Last post on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM
You are in the Acura TSX
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Acura TSX, Suspension, Sedan
#24 of 33 Re: CAR SEATS: PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [psorkin]
Sep 18, 2006 (1:24 pm)
What color is it? Does it have navi?
Heck, maybe I'll buy it!
#25 of 33 Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord
Sep 29, 2006 (9:17 am)
We own both an 03 Accord EX-V6 and an 04 TL, neither with Navi, and both bought new. It took a long time to get used to the harsh ride in the TL and we had the dealer change the tires to Michelin's. Even now, the Accord has the better ride but the TL handles like a dream. We test drove an 06 TSX and quickly noticed the harsh ride and also the firm seats, not nearly as nice as the TL. We did not buy the TSX but will take another look at it this fall when the 07 models are out.
We also thought both V6 cars easily outperfomed the 4 in the TSX. The V6 in both our cars is a very smooth and powerful engine and we had to push the TSX to get it to perform, although for routine driving it was OK. Sad to see that Acura tunes the TSX to require premium fuel, which the Accord V6 does not require. We use 89 mid premium in the TL with good results.
These three vehicles are all different so it is for us only a personal preference - all are very well made. We are long time Honda owners and can report excellent service with all our cars from them.
#26 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord [sundance2]
Sep 29, 2006 (5:01 pm)
The TSX does not have a harsh ride. If you think it does, then you do not know what a harsh riding vehicle feels like.
You like soft-riding vehicles with what you perceive to be good performance, i.e. a car that goes fast in a straight line. That is the reality of your limited perception.
Enthusiasts will appreciate the TSX's virtues, whereas folks like yourself, who view automobiles as nothing more than appliances and with no passion whatsoever, will not.
Have a terrific weekend.
#27 of 33 Ride Quality/Engine power
Oct 02, 2006 (6:06 am)
If you want more power and a softer ride, you might be in the market for a GM or Ford. They make execellent push rod V-6s and V-8s with more power and the pillow soft rides to make any average car owners drool.
#28 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord [johnny420]
Oct 05, 2006 (5:08 am)
We did not mean to offend any owners with our comments about ride quality, only express our personal experience. Our Acura TL is our first departure from Honda Accords and while it has many nice features, its harsh ride is the number one complaint our great Acura Dealer reports.
As grandparents, we look for not only high quality but a pleasant and comfortable ride in our autos. Both the Accord and the TL meet that standard, but the ride in the TL is almost identical to the TSX we drove. We live in the Midwest where there are poor roads and snow, so taut suspensions are a trade off to good handling. Both our TL and the TSX we drove handled very well, much better than the Accord. But on long drives, we take the Accord due to its comfortable ride.
In the end, we know not all will have the same feelings. We liked the TSX, however would not expect to drive it so hard as to test the limits of its fine handling. The V-6's in our cars do perform better than the 4 in the TSX and that mirrors the reports in the auto magazines that have tested the TSX.
Please take these comments in the spirit they are given.
#29 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord
Oct 06, 2006 (9:27 am)
I've had my 06 Automatic TSX for almost 5 months now. I think my reflections on the car have changed a bit. I do think that the TSX is a nice car for the money. However, for ride quality I agree the Accord V6's that I test drove and owned once, outperform TSX in this department. As far as built quality, I have come to realization that after driving Audi and BMW (just like another poster here) there is simply no comparison either. TSX does not seem to be most refined car, but I guess does not pretend to be one either. Another thing here is that at first I thought the V4 instead of V6 was ok for me, but I'm nostalgically reminded here and there about the lack of power in this car.
Now, let me reinforce that I do like this car for what I paid for it. But I think Accord V6 drives nicer but is too much of a family car to my taste, I think BMW/Audi both drive nicer and are refined much better but cost much more.
Just my thoughts...
#30 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord [henry3]
Oct 06, 2006 (10:25 am)
That's great. First, the TSX has an inline four cylinder engine, not a "V4." Second, there are almost always tradeoffs when it comes to automobile performance. Yes, the Accord has a more compliant ride than the TSX, but it doesn't handle as well.
You want a more sporting ride, get the TSX, you want a family hauler, get the Accord. You should be aware of that before you purchase either car.
Your claim that the TSX may not be the most refined car may well be true, but others would argure the opposite, and tell you that BMW's have their own issues when it comes to build quality. They certainly have issues when it comes to long term reliability.
I would expect any car that costs $5-10K more to have things that a less expensive car doesn't. No revelation there.
#31 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord [johnny420]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:45 am)
I think you're just being defensive. The topic here is ride quality, and I simply expressed my opinion, and where approriate I pointed out the price differences on the other cars. As far as V4 or inline four cylinder, well, for a typical person this makes no difference. What makes the difference is the fact that a good V6 vs V4 or whatever you want to call it, gives a feeling of more immediate power, thus improves the ride to some degree, depending on whether you feel you need the extra pull or not, and yes I feel I do.
As far as sporting ride, well, maybe it would be more sporty if it had the extra pull, but it does not. Sure, the TSX beats many cars in that respect, the new Civic feels sporty to some people, if that's sporty then TSX is sporty as well or more so.
The fact is that TSX is the cheapest 4 door Acura car on the market here, and as such is a cheap alternative to more deserving cars of the sporty label.
And yes, I love German cars, I owned BMW and Audi, and they were both better cars as far as ride quality, even the Accord V6 has some advantages over the TSX. German cars might have reliability issues, and they cost more, but we are talking very different things here, not on topic.
I like my TSX overall and think it's worth the money I paid for it, and let's leave it at that.
#32 of 33 Re: CAR SEATS: PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [psorkin]
Apr 08, 2007 (9:23 am)
Psorkin, It's been several months since you complained about the bolsters on the seat of your TSX. First, have they broken in yet or is it still a problem? I have a 3 week old TSX and am also 6'1' 180#. My seat bolsters hit me in just the wrong spots on the sides of my butt as well. I have located a shop that modifies seats. I plan on having them remove my seat from the car and take off the leather. We will then have at it with a pair of scissors until we widen things enough for the bolsters fit my butt. I expect it will take about an hour and a half and cost maybe a couple hundred bucks, but it's well worth it. When I first bought my 1986 Legend coupe 20 years ago I did the same thing and the car was perfect for 150K miles. Never regretted it for a minute. I suppose this is the price we have to pay for not having enough padding back there. jammd
#33 of 33 Re: Ride Quality TSX-TL-Accord [henry3]
Feb 18, 2009 (10:43 am)
I can't possibly imagine how you can compare (not YOU personally henry) the Accord with the TSX...those are two different cars all together.
Obviously the TSX feels tigthter, but that's what you get from a sports car : A sport suspension!! This is a sports/luxury car, best of both worlds in my books!
The title in this forum shouldn't be ride "quality", because quality is one thing that this car is definately NOT lacking. It does exactly what it should be doing, if you wanted a smoother ride, you should have gone with the TL , the TSX is for me newer, sexier, faster, more luxurious Integra.