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The Acura TSX is still a solid if overlooked choice in the entry level sports sedan segment, and possibly the only luxury sedan that’s used as a race school training car. For 2011, Acura has slightly upgraded the interior and exterior styling as well as given the car a minor bump in mpg.
The front fascia and spoiler have been slightly tweaked, while the taillights and rear license plate garnish have always been modified.New rims have also been fitted to the 4-cylinder model. Inside, the design and materials have been updated, while rear seat passengers get heating and cooling vents situated in the back of the center console.
TSXs equipped with the 2.4L engine see a 1 mpg bump in all areas, while the V6 models get a 1 mpg bump for city and highway fuel economy, and a 2 mpg bump on the combined cycle.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
The Acura TSX has grown considerably over the years, so much so in fact that Acura has decided that for top level performance the car has outgrown its four-cylinder powerplant. So to add some beef to the already impressive sports-sedan, Acura has stuffed a 280hp 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood for the 2010 model year.
The V6 model will not replace the current car, but rather join the already successful four-cylinder engine.
With 280hp, the new V6 is 79 horsepower more powerful than the four-cylinder. The 280 number isn’t all that significant for a V6, however, so we do expect a less high-strung engine with torque numbers close in line to the horsepower figures.
The V6 engine will be mated to Acura’s Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, which includes features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control. The new V6 models will come with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
New 2010 V6 modes will also get 18-inch wheels with Michelin tires, revised suspension system, a slightly modified front fascia and V6 badges.
“The automotive market may be slowing down, but not Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “With improved acceleration and handling, the new 280 horsepower V-6 adds even more sport to the already sporty nature of the popular TSX sports sedan.”
Be prepared for lots more from Acura throughout 2009 as the company plans to make significant changes to all of its vehicles for the 2010 model year.
2010 Acura TSX V6:
Official release after the jump: