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2011 Acura TSX Review

With a long list of standard features and excellent safety scores, the 2011 Acura TSX is a worthy choice for shoppers who want a practical 2011 small car with an upscale feel. The 2011 Acura TSX was also named our 2011 Best Upscale Small Car for Families.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-equipped, high-quality interior
  • Best-in-class safety scores
  • Good fuel economy with the base engine
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Cramped back seat




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
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2011 Acura TSX Overview

When it was new, reviewers appreciated that the 2011 Acura TSX came with standard features like leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port and a moonroof. The Technology Package adds navigation, a rearview camera and an upgraded stereo that includes satellite radio. At first glance, some reviewers found the controls and center stack to be intimidating, with too many buttons. The TSX has good trunk space, and test drivers said the front seats have enough space for most occupants, but the rear seat may be tight for taller folks. If you need more space, check out the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, which is reviewed separately.   

In terms of performance, the TSX’s available engines offer either great power or good fuel economy, but not both at the same time. The base TSX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which reviewers said was unrefined at high speeds. Still, the TSX gets up to 22/31 mpg city/highway with this engine, which is good. The V6 model is the reviewer pick because it has plenty of power for passing and merging, but fuel economy suffers slightly. Some reviewers like that the TSX hugged corners, but others disliked its electric power steering because it was too light.  

An unbeatable safety score and an amenity-filled cabin make the 2011 Acura TSX a smart choice in the luxury market.  

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Volvo S40 is also a classy, small sedan that has good cargo space and a comparable list of interior tech. On the downside, the S40’s back seat isn’t the most spacious, but that’s not uncommon among used small cars. The S40 is a bit more powerful than the base TSX.

The 2011 Audi A3 has a well-crafted interior, just like the TSX, but it distinguishes itself with fun driving dynamics, and an available diesel engine that gets great fuel economy. The A3 doesn’t have the most space in the back seat, but its hatchback design offers a lot more cargo space than the TSX. The A3 has top safety scores like the TSX.

Compare the TSX to the S40 and A3 »


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