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2014 Acura TSX Review

The 2014 Acura TSX has a well-designed cabin, supportive front seats, and athletic performance, but the rear seats will feel cramped to most adults.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Balanced handling
  • Good reliability


  • Cluttered dashboard
  • Limited rear-seat legroom





Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.8
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2014 Acura TSX Overview

Is the 2014 Acura TSX a Good Used Car?

The Acura TSX is a good car. It balances a solid performance with an upscale interior, which makes it an appealing choice for many. The TSX was a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury Small Car for Families award.

The Acura TSX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 201 horsepower. The engine feels energetic and has solid acceleration. The TSX is more fun to drive with the available six-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic is standard. A 280-horsepower V6 engine is available, which – in addition to being more powerful – is more refined than the base engine. With the four-cylinder, the TSX gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. The TSX's steering is accurate, and it delivers a comfortable ride and nimble handling.

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The 2014 Acura TSX seats five in an upscale cabin. The front seats are roomy and supportive. With little legroom, the back seats aren't very accommodating for adults.

Standard features in the TSX include Bluetooth, a USB port, and a power moonroof. Notable available features include a 10-speaker Acura/ELS audio system, satellite radio, and navigation. The TSX has above-average trunk space for the class, providing 14 cubic feet of room. The navigation system can be confusing, and buttons and knobs litter the dash giving it a chaotic look.

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Used 2014 Acura TSX Prices

A used 2014 TSX base model with a four-cylinder engine costs around $17,100. A V6 model sells for around $21,700. As with any used vehicle, the TSX's price varies depending on vehicle condition, mileage, and location. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Acura TSX?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 TSX a reliability rating of four out of five, which is above average (a rating of three is considered average for a vehicle). That's one of the higher ratings in the class.

How Safe Is the TSX?

The Acura TSX has a decent safety rating, but many cars in the class have higher ratings. It received five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a rating of Good (the highest rating) in four out of five tests. In the small overlap front test, the TSX received a rating of Marginal (the second-highest rating).

No noteworthy driver assistance features come standard, and the only one available is a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used TSX?

2014 was the last year of the Acura TSX's second generation, which began in the 2009 model year. It was also the last year the vehicle was produced. Most cars are similar across all the model years of a given generation, so when evaluating, say the 2012 and 2013 TSX against the 2014 TSX, the real trade-off is that newer models generally have more features, and older models are less expensive. In the TSX's case, there aren't any noteworthy differences between the 2012-2014 models, and 2013 and 2012 editions are less expensive than the 2014 by about $4,000 and $5,000, respectively.

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Which Used TSX Model Is Right for Me?

The Acura TSX doesn't really have trim levels. Instead, you choose between the four-cylinder and V6 engine. For 2014, Acura also sold a TSX Special Edition, which comes with the four-cylinder engine and adds some unique interior and exterior styling. Models with the V6 engine, and some with the four-cylinder, come with extras like a rearview camera, a premium stereo, and navigation. No matter which engine you prefer, your best bet is to stick with the base trim and look for a model with the extra tech features.

A certified pre-owned TSX may suit you best. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Acura TSX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura TSX or 2014 Honda Accord?

The 2014 Honda Accord offers the choice between a four-cylinder engine and a V6. It gets excellent gas mileage (better than the TSX) and delivers relatively agile handling. It has an attractive interior, and the Accord's rear seat is incredibly spacious. It has more trunk space than the TSX, and it offers driver assistance features that the TSX doesn't. The Accord has outstanding safety ratings, and it costs thousands less than the TSX. The Accord is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Acura TSX or 2014 Acura TL?

Like the TSX, 2014 was the last year of production for the 2014 Acura TL. The TL is a midsize car, so it's kind of like the TSX's big brother. The TL handles well and features a V6 engine that delivers strong acceleration. It seats five, and both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable. The TL offers a few features the TSX doesn't, but it has a smaller trunk than its fellow Acura. The TSX has good safety ratings and a good reliability score. It also costs about the same as the TSX. There's little to separate these two cars, and choosing between them boils down to personal preference.

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