ reasons). I currently drive a '01 Toyota Solara which seems to have a lot of torque for a 3.0 L V6. I like how the TSX drives overall, but during a test drive could not ascertain whether it feels quicker than my current car. I am afraid that if I owned the TSX, I would be disappointed with the power, but maybe not.

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation? I'm thinking that now is the time to get a good deal on a TSX with it being winter in the midwest and the new TSX just around the corner. The reasons I don't want an Accord are because everyone has one, the stereo isn't very good, and there is no manumatic shift feature. Thanks.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You might have a look at this discussion also: Honda Accord vs Acura TSX.

    Welcome! :)
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Oddly, I had a similar experience when I test drove the TSX, it felt very similar in ride to my Camry, but much more nimble.
  • Well, I'd view that as a good thing. The Camry has great suspension and a great road feel without being too firm. I've never owned a camry, but have been a passenger in a few models over the years and thought it was very smoothe. Lateral acceleration .76g for the camry and .83g for the TSX. Comparable ride quality to a Sedan like the Camry and much more percise corner and passing capabilities makes it all the more appealing to get a TSX. Camry is a great car. Just more boring than watching paint dry to look at.

    Buick Lucerne CXL and Mercury Montego Premier seem to be direct competition
  • rsobinrsobin Posts: 8
    I just traded my 2001 PT Cruiser, 6 years old, for a 2007 new TSX.

    Why? I was considering a new hardtop retractable Mazda Miata XM-5. But my wife had problems getting in and out of it for health reasons. Only could take one other person of course. I have wanted a Miata for years. Deam gone . . .

    So I began to look and look. Note: we also have a 2001 MDX Acura with navigation and love that car, it has 105,000 miles on it and we will trade it when the 2008 autos come out.

    So, after looking hard at a Prius (Toyota, I would have gone there but when my wife drove the car, she did not like looking out the rear view mirror with the "bar" across the back and she really did not care for the ride), a Mini Cooper, and others I had a vision . . .

    So I went to our Acura dealer and said, "Let me look at your small car." I did not want "my fathers sedan" -- to have a car to feel like I was sitting in my living room feel to it. I wanted a car that felt good in my hands and under me.

    The sales guy (showing me the TSX), started with the motor, then took me around the entire car, slowly. Then we went for a drive. As soon as I took the wheel, I knew this was all of the car I needed. Smaller, quick, and it had the things I really wanted as extras that most of the other cars I had been looking at did not have: navigation and XM Radio (I like baseball, and Sirius does not have that). And voice activatived. Great.

    I considered looking at a Camery (owned a 1996 one a while back) -- but realized that cars like the Toyota Camery -- were big lease cars, fleet cars, rental cars -- they are all over and the value in the future would probably be less than an Acura.

    The final kicker -- our Acura dealer service department is tops here. With Starbucks coffee and fresh donuts all of the time. Plus, I get free wash and vac. any time I bring my car in -- servicing it or just for the wash.

    Plus, I love the way the TSX feels on the road. Added a spoiler on the back, extra decor. pieces inside, light strips on the side -- and it is red. Looks great and feels great -- oh, I am 65 and watch me go.

    I did not want the TL or a larger car -- it is for me, not a family car -- and it cost a lot less than a TL.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    good choice-especially the color. I own an 06 Milano red with ebony interior 6 spd w/nav for 4 months now. Love it. I was thinking about getting a spoiler but decided not to. I did get the trunk tray, mud flaps, door edge guards, wheel locks and black and light gray painted on pin-stripes. My good friend is the service manager so I know I will be getting excellant service. He helped me get the car at a good price. Happy motoring. I am ten years younger than you. It is not that often I can say that anymore. If things go as planned xm and sirius will eventually merge. My husband prefers sirius so he has it in his car.
  • rsobinrsobin Posts: 8
    Great. I love clicking the button on the wheel, and saying: XM 175 -- and getting Home Plate, the baseball discussion channel. Or . . . one of the other channels I like --

    I have 135 miles now on the car. Or, also got wheel locks, mud flaps, and the light interor color. I also had them do the paint / inside coating -- for the 5 or 6 years coverage. No fading, or spilling of stuff, or pen marks ont he seats (I do that a lot) -- if I cannot get it back to normal, they come out and do it, if they cannot get it out or fix it like new -- they replace the carpet, seat covers, or fix the paint on the outside.

    I want that Milano red to look like new as long as I have it.

    Can you say -- geatty up . . . and go.
  • mf15mf15 Posts: 158
    Interesting that some of us ageing babyboomers like the TSX, as opposed to something bigger,more powerfull.
    I would like some more power I was somewhat underwhelmed with the test drive of the auto. I will need to test drive again on an expressway without the salesman. I like the looks both inside and outside. The ride might be a little stiff for some, but I have been driving a Jeep GC for the past 10 years so the ride is fine for me. I don't need a big car just me and the wife, kids are grown. I could do fine with an Accord or Camry V6 much more value. I still have many cars to look at before my lease is up. One other thing is that I can get supplier discounts for Nissan,Ford,GM,Chrylser, but I don't believe Honda, will have to check into that.Old Mike
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,094
    "want that Milano red to look like new as long as I have it. "

    Then I suggest you visit

    Someone just contratulated me on my shiny "new" Abyss Blue TL. Why, thank you! It's a 2005 that I bought over 26 months ago with about 18 coats of Zaino. Last coat about 5 months ago and after a quick wash the glassy, mirror-like finish is once again dazzling me!

