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.
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.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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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. A wagon model is also available. 

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.

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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 2012 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

"The CD motor would run for 30 - 60 seconds whnever I opened the door"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"NOISE CAME FROM THE CD PLAYER; TOOK CAR TO DEALER WHO ATTEMPTED TO FIX PROBLEM,; DISASSEMBLED SYSTEM, CHARGE $450 BUT SAID PROBLEM COULD NOT BE FOUND AND A NEW SYSTEM FOR $800+ WOULD NEED TO BE INSTALLED. DID NOT PURSUE REPAIR."

Edward W., NJ (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"GPS,Nav screen radio display, and temp display went out suddenly. Have no clue as why. Entire unit was replaced under dealer warranty"

Toby B., CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The screen would occasionally go blank and require the car to be turned off and then on again to reset. There seems to be no correlating factor that causes the issue and it has only happened a few times each year during ownership"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Noise came from the radio. Took it to the dealer to check. Dealer removed radio and advised it would cost $750 to replace console. Declined to repair and the dealer charged me $500 to put the radio back in the car."

Edward W., NJ (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"As per TL, annual updates expensive and progressively poor"

Robin D., CO (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Whole system crashed, don't know why. Rather than trouble shoot electronic problems, dealer made decision to replace entire system"

Toby B., CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"connection disconnects frequently"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Acura TSX None)

"Connectivity is inconsistent"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth electronic module had to be replaced. Problem still persists"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pairing would fail after some period of time (months). Acura replaced the unit under warranty, as it tested as failed"

Richard B., WA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My phone is not always pairing with the car even though it is the only phone that has been paired since 2012. It will ask if I want to pair a phone and sometimes it reconnects and other times it doesn't"

Mary L., CT (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone pairing system has horrendous hissing and buzzing making calls impossible to complete successfully"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda has not addressed the problem with the Bluetooth system draining the battery after 7 years of complaints. Discussions with other owners experiencing the same problem and my independent repair shop indicate that replacing the Bluetooth module at the owner's expense (although this problem is well documented it is not covered by Honda) has not resolved the issue. Disappointing but seems to be typical of Honda's decline in customer service. I disconnected the module to save the hassle of a dead battery and poor starts."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant unpairing of the bluetooth."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth was unreliable and stopped functioning a number of times. It was corrected for a short time by repairing the phones and be operational for 6-8 months before failing again. In addition the system would periodically drain the battery. Replacing the module did not resolve the problems so we disconnected rather than deal with inconvenience and annoyance."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It randomly drops paring. I have to pair again."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"intermitant on- off"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Volume button would change the channel, channel change button would change the volume"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"I've had the Acura HandsfreeLink system replaced 3 times, under warranty. The unit would unpair with my phone, forget phone numbers in the address book, and not respond to voice commands. Newest unit doesn't respond to voice commands correctly"

Richard B., WA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We purchased the car used with 20,000 kms/1 year old and were advised by the previous owner that that the system never really worked well compared to other vehicles. Tried it a couple of times and found it unable to recognize and process simple commands such as "Phone Ben". Haven't used it since - don't need the frustration."

Anonymous, MB (2012 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

"windshield molding flew off during travel"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose left windshield molding caused noise while driving at speed. Repaired by dealer an no charge under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A side molding, between the windshield and the right passenger door, has popped out a number of times. We have received 2 replacements from the dealer"

Steven B., NY (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint scratches very easily"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed water spots/etching all over. Dealer blamed water sprinkler + local hard water. Only removed because I bought a 5 yr paint-sealant warranty when car was purchased. Otherwise, I'd have had to file an insurance claim. Car was only 2 yrs old!"

Rene O., TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cracking, peeling"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on top and hood oxidizing Had to pay to get it repainted"

Susan M., CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear-coat on the tailgate is starting to peel. However, the tailgate was repainted (by Acura dealership) following a collision. So the clear-coat is not from the factory."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Tiny rust spots appearing on the surface of the exterior paint"

Marv W., ON (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on bottoms of rear door panels"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Yaw rate sensor went bad"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic control module failed for the ABS making the car undrivable and needed a tow to the dealer. This appears to be very common with this car around 75k miles or so. Honda refuses to accept responsibility and pay for repairs."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"brake pads wear prematurely and are quite expensive to have replaced at dealer"

Nelson M., OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads wore out within 5K miles of purchase"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem is DOT salt not tolerated well by rear brakes. Car has awesome brakes."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Right front rotor had a minor crack and it was changed out."

