2011 Acura TSX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Acura TSX was new.


Interior: 8.2

Other than tight seating for larger passengers and confusing controls, reviewers have few complaints about the 2011 Acura TSX’s interior. Materials quality is great, and the TSX offers a solid list of standard and optional features that shoppers at this price point are looking for. Optional features include a navigation system and rearview camera. Standard features include a moonroof and steering wheel controls with Bluetooth connectivity. 

  • "Although it's generally attractive, the TSX's interior doesn't seem distinguished or upscale enough to warrant the premium badging. The faux titanium accents around the dash and console struck us as a bit hokey and downmarket -- substituting a smattering of real aluminum trim would go a long way here. Overall build and materials quality, however, are excellent." -- Edmunds
  • "Is it well equipped? Like a Chippendales show." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Inside, the cabin is comfortable and inviting, with leather all around." -- AutoWeek


The 2011 Acura TSX’s seating critique is common for small cars: The front and back seats are tight for some, but comfortable for others. Depending on how tall you are, you may find that the front seat lacks headroom. The same is said for the back seats too, but tall passengers will also find cramped legroom and a lack of foot space.

  • "Somewhat disappointing. Legroom is cramped even if the front seats are not set far back. Fortunately, the angle of the rear seatback prevents the sunroof housing from stealing too much headroom. As in front, taller passengers will find head clearance lacking. Foot space is tight unless the front seats are raised high." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The second row sufficiently passes the six-footer test." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Immediately noticeable are the very supportive front seats, whose full and high-reaching side bolsters conjure up visions of the NSX's buckets." -- Road and Track 
  • "The front seats, for one thing, are superbly shaped for maximum comfort." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Overall, test drivers are quite impressed with the Acura TSX’s interior features. Standards include steering wheel controls, power windows, moonroof, keyless entry, iPod Integration and Bluetooth.

There’s also a solid list of optional features. Shoppers can select the Technology Package that includes an ELS Surround Sound System, navigation and rearview camera.

Reviewers think the ELS sound system is great, but have a few complaints about the navigation system. They note that the screen is difficult to read in sunlight, which only makes it harder to use.

  • "Despite being loaded with a nav system, high-end ELS sound system (which delivers superb sound via its tight, thumping bass, crisp highs and realistic separation) and most every other automotive luxury and convenience, the TSX's controls are as intuitive as those of its popular Honda Accord cousin." -- Edmunds
  • "The screen is prone to washing out in bright sunlight. It takes study to master all of the navigation system's functions. Standard voice recognition helps, but any commands must be spoken slowly, loudly, and clearly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The center stack is dominated by the same array of knobs and buttons found in the MDX and the RDX for the climate control, entertainment and navigation options. That means more than 25 knobs or buttons, a dizzying array at first glance." -- AutoWeek


Reviewers say the 2011 Acura TSX sedan’s 12.6 cubic feet of space will be adequate for most car shoppers. If cargo space is really important to you, the Audi A3 is worth a look. It’s a class leader with 19.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 39.0 cubic feet with them folded. 

  • "A wide aperture and low deck are thoughtful, but the trunk narrows quite a bit between the rear tires, limiting its usefulness for hauling bulky items. Oddly, TSX's trunk has traditional lid hinges rather than compact strut-type ones. They steal little cargo space, though. Storage pockets in all four doors help compensate for the somewhat small glovebox and center console bins." -- Consumer Guide

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