Yes, it is a good choice for young drivers – and older ones as well. The TSX is one of Cars.com’s Best Bets among luxury vehicles, though some would argue that it is not truly a luxury car but only positioned as one because it is an Acura.
The TSX is a European-spec Honda Accord dressed up with luxury amenities like leather, heated front seats, a power sunroof and a premium stereo. It is smaller than the U.S. Accord — about 4 inches shorter in wheelbase and 9 inches shorter overall — yet at 186 inches long, the TSX falls between a large compact or small midsize sedan. Size matters in safety, so that’s a plus, and the TSX comes with a full complement of safety features, making it a good choice from that standpoint. The standard four-cylinder engine returns good fuel economy, though premium gas is recommended for best performance.
The TSX ranked second to the Lexus ES 350 among entry-level premium sedans in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study, and it comes with roadside assistance for four years or 50,000 miles.
If you want to explore alternatives, for the same money or less you could buy a larger, well-equipped midsize sedan such as the Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima or Toyota Camry and gain some interior room.
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