For 2006, Acura has given the TSX an updated appearance, refreshed the interior, and enhanced performance. Exterior changes include restyled hood and grille, bumpers and lights, more pronounced side sills, new nine-spoke alloy wheels, and new windshield wipers as well as four new exterior paint colors.
For 2006, the TSX's standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine receives modifications that enhance intake airflow by some 16 percent as well as a larger diameter exhaust pipe. With other changes, output grows to 205 hp, comparable to many V-6 engines. Yet the TSX is rated at 21 mpg city and 31 highway with a manual transmission and gets even better mileage, 22 city and 31 hwy, with an automatic transmission. The TSX's sporty nature comes not only from its engine, but from a suspension that features racing-style double wishbones at all four corners, and a quick-ratio, variable assist rack-and-pinion steering system. To help the driver keep the car on its intended course, the TSX comes standard with Vehicle Stability Assist, anti-lock brakes, and other contemporary technological aides.
In addition to its redesigned exterior, the 2006 TSX features a driver's seat with memory, an auxiliary audio jack in the center console for digital music players, hands-free wireless telephone interface, a sport steering wheel, new gauges and trim, and an in-glass antenna for improved radio reception. The optional navigation system has been upgraded with more voice recognition commands, a Zagat restaurant guide, exit ramp services feature, and seven million points of interest. The TSX comes with a 360-watt premium sound system and standard XM Satellite Radio. The car also is equipped with front, side and curtain air bags. Like all 2006 Acuras, the TSX gets an extended powertrain warranty.
The TSX competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, a diverse category that also includes the Acura TL, a very different vehicle. This category includes a large number of nameplates and competition is fierce. Combining luxury features with the sort of dynamic capabilities found in more compact cars scores big points with those who may be entering the luxury car class for the first time.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the BMW 3 Series led this category in calendar year 2005 with 106,950 sales. Acura's other representative in the segment, the TL, was next (78,218 units in 2005), followed by the Infiniti G35 (68,728), Cadillac CTS (61,512), and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (60,658). The TSX tallied 34,856 sales in calendar year 2005.