Proof FWD Can Be Fun by Mike Schlee
Enthusiasts rejoiced when Acura first introduced the TSX (Touring Sportscar eXperimental) 10 years ago. Based on the European Honda Accord, the TSX checked off all the right boxes for Honda’s faithful with a tautly styled body, high revving four cylinder engine, slick shifting manual transmission and, of course, handling responses that have no business being found on a front-wheel drive car.
Standard on the TSX since day one has been a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine currently producing 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. For 2013 it comes standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission but for those who want a little more driver engagement, there is a 6-speed manual available on higher trimmed ‘Special Edition’ models. Since the 2009 TSX redesign, there has also been an optional 3.5-liter V6 that puts out a healthy 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque that, unfortunately, is mated exclusively to a 5-speed automatic only.