The Acura TSX is the smaller sister in Acura’s line of luxury four-door luxury sedans. US News ranks it highly for comfort, safety features and dependability, while reviewers have many good things to say about this small car with the luxurious look and interior. In a class known for performance and not for comfort and utility, the Acura TSX stands out as roomier and suitable for families looking for a better small model. The TSX is available as a Sports Wagon, also.

How much does the 2012 Acura TSX cost?

The 2012 Acura TSX costs between $29,532 and $37,934. At these prices for a small car, the Acura has to deliver in accessories and features, and it does so admirably. While it boasts only a four-cylinder engine, with optional six-cylinder model available, the cabin is designed to be extremely family-friendly, with great space in front, a large trunk, and child-friendly second-row seating. Available options such as navigation control and standard Bluetooth and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Some reviewers did complain, however, about the multitude of controls in the dashboard and steering wheel, which can be confusing.

Acura TSX Safety Ratings

While the federal government only tested the 2012 Acura TSX for roll-over safety, giving it five out of five stars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the model its “Top Safety Pick” designation. Standard safety features include an anti-lock and electronic brake-force distribution system, brake assist, and six airbags. Overall, the Acura TSX is safer than many small cars, thanks to Acura’s overall attention to safety features. Unlike other models in its class, the Acura provides great visibility but safe surroundings, and even gives the seatbelts a 15-year warranty, longer than the industry standard.

Acura TSX Awards

The 2011 Acura TSX was voted the “Best Upscale Small Car for Families.” In addition, the Acura TSX was awarded the 2008 Wheels Car of the Year award, was the Motor Trend 2009 Car of the Year Finalist, was given “Best Resale Value Car” status by CNN in 2006, and was on Car and Driver’s “Ten Best List” for 2004-2006. Smart Money named it the Top-Value Car: Sedan for 2004, and it earned Consumer Reports “Recommended” mark for 2006, as well as “Best Overall” in the “sporty sedan” test. The 2009 Acura TSX was named “Car of the Year” for South Africa, as well.

Acura TSX Fuel Efficiency and Warranty

The 2012 Acura TSX four-cylinder model enjoys good fuel economy, getting 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 31 on the highway. If you opt for the V-6, fuel economy drops to 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway – not a significant difference for the extra power you gain. The Acura four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is standard, as is the six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Four years or 50,000 miles of roadside assistance is also included as a standard feature.

Repair costs vary depending on the model, but averages include $110 for the fourth year and $243 for the fifth year of ownership for the base sedan model, according to Motor Trend’s annual report. Consumer Guide estimated repair costs for a 2009-2010 model, with brakes averaging $219, A/C compressor around $675, and automatic transmission replacement costing $5,274.

How much is car insurance for the Acura TSX?

Car insurance costs for the 2012 Acura TSX are on the higher side for a small car, with the TSX four-door sedan costing either $1,563 on average or $1,656 for the six-cylinder. The 2012 Acura TSX Tech model, also a four-door sedan, averages $1,770 per year in insurance costs. By comparison, the Volkswage GTI averages $1,584 for the Coupe Turbo and $1,571 for the four-door sedan Turbo model. As you can see, all of the insurance costs for “sporty” sedans are more expensive than for non-sporty models.

Be sure as you shop for coverage for your Acura TSX that you note the types of coverage offered. Some companies will give you a low figure by cutting vital coverage; others give you one-time-only discounts to lower the prices, then increase your premiums in six months. In order to be sure that you are comparing “apples to apples,” be sure to check the type, amount, and limits of the coverage you are offered. You may find that the coverage offered is not adequate for your needs, and you may have to raise your coverage levels. If you do this, your insurance will of course be more expensive. You can find competitive prices for your Acura TSX insurance by entering your zip code above.