2012 Acura TSX Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is as much fun to drive as a front wheel drive, 210 hp car could be--sporty and responsive."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Acura TSX)

"Good mix of mild sportiness with reasonable comfort. I like the electric power steering."

Glen S., MN (2012 Acura TSX)

"Sporty acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"It's pretty peppy for the engine size. I like being low to the ground and this wagon handles well."

Jaclyn M., NC (2012 Acura TSX)

"Response is poor relative to other cars I have driven"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TSX)

"very responsive acceleration"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

"Carves corners like a sports car. Very responsive handling."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Average acceleration. Good handling, very poor electronic power steering"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Very fun to drive!!! Has paddle shifters and alot if pep!!!"

Anonymous, SD (2012 Acura TSX)

"It's excellent."

Howard W., MD (2012 Acura TSX)

"Acceleration is acceptable. Handling is good."

Jay H., OK (2012 Acura TSX)

"Even with q small engine, the TSX wagon accelerates wonderfully, is very stable and steady on the roads, feels and handles great, and provides safe feeling. I would have kept buying the wagon for my wife but ACURA decided to no longer produce it-a huge mistake in my opinion."

Anthony R., VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Very good acceleration for 4-cylinder engine."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Acura TSX)

"It is pretty quick for a naturally aspirated 4 cyl. It handles very well with quality performance tires"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Car is very responsive and handles very well."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"The 4 cylinder engine is very peppy and responsive. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"This Acura has very good acceleration for the size of engine. It also has excellent styling. Unfortunately, it is somewhat overpriced; especially when you consider it a "Honda" vehicle."

Marv W., ON (2012 Acura TSX)

"This is the best handling car we have ever owned. When you need to accelerate you can count on the powerbeingtere."

Elaine B., MI (2012 Acura TSX)

"Steering is quick and sharp. The car swivels around turns. Acceleration is also surprisingly strong for a 201 horsepower 4-cylinder -- the car almost seems to dart when you need it to. Perhaps the relatively light weight helps make the most of the performance and responsiveness."

Jules T., VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Acceleration and handling are solid. But the ride is a bit stiff. Not an easy car for long drives."

Gary S., AZ (2012 Acura TSX)

"very good handling and fun to drive......reminds me of a BMW 528e I owned in the 1980s. Very responsive and precise steering."

Kim J., UT (2012 Acura TSX)

"handling fine but not overly precise, acceleration adequate with 4 cylinder engine"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Acura TSX)

"The steering is engaging and responsive to a degree that most car magazines would convince you is only found in a BMW--this is the best-driving front-wheel drive car money can buy."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Acura TSX)

"My TSX rides well; it corners and absorbs road irregularities with aplomb. Acceleration, while adequate, could be better. A turbocharger should help."

DAVID H., WI (2012 Acura TSX)

"excellent acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Acura TSX)

"Light tossable hsndling feel in thr 4-cylinder model, with sharp steering. Strong low end torque and acceleration is more than adequate. Smooth quiet ride."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"This car is terrible in the snow. It should handle better with front wheel drive."

DAVID A., UT (2012 Acura TSX)

"It was advertised as a sports sedan, and even though the 3.5L 280hp V6 engine is very fast and powerful, the car's blah suspension set up and mediocre electronic steering road feedback give it a rather generic driving experience. High performance tires helps; however, the car isn't matched well with the engine and without serious modifications I'm afraid the engine's performance potential will never be met. Brakes have always vibrated, even after warranty work called for replacement of the rot"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Acura TSX)

"The handling of this car is unbelievable, as if the car is on rails. Cornering on a twisty rural road is an exercise in nirvana."

MICHAEL O., FL (2012 Acura TSX)

"It is an extremely fun car to drive. With 201 hp for a four-cylinder it accelerates great! The extra stability makes cornering accelerating fun. For the price it is a great entry-level luxury car."

Anonymous, MT (2012 Acura TSX)

"Liked the ride and sportier feel of this car when compared to others in the segment like Honda Accord (V4) and Camry (V4)."

Tom O., MD (2012 Acura TSX)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Excellent lower back support."

Howard W., MD (2012 Acura TSX)

"Great acceleration"

Ron K., OR (2012 Acura TSX)

"Suspension gives a good balance of road feel/feedback while still having a smooth ride that soaks most bumps well."

