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2009 Acura TSX, Part Three

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We know the 2009 Acura TSX is feature rich and comfortable, but it's really boring. Should you trade some of your riches to buy one?

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Why you should buy the 2009 Acura TSX:
After working your way through an intense five-year masters accounting program, passing your tests, becoming a licensed CPA and landing a job at PWC you've earned a luxury car. Not just any luxury car, one with leather seats, a kicking stereo, NAV system, backup cameras. The works. You've been driving a Toyota Corolla for the last ten years, saving your money, and you can't believe you've found a car capable of driving better than your Corolla for only $32,000!

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Why you shouldn't buy this car:
It's taken 12 years, but you've just completed your undergraduate Philosophy degree and you've just bluffed your way into an awesome, high-paying gig in the city. It's time to ditch the trusty E30 and step up to something more grown up without sacrificing the fun. It doesn't even need to have a stereo and you know how to use a map. You're want to get something capable of driving better than your Bimmer, and you can swing $35,000.

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Suitability Parameters:
Speed Merchants: No
Fashion Victims: No
Treehuggers: No
Mack Daddies: Yes
Tuner Crowd: No
Hairdressers: Yes
Penny Pinchers: No
Euro Snobs: No
Working Stiffs: No
Technogeeks: Yes
Poseurs: Yes
Soccer Moms: No
Nascar Dads: No
Golfing Grandparents: No
Very Serious Businessmen: Yes
Sheiklets: No

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Also Consider:
• Audi A4
• Volkswagen CC
• Top-O-The-Line Accord
• Saab 9-3 Sedan
• The 2008 Acura TSX

Vitals:
• Manufacturer: Acura
• Model: TSX
• Model year: 2009
• Base Price: $29,160
• Price as Tested: $32,500
• Engine type: NA 2.4-liter Inline-4
• Horsepower: 201 HP @ 7000 rpm
• Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
• Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic w/paddles
• Curb Weight: 3,415 lbs
• LxWxH: 186.1" x 72.4" x 56.7"
• Wheelbase: 106.4"
• Tires: P225/50 R17
• 0 - 60 mph: 8.6 seconds
• Top Speed: 130 MPH (est)
• EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 20/28 MPG
• NHTSA crash test rating: *****/*****

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Also see:
2009 Acura TSX, Part One
2009 Acura TSX, Part Two

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This brand makes no sense: this is essentially a maxed out Accord; right? Why not come up with an Accord Type-R loaded with goodies and call it that? That way you could ALMOST claim to be in the BMW 5 sector and if you handed it over to Mugen you could ALMOST claim to have an M5 competitor. I'd rather buy a 'cheap' BMW or a Lexus than a fancy badged Honda anyday. Is Accura a big seller in the States or anywhere for that matter? It sounds so boring I can't bothered checking it out for myself.