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#1287 of 3640 Re: need help to choose a car!
May 15, 2006 (12:06 pm)
OK I've narrowed it down to two choices, both prices being out-the-door with only TTL to pay.
1) 2006 Accord EX-L with navi - $24K
2) 2005 Acura TSX with 8.5K miles, no navi - $24.5K
The accord is complete and a good value for the price but the TSX has the sporty/luxury feel and makes the accord feel rather boring. Besides having that extra luxury feel, my other priority is the gas mileage. What should I pick? Do the prices seem reasonable, especially the TSX?
#1288 of 3640 nothing beats Accord V4
May 15, 2006 (12:07 pm)
as it does not exist.
#1289 of 3640 Re: Accord vs TSX vs Passat 2.0 [canaanman]
May 15, 2006 (12:07 pm)
I am in the same boat except I took out passat due to VW's reliability issues.
#1290 of 3640 06 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 6M v. 06 BMW 325xi 6M
May 15, 2006 (12:21 pm)
Which one is the better car? Thoughts?
#1291 of 3640 Re: Can't decide [volvomax]
May 15, 2006 (1:06 pm)
I would take a G35 over a TL any day of the week.
The FWD TL's are undriveable when you hammer them, way too much torque steer.
I have a manual '04 TL and the torque steer isn't really bad, especially since I got new tires. I do wish it was on a rear wheel drive platform, but if performance isn't a top criteria, this probably will not affect you.
#1292 of 3640 TSX - big disappointment
May 15, 2006 (5:20 pm)
My wife already knew she wanted a TSX - every time she saw one she would say - thats my next car! So we went in to take a test drive - BIG disappointment.
The handling was poor (crummy in the corners) - the ride was harsh (bumpy / could feel every expansion joint) - both cars we drove had a buzzing sound coming out of the dash.
We were also considering a different car for my daughter - so we drove a 2006 Civic the same day - the Civic and the TSX have about the same handling capabilities - the Civic has a better ride quality. The TSX does have more power than the Civic.
The TSX is an old design - it is based on the 2002 European Accord - so if you want a 2002 Accord with leather that requires premium gas - buy the TSX.
We took it off our shopping list - I can't understand why this car sells at all - there must be some car buyers that think that the Acura badge has some value and really don't care that it is really just a rebadged Accord.
I would take the Accord over the TSX - but make mine a coupe.
#1293 of 3640 Re: TSX - big disappointment [z71bill]
May 15, 2006 (5:39 pm)
The firm ride is because of the sport suspension and low profile performance tires. My WRX has a very firm (some might call it harsh) ride too. It's ride is noticebly firmer and noiser than my son's Outback Sport. If you want "sport," that's the price you pay.
The Civic is not a performance car, with the exception of the Si. I'm sure its ride is tuned more for comfort than the TSX's. The Civic's tires do not have as low a profile, and therefore absorb the bumps much better, and the springs are softer too.
I'm sure if you were to test two Mercedes E350s, one with the optional sport suspension and one without, you would find the same thing. The one with sport suspention and ultra-low profile tires would ride much harsher than the one with the standard suspension.
May 15, 2006 (7:00 pm)
Ride and handling is normally a trade off - you want great handling you get a harsh ride - want soft ride give up some handling -
Some how Acura was able to make the TSX ride like a car that should handle very well but does not - and handle like a car that has a soft ride - but doesn't.
I think its the 2002 technology.
In the sporty / near luxury car segment (whatever name you want to use) the car should have a firm ride but that does not mean you should feel every expansion joint in the road - thump - thump - thump - and it should handle 1000 times better than a $15K Civic. The TSX just plain falls short.
You could be right about the tires - maybe Acura just kept the same suspension tuning as the 2002 European Accord and stuck for low profile tires on it. That could explain the ride and handling.
#1296 of 3640 Re: need help to choose a car! [zdr81]
May 15, 2006 (7:55 pm)
These are both great choices and whatever u decide u won't regret it.
the accord ex-l is pretty much loaded with all the goodies (dual heated seats, power driver seat, automatic dual climate control, 6 disc cd changer, led brake lights, etc), which u probably already know. You also mentioned the dvd navigation system which put the icing on the cake. The accord styling is attractive, but the tsx is much better looking, and for $500 more i would go with the tsx.
I know u mentioned gas, and the tsx does use premium fuel which seems weird for a 4 cyl car. U do get more hp (34) with tsx, but i guess with it being a luxury car u just have to use premium.
the tsx is fully loaded, only missing the dvd navigation system which is nice, but with standard features like, heated power driver and passenger seats, auto rear view mirror, 6 disc cd changer with a 320 watt 8 speaker surround sound system(compared to accords 120 watt 6 speaker system) xenon headlights, (which is a plus on value)and the cool looking turn signals on the mirrors makes this car worth getting for $24500.