Jules T., VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"The layout, seating position and cargo space are all reasons to consider this car"

Leonard W., CT (2012 Acura TSX)

"front seats are very good with almost infinite power controls adjustments for each seat.....seat heaters are a god-send in winter! Back seats are only good for short trips and leg space is quite limited."

Kim J., UT (2012 Acura TSX)

"Handles like a sports car. good on long trips."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Acura TSX)

"This is our long distance car. It's quiet and comfortable, but not so isolating as to be numb. The station wagon form is also very practical."

Michael Y., NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"The outside road noise level is much higher than other vehicles in the class (BMW). It bothers me on long highway drives."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Acura TSX)

"The car is very comfortable, it handles very well. Road noise is very dependent on the brand and model of tires."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Comfortable seats, too much road noise, good ride"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Seats are comfortable. Ride is very firm"

Jay H., OK (2012 Acura TSX)

"Seat is uncomfortable for me on trips over an hour."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Acura TSX)

"Road noise could be improved"

JAMES P., NC (2012 Acura TSX)

"back seating area is quite limited for adults. Front seats are very comfortable."

KIM J., UT (2012 Acura TSX)

"The seats are very comfortable and the driving experience is great. The steering is tight and you feel very in control when you're driving. Acceleration is good for a four cylinder 201 hp"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Acura TSX)

"Excessive wind and road noise."

CHRIS M., AL (2012 Acura TSX)

"Quiet, very comfortable seats"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Acura TSX)

"I like the seat material and the fact that they are heated. I do wish they could be cooled as well. I really like the dual automatic climate control. Noise is not too bad (is important factor to me being deaf in right ear). Ride is decent. Breaking anemic. Acceleration middle of the road."

BRIAN L., TX (2012 Acura TSX)

"The ride is stiffer than I thought it would be. There is more road noise than I expected"

CURTIS S., CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"excellent gas mileage, very comfortable seats, great sound system, excellent handling"

RICHARD T., NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

"Road noise higher than my other car, 2004 Lexus."

RON O., TX (2012 Acura TSX)

"Back seating area is way too tight (not enough room)."

E K., CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Front seats are comfortable. Back seats are comfortable but leg room is limited. This model has a stiff suspension so the ride is a little bumpy on rough roads. Good acceleration for a 4 cylinder and very good gas mileage. Outside noise seems normal."

Jeff P., WI (2012 Acura TSX)

"very comfortable with good lumbar support and cushioning"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Acura TSX)

"Easy ingress"

Ron K., OR (2012 Acura TSX)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Low mx costs and great reliability"

Conrad P., AE (2012 Acura TSX)

"It is mechanically excellent and has been extremely reliable."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Acura TSX)

"a great car for the money"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX)


Ron K., OR (2012 Acura TSX)

"Excellent styling. Attractive wagon and usable space"

Robin D., CO (2012 Acura TSX)

"We have the base model, but it still offers a lot for the money. It feels premium, and maintenance has been low to moderate."

Michael Y., NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"Good price for a luxury car"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"The style of the 12 model is more traditional than the newer models and I prefer the traditional look. I have not had any major problems with the car I did have a very expensive brake repair 2 years ago. The rear brakes were locked and needed complete rebuilding I had no idea that I was driving with locked brakes."

ALEX T., NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

"Easy to find cost effective maintenance. Great gas mileage on road. It performs well."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Acura TSX)

"I got many extras included in the car for a reasonable price. Sorry that Acura discontinued the TSX"

EDWARD W., NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

"The Acura TSX SE provides Acura level reliability and performance for less $ than other Acura vehicles. The styling is also excellent for a vehicle in this price range."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"This car is an upscale version of the Honda Accord. The price is well worth the difference is 4 cyl performance. Accessories added were worth the price and serve to "personalize" the car in looks and comfort."

David P., ID (2012 Acura TSX)

"Great fuel mileage and very peppy."

Ron K., OR (2012 Acura TSX)

"We bought this car new and the price was less than Honda Accords."

David R., NY (2012 Acura TSX)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"exterior design"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Acura TSX)

"Classy yet sporty look inside and out."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Acura TSX)

"better looking than the new Acuras"

RICHARD T., NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

"The style of this car is extremely appealing to me, and apparently to many others, as I have received many compliments. It's a sleek and sporty wagon, and there are very few on the market like it."

TOBY B., CA (2012 Acura TSX)

"Very nice looking car inside and out with the Sport Edition extras."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Acura TSX)

"I like the look of the 2012 model-traditional as noted"

ALEX T., NJ (2012 Acura TSX)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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