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You are in the Acura TSX
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Acura TSX, Sedan
#276 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [frisconick]
Jan 05, 2007 (10:25 am)
You're correct - the 2004-05 TSX has 200 hp. The 2006-2007 TSX has 205 hp. However, there is more than a 5 hp jump. For 2006 models, Honda/Acura began using revised SAE standards to rate their engines. I read an article that the jump in hp from 04 to 06 is actually about 13 hp - you may want to search to find more info on this. More evidence of these new standards can be seen in the hp ratings for the TL - it was rated at 270 hp until the 2006 model year when it was re-rated at 258 hp.
As for everyday driving - my TSX does just fine. It won't give you a kick in the pants like a TL does off the line, but get the engine up above 3000 rpm and it really moves.
#277 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [jsandberg77]
Jan 05, 2007 (11:06 am)
A 13hp boost is nice. Excuse my ignorence what is the SAE standard, and how is different from the old standard?
#278 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [frisconick]
Jan 05, 2007 (11:29 am)
ok - now DON'T QUOTE ME on this, but the SAE is the society of automotive engineers. They have had standards for hp testing, but there were areas within the standard that were subject to interpretation. This resulted in non-uniformity in hp ratings in the world market. This wasn't a big deal up until 20 years ago when the automotive industry truly went global. Recently, the SAE standards were revised to gain uniformity in hp rating. I'm not sure what all the changes were, but I think that the higher hp ratings in honda/acura vehicles was partly, if not mostly, due to the fact that they didn't hook the alternator, ac, and other devices to the engine while running the dyno test. Again, I'm not sure if this is all accurate - just my recollection.
#279 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [dynatsx1]
Jan 05, 2007 (12:47 pm)
Thanks, it seems to make sense.
#280 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [chihawk]
Jan 05, 2007 (1:46 pm)
I think the TSX is also good for taller drivers. Anyway, I mainly want to respond to your request for Any thoughts on specific years that is better than another with respect to hte TL, which is what I have.
I have an 04 TL. If you're planning on getting an automatic, I think you need to make sure you drive it in the 40-55 mph-range for an extended time (like a minute or so). Some cars had issues where they would upshift too soon, causing vibration.
04 and 05 had dash fade issues, though I think this was an overblown problem easily-fixed with an application any Armor All-like product.
In '06 TL added a torque sensor that reduced engine output when it sensed torque-stear. I have not experienced this, but I, personally view that as another feature I'd want to disengage when I enterred the car. After all, I know when I'm going to step on it, and I'd rather just remember to hold on tight, than to have the engine output reduced.
I would think that you could get a great deal on an '04 or '05 coming off a lease.
#281 of 386 Re: Tall Driver [taxesquire]
Jan 05, 2007 (3:08 pm)
the new generation of the TL, the 04, had some problems, I have an 05 with no problems. No vibrations or dash fade. I would sure like to get the 07 S-type, but my wife won't let me.
#282 of 386 Any suggestions?
Jan 10, 2007 (5:46 pm)
I'm in the market for a new car.
My old one is an 89 Acura Legend with 170,000 miles. Very reliable car, but it's time to move on.
I test drove both the '07 TSX and '07 TL today. Loved them both, but the salesman would like to make a sale and I can't make up my mind. Can anyone help me decide?
#283 of 386 Re: Any suggestions? [am153]
Jan 10, 2007 (6:48 pm)
How can strangers on the 'net help you to spend your money?
What are your needs/wants/desires in a car? How much can you/do you want to spend? What did you love about each? If you love the TSX, why do you want to spend more on a TL? And what salesman wouldn't like to make a sale?
Having posed all these questions, here's my advice: Buy the TL. It's prettier and faster. Or the TSX. It's less expensive and more nimble. No, prettier and faster wins. Buy the TL...
#284 of 386 Re: Any suggestions? [laurasdada]
Jan 11, 2007 (1:50 am)
Laurasdada, some help you are. Anyone else want to help me spend my money?
I also test drove an Audi A4 (another great car), Hyundai Azera (nice, inexpensive, but the nearest dealer is miles away), and the Infiniti G35 (another great car, but expensive and no negotiating on price or terms, so I'll pass, here.)
And I disagree about prettier and faster since both Acuras do well there.
Oh well, I think I'll have my wife make the decision. Thanks, anyhow, boys and girls.
#285 of 386 Re: Any suggestions? [am153]
Jan 11, 2007 (4:15 am)
Can you hold out for one more year? Both vehicles will be redesigned next year and both will be exceptionally better than its current versions.
I can understand about having the wife help with the decision but if the car is for you- have some input. Both are much more fun with the manual tranny and offer exceptional "performance" for being FWD. Really depends on what your wants and desires are.
But- I'm with laurasdada- I got the TL . I wanted more power, more torque and more space. You can't go wrong with either. Their both winners IMHO.