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Acura TSX, Sedan
#184 of 241 Re: Do You Consider Acura a Luxury Brand??? [smarty666]
Mar 22, 2010 (6:10 pm)
I concur! I also own a 2007 Acura TLS and a 2010 TSX v6 w/Tech. My third car is a 2009 Porsche 911 C4S. Yes I am a Porsche owner and drive Acuras! Acura is every bit of LUXURY! In fact it's the best deal in LUXURY out there! Go ahead and spend 8-10K more per segment for a LEXUS, BMW, AUDI or MERCEDES. Get out your checkbook too! I have had "0" problems with my Acuras! All of my clients are blown away by the RIDE, COMFORT and most important TECHNOLOGY! Acura SMOKES the COMPETITION in Technology..period! Acura's styling is one of the best on the road as far as cutting edge modern look.. PERIOD! Go ahead and drive an OLD MAN'S Car like a MERCEDES! YUCK! Audi is nice and all if you like making numerous trips to the dealership for mechanical problems! Take a second look at Acura it will impress you!
#185 of 241 Re: Do You Consider Acura a Luxury Brand??? [smarty666]
Mar 22, 2010 (7:06 pm)
So why do you care what other people think?
If you love the luxury of your Acura, that's all that matters.
Personally, I think Acura is a "tweener" brand on the luxury scale. Kind of in there with Volvo, Saab, and Lincoln. I do think that not having a RWD sedan hurts Acura's image.
Mar 22, 2010 (7:13 pm)
Acura IS Honda's luxury brand. What others think of my cars are irrelevant, especially on some internet board.
Part of Acura's beauty is that underneath the leather, Satellite Linked Navigation System, sport tuned suspension, bluetooth, voice recognition technology... lies a Honda. I think they do an excellent job of differentiating platform mates (We are not talking about badge engineering here).
If anything, the one luxury brand guilty of "rebadging" is Lexus. Their top 2 selling models (ES350 & RX350) are re-skinned Camrys. Part of what Toyota has done over the past few years is make the loaded up Camrys so nice on the inside so you "can hardly tell its not a Lexus."
Personally I applaud Acura for having a 4 cylinder engine in a Luxury car - something I WISH BMW would do.
Personally, the way a car drives is much more important than its luxury features. It is part of the reason my 2010 Acura TSX will replace our '07 X3 as the family hauler once the BMWs lease is up in July.
The 3 major gripes I have with my TSX are the leather, the brakes, & the steering.
While it is nice to say that leather is a standard feature, it is definitely a cheaper grade of leather. I can already see signs of wear on the driver's side bolster. The leatherette in our '07 X3 still looks brand new & looks like it will stay that way forever. But again, you have to build cars to a price point to make a profit.
The brakes are decent at best, NOWHERE near as fantastic as on our X3 (or my '01 Prelude Type SH). I think this is one area that Honda flat out cheaped out on.
The electric power steering doesn't remotely tramsmit as much feedback as a traditional hydraulic rack (See my wife's X3 & my Prelude). But I understand this was done for fuel economy purposes.
Everything else about my 2010 TSX I absolutely LOVE. The seats are thickly bolstered & very comfortable. The trunk is massive. Heated seats work wonders on those chilly mornings. The engine is a gem, loves to rev. This car has the best slushbox I've ever driven, responds quickly to pedal input & will hold a lower gear all day at the redline in Sport or Manual mode. Fuel economy is fantastic. Cruising range is excellent. Interior plastics are first rate. I really dig the ride - it is comfortable without being isolated. The NAV is teriffic.... What else can I say?
#187 of 241 Re: By definition [nyccarguy]
Mar 22, 2010 (7:21 pm)
Yup, the ride was my favorite part of my TSX when I owned it. It was just perfectly dialed in for a balance of ride comfort and sporty handling. Very BMW-like is what I thought of it.
#188 of 241 Re: By definition [fedlawman]
Mar 22, 2010 (8:00 pm)
Very BMW-like indeed. If it were RWD it would give BMW a run for its money. When test driving over the summer, I thought the TSX transmitted better road feel than a MINI Cooper S.
#189 of 241 Is Acura A Luxury Brand???
Mar 23, 2010 (6:48 am)
Thanks for your input guys! I really enjoyed reading all of your opinions! Thanks again!!
#190 of 241 Re: By definition [nyccarguy]
Mar 23, 2010 (7:42 am)
. . .underneath the leather, Satellite Linked Navigation System, sport tuned suspension, bluetooth, voice recognition technology... lies a Honda.
Very well put; in fact, that's much of why I bought my TSX -- otherwise, I would have bought an Audi A3. I'm especially glad I got the last of the TSXs without the beak & electric steering, and who knows what else. Overall, I'm a pretty happy camper. What I really wanted was RWD, manual trans, real tires and a small diesel. Oh well. . .
Some say that Acura interiors utilize too much plastic. Others don't care/notice; I'm in the latter group.
#191 of 241 It isn't a beak
Mar 23, 2010 (10:24 am)
It is a shnoz - LOL
#192 of 241 Re: By definition [cdnpinhead]
Mar 23, 2010 (11:48 am)
we owned a volvo that had RWD, Manual Transmission, real tires and with diesel. That was back in the 80's. I remember back then when most cars had RWD and then everyone started to want FWD. I personally love my 06 tsx-do not care whether it is luxury or not., To me it is a very comfortable riding problem free car. I bought it new 11/06. It just passed the 100,000 mile mark and still has the original brakes.
#193 of 241 Re: By definition [nj2pa2nc]
Mar 23, 2010 (5:18 pm)
It's been pretty well established that you're in possession of one of the seven best cars ever produced on the planet -- hope I end up so happy w/ my car in a couple of years.
Comparing an '80's Volvo diesel to the MGB, 240-Z & two Miatas I've owned and driven over 400K combined miles, to say nothing of the Lincoln LS I drove 128K miles (all RWD w/ manuals) misses the point I was trying to make. Today's diesels, available in Europe, but not here, are nothing like those we dealt with 30 years ago.
What I was trying to say was that if I could have purchased a BMW 3 w/ a 2.0 or 2.5 litre diesel, or the A3 2.0 TDI, all of which are available in Europe with manual transmissions, real tires & dipsticks, I would have done it in a heartbeat. None were available in North America or are likely to be, ever, thanks to the CARB.
Part of why I bought my TSX was to have a same-make trade when the TSX diesel was brought to the U.S. Well, that never happened (also thanks to CARB), and here I am -- not bad, just not what I was hoping for.