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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very good acceleration and handling"

LEA C., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Fun to drive with reasonable costs."

B G., PA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Handling nimble."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Acura TSX)

"This is a 6 speed manual transmission and very fun to drive. I test drove a new ILX and I was very disappointed in the spunkiness of the engine."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Acura TSX)

"Fun handling car but a little short on power"

PATRICK P., TX (2004 Acura TSX)

"The acceleration is good, but limited by the automatic transmission's lag-time. The car's handling is great, reliable and 'feeling the road' is intuitive and comforting."

John F., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Very responsive, quick accelerations when necessary, quiet, good turning radius. Brakes are OK not great."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Acura TSX)

"This car handles well, similar to a BMW 3-series. It's a driver's car. A little stiff and hard, but I like that. Acceleration pretty good except when A/C is on."

John C., AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"I can still have fun with the car using the sport shift and downshift in corners, and then bolt away with a decent bit of powered acceleration. In essence, it is still fun."

Allen B., MD (2004 Acura TSX)

"Good power and handling. The ride is stiff and the turning radius is poor."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Acura TSX)

"quick to accelerate and handles with ease"

Lea A., OH (2004 Acura TSX)

"The handling of the TSX is like a sports car. It was advertized as a Sports Sedan"

Kenneth J., AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"Acceleration and handling is good, fun to drive"

Philip K., AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"It's a smooth and comfotable ride, but it is lacking in power and torque."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Very responsive and excellent for trips."

Brian D., KY (2004 Acura TSX)

"Acceleration performance is more than adequate in the city / suburban driving that I typically do. When traffic conditions allow, this car is fun to drive."

David K., IL (2004 Acura TSX)

"The TSX is very quick and comfortable drive. It performs very well in all weather and road conditions."

Patrick M., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"This car is pure adrenaline driving. It accelerated very well meaning it fast when i needed it to go fast to get faster to a destination i need. In handling it drives like a racing car for the street even though in the corners it rattles and have to lower the speed to get the curve right but sometimes in other curve i can handle it easier in a faster speed than the usual on that street."

Samuel L., PR (2004 Acura TSX)

"Rides like a gocart. Fun to drive and no raddles or squeaks. Like new."

G F., MI (2004 Acura TSX)

"It is a great handling car - a real pleasure to drive. I appreciate fine automobiles, and this is one of the best cars I have ever owned."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Acura TSX)

"Very peppy and fun to drive"

Susan C., VA (2004 Acura TSX)

"good acceleration, even in mountains"

William R., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"A tad more acceleration would be nice, e.g. 40-70 for passing, 0-60 for merging. A second or two would be nice. That said I have been EXTREMELY happy with how the car tracks in wet & dry conditions, and the vehicle stability has been very comforting to have, although with my driving style it doesn't come in to play very often. I tend to drive fast, but not aggressively so."

Chris H., FL (2004 Acura TSX)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats and climate control are great but there is a lot of road noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"Stiff suspension. Good for handling. Ride a little hard."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Acura TSX)

"Seats very comfortable. Climate control excellent. Sound system very good"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Acura TSX)

"This has been a very friendly drivers car with really superb climate control system. The driver's seat has good adjustments, but should have had a memory function. Otherwise, a very comfortable and quiet car."

PETER J., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"This 2004 Acura has a marginally comfortable ride, but came standard with low profile hubs and, therefore, has a more harsh ride and interior noise; it's one of the features that we would not choose, again...if offered. Very comfortable seating, but the optional leather seat covers have not been durable"

John F., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Seat comfort is outstanding and ride is firm but comfortable with good steering and road feel. This car is 15 years old and it still rides like it did when new. Noise is probably typical for a car in this category but I would prefer less road and wind noise."

David K., IL (2004 Acura TSX)

"Tight,quiet car, with enough room."

B G., PA (2004 Acura TSX)

"The TSX is a very easy car to drive as it performs exceptional well on either the freeways or the local city streets."

Patrick M., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"Nobody makes seats as confortable as the ones on this car. Nobody. They fit lije a glove."

Robert I., GA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Very comfortable and quiet."

Brian D., KY (2004 Acura TSX)

"Front seat is very limited in adjustment and lumbar control since new. I have to use a back pillow for most drives. Was corrected in later year TSX's we have rented!"

Philip G., WA (2004 Acura TSX)

"There is a lot of road noise. The back seats are very uncomfortable. The ride is very stiff."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Acura TSX)

"Low entry is hard on my back. I have had several back surgeries and bending on entry is difficult causing me to hit my head."

Anonymous, KY (2004 Acura TSX)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"No large repairs outside of normal maintenance over the last 12 years of owning the vehicle. Within the last year, the Air Conditioner stopped working and the drive train is a little more sluggish, but it is a 12 year old car with 140,000 miles on it. I will probably drive it until it no longer can be driven."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"Reliability excellent. No repairs other than maintenance items."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Acura TSX)

"It's worth the price"

PATRICK M., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"I purchased this car new for a little over $27K. As of August, 2016, the car is 13 years old."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"Paid $28,000 including taxes and has been an outstanding and very reliable car. Just the normal wear and tears and no serious mechanical, engine, or electrical problems."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"At the time we looked at several entry level luxury cars and this one had the most bang for buck. That was the factor that contributed to the purchase."

VICKY O., OK (2004 Acura TSX)

"Hands down, this car had amazing value when I bought it in 2003 (as a 2004 model). Nothing else in its class compared. Everything was STANDARD. The only option was a navigation system. That's it. No other options, and I was thrilled it came so loaded with great features that were nearly $10k more in other cars."

PETER J., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"I have 170,000 miles on it and I'm still on the original clutch and breaks."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Acura TSX)

"It proved to be a very good value at the price point - comfortable, a pleasure to drive, good looking, trouble free, and low maintenance costs."

Tim P., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"I’ve had the car 14 years,, except for the timing chain and a/c, and some lights, has not had many problems. I have A 2002 BMW 330xI and the TSX is so much more dependable and less expensive to own."

B G., PA (2004 Acura TSX)

"An incredible buy"

Kenneth J., AZ (2004 Acura TSX)

"Very low maintenance car over the years."

William R., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"Excellent value in that I have had no serious repair items. At 78K miles it has been maintenance free. The fit and finish remains excellent"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Acura TSX)

"To have a car for 15 years and 257000 mile that still feels peppy with acceleration and handles curves with very little sway, I'd say Acura(Honda) has done a great job."

Allen B., MD (2004 Acura TSX)

"It has been comfortable and reliable, and still looks good. It is not a sports car, but it handles well enough, and it gets decent gas mileage."

Ralph L., CA (2004 Acura TSX)

"It is working fairly well after all these years"

William R., CO (2004 Acura TSX)

"I have had my car for 14 years now and I have put close to 103000 miles on it and it still runs like a charm. I have not had any major issues with it, just normal wear and tear. That's what I call very good value for the money."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TSX)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Still looks great after 12 years."

PATRICK P., TX (2004 Acura TSX)

"i just like the way it looks from a distance"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TSX)

"Good styling all around, but tends to "sit" a little higher than more recent models which are lower overall."

EDWARD S., NY (2004 Acura TSX)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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