2009 Acura TSX

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Complete redesign

  • Larger in every dimension

  • Continues with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine

  • Available DVD Audio

  • Available navigation system with real-time traffic and Traffic Rerouting

  • Based on new European Honda Accord

  • Rearview camera newly offered

  • New USB music interface
Acura introduced the TSX sport sedan in the United States in 2004. A more luxurious version of the European Honda Accord (which is smaller than the U.S. version), the TSX has had a successful five-year run, and, like the European Accord, is redesigned for 2009. The next-generation TSX sticks to its time-tested formula: efficient 4-cylinder power, luxury amenities and crisp handling. The 2009 TSX is larger than the outgoing model in every dimension. The new platform is 3 inches wider and 2.4 inches longer overall, the track is 2.6 inches wider, and the wheelbase grows by 1.3 inches. Acura says these characteristics improve ride and handling, while also providing more interior room. The TSX continues with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and the heaping helping of amenities is enhanced with such available features as DVD Audio, XM Notes, and Traffic Rerouting for the navigation system. Like the previous model, the 2009 TSX is a 4-door sedan with seating for 5 and a split-folding rear seat.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Acura TSX is offered as one model with a manual or automatic transmission. An available Technology package is treated as another model. Standard features include leather upholstery; tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; 360-watt, 7-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with USB music interface and auxiliary input ports; XM satellite radio; dual-zone automatic climate control; Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; heated front seats; 60/40 split-folding rear seat; power windows and door locks; heated power exterior mirrors; remote keyless entry; compass; interior air filter; cruise control; power sunroof; auto-dimming rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; trip computer; theft-deterrent system; Xenon headlights; fog lights; and P225/50R17 all-season tires on alloy wheels. The Technology package includes a premium sound system, navigation system, and rearview camera. Tuned by sound engineer Elliot Scheiner, the 415-watt sound system includes 10 speakers, 6-disc CD/DVD Audio changer, XM Notes, and Dolby Pro Logic II. The navigation system comes with voice recognition, AcuraLink real-time traffic, Traffic Rerouting, and AcuraLink weather.

Like its predecessor, the 2009 Acura TSX uses an all-aluminum, dual-overhead cam, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Revisions to compression ratio, valve timing and intake- and exhaust-gas flow boost torque from 164 lb.-ft. to 172 lb.-ft. with the available manual transmission (170 lb.-ft. with automatic transmission).Horsepower falls slightly from 205 to 201, but Acura says the torque curve is broader and fuel economy is improved. The TSX offers a 6-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission with Acura's Sequential SportShift manual shiftgate. The automatic transmission can be shifted manually via the gearshift or, new for 2009, a pair of steering wheel paddles. Fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway with the automatic transmission and 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway with the manual transmission. Acura also says the TSX meets Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards for the first time.

Standard safety features on the 2009 Acura TSX include dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags; torso-protecting, seat-mounted front side air bags; head-protecting curtain side air bags that cover both seating rows; active head restraints; a tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist; traction control; and electronic stability control. A rearview camera is offered in the Technology package. The 2009 Acura TSX hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but Acura expects it to earn the highest crash ratings from both, including the IIHS's \"Top Safety Pick\" designation.

The Technology package's XM Notes feature captures a 10-second portion of up to 30 songs, plus text information about the song title, artist name and XM channel. The available navigation system uses satellite communications to provide Zagat ratings for restaurants and hotels, display weather information, and warn drivers of traffic congestion ahead and suggest alternate routes. The system can also be used as an interface when the car needs software updates.

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  • Name 4dr Sdn Man Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 29160.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
  • Name 4dr Sdn Auto Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29160.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
  • Name Tech Pkg (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 32260.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
  • Name Tech Pkg (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32260.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
  • Heated leather front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver/4-way pwr front passenger, driver adjustable lumbar, driver 2-poition memory, seatback pockets
  • 60/40 split-folding lockable rear seat
  • Adjustable front & rear headrests
  • Leather-wrapped front center console w/adjustable armrest, storage compartment, side utility pockets
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Carpeted front/rear floor mats
  • Stainless steel door sill plates
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/cruise & audio controls
  • LED backlit gauges w/progressive illumination
  • Dual trip meters
  • Dash mounted electric compass
  • Multi-info display
  • Maintenance interval reminder
  • Maintenance minder
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows -inc: auto reverse, anti-pinch, front auto up/down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/window controls, panic, alarm, key folding
  • HomeLink remote control system
  • Remote trunk/fuel door release
  • Electronic engine immobilizer
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Micron air-filtration system
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Front side window defroster
  • In-dash illuminated CD storage compartment
  • Locking glove compartment
  • Dual front & rear cup holders
  • (2) accessory pwr outlets
  • Alloy look or wood look interior trim
  • Front door storage compartments
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver & front passenger visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Overhead map lights
  • Driver & front passenger seatback pockets
  • Navigation system w/voice recognition & rearview camera
  • AcuraLink real-time traffic w/traffic rerouting, weather, satellite communication system
  • 17" x 7.5" alloy wheels
  • 16" x 4" steel spare wheel
  • P225/50VR17 all-season Michelin performance tires
  • T135/80D16 spare tire
  • Pwr moonroof w/tilt/slide feature -inc: one-touch operation, auto reverse anti-pinch, ignition off operation
  • Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights w/auto-on/off
  • Fog lights
  • Dual heated folding pwr mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals, passenger tilt-in-reverse
  • Heat-rejecting glass
  • Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist feature
  • 2.4L DOHC PGM-FI 16-valve i-VTEC I4 engine
  • Drive-by-wire throttle system
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Torque-sensing variable electronic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • Dual outlet exhaust
  • 5-speed sequential SportShift automatic transmission w/OD, grade logic control, lockup torque converter, paddle shifters
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • Vehicle stability assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Front 5-mph/rear 2.5-mph bumper
    • Sliding front subframe
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver & front passenger dual stage front air bags
    • Driver & front passenger side airbags w/passenger position sensors
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • 3-point front/rear seat belts w/front height adjustment, load limiters, pretensioners
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system w/location indicator
    • Active front head restraints
    • Emergency trunk release
    • AM/FM/MP3 sound system w/CD player -inc: speed-sensitive volume control, radio data system, (7) speakers, 360-watts, auxiliary input jack, UBS port
    • XM satellite radio *Available in 48 contiguous United States, free for the first 90 days*
    • Integrated glass antenna
    • HandsFreeLink Bluetooth wireless telephone interface
    • AM/FM/MP3 stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: DVD-audio, Dolby Pro Logic II, (10) premium ELS surround speakers, radio broadcast data system, 415 watt, auxiliary input jack, USB port

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