2004 Acura TSX -- Interior - Part 1

Slide into the TSX driver's seat, and the purposeful nature of the cockpit immediately becomes apparent. This is a driver's car. Benchmarked throughout its development against some of the world's best sports sedans, the TSX interior is a study in driving efficiency. Instruments are modern and concise, and all controls have a satisfying mechanical feel. The result is that you quickly feel at home and in complete control.

The TSX is more than just a hard-edged sports sedan; the fit and finish of the materials transcend the class. From the supportive perforated leather seating, to the dual automatic climate control system to the 360-watt Acura premium sound system, there is a tangible feeling of quality here.


  • Cockpit designed for performance driving
  • Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
  • Small-diameter, leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with tilt and telescope feature
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Supportive, performance-oriented front bucket seats
  • 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support for superior comfort
  • Comprehensive luxury features, including automatic dual-zone climate control system, power windows, power door mirrors, and keyless entry system
  • 8-speaker, 360-watt Acura Premium Sound System with 6-disc in-dash CD changer
  • Comprehensive safety features including side curtain airbags (see the Safety section for information on all TSX safety features)
  • Roomy interior with seating for five passengers
  • Blue LED ambient lighting
  • 60/40 locking split-folding rear seatback
  • Homelink® remote control system
  • Keyless entry system with window controls and panic button
  • A new level of interior finish, including a new "seamless" passenger airbag cover that blends into the instrument panel
  • Available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition

The sporting focus is immediately apparent in the TSX interior layout. Driver controls include large analog instrumentation and a thick-rimmed, small-diameter steering wheel with important controls integrated into its tapered spokes. Breathable perforated leather upholstery is standard. Metallic-look accents on the steering wheel compliment a sweeping accent band runs from door to door across the instrument panel. In cars with Parchment leather interiors, this accent band is finished in a warm wood pattern, while both the Ebony and Quartz interiors have an accent band with a satin alloy finish.

The cockpit is the focal point of the driving experience in any sports sedan, and in the TSX, great care was taken to ensure that the control layout was functional and natural feeling. The supportive sport-oriented seating lays the foundation for positive vehicle control. With 8-way power driver's seat adjustment, and tilt and telescoping steering wheel, the TSX can accommodate diverse body types. A single lever controls both the tilt and telescopic functions; the telescopic range is 1.6 inches, and a special resin coating on the moving parts allows light, smooth operation. Large format instrumentation, audio and climate controls keep the focus on driving, not on deciphering confusing displays. Controls-particularly the standard 6-speed manual shifter-deliver positive tactile feedback.

With its thick leather-wrapped rim and clean 3-spoke design, the TSX steering wheel is functional and beautiful. Frequently used control functions are integrated into the wheel for fingertip control. On the left spoke, there are audio controls set into the alloy-finish trim. A switch allows the volume to be adjusted up and down, while another switch lets you move forward or back through present radio stations or tracks on a CD. A "mode" button lets you toggle through AM, FM and CD audio sources.

Cruise-control functions are positioned on the right spoke within easy reach. A pair of devoted buttons control main cruise control power and "cancel." A switch chooses between resume/accelerate and decelerate/set. On cars equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, a voice control switch (pressed by the driver when making voice commands) and a "cancel" switch are located on the lower left side of the steering wheel.

Seating is a key element of well-engineered sports sedans. The driver in particular needs to feel secure and connected with the vehicle to read the dynamic information the chassis and powertrain convey. The TSX driver's seat is engineered to deliver this sense of connection and control. Scaled to fit a wide range of body shapes, this 8-way power adjustable seat was designed using the best European seats as benchmarks. Lateral support is superior to that typically found in European sport sedans and special effort went into engineering the seat base and spring system to provide very stable support for the driver's pelvis.

For proper lumbar support regardless of the driver's body type, the driver's seat backrest lumbar mechanism is adjustable via a lever mounted on the right side of the seat back. The mechanism provides the correct amount of lumbar support needed, without the "sharp edged" feel that some less sophisticated mechanisms have.

The TSX front passenger enjoys excellent comfort in a 4-way manual bucket seat with fixed lumbar support.

Large analog instrumentation keeps the driver informed and in touch with the vehicle. The LED backlit instruments have a sophisticated, technical look. Progressive illumination of the gauge package gives the TSX cockpit a welcoming feel. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes on at 10 percent brightness; when the key is put in the ignition, the brightness progressively increases to 100 percent in one second. When the ignition is turned on, the illuminated instruments come alive, indicating that all systems are up and running. At the end of the drive, the process reverses.

Small details can have a pronounced effect on a driver's feeling of connection and control. To this end, the TSX has a bottom-hinged accelerator pedal. By offering a more linear feel and more natural motion, in conjunction with the engine's drive-by-wire throttle control this pedal allows finer control

The TSX is classified as a Compact car by the EPA, but its efficient packaging nets useful room where it is most appreciated by passengers. Foot room for both the driver and front passenger is substantial. Generous headroom-even in the back seat-means that even tall passengers can get comfortable in the TSX.

By the standards of the class, the 13.0 cubic foot TSX trunk (12.8 cubic foot in TSX models with navigation system) is accommodating and versatile. The trunk lid can be opened with the keyless remote fob, or when the doors are unlocked, by pressing a hidden electric opening switch just above the rear license plate. Widely spaced hinges make access easy, and when closed, the hinges disappear into slots in the finished trunk lining and do not intrude on cargo space. The wiring for the power trunk-lid release and license plate light is completely hidden to improve trunk appearance.

With the flat load floor and a wide 44.9-inch opening, there's room for four medium-sized suitcases, four golf bags or even a folding wheelchair in the fully lined trunk. If you need even more space, the lockable 60/40 split-folding rear seatback can be lowered to mix cargo and passengers to suit the mission.

For security, a valet key is provided that will allow a parking attendant to operate the ignition, but not to open the glove box, trunk, or to unlock and fold the rear seatback.


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