Brian A., TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"brake pedal sensor was squeeking. was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Happens when stopped only"

Anonymous, TX (2012 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

Air or water leaks

"Water leak under the dash"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"front passenger seat bottom squeaks"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"squeak localized in rear upon turning or accelerating"

Anonymous, (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)

"The sunglasses door rattles in weather warmer than about 5C."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"noisy when on the highway at speeds over 50mph"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Acura TSX None)

"It appears that as the car ages (now 5 years old) the louder the wind and road noise gets. It was tolerable at purchase, but has grown to be intruding at age 5"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)

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 compressor clutch failure around 160,000 miles"

Allen B., VA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"HVAC system does not regulate well and meet required selected temperature"

Anonymous, AE (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The automatic climate control has been a problem with this car for at least 3 years."

Anonymous, AE (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The ac system does blow cold, but it does not automatically do so. You must manually adjust the temperature."

Anonymous, AE (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"AC stopped working. Dealer service found that evaporator had failed, causing all remaining refrigerant to leak, and also causing condenser to fail. Parts and labor covered by remaining new car warranty. Seemed highly unusual in a 2 year old car"

Rene O., TX (2012 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Prior to low battery light indicating the car batter needs to be changed I've had several fuses blown, that was later determined to be due to the battery at the end of its life"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The drivers side heated seat no longer worked. The cost of fixing is >$400"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Module in driver door stopped working and car would not lock. A 350 dollar repair that also seems to be very common in these cars and some Hondas"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor many times works very slowly.....like its tired. I have not had it trouble shot yet."

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

Bushings

"I was informed by the dealership that the rear bushings, both sides, were dried out and cracked. Never experienced this before, particularly on a vehicle that has only 64k miles; however, I trusted them and, although initially reluctant, I had the bushings replaced for approx $700 to prevent other problems that may arise in not replacing them."

John T., MA (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Electric Power Steering System sometimes fails on starting the car. Sometimes restarting the engine it will not fail. If the EPS system passes the startup check it will continue to work, never failed while operating the car. Dealer says it is EPS module and repair cost is $1450."

John L., OH (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Electric power steering failed"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace rear bearings which seemed odd that they would go bad at the 95000 mile mark"

Kieron D., IL (2012 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

"Loud popping noise from driver's door over bumps and on sharp turns/stops. Dealer has been unable to isolate despite several days with the car on two occasions"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Door lock and rear hatch actuators stopped working. Had to have them all replaced. Now one actuator has failed again - rear driver door will not lock or unlock automatically"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The inner frame the window slides in has warped over time for some unknown reason resulting in the window being unable to roll up or down normally. There is no body damage to the door"

Anonymous, OR (2012 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic converters"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Electronic fuel injector failed causing the car to go into limp mode. Replaced the injector and that has fixed the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Pump needed replacement at set mileage and was done as a preventive measure"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Acura TSX None 3.5-L V6)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Died"

James C., CA (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car didn't start due to not charged defective battery. it was replaced by Acura dealer on warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"bendix occasionally fails to disengage after starting"

Eugene M., TX (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Caused by leaking radiator"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Radiator developed a leak in the bottom seam which caused engine overheating. The radiator was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NS (2012 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

"There was a defect in the front axel causing a vibration. It took a number of weeks to get the parts but was then fixed under warranty"

Kevin B., BC (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"AC wouldn't turn on. Due to electrical component failure."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Had to take to local Acura dealer for recall replacement."

Kieron D., IL (2012 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

Timing belt or chain

"The VTC (variable timing chain) was replaced after I heard a metallic sound upon start up. Contacted Acura customer service they replaced VTC under warranty. The VTC problem is know by Acurs/Honda"

Forest W., OH (2012 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

Engine knock or ping

"Internal valve replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2012 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.

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