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This TSX delivers enough sportiness to be enjoyable while maintaining solid credentials as a well-rounded and capable car. An economical four-cylinder engine delivers responsive performance, the front seats are excellent and the interior is well appointed. But in some ways the TSX feels ordinary. The ride is nervous and handling, though agile, is let down by steering that is short on feedback.
Alerts
There are 6 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?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

This TSX delivers enough sportiness to be enjoyable while maintaining solid credentials as a well-rounded and capable car. An economical four-cylinder engine delivers responsive performance, the front seats are excellent and the interior is well appointed. But in some ways the TSX feels ordinary. The ride is nervous and handling, though agile, is let down by steering that is short on feedback. The tight rear seat is another shortcoming. 

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 (201 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Acura TSX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“windshield trim loose 2 separate times. fixed by acura dealer”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On 5/1/17 molding around my windshield flew off”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield moulding ha become loose for the 4rth time, this is annoying and no longer warranted. They now say they are using better adhesives”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior window trim replaced under warranty”

Jeffrey B., CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In 2013 summertime while driving the roof passenger side roof molding fell off. In 2014 Fall the passenger side roof monding started to cause a whine when on the highway. I pulled it off an took the car to the dealer for free repairs”

P G., NJ (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Trim piece along the windshield, and was a recall item. Dealer fixed it without cost”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“self explanatory”

Raymond P., VA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield molding fixed via recall and then came off again -- gave me grief, but fixed it again under warranty”

Anonymous, RI (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Trim on each side of windshield feel off and were expense to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“windshield moldings keep coming loose; dealer attempted to fix them 5 times, but they are coming apart again”

Cristian D., FL (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose trim around windshield. Repair done by Acura dealer was shoddy/sub standard”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The loose roof molding was fixed under a recall notice at no charge to us”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Trim around windshield Passenger side came loose while driving down highway Drivers side is not flush and has hairline crack”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“recalled to fix faulty windscreen trim”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall took care of problem at dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Finish is pealing off the front grill”

Rodney M., KS (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“paint chips easily”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Under the right front wheel edge paint is peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“trim around edge of front wheel left w rust beginning see previous area”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

Premature brake wear

“Common & well known”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“No problem, other than that they wore out sooner than I hope they would”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“service needed far too often”

Harry R., NY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers and rotors worn 600 miles & one month after being told they were fine”

Stephen B., OH (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

“Repeated service and replacement”

Harry R., NY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“rear brakes worn out early”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to have my brakes worked on since the pads had worn down”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“My rotors were warped after driving with them for about 50k miles. I had to have them cut and put back on the car. They work fine now”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Same as previous answer”

Stephen B., OH (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car vibrated when slowing from freeway speeds. Required rotors to be turned”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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 goes blank

“Very often the display screen does not work when I start my car. I have to keep pushing the display button until it works. Therefore, my back up camera does not work, I can't use my blue tooth connection or the GPS”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“System goes out intermittently....must stop and turn off car for it to re-set itself. It goes out about every 10-15 minutes”

David B., KY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Something happened with the DVD player and everything Infotainment hinges on it working so I'm left without BlueTooth music, phone, GPS, etc”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The phone pairing has never worked well. Caller always hear their voice echoed. This is always the case regardless of who calls, where they call from etc”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“One of the speakers had to be replaced, bass output was garbled”

Anonymous, NC (2009 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

Squeaks or rattles

“The rear brakes have squealed ever since the car was new”

Anonymous, TN (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Persistent squeaking from the rear brake system”

Anonymous, TN (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“front suspension system rattles - like there is something loose - when going over even the smallest bump. Dealer 'sorta hears it' but says nothing can be done to fix it”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Roof seam seal fell out. TSB recall resolved by dealer”

Gene M., CO (2009 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 pulley system for the timing belt was noted to be loose and vibrating. Mechanic at the dealership recommended replacing the pulley system and belt”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

“Needed to replace”

Franklin A., TX (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Acura has a known issue with oil consumption. However, their standard for warranty repair is 1 qt per 1000 miles and mine burns 1 qt per ~ 1300 miles. Annoying to me, but doesn't hit their threshold”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rear main and crank seal leaks were both repaired under warranty by McGrath Acura”

James B., IL (2009 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

Shocks or struts

“upon a state inspection it was learned that we needed new struts”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“One strut failed. The other strut was leaking”

Thomas M., OK (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Electronic steering froze in winter, dealer unable to identify problem. This was the cause of an accident at a later date, needless to say that the dealer refused a free replacement despite having a record of this fault”

Pierre M., QC (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“Resultant of an accident (hit road debris) no issue with the car, but had to replace all the right side control arms, suspension, shocks, tie rod ends. Its working fine now”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

“Vehicle required replacement of both left and right front axles. Likely due to poor roads in Los Angeles and the many potholes that exist. Experienced vibrations and poor acceleration before replacement. After spending several thousands of dollars the vehicle drives well again”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive vibration when accelerating between 60 and 70 MPH”

James B., NJ (2009 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

Rough shifting

“Needed to replace the clutch”

Paul S., KY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Just had to replace it”

Anonymous, WI (2009 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

Cylinder head

“Dealer replaced cylinders at no charge to me, due to an Acura recall of the problem”

Nancy H., TN (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Vehicle was burning oil due to faulty valves. Needed major engine repair”

Anonymous, RI (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Just worn out from usage”

Paul S., KY (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch needed replacement at 108000 miles”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 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

Locks and latches

“Master Drive Lock broke. So, all other door locks require manual locking. Key Fob won't work since the Master Driver Lock is broken”

Michael P., TX (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Seat height will not rise”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

Refrigerant leaks

“Cooling system wasnt working effeciently, system was evacuated and recharged”

Manjul B., CA (2009 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Consistent slow leak from the HVAC. First time it happened was at 45000 miles (2nd year of ownership) I had the compressor switch not shut its off and blow the emergency release. After that there was a slow leak. They put in a die last time, so far i”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

“head light burnt out and the cost to replace was huge”

Anonymous, ON (2009 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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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