Thursday, March 4, 2010

In the Driveway: 2010 Acura TSX V6

The latest review vehicle in the driveway is the 2010 Acrua TSX V6. First impressions in simple terms:

- Fast
- Torque steer
- Luxury
- Chrome grille insert

No, it's not a subcompact. In fact, it's grown significantly since the previous generation TSX. With that extra heft comes extra umph to the tune of 280 hp. Yee haw!

4 comments:

HyundaiSmoke said...

Its very good, but with very good contenders knocking at Acura's Door from below like: Sonata, CC, an Kizashi, they will either have to make a move on this car, or openly and fully accept Hyundai, VW, and Suzuki to the near luxury club.

Thirty-Nine said...

True enough. However, Acura has more brand recognition in the luxury field, which might sway a lot of people.

HyundaiSmoke said...

You're right Thirty-Nine.

I hear Acura is going to be moving downmarket. I hear its going back to its old roots, of making high volume affordable near luxury cars. I hear Honda is cheapening itself too. Considering the interiors of anything new it has been puting out, yeah I think Honda has gone downmarket too. The materials in some of the new Honda interiors are out of the Hyundai/KIA playbook from 10 years ago.

However, in a way I think its good for Acura. The buyer that made Acura famous in the first place wanted efficiency, practicality, affordability, but they wanted a premium interior and an upmarket feel.

Acura buyers were Chrysler buyers, which are coincidentally the same people who now buy Hyundai. These were Teachers and Social Workers (myself included), etc... The kind of people who used to buy Honda when it was a dirt cheap brand, but now they got a degree and decent employment, and wanted something more, but they also wanted to keep their Hondas (Hyundai today).

Next Gen version will probably offer some kind of Turbo 4. I dont know about you, but Im one of the very few fans of "the beak"?

Acura lost its way when they abandoned effciency and affordability for image.

HyundaiSmoke said...

http://www.leftlanenews.com/down-economy-forces-acura-to-re-think-tier-1-plan.html