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 7 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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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
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

CD player

"CD player stopped working"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"not easy at all"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Had to have the phone pairing module since it wasn't recognizing phone book entries or understanding voice commands. Replacement was under warranty, but the cost to Acura was upwards of $1200"

Gonzalo G., CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"doesnt stay connected"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)

"Even after car is turned off, my iPhone switches to the handsfree link pairing with the car. So while I am in my house, the car's bluetooth is superseding the handset. Very annoying"

Anonymous, DC (2011 Acura TSX None)

"Blue tooth unit failed after 3 years and then after 6 years."

David S., FL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work. They said I could replace the system for around $1500. They said these things don't function well in the Georgia heat."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Handsfreelink stopped working"

Timothy E., MN (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth has never responded to voice well, it never recognized names, but did recognized numbers. 18 months ago, it stopped recognizing numbers, after 4 numbers it cuts out and starts again."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio is stupidly wired. If your battery dies, the special code in the radio needs to be reset because the system is programmed to assume you have GPS and that someone has stolen the car. Maybe they should solve the GPS in the GPS system that I don't have."

Anonymous, PA (2011 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

"At times all the gauges go black. Any big bump they all go black. The next bump may or may not come back on. The GPS map changes the most. I have not had the time to have these fixed as the dealer is 1 Hr. away. I just deal with it"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura TSX None)
Headlights

"Headlight stopped working in 11/18. Replacement was $250. Same light went out in 2/19. They replaced the headlight under warranty. There was some electrical component that powers it that failed, causing the headlight outage. That was a $1200 repair."

Danny A., KY (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The HI-beams would not stay on permanently when using the turn signal Combo switch."

Thomas D., SC (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"one of two bulbs in the to front burned out. I asked the dealer to replace the bulb. They told me I could not replace the one bulb but I would have to replace the entire unit which some other controls which were functioning. The unit would have cost over $300. I declined. The remaining bulb still works. I thjnks this is a manufacturers rip off."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent dome/reading light failure on front passenger side of car."

Anonymous, (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front seat overhead light does not work, not a bad light bulb."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Door lock actuator failed multiple times"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"False low pressure reading"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Light comes on during long trips, Acura cannot find the problem"

Noel E., AL (2011 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

"Overhead switch and light nacelle rattled when driving on rougher pavement"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple locations including seat belt harness, seats, dashboard"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Several rates in dash and seatbelts"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple squeaks and rattles in seats, rear hatch, dashboard"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard squeaks, seat-belt housing rattles, tail gait rattles"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling sound from the front left section of the dash board, near the driver's door"

Anonymous, CA (2011 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

"Trim on driver's side right beside front windshield came loose. Known issue in the US"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The side molding on the A-pillar is prone detach and fly off while driving. Many owners have experienced this while driving on the highway when this piece suddenly and with warning flew off their car. A recall was issued by Acura for this piece but the recall was good only until 100,000 miles. I experience this same issue a bit over the 100,000 miles but the recall order was not honored. I believe it is dishonest to not provide the fix, for free, to a problem that has the potential to harm other motorists on the road."

Anonymous, (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim pieces surrounding the windshield and roof racks can become loose over time as clips break."

Anonymous, (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"It is maroon-red in color and shows all sorts of minor scratches, otherwise it is a very good car"

Anonymous, GA (2011 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 stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Will stop cooling while driving; then just kick in and cool; dealer can't reproduce"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Only design flaw of the vehicle - located right behind the air filter - is vulnerable to gravel and debris kicked up off the road. Other than that we love the car and wish they would make the wagon again. Truly an outstanding vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Driver side heat not blowing effectively. We will be taking it to dealer soon."

Patrick O., NY (2011 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

"Engine just stopped. $400 and a tow to fix a piston problem."

Danny A., KY (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Factory recall"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine defective, burnt oil since new, had to rebuild (replace rings etc)"

Timothy A., MD (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"The piston ring has a recall on it because it is not a proper seal causing the oil to seep into the engine and, therefore, burn oil too quickly. The standard used by Honda is 1 quart of oil consumption per 1,000 miles. The measure of 1 quart per 1,000 miles is not appropriate for modern day cars. Burning 1 quart for every 1,000 miles is extreme. The currently accepted standard is 1 quart per 3,000 miles. Honda has clearly adjusted their level of oil consumption tolerance for the K24 engines in order to save cost and avoid bad PR. This realization is very disappointing when you purchase a Honda and your expectation is that you purchased a car with great reliability. At approximately 60,000 miles, my car was burning 1 quart per 1,500 miles which was officially tested by the Acura dealer. My car at approximately 123,000 miles is now burning 1 quart per 1,100 miles (not tested by Acura but I know because I re-set my trip meter every 1,100 miles and add a quart of oil)."

Anonymous, (2011 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

Normal routine brake wear

"brake vibration; needed rotors turned at 55000 miles"

David U., AL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Needed plaining"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some warp which created a vibration in the front end during braking"

Frederick K., GA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors warped easily"

Anonymous, KY (2011 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

Ball joints

"the ball joints broke and cause all the other problems mentioned. Acura is Ok but my Chrysler gives us better service"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Wear and leakage causing need to replace."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Suspension is too bumpy. Mechanically there are no problems. Drivers seat cushion is collapsing. Bad foam quality."

Anonymous, QC (2011 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

"We had to have a front wheel bearing replaced"

Gerald R., FL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Electric relay for air conditioning. No cooling first time used this year. $110 repair. Resolved 3/20"

Anonymous, KY (2011 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

"The button to unlock the rear and passenger doors take about 12 - 15 times to work. I finally have to use the button on the key ring. same problem with the back windows"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura TSX None)
Sunroof

"The car has been to the dealership twice to address the problem of the sunroof opening but not closing. The first time they said it was a programming error which we paid to get fixed. The next day the roof again became stuck and the dealership wanted $2000 to repair, 1/3 the value of the car overall. Needless to say we got the roof to close and it is not being opened."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The trunk leaked where they installed the spoiler on the trunk. They finally re-installed the spoiler and it does not leak any more"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

"The alternator died. Had to be replaced and needed to replace the battery too."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Coil failure in cylinder number 2"

Anonymous, (2011 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

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