Sunrise Highway, on a cool, crisp winter weekday with no traffic at all.
That‘s where I’d like to take the 2010 Acura TSX V-6.
A smooth, luxurious cruiser with ample power and handling like a sports car is how I found this new-for-2010 update to the mid-size entry from Honda‘s upscale division. It was only a 20 minute drive, but I was very impressed with its handling, power and overall packaging on the often truck-choked and washboard pavement of the road around the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana during a recent media event.
Easy access and ample room for my 6-1 frame and size 12 shoes, with plenty of quick adjustments for a comfortable driving position. All the luxury of an Acura, which means glove-soft leather on the seats, satellite navigation and a top-line sound system, top-quality plastics and everything else. Climate control system. Quiet as they come.
Punch it on a straightaway and it takes off with a V-8-like g-force. Cornering is flat and stable, like a sports car. The bumps are soaked up for the most part.
The car debuted in 2008 with the 201-horsepower four-cylinder engine but for ‘10 is updated with the same 280 horsepower V-6 from the slightly larger TL. 20-inch wheels and semi-low-profile tires.
Following the old car company method of putting the big engine in the smaller car, Acura‘s created a big pocket rocket… probably way too much power than is necessary. Then again, for long mountain roads at speed, it can be an asset.
- 2010 Acrua TSX V-6
- Model: TSX V-6 w/ Technology Package
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic
- Price: $37,950
- EPA Mileage: 18 city/27 highway