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UPDATED: Aug 27, 2019

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The 2011 Acura TSX is a small upscale sedan in the same category as the BMW 1 Series, the Volvo S40, the Saab 9-3 and the Audi A3.

It’s also grouped with more performance-oriented small cars, like the Mini Countryman and the Volkswagen GTI, as well as hybrids like the Nissan Leaf and the Lexus CT200h.

With a base price of $29,610, the Acura TSX is one of the costlier options in this class. It’s nearly $2,000 more than Volvo’s S40, and about $6,000 more than Volkswagen’s GTI.

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The 2011 Acura TSX hasn’t changed much since the 2010 model year, but the carmaker has introduced the Acura TSX Sport Wagon to American auto dealerships winning U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Upscale Small Car for Families” award.

How much is auto insurance for the Acura TSX?

Data from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) indicates that a typical Acura TSX driver who has more than six years’ experience on the road will pay $114 a month and $1,363 a year for auto insurance. This represents a total 5-year bill of $6,813 for the TSX.

Even if you only consider the estimated rates for experienced drivers, the Acura TSX is an expensive car to insure. The NADA expects 5-year auto insurance rates of just $6,344 for the Volvo S40, which is almost $500 lower than the projected rates for the TSX.

Volkswagen GTI owners are expected to pay a $6,319 5-year auto insurance bill, and a typical Audi A3 owner will pay only $5,725 over five years. Anticipated rates for the Mini Cooper Countryman are about $100 higher than the Audi A3.

Acura TSX Repair Costs

The 2011 Acura TSX is covered under a comprehensive warranty for 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. The NADA’s data indicates that for a typical driver who averages 15,000 miles per year, the TSX’s warranty will expire sometime during the fourth year of ownership.

Because of this pattern, most Acura TSX drivers pay nothing for repairs until their vehicles are between three and four years old. For this time period, the average repair bill for the 2011 TSX is $594, and drivers will face a subsequent bill of $891 the following year.

Most TSX drivers have paid a total of $1,485 for repairs by the time their vehicles are five years old. This rate is typical for a small upscale sedan, though it’s a bit higher than the expected repair cost bill for the Volkswagen GTI.

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Maintaining an Acura TSX

Unlike some other luxury carmakers, including BMW and Volvo, Acura doesn’t offer its customers free scheduled maintenance. As a result, TSX drivers will begin paying for scheduled service out of pocket the very first year they own their cars.

The initial bill will be about $67, the NADA reports.

For year two, TSX drivers should expect to pay $333, and the third-year routine maintenance bill will be about $155. The fourth-year tune up will cost the typical driver $1,828, and the fifth-year maintenance bill will be a big relief, since it’s back to just $67.

After your TSX has reached its fifth birthday, you’ll have paid about $2,448 to maintain it. This rate is comparable to what other small upscale cars cost to maintain.

Acura TSX Crash Test Scores

The federal government has only conducted one crash test on the Acura TSX thus far. In this rollover test, the vehicle scored a full five stars, and its risk of rolling over was pegged at just 9.9%. All cars have some risk of rollover, but the Acura TSX’s is minimal.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted three of its four major collision tests on the 2011 TSX. These include the frontal offset test and the side impact test, as well as the whiplash protection test for rear impacts.

In all three, the TSX earned the IIHS’ best possible score of “Good.” However, since it was not subjected to the IIHS’ rollover test, the TSX does not qualify for the title of “Top Safety Pick.”

Several of its competitors did earn this status, though, including the Nissan Leaf, the Volkswagen GTI, the Mini Countryman, and the Lexus CT200h.

2011 TSX Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the TSX’s fuel economy at 21 city miles per gallon and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. That’s stronger than the BMW 1 Series’ 18 city miles per gallon and 28 highway miles per gallon, and it matches the Volvo C30’s EPA fuel efficiency rating.

However, it still puts the Acura TSX near the bottom of its class. The Volvo S40, Audi A3, Saab 9-3, and Volkswagen GTI all get at least 30 highway miles per gallon, although they get the same city fuel economy as the TSX.

In terms of gas-powered fuel economy, the Mini Countryman is the clear winner in this category. It gets 27 city miles per gallon and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

Acura TSX Warranty

In addition to the 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty that Acura offers for the TSX, this vehicle also comes with a 72-month/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and free roadside assistance.

The TSX is guaranteed against rust for five years, regardless of mileage.

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