A well-rounded package providing a good mix of performance, sportiness, and luxurious amenities, the Acura TSX, while not as exciting to drive as the best sports sedans, is agile and adequately roomy. The powertrain is very smooth and the four-cylinder engine provides good fuel economy. Intuitive controls and impressive fit and finish are positives, but the ride is a bit too firm for some.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

A well-rounded package providing a good mix of performance, sportiness, and luxurious amenities, the Acura TSX, while not as exciting to drive as the best sports sedans, is agile and adequately roomy. The powertrain is very smooth and the four-cylinder engine provides good fuel economy. Intuitive controls and impressive fit and finish are positives, but the ride is a bit too firm for some.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Acura TSX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"the player jammed with one of the CD. Had to be taken out and sent back to the factory. 6-8 weeks repair time. When they take the player out, it removes the display for the climate control"

Steven S., MD (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"disc jammed; replaced entire unit"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player has not worked for years"

Steven H., CT (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working"

Gregory T., NY (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The DVD reader failed - was unable to read the new navigation DVD"

David L., MA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had problems getting the In dash GPS to consistently work. Some times the screen is blank, sometimes it doesn't work at all. Acura doesn't have a solution, the only answer appears to be to send it back to Alpine for repair"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Uses a DVD in the trunk so DVD has lots of issues"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"system says i should see dealer. Eventually starts to work"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation DVD system failed. This is an in dash system and controls not only the GPS navi but the A/C and entertainment controls, which are now completely inoperational. I can't even set the clock"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS keeps rebooting. Eventually when the car warms up it works OK. It is worse at cold temperatures. Sent it back to get it fixed but it was never successfully repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Nav System won't boot up or freezes shortly after booting up, user interface (touch screen) not USble when problem exists"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not boot up, got into reboot loop. System removed & sent to manufacturer for repair. It took 4 attempts & shipments to manufacturer and now it works properly about 90% of the time. Total bill: $920. Will use phone nav systems on future cars"

Max S., OR (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The system will not boot"

Jeff J., TX (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"DVD drive died, which takes down all in-dash controls"

David J., AZ (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have been having problems with the GPS system for years. It continually reboots/recycles, especially in cold weather. I took it to the dealer and they sent it out for repair. When it came back, it continued having problems. This unit also controls the A/C system"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"System crashes if the voice command button is pressed. Also the computer can't give directions. The map can still display the location of the vehicle though"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Compressor essentially 'blew up' causing damage to the rest of the A/C system. Entire system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AC unit stopped cooling. Took 3 trips to the dealer for them to determine the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor failed because the shaft locked up"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC system stopped functioning. The repair cost $1400"

Katie D., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed - had to be replaced"

Steve E., BC (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed during the summer and lost all A/C. Went to dealership for a cost estimate to repair and was quoted almost $2,000. Had the work done at a third party repair shop for a little over $700"

Gary B., AB (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and needed new one. A little disappointed considering my first Acura did not experience any of these problems during it's 18 year 245K mile lifetime - and I was harsh on that car and gentle on this one"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working twice since we've owned it"

Kim C., KS (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor that was replaced in 2013 failed. It was leaking freon"

T J., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer wanted to replace the whole compressor for $2,000. I investigated the problem and it was a $15 relay that went bad. Easy to replace since it is in the fuse box"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and needed new one. A little disappointed considering my first Acura did not experience any of these problems during it's 18 year 245K mile lifetime - and I was harsh on that car and gentle on this one"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Just a $50 switch"

Bettina A., TX (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"GPs, Radio and interior lights did not work. The problem was a defective fuse"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor that was replaced in 2013 was leaking freon"

T J., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"All audio & temperature controls lights stopped functioning last fall. Problem was a faulty PCB Board. This was a long known problem covered by an temporary (secret?) warranty that expired 3 months before my problem started. My local dealership was o"

Gary B., AB (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Changing a single headlight costs almost $1,000. Only Acura dealership could replace it. Then the other headlight went out 3 months later and they want another $1,000 to replace it"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"it cost $1000 to replace the power converter for Xenon lights"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"HID headlight igniter and ballast failed - these parts have failed multiple times during this car's lifetime"

