The willing 3.5-liter V6 under the hood launches you hard at the corner; you brake hard, and the TSX’s big binders haul you down from speed. Crank the wheel around and head for the apex. A slight amount of understeer will want to pull you to the outside of the turn, but with a simple correction and a brief reduction in power, the TSX’s well-sorted chassis will allow the front wheels to bite hard and pull you through. Your exit in sight, a stab of the throttle will allow all 280 horses to come charging out, bringing the TSX neck-and-neck with the class leaders in the entry-level luxury segment. Just like Acura’s cross-ocean rivals from Germany, the TSX is a true sports sedan that excels at making challenging turns fun to master rather than a chore.
It is a second generation model of the TSX codenamed CU2.
It features a 280 hp (209 kW) 3.5 liter VTEC V6 with a five-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission. Suspension is double wishbone at the front and a multilink design at the rear, which increases stability and reduces rear-end lift during braking.
It is also one of the first cars to include electric rack and pinion steering, which reduces drag on the engine, while being speed-adjustable. For brakes, the TSX features meaty 11.8 inch front and 11.1 inch rear rotors with ABS.
Acceleration through first and second gears is almost anemic, with the car's top end making up for it. Like many other front-wheel drive cars, a quick first-to-second gear shift will temporarily affect front tire grip. Powered by a high power V6 engine, torque steer may be present on lower gears while turning.
Steering is sharp and precise, but understeer can occur easily if braking is not sufficient. Braking is required earlier than lighter cars, but is stable and balanced.
At the Sedona drag strips, the TSX likes to be launched with the throttle pegged and the engine bouncing off the rev limiter. On normal circuits, the TSX can be launched at 3500 rpm to 3750 rpm.