Last post on Jun 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM
You are in the Acura TSX
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Acura TL, Acura TSX, Sedan
#367 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [nj2pa2nc]
Jan 28, 2008 (10:31 am)
When I say 4500 rpm, I am talking about routine acceleration. Do get the acceleration I need, the TSX needs to almost be floored to redline on a regular basis whereas the TL-S can be shifted at about 4000-4500 rpm. Yes, I accelerate hard and drive fast overall. I can't see why anyone one would by a TL-S and drive slow!
My daily commute is about 4 miles of city streets at each end of a 13 mile freeway leg. The freeway part is usually at 80 mph depending on how many retards there are clogging the passing lane The TL-S runs very relaxed at 2750 RPM at 80 mph. I am ADHD (not one of those people who uses it as an excuse), so my brain will literally check out if I drive 60 mph for any length of time. By staying faster and moving past traffic my brain has to stay focused on many things, and thus it keeps me alert. It's kind of like who a kid can't pay attention to a boring class lecture but can sit in front of the computer and play Halo for 4 hours (or more) without a break.
Under hard acceleration the poor TSX's mileage suffers, hence the small difference in overall mileage when I drive the two cars. The TSX really just needs more lower end torque.
#368 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [nj2pa2nc]
Jan 28, 2008 (10:33 am)
Oh BTW, I paid $33,900 for my 08 TL-S (+TTL).
#369 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [chirocat]
Jan 28, 2008 (10:45 am)
excellent price- I paid 25,500 for my 06 tsx w/nav. My speeding days are over-stopped on numerous occasions when I owned vehicles with turbo engines- Luckily only warnings. I now drive only 5 miles over the speed limit- too many cops on the roads near me. The speed limit on one of the highways I sometimes use is 70. I hope your tl-s has MT. What color I love the morrocan red one
#370 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [nj2pa2nc]
Jan 28, 2008 (3:36 pm)
Well I am getting to be an old geezer but just got a TL in August, love it.
Kids are grown so my days of the minivan are over. Did not need a big car,really wanted the TSX.
I did quite a few test drives in the TSX and decided it did not have enough power for
me. That being said it is a great car.
Oh by the way, I have the Morrocan Red.
#371 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [nj2pa2nc]
Jan 28, 2008 (9:27 pm)
I had to work pretty hard to get a TL-S with 6MT. I refused to even test drive an auto. While driving the automatic TSX loaner I kept trying to push the clutch in while stopping....and hit the brake LOL. I ended up with a CBP and taupe interior. With window tint and the dark Tl-S rims the car looks amazing. I would have also considered the Moroccan Red or Blue, but those are near impossible to find with a MT.
Where I live in Texas the average speed on the interstate is about 75-78 unless there is a retard with a driver's license around. The cops do patrol the area but they use Lidar and are so easy to spot I could slow to 40 mph before they clock me. They sometimes try to sneak up on people from behind but I am one of the 5 drivers in Texas that has figured out what a rear view mirror is for. So far I have had no tickets in my county in the 7years I have lived here. That's not too bad considering the nearly 100,000 miles I have driven on these roads.
The secret is to drive consistently and safely........pretend the road is the Autobahn and you are a German with a Mercedes. Interestingly, the Autobahn has a lower accident rate than the US interstates. But you can chalk it up to driver mentality and superior training. That and they don't allow beaters on the road! For such a "repressive socialist state" they sure have some nice freedoms that we don't.....such as unlimited sections of the Autobahn (when weather and traffic permits), and freedom from drunk drivers (or at least compared to us!). Driving is one area where I think a rigid and involved system like theirs is superior. Lets face it, Americans think driving is a right and we will give a license to anyone with a pulse and better than 20/100 vision. (Autobahn rant mode off)
#372 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [chirocat]
Jan 29, 2008 (11:41 am)
alot of the cops here patrol the highways in un-marked mustangs, chargers, camaro's and are in regular clothes. They also pretend they are road workers,and are working on the side of the roads. They have some kind of radar with them,and if they catch you speeding you are stopped further up the road.
I am kinda glad the tl-s was not out when I bought my tsx- especially if it were the red with 6 MT. I probably would be owning that. I do love my tsx (paid for) I love red as you probably can tell.
I can not believe the bad drivers here-they pull in front of you on the highway and go real slow-get up to speed a-whole. Driving 55+ when they suddenly slow down-no signals-to make a turn that takes forever. Oops I doing the autobahn thing)
will be driving from NC to California in May-going thru Texas-where are U.
Oh yeah I probably have some form of attention disorder-don't feel bad. It's normal (Lol)
#373 of 386 Re: TL for family, TSX for single [mf15]
Jan 30, 2008 (10:44 am)
great color choice-even better with ebony interior.
after going thru the hogging the back seat phase-a mini van with captain chairs is the way to go with kids-not the tl or tsx.
I am very happy with my tsx and glad you are with your tl. acuras are great cars.
my 40th high school reunion will be next year sometime-if they have it. my age is revealed (LOL)
#374 of 386 Drove 'em both - going w/ the TSX
Jan 31, 2009 (7:59 am)
I am in the process of replacing my Audi A3 before the warranty expires. I thought I was sold on a used TL. Drove several of them, pushed them hard. Thought it was a pretty darn nice car, and then I drove a TSX. No comparison. The TSX is such a much nicer driver's car. The TL is probably an awesome straight line highway cruiser, but the TSX is a much nicer day-to-day, situation-to-situation car. Anyone who thinks 205 hp isn't enough and NEEDS 270 hp probably also prefers an all-you-can-eat buffet over a single gourmet entree. More is not always better - not by a long shot. The TSX makes driving fun, while the TL makes being in your car, stuck in traffic very, very nice, I'm sure.
#375 of 386 Re: Drove 'em both - going w/ the TSX [suba42]
Jan 31, 2009 (11:06 am)
"The TSX makes driving fun, while the TL makes being in your car, stuck in traffic very, very nice, I'm sure."
While maybe not quite as nice inside as the TL, the TSX is hardly a penalty box. I think the Acura interiors are on par with VW, which is to say, outstanding.
#376 of 386 Re: Drove 'em both - going w/ the TSX [fedlawman]
Jan 31, 2009 (7:17 pm)
I have to agree about the TSX. Acura is really a classy line. So is Honda. All Honda products are quite classy now.
Though, I will say that the new TL is very nice, but they really need to tame down that grill. Even lowering it down a bit and make it a bit smaller, it would make a world of difference. Its not that it looks bad, but perhaps a bit odd or over the top. Its like we get the point. I happened to look on Ebay and there are several better looking grills to replace the OEM. They could be a great option for it. I would not say the TL's interior is any nicer than the TSX, but larger in scale. That is the nice thing about Honda, you can drive a base model and still feel classy and the engineering.
With the TSX being smaller than the TL, it probably drives better, but differently than the older TSX. I so need to test drive them both!!