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • rsobinrsobin Posts: 8
    Hey laurasdada -- which of the zainostore products do you use -- they have a bunch? Any secrets in applying it?

    What else does this car need ???

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,094

    The products I use (currently as I may order some of the newer stuff. I may be addicted...):

    Z2 (ultimate shine)
    Z5 (for light scratches and swirls as my TL is Abyss Blue)
    -both of these with ZFX
    Z6 between coats of Z2 & Z5 and sometime after a wash

    I basically follow the instructions provided by Sal. No secrets, fairly easy though time consuming. One trick is to first wash with Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove any other waxes (and you can clay, I haven't done that...). You only Dawn once, don't use Dawn again or you'll remove all the Zaino!

    Actually, besides, there is a discussion here in the Town Hall, just search for Zaino, much real world info there.

    May buy the Z7 wash, I'm told the leather stuff is fab. The new Z-aio sounds intriguing.

    Great stuff, smells good too...!

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    WOW! You sure do a great job keeping your car clean. I use a power-washer (karcher 1650 psi) It is doesnot have very much pressure, cannot clean the siding on the house very good) It is good enough for the car. Use blue coral wash, then mother's california instant detailer and also blue coral wheel magic. We have owned many red cars, most of them having to be parked outside and they always had a great new looking finish. Our tsx is spoiled as it is in the garage.
  • kennyg8kennyg8 Posts: 225
    I had an 06 TSX (with 10k miles) as a loaner last month when my o6 TL was in for service. The TL is more luxurious and has more hp and a much better sound system. The TSX is slightly better in turns, probably because of its lighter weight and smaller turn circle. Too bad the loaner did not come with a navi so that I could compare it against TL's navi. Both cars are a lot of bang for the buck in their respective segments, and you cannot go wrong with either, depending on your taste and affordability.
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    I just traded in my 06 TL for an )& TSX. The TSX is peppier, and much more nimble. Likely because of all the armor on the TL. As for me the TSX is much more fun to drive as well as, look at.

  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    I must disagree on the sound system vehemently. The TSX blows my TL away. I can listen to audio books in the TSX on setting 25; where as in the TL I needed to boost it to 35.
    Frankly I think there probably the exact same systems, my TSX might have been set-up a little better than the TL. I do miss the extra 2 cylinders, but I think thats an ego thing:)

  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    I just traded an 06 TL for an 07 TSX, great decision. Go for the TSX you wont regret it...
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    Thanks-I was just sitting here 2nd guessing myself over the transaction. I do miss the extra 2 cylinders but I think it is an ego thing, after all I am not a race car driver. The TSX's rear end is much more attractive and the front is basically the same as the TL. I like the tighter drive of the TSX, but then I also miss the heaviness of the car on a long straight drive-But I am happy and I really hated the looks of the TL's rear. They should have designed the TL with a more attractive rear-end IMHO
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    The NAV makes the car-If ou have'nt done the deed yet go with the Navi.
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    I had an 06 TL and now have an 07 TSX, yes the TL was quicker off the start, but I don't really need to be the first out. The power is there when needed and the sound system is awesome w/Navi???I don't know if it would be the same w/o Navi??
  • jkm900jkm900 Posts: 18
    Honestly, the only thing I took away from this forum is that personal tastes come into play when choosing between the TSX and TL. I was on the fence for so long on which one to choose. Then the 07 TL came out with some extra features which began to tip the scales for me. Sure you may not NEED a rear camera, but having my TL for only two weeks, the fisheye camera has already kept me from hitting people and cars when backing out from behind and Excursion or other SUV's. I also have to haul clients around and the TSX is just too cramped in the back so that was another reason for my decision.

    I still LOVE the TSX. However I think the backend is ugly compared to the TL which someone else in this forum said the exact opposite. Again, personal tastes. My best advice is to do what I did: Drive both cars, play with the features, determine what is most important in a car for YOU not anyone else and then buy the one that fits your lifestyle best. Don't regret either decision just because people on here think the TL sucks or the TSX is an underpowered whimp. It's all in how you percieve it and if it suits your needs!
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    I cannot believe it but I traded my new TSX and got my old 06 TL back. Yes I lost 2K, but to be so stupid I deserve it. I missed the wieght and genearl luxury of the TL too mich. The TSZ was more fun to drive, bit my commute is straight doen the intestate so I did not really have the opportunity to enjoy the superior handling of the TSX. I also hated the fact(I live in Florida) that when you ask the computer a question it turns off the A/C..
  • bator1bator1 Posts: 16
    Well, I missed my TL too much. went back to the dealer and got my car back. Cost me some but I was too unhappy with the TSX. Granted it handled great, and took turns well, I guess I just missed te room and all the other little extra's. I also like the TL because it feels a lot nmore silid than the TSX. I learned a very Expensive lesson.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I like both because i want them. I think the TSX is the better choice for me. I think my choice will come down to stock exhaust note. The TSX has 200-205hp and my car has 170. So the difference will be minor. Plus the TSX has the folding rear seat, useful for a sing college bound kid and the trunk space is the same. I don't mind the compactness.

  • voxboyvoxboy Posts: 30
    I love the TL, but long for the responsiveness of the TSX. TSX steering is so tight -- there's like zero play in the wheel. Why can't I have that with my TL? Is there anything I can do to change that (e.g. chage tires)? In what ways does the TL handle better?
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