Acura TSX

In April 2003, Acura released the TSX (manufactured by Honda and sold elsewhere as a Honda) in order to compete in the challenging entry-level luxury car segment. The stiff competition includes the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, the Saab 9-3 and the Lexus IS. Acura was in dire needs of making a comeback after the fall of the Acura Integra in 2001. Acura choose to produce the TSX as a small sedan, and in fact, is the smallest sedan that they produce for sale in the United States. However, don't be dispelled by the small size; the car still carries sufficient power made possible by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission and a front wheel drive layout. The TSX will run you anywhere from $27,890 to $29,890 depending on selected options. Drivers also have the option of selecting, at no additional charge in the United States, to have a five-speed automatic transmission. (Unfortunately, the automatic transmission will incur extra costs in Canada.) Consumers looking to purchase a more recent model will be pleased to know that the 2006 model has undergone a makeover, which includes a sportier exterior. Changes have been made to the front of the vehicle, the wheels, the sides (including skirts), and to the rear. However, more noteworthy and appealing in the luxury market, is the addition of Bluetooth-compatible HandsFreeLink and safety features to reassure the prudent driver. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety labeled the Acura TSX "Best Pick" for frontal impact. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the TSX a "Frontal Five Star Rating" and the Acura TSX was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list in 2004, 2005 and in 2006. Fiscally conservative consumers will be pleased to know SmartMoney.com rated the TSX a Top-Value Car of 2004 in the category 'Sedan under $35K'.