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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 4 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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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?
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 (205 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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

“Replace rear stabilizer links”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Heard a clunking. Lower Ball joint needed to be replaced”

Gail R., ON (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“clunking and poor handling resolved with new bushings and tie rod”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“power steering pump leaked and had to be replaced”

Jim J., CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Pump leaked, had to rebuild. Then hose from reservoir leaked. Also recall notice issued for leak in power steering hose over manifold, fixed at no cost”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I'm not sure what the problem is but the steering makes noise and pulses when the car is cold”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“power steering pump and hoses broken”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Power steering pump went out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“strut locked up and required replacement of both front struts”

Steve A., FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In CA parts cost more than they do from US Acura dealers. US Acura dealers who have web parts businesses no longer sell to Canadian residents, saying it is not cost justified. I saved $1,000 on new struts the first time: I smell a conspiracy”

Greg W., ON (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“had to replace steering rack. I have never had to do this with any other vehicle and there have been several. big and expensive job”

Steve A., FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Power steering rack was leaking and needed to be replaced. New rack leaked so THAT needed to be replaced a few weeks later”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“power steering rack broken”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Power steering pump went out and one month later catastrophic failure of rack and pinion”

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

“After a pad replacement, the brake caliper progressively locked in the 3 drives immediately after getting the car back from service. The car was fine for the serviceman on the test drive, but the left rear caliper went from operating fine to locked”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“seems to require brake replacement somewhat earlier than expected”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Repaced front brakes at 75000 miles, first occurrence for front brakes”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced brake pads when rotors replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“5,000 miles after replacing brake pads and turning rotors had sever brake vibration. Replaced the brake pads with aftermarket high performance brake pads and all vibration disappeared permanently”

Bruce W., WA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors needed to be replaced - car shuddered when brakes applied”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front rotor needed to be turned after tire rotation”

Tim W., CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“RUBBING SOUND, REPLACED BRAKES ON REAR OF CAR”

John K., MO (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Parking brake is seldom able to hold the car on a hill. I've since learned that this is a common problem on many, if not all, Honda cars and trucks, and is notoriously difficult to adjust properly. Other than that, this is a great little car”

Gary S., CA (2006 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

“Tail light blubs burned out. I was not aware of this since there is no sensor to tell me. I could have been driving around for months without brake lights. Thank goodness my father was driving behind me and noticed”

Suzanne E., IL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Dashboard lights for various controls have blown out”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Electronic door locking/unlocking motor stopped working. Requires taking apart the door to replace. Keyless entry does not work since the other 3 doors won't unlock/lock without drivers door. Truck still opens remotely. Estimated repair- $200”

Marcus N., CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The trunk release doesn't work from the remote”

M M., NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“2-year old battery and alternator went bad suddenly”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Mouse chewed wires and caused the abs and vsa lights to go on”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Headlight ballast went bad and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Head light bulb kept blowing out due to a module”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Windsheild washer motor froze during cold snap. Never expirienced this in all the time I owned the vehicle. Was scary because it was cold and snowy and could not keep windshield clean”

Suzanne E., IL (2006 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

“A/C failure in 2015. Repaced compressor and all parts associated with A/C functioning. $1800 repair cost”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed and had to be replaced, twice in 6 months. New one is now making strange noises”

Anonymous, AL (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It "exploded" and required me to replace ENTIRE A/C system”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“compressor went out on a road trip, then alternator went out”

Andrea R., CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Front bumper section works loose. Lining of front wheel wells and plastic pan under engine loose and flapping”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint on roof and trunk is peeling”

Jim J., CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“roof of car has turned white in large areas on a blue painted car”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“the car was only 3-4 years old when rust appeared in the rear passenger door inside. Acura replaced the door”

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

CD player

“CD player failed which causedninterior and dash lights and displays to malfunction, required CD player replacement $1500”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Bluetooth no longer works. Cost of replacement module not worth the value”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Will not connect, had to repair Bluetooth receiver module”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“The TSX is a good car, and I've had a lot of fun with it, and often drive with a full load of people and stuff over rough roads. After 250,000km, things needed to be replaced - I'm not concerned. I did the brakes and struts, myself, twice, when due”

Greg W., ON (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“catastrophic failure”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission stopped working. Had to replace it with a rebuilt one”

Anonymous, MA (2006 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

“failed, had to be replaced with a refurbished unit”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“didn't totally fail, but needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 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)

“Master cylinder binding and had to replace”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“The throw out bearing in clutch is going out, creating a very loud squealing noise when starting in first gear. Will require disassembly of transmission to fix. Estimated $1-2k repair (including clutch and bearing replacement)”

Marcus N., CA (2006 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

“Emissions light came on. O2 sensor failed, which according to the mechanic is a known fault. Mechanic replaced the sensor and reflashed the ECU”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump started leaking and a new pump was ordered which took 3 weeks to come in”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“very expensive. $600”

Andre L., FL (2006 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

Windows

“Car window would not close after opening”

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

“left axle just recently (at 100,000 miles) began to make noise and needed to be replaced”

Kathryn N., NY (2006 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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