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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
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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?
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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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2005 Acura TSX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Upper rear connection rod is too long”

Norm P., CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was damaged in an accident, repaired by service garage authorized by our insurance, it when you drive the car it sounds like a high strung rubber band”

Marsha S., OH (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“large bushing failed at a cost of 750.00”

Richard B., CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked front bushings required replacement at a cost of $2000”

Mark V., CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering leaked and made noise”

Justin B., MD (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Power steering pump started to whine and grind which may be normal wear and tear. I ended up replacing the belt and the water pump while they were in there”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was making a grinding noise. The dealer was able to recondition it”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering rack had to be replaced because it was leaking. The rack was replaced once before when the car was still under warranty”

Steven C., FL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The power steering rack needed to be replaced last year. This year it is the timing belt and gaskets. The motor is leaking, but not on the ground. The lights in the dash are on. Emission lights are on. The dealership can not figure what is wrong”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Not replaced yet, but have to add power steering fluid every other week due to a leak identified by a mechanic at the rack and pinion”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“loose because of bushing”

Richard B., CA (2005 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

Headlights

“Would flash after engine off”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The right headlight is leaking and is all fogged up from water getting inside. The left headlight was replaced by Acura under warranty some years ago. Acura refuses to replace the one on the right side now”

Steven C., FL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“An interior light was ot turning off when I closed the car and subsequently caused battery to die. I had AAA charge the battery, drove it to dealer and they found and and fixed the problem. Battery has worked fine since the\n. It happened in winter”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Door locks would not close”

Anonymous, BC (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver door lock actuator had to be replaced. The remote could not lock or unlock the door”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side door unlock mechanism failed. Replaced at dealership (no warranty), total cost of repair $140. This is the only significant repair I have had to pay for since purchase in 2005”

Frank W., GA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace the power door lock actuators on all four doors”

Steven K., PA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working and required a dealer repair”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front door lock actuators failed and required replacement”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Airbag/seatbelt light”

Anonymous, MO (2005 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 injection system

“#2 injector was faulty.Three trips to two different dealers could not diagnose the problem.An independent repair service found the problem and did the repair”

L S., NS (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor failure that required replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil sensor gasket leakage”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The check engine light would come on after a long drive at highway speeds.Dealer told me it was a secondary o2 sensor but it was not harmful in the short term.I had it replaced with the injector repair”

L S., NS (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor had to be replaced twice to solve engine warning light”

Mary H., MD (2005 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

A/C compressor

“Ac compressor failed repairs approx$1200”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced compressor (9 years old at time of replacement)”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C compressor failed due to metal in refrigerant”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“The battery was actually low, and it caused the cooling coil not to cool the air as much as it should. Swapping in a new car battery fixed the issue”

Anonymous, OK (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Driver side blower fan not working”

Mark V., CA (2005 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

Alternator

“stranded car in middle of street”

Rick H., MO (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The alternator went up leading to a problem with the battery not charging and so both had to be replaced”

Carl W., VA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car died in the middle of the street. Had car jumped, car went a block and died again. Had car towed to dealer. Alternator replaced, no major issue there. But now the in dash gps/radio is not working which I find suspicious”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced alernater april 27th 2017”

Victor M., CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a coil pack unexpectedly fail while driving”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Display screen freezes up

“The display screen that is needed to control AC, heat, stereo and navigation can take up to 10 minutes to "boot up."”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“After the Alternator was replaced at the dealer, the GPS/Radio is not working, Told it would cost over $1000 to repair or replace. Unit worked before alternator failed”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“a short in the radio, too mild to blow a fuse, resulted in failure of the alternator and all electrical systems”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“It doesn't work anymore”

Anonymous, IL (2005 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

“Transmission shifting”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacing rear pads and rotors @ 74 000 Km. Routine wear?? Probably”

Mike P., AB (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Millage- second brake replacement”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake Noise”

Anonymous, WA (2005 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

Head gasket

“Had to replace it”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Still working this out - will cost at least a third of value of car to repair at mechanic so we re going to try to fix at home”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The timing chain needs to be replace at 125,000 km. it is not driven that much where it should require a timing chain replacement so soon. We are discussing with Acura, but the representative is very rude and not helpful. Expensive vehicle and you w”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Rear door "hangers" were replaced so that doors would not make grinding sound when opening and closing”

Mary H., MD (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Acura/Honda has a known problem with the door lock actuator that they refuse to acknowledge. The problem has been discovered on the Accord, CR-V, TSX, TL, etc”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“power locks on driver and passenger doors went out”

Victor M., CA (2005 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint on roof (area near rear windshield) has peeled”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint seems to be a real problem. Streaky chalking & discoloration on hood and roof”

Anonymous, NC (2005 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

Driveline vibration

“Bad cv axles”

Justin B., MD (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“TSX front wheels never seem to stay in balance very long at all. This leads to uneven tire wear, and then things really start to vibrate, which leads to engine mount failures and transaxle replacements which is darn expensive at $750 an axel + labor”

Anonymous, CA (2005 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.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Clutch Master Cylinder was leaking, clutch did not return on its own”

Stephen S., MN (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“The dealer pointer out that rust had damage the brackets that attached the exhaust system to the body. This was repaired”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“The serpentine belt was replaced at the same time they replaced the alternator and battery which was at about 70000 miles”

Carl W., VA (2005 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.

Engine Cooling

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

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