Acura Adds 2012 TSX Special Edition

Acura’s entry-level TSX sedan gains a new Special Edition trim that adds sportier appearance add-ons inside and out for 2012 four-cylinder models. The TSX’s actual performance doesn’t get any sportier, as this Special Edition is strictly an appearance package.
Acura says it added a more aggressive front spoiler, though at a quick glance it’s hard to differentiate it from the non-SE models. The side and rear changes look more dramatic, with unique side sills and a rear bumper with a little more flare. The SE’s 17-inch wheel design is shared with the regular TSX but features a unique finish with polished spokes and a gray background. Topping off the exterior is a “Special Edition” badge. 

By Joe Bruzek | August 29, 2011 | Comments (33)

Expect 2012 Honda Civic in Short Supply; New CR-V Delayed a Month

2012 Honda CivicHonda warned its dealership network to expect supply shortages of popular models, including the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, throughout the summer, USA Today reports.

The shortages are due to production limitations that are partly due to power disruptions as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Honda said in a dealer memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The disruptions will severely cut production of the new Civic. Even though the Civic is built in the United States and Canada, some globally sourced parts, such as chips and sensors, come from Japan and are in short supply.

On top of that, the refreshed 2012 Honda CR-V has been delayed by at least a month. The highly anticipated model was supposed to go into production this fall. To make up for the delay, Honda will continue to produce 2011 versions longer than planned.

The Honda Fit, CR-Z and Insight will also face supply shortages, as those models are built in Japan. The memo also said Acura dealerships won’t be able to order any more TSX or RL models until later this year.

Honda Warns Dealers of Shortages of Civics, More (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | May 3, 2011 | Comments (2) Reviews the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Ever since the SUV/crossover segment gained popularity, station wagon lovers have suffered through a long drought of compelling model choices. Given that there are few competitors, the new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon ranks among the top offerings in the segment, according to editor Bill Jackson. Continue reading the full review to find out why:

2011 Acura TSX Review

By Colin Bird | April 29, 2011 | Comments (3)

The Most Depressing Car Data Ever

I get in and out of a lot of test cars. For my daily commute, I’d say I travel in upwards of 70 new cars a year. Most of them have a trip computer of some kind that at least tells the average mileage or range. Then there are the more thorough trip computers like the one in the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, which I’m driving this week, that has average speed, instant mileage and the one I actually hate to see … travel time.

I can easily look at the car’s clock — I’m not that bad at math — to know I spent an ungodly amount of time this morning on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway. However, staring between the gauges to see “1 h, 21 m” in digital blue ink after traveling my 23-mile one-way commute is not the way I want to start my morning.

There were no accidents during this morning’s commute. This is just a typical morning commute when a few drops of rain are falling. Of course, it’s not all bad. I do get to spend time in some great test cars — even if the commute is longer than I’d like.

Luckily, my commute home is usually a 45-minute trip where I get to enjoy the drive and the test car a bit more. That’s why I generally spend the morning playing with the technological doodads and the afternoon paying attention to the performance.

For the record, the TSX got nearly 29 mpg on my evening commute and then fell to 23.5 mpg after this morning’s 1-hour-and-21-minute commute. It’s rated at 21/30 mpg city/highway.

Feel free to complain commiserate about your own commute below and how you make the best of it. Would you want a "travel time" readout?

By David Thomas | April 26, 2011 | Comments (11)

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Priced at $30,960

TSX_wagonIt’s been nearly a year since the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon was introduced at the 2010 New York Auto Show, but as promised, the model will go on sale before the end of year with a starting MSRP of $30,960, excluding an $860 destination fee. The 2011 TSX sedan starts at $29,610.

The Sport Wagon comes equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission paired to a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder. Neither the sedan’s V-6 engine nor the six-speed manual is an option on the wagon.

Standard exterior and interior features include: 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather seats, heated front seats, 360-watt seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, XM Satellite Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

When the Sport Wagon is equipped with the Technology Package, it gets Acura’s new navigation system and a 15-gigabyte hard drive for music storage. Pricing for that trim starts at $34,610.

Estimated fuel economy is EPA rated at 22/30 mpg city/highway for the model, which is 1 mpg lower than the similarly equipped sedan.

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon goes on sale Dec. 21.

By Colin Bird | December 8, 2010 | Comments (13)

2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Winners and Losers, Cars

2011 Dodge Avenger Automakers are certainly experiencing a rebound these days as sales are climbing. The boost in their coffers has led to an explosion of new models, and the auto-show season is the time to introduce them to the world. This makes our days harder — and the list of winners and losers a lot longer. In alphabetical order, see which debuts dazzled and which fizzled in the eyes of our editors, David Thomas, Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley. Next up will be the SUVs, crossovers and minivans.

By David Thomas | November 22, 2010 | Comments (12)

2011 Acura TSX: First Look

2011 Acura TSX

  • Competes with: Buick Regal, Lexus IS, Infiniti G25 
  • Looks like: Acura’s "shield" grille is better integrated 
  • Drivetrain: 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions 
  • Hits dealerships: November 2010 

For the 2011 model year, the Acura TSX undergoes a midcycle refresh, which brings a more cohesive version of Acura's look, an update to the interior as well as improved fuel economy.

More L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Up front, the new 2011 Acura TSX sedan goes under the knife. There’s a new front-end, revised chin spoiler, new fog-light design and an updated grille to better incorporate Acura’s controversial new corporate design. There are a few slight changes to the taillamp design. Overall, you’d be hard press to tell a 2010 and 2011 TSX apart if it was passing you by. We were shown the minor evolution when the automaker debuted the TSX SportWagon earlier this year.

By Colin Bird | November 17, 2010 | Comments (3)

2011 Acura TSX: Best Station Wagon Commercial Ever

There are those among us who love station wagons. They like that you can get a large cargo area without a high step-in height. They don’t mind having the vantage point of a car rather than the higher-riding SUV.

That’s why this new commercial for the Acura TSX SportWagon called “Transformation” is so terrific. While most owners won’t take a highway off-ramp at the same speeds as the commercial's stunt driver does — and probably shouldn’t — watching the sedan transform into the wagon while doing the maneuver is a treat for wagon enthusiasts. We also appreciate the type of transformation going on in this ad, which is far removed from the over-CGIed effects of the recent "Transformers" movies.

A video of the making of the commercial is below.

The 2011 TSX SportWagon goes on sale later this year.

By David Thomas | October 27, 2010 | Comments (7)

Navigation Systems Put to the Test: The Results

On Wednesday, we laid out plans to take several navigation systems — the pricey factory systems in an Acura TSX, a BMW 3 Series and an Infiniti G37, plus a $180 handheld Garmin Nuvi 255W — and see how they dealt with a range of simple and challenging routes. We started easy, then threw in everything from pit stops and missed exits to recently constructed highways and brand-new housing developments.

The results were illuminating. By day’s end, each of the systems had stumbled at least once. But when we tallied the evaluation, BMW’s Harman-supplied system won the day.

We’ll explain.

By Kelsey Mays | September 2, 2010 | Comments (10)

Navigation Systems Put to the Test

One of the most popular options available for new cars is a navigation system. Often these add $1,000 to $3,000 to the sticker price and can even be wrapped into more expensive packages.

It’s certainly easier to swallow that slightly higher monthly payment if the navigation system you just paid for works the way you think it should. But after testing hundreds of cars over the years, we know they don’t all deliver.
By Kelsey Mays | September 1, 2010 | Comments (12)

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