- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Acura’s TSX is a European sport sedan with a strong Asia accent, or it may be more correct to say it is an Asian sport sedan with a strong European flavor.

No matter what description fits it is one fine sports sedan. Its roots come from the European version of the Honda Accord. It bears no relationship with the U.S. Accord. A late entry in the crowded entry-level sport sedan segment, the Acura TSX appears to be a winner - both price-wise and performance-wise.

The TSX comes fully loaded with only one option offered - a navigation system. The TSX’s base price is a reported $26,000 with the navigation system adding $2,000 to the total cost.

Performance-wise, the TSX appears to have its competition beaten in the power race. Its 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine puts out 200 horsepower at 6800 rpm, 166 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm and its overall performance is comparable to competitors with 6-cylinder powerplants.

The i-VTEC “intelligent” valve-control system delivers enhanced performance across a broad power band and also improves fuel economy and reduces exhaust emissions.

A drive-by-wire throttle control system eliminates the need for a mechanical connection between the gas pedal and engine.

Enthusiasts will appreciate the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. It is a pleasure to use and allows the driver to get the most out of the engine. Also available is a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic as standard equipment.

Driving the TSX is a pleasure thanks to its 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension. It is track-tuned to reduce lift, dive and body roll.

Thanks to its Vehicle Stability Assist system that works in concert with the braking and drive-by-wife throttle systems, TSX is provided excellent control during acceleration, braking and cornering.

The 4-channel system works with the throttle and with each of the four disc brakes to integrate driver control during acceleration, braking and cornering.

The disc brakes are equipped with 4-channel ABS, 17-inch alloy wheels and P215/50R17 Michelin tires.

Thanks to standard 8-way power driver’s seat adjustment along with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel provides an excellent fit for 99 percent of drivers.

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