Last post on Aug 04, 2010 at 4:39 AM
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Acura TSX, Sedan
#106 of 241 Re: Options? [sounds_good]
Sep 01, 2009 (2:48 pm)
I was more than happy with the 2010 base model as it comes with so many, many things standard. It actually has 4 things my 2007 RDX base didn't: memory driver seat, power passenger seat, auto dimming mirror, auto headlights.
Since I already have a Garmin I really didn't need GPS. The base stereo compares to what most other manufacturers put in as their upgrade, but I must admit I'd love to have the surround sound! Acura's back-up sensor runs $255 MRSP if you think you really need it. I agree, try to get at least two of these thrown in-trunk liner, mud flaps, all season mats, side body molding.
So far I just can't seem to drive my 2010 white/black TSX enough! Great car.
#107 of 241 Re: Options? [1bythesea]
Sep 01, 2009 (5:16 pm)
How come you got rid of the RDX? Was it a lease?
White/Black was actually our first color combination. Best of luck to you!
#108 of 241 Re: Options? [nyccarguy]
Sep 02, 2009 (4:04 pm)
Yes, it was a lease. But hey, they wanted it 6 months early and I came out ahead $600. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse on the TSX. And I suppose it didn't hurt there were no RDX's on the lot and people were requesting them. Hee, hee! (It sold within a couple of days of being put on the lot.)
I must say, the turbo engine and SH-AWD were sweet! However, I do enjoy the better fuel economy the TSX has to offer as well as the other goodies not on the '07 RDX (black/black). Plus the ride is slightly less firm.
#109 of 241 Re: Options? [1bythesea]
Sep 03, 2009 (6:14 am)
The TSX is the car I truly want. It seems to me, you can get a better lease on the TSX than the Accord. One of these days I will drive an hour to test drive a TSX. But, I would sign a lease before even driving one. I have a 08 GM car, and I want out!
I am so lost on what to do.
#110 of 241 Re: Options? [bvdj84]
Sep 04, 2009 (8:10 pm)
Why do you want out of the '08 GM? Is it leased? Is the GM in high demand? As a general rule of thumb on cars...buy if depreciation is low (TSX), lease if depreciation is high (e.g. most KIAs). Do you know the depreciation rate on your GM vehicle? (intellichoice.com or internetautoguide.com are good sites to check.) Whether leasing or buying you don't want to be up side down with a trade in. But you already knew that. How would you come out selling it yourself? Do you have a Carmax near you? They tend to buy higher than dealers trade in. I sold a Highlander for $3 K more than a dealer would give on trade in. Just some food for thought; hope it helps. It can be torture stuck in a ride you're unhappy with.
#111 of 241 Re: Options? [1bythesea]
Sep 05, 2009 (6:39 am)
"buy if depreciation is low (TSX), lease if depreciation is high (e.g. most KIAs)."
I somewhat disagree.
When you lease a car, you are paying the predicted depreciation (the purchase price minus the residual). A car with higher depreciation (lower residual) will cost more to lease than a car with lower depreciation.
For example, take 2 cars that both cost 25,000 to purchase (after negotiation). After 36 months, the 1st car has a residual value of 15,000 (60%) and the 2nd car has a residual value of $11,000 (45%).
The lease payments on the 1st car could be $100/mo less.
This is very generalized, of course, to illustrate a point. Tax, incentives, cap cost, money factor, etc. all play a part in determining your monthly lease payment. And unless the manufacturer has aggressive lease incentives, it is almost always better - from a financial standpoint - to purchase rather than lease a new car.
#112 of 241 Re: Options? [fedlawman]
Sep 05, 2009 (3:53 pm)
We're on the same page. Something to keep in mind though, residual values tend to be artificially inflated when leasing to keep monthly payments lower. So you may not be stung as hard financially leasing versus buying a higher depreciating vehicle.
Yes, I agree it is generally better to buy than lease.
#113 of 241 leasing vs. buying
Sep 05, 2009 (5:50 pm)
it is advantageous to buy a car with a high residual value like the TSX. Someone posted last week they paid $20K for an '06! That's a 3 year old car (technically 4 because the '10s are out).
#114 of 241 It's only been a week
Sep 05, 2009 (6:01 pm)
But so far I'm impressed. Since last Saturday, we've put a 470 something miles on our 2010 TSX. The trip computer still says we have 30 miles to go. The car rides solid & comfortable without being soft & wallowy. The dash & interior materials are well laid out & beautiful. I can't yet comment on the acceleration because I'm still breaking the car in and don't want to let it loose yet. The NAV is spectacular. I love the XM radio. The bluetooth in the car is simple to set up & sounds fantastic.
I have found a few nits to pick. These are minor & perception is everything. The doors are light and don't have the same thunk as the German cars do. The door handles inside the car feel really light. The lock/unlock button for the doors is in a strange place. Almost hidden. I prefer BMW's center mounted lock/unlock button. As I said above, the bluetooth works great, but does NOT upload your phone book into the car. Again, these are nits & I understand that the TSX costs a lot less than a comporably equipped BMW.
#115 of 241 Re: It's only been a week [nyccarguy]
Sep 07, 2009 (2:51 pm)
Happy to hear you are enjoying the new car!
I just turned over the 1 K mark on my car, so I know how you feel about the break-in period. Although Acura says 600 miles, it never hurts to be gentle the first 1,000.
In regards to acceleration. I found the TSX has nice take off, but lacks mid grunt when accelerating hard. But I knew this going in from the '09 TSX loaner. For the most part it is not a problem for me. There seems to be plenty of power when you really need it such as in hyw. passing. Actually, I was impressed a 4-banger had that much get up and go. A friend mentioned the engine doesn't sound stressed, as in many 4 cyl. engines when you press them. And who can complain about the mpgs?
Nit picks...you're correct everyone has different preferences. Personally, I thought the BMW door lock location was odd. I have a couple of picky things on the TSX also; such as on the XM (base) you always have to hit the title button as it automatically resets to station title once the car is turned off. The RDX (base) radio left it where ever you set it. Why doesn't the heater go all the way up the back on the passenger side like other cars? But the good stuff by far out weighs these little picks. Every vehicle I ever owned there was always something I could nit pick. So to each his own...
I thought I read in the manual with the tech pkg. your phone was supposed to upload. Hmmm...