2009 Acura TSX Video
2009 Acura TSX Video Transcript
>> Here's the new TSX for 2009. So yeah, it's gotten bigger all around and softer inside. Has Acura spoiled the good thing or going the right direction. C'mon let's find out. ^M00:00:11 [ Music ] ^M00:00:20
>> They've obviously got the navigation an outfit, you've seen a million times. It really hasn't changed much in the history of Acura vehicle with nav and there it is. It's a big screen, it's got an annoying clear window over it that really increases the glare. I guess it's a real design screw-up on that front. This does have real time traffic, real-time weather, automatic re-routing to get around said problems and of course voice control. Here is your array of dedicated buttons and of course a commonly seen Acura controller, which is the big ring around the outside, the big push button in the middle, you can tilt this thing back and forth, see you get this rolly, clicky, punchy thing. This knob is good and large and it's pretty usable underway. Now what all these controls in terms of volume and such, is a really good sounding audio system, 415 watts of ELS or Eliot Shiner Sound by Panasonic. We've also got a lot of physical interfaces for things like iPods and MP3 players -- even aux jack, but even better than that, look at the console here. There's a USB adapter in there. I can play my thumb drive and check this out, I've also got Bluetooth streaming, which is something very new on the market. There's Bluetooth audio and now, my Samsung Instinct is my iPod cordlessly. And of course this car has not just the Bluetooth streaming, but also a Bluetooth hands-free. That's part of what Acura calls hands-free link and it also have Acura link, which lets you stay in touch with Acura for things like service and vehicle issues and that sort of thing. Now a lot of Acura Files were kind of irritated when this new '09 TSX came out and it didn't have a turbo. It's got a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter in-line 4 -- a biggish 4, so as a result, the gas mileage isn't great. It gets 20 city, 28 highway estimated. Now that's where the manual transmission. Those numbers are nothing to right whole about but if you get the automatic ironically, you bump the mile a jump. In fact, I think your freeway mileage will crack 30 then according to the EPA. Now the word on the street is this car in 2009 make it a turbo diesel brought over from the European market. That could be really interesting and I'm a big fan of turbo diesel, so I might wait if I was gonna buy one of these cars to see if that really comes true. But again that's a better part of a year away, so says the grapevine. Now while the Acura interface remains pretty static -- i.e. dated, I mean, that's not the best looking screen you've ever seen in your life in terms of graphics quality. The voice command system remains really good. My only gripe about it is, it doesn't prompt you on the screen with the various choices you can say. Let me show you. Phone setup.
>> Phone setup options are status, pair, edit, delete and list.
>> For safety, this function can only be performed while the vehicle is stopped.
>> Now no point was I given prompts on the screen of what I could say. I had to sit there and listen to her verbal listing of the commands. That's tedious specially for stuff you don't use all the time and as you can hear Acura does block out a variety of functions when you're driving. That kind of annoying. ^M00:03:29 [ Music ] ^M00:03:30
>> Pricing an '09 TSX with this tech package is really easy. It's 32,8000 -- period. Everything I've shown you is included. Your only choice is transmission, bi-speed automatic, six-speed manual, same cost. ^M00:03:43 [ Music ]
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2009 Acura TSX Review
The good: The 2009 Acura TSX adds to the impressive tech roster of previous versions with a traffic-avoiding navigation system, iPod integration, Bluetooth streaming, and weather reports. Its engine delivers economy and power when coupled with the brilliant close shifting manual transmission.
The bad: The tech interface remains messy in the Acura, with a sea of buttons on the instrument panel. Map resolution is mediocre compared with current offerings.
The bottom line: Although none of its cabin tech is over the top, the 2009 Acura TSX offers a complete roster of useful in-dash gadgets. Its enjoyable driving characteristics make it a great driver in a variety of situations, from commute traffic to road trips.
2009 Acura TSX Specs
Part number: CNETACURATSX2009
- Product Basic Spec