Jeff B., WA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The bulb went out and then less than one week of having it replaced the light sensor went out and then after the first major rain after I got the sensor fixed there was significant water in the light housing"

Robert S., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The outside crystal has fogged and outside products only help by 50%"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace headlight, burned out. Due to age/mileage decided to replace both. Total cost = $630"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic headlight covers are faded and need to be replaced"

Darren P., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replaced 2 brake light bulbs"

Matias V., NM (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"permanently set to dim; fix requires replacement of expensive electronic board"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some od the dash lights have gone out"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"None of the doors will unlock"

Jeff J., TX (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front door locks failed on passenger side and Drivers side on separate occasions"

Terry H., AB (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Key fob failed to lock/unlock doors. Electrical component failure in the system"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Replaced front compliance bushings, and front stabilizer links"

Terry B., ON (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Many of the bushings are cracked due to old age"

Darren P., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Leak at power steering pump"

Diane K., HI (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"I developed a leak in the power steering return line"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Placed on lift at dealership for oil change and shocks were blown"

Bettina A., TX (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal ware for this amount of mileage"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Sway bar bracket is broken, needs to be replaced $299 for one side and recommended doing the other side also"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front stabilizer links"

Terry B., ON (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Power steering went completely out and parts had to be replaced. Steering was more difficult than it was with old cars before power steering. Or maybe I just don't remember"

John C., AZ (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"oxidizing, fading, and chipping"

Anita W., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on hood faded.......I had it repainted"

Jeff R., GA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is easily chipped. Stone marks all over the hood and doors"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Red paint has been fading severely. Our once red car is now pink"

Kim C., KS (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Live in Tucson, after 10 years here, the paint is finally sunburnt"

David J., AZ (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was red when we bought it. Now it is pink"

Kim C., KS (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood and roof rubbed through in the last year. I have never had a car lose its paint in the first 13 years before"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Red paint fades to pink. Known issue with red Hondas and Acuras"

Anonymous, DC (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Increasing rust in the lower parts of the car"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust at drip line of front doors"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"The car was checked out and detailed by an acura dealer before it was sold to me, (from my brother-in-law). They said everything checked out. Within a week my personal mechanic found the front rotors to be warped. I was upset about this"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake calipers were stuck, locked up"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Rusted rear caliper and brakes. Replaced Perforated rust rear wheel fender"

Anonymous, NB (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Frequent need to resurface"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors warped"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer said they needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Normal noise cured by routine service, new brakes etc"

Philip S., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Starter wore out prematurely in my opinion causing a huge load on the electrical which wore out the alternator. Starter had to fail before dealership recognized the issue"

Tracy G., WA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had intermittent problem with turning over when turn the key in the ignition switch. Thought it might be a dead battery. Battery tested ok. Replaced the starter and seems to have solved the problem"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wasn't starting the car"

Anthony C., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed and had to be replaced"

David H., BC (2004 Acura TSX)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"check engine light on throttle position sensor replace once comes back - resetting the codes lets you drive a few more thoUSnd miles until the random next time"

Oran D., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal routine problems for a car of this age. This car has a better looking interior than the newer model TSXs, and my wife would kill me if I traded it for a new model. The car has been virtually flawless"

Philip S., FL (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just had car in for an oil change last week, dealer noticed a little leaking in the back of the main? $2,900 to replace a gasket if I chose to have them do it, older cars sometimes leak, it happens, not paying that to stop it"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak due to failing insulation"

Ivaylo U., MN (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"one rattle around the glove compartment"

Tom O., WA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump bearing was grinding. Replaced water pump for $400"

Anonymous, DC (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"This problem happened 2 years, but i wanted to discuss. The Acura TSX engine has a problem with consuming lots of oil, 1 quart/1,000 miles which can lead to a timing chain skip and engine rebuild. Other TSX owners have also had this issue"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Final drive gear shattered"

Kim C., KS (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Pump failed (making noise) due to bearing & seal wear out. The quality of the pump is inferior compared to Toyota water pumps. This was a throw away pump"

Tracy G., WA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Replaced Both axles due to broken boots"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"fuel pump gradually failed so couldn't start engine until it was replaced. was perplexing at first as kept assuming had a battery problem"

J W., CA (2004 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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