HEADLINES

2009 Acura TSX - Interior

INTRODUCTION

Step over the polished alloy doorsill plates and into the TSX interior and the purposeful nature of this sports sedan is immediately apparent. Blending luxury, performance and technology in equal measure, the TSX's new interior exhibits a high level of fit and finish that customers have come to expect from Acura.

The driver's cockpit is engineered for comfort and precise control, with many key controls positioned within fingertip reach on the thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel. With the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, F1®-style shift paddles positioned on the steering wheel make for convenient gear changes. Redesigned front bucket seats offer enhanced lateral support, and the driver's seat is 8-way power adjustable. The roomy 5-passenger interior offers standard leather seating, as well as standard dual-zone automatic climate control. Convenient fold-down rear seatbacks expand cargo-carrying versatility.

Typical of Acura, the TSX offers an exceptional level of standard equipment. Included are a standard power passenger seat, new folding key with remote entry, new automatic headlight activation, premium 7-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM/XM®, and a Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular phone and USB port music interface. A HomeLink® remote control system is also standard. The available Technology Package adds a dazzling 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound Audio System with Note feature for XM® Radio, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ with rearview camera, and AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System.

INTERIOR AT A GLANCE

  • Driver-oriented cockpit
  • Large, easy-to-read LED backlit analog instruments
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • New dash-mounted electric compass
  • New automatic headlight activation
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support for superior comfort and 2-position memory
  • 4-way power adjustable passenger seat
  • Front seat heaters
  • Roomy interior with seating for five
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Folding key with remote entry
  • Premium 7-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM/XM®
  • Digital media auxiliary USB jack with iPod/iPhone compatibility
  • AUX audio mini-jack
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cell phone and music interface
  • HomeLink® remote control system

Technology Package (optional)

  • 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with multi-format 6-disc CD/DVD-Audio changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, Note feature for XM® Radio, and Dolby Pro Logic II
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • AcuraLink®  Real-time traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink®  Real-time weather
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System

STYLING

The TSX's sport-oriented interior is designed to evoke a premium, avant-garde appearance with a blend of high-quality materials and graceful accents. Interior shapes are sweeping and fluid, and vehicle entry is over metal sill plates bearing the Acura logo. There are satin metal finish accents that arc across the instrument panel and along the sides of the center console. Both front and rear doors have sweeping armrests that are integrated with the door pulls, handles and lock knobs for a more integrated and finished look.

Large analog gauges are easily legible, and the small-diameter steering wheel has a thick, leather-wrapped rim for a sporting feel. Satellite controls for key systems are positioned on the steering wheel within fingertip reach, including F1®-style steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for the 5-speed automatic transmission. A large digital display in the tachometer face shows gear selection when in manual mode. The interior comes in three premium colors: Ebony, Parchment and Taupe.

DRIVER-ORIENTED COCKPIT

The TSX is designed to provide the driver with a functional and refined cockpit that puts controls within easy reach. The key controls - the steering wheel, pedals, and console shifter - are positioned for comfort and control.

Sport-oriented seating offers added lateral support for hard cornering. The 8-way power adjustable driver's seat is now positioned slightly lower for improved headroom and a lower center of gravity. The seat includes a 2-position memory feature. The steering column tilts and telescopes to accommodate drivers of varying sizes.

Instrumentation and controls are clearly legible and switchgear offers precise tactile feedback. Automatic and manual transmissions are offered with the TSX, and both are designed for ease of operation. The 6-speed manual transmission has short throws like those of a sportscar. The Sequential SportShift 5-Speed automatic transmission has a new simplified straight-style shift gate located on the center console along with F1®-style paddle shifters that are within fingertip reach on the steering wheel.

Controls for the power moonroof with tilt and auto-open/close are now located overhead in an intuitive location. The remote trunk release is now electric, with a button positioned within easy reach in the driver's door panel. The floor-mounted, cable-style remote fuel door release has been eliminated. Now, the fuel filler door is locked electrically anytime the doors are locked. When the power door locks are unlocked, the fuel filler door can be easily opened.

LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL

In keeping with its sporting mission, the TSX has a new, thicker, leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel that integrates many control functions. Audio controls are positioned on the left spoke while cruise-control switches are on the right spoke. On cars equipped with the Technology Package, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ controls are located on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. When equipped with the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, a pair of shift paddles are positioned on the rear of the steering wheel.

LED INSTRUMENTATION WITH MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY

The TSX's all-new analog instrumentation has satin metal-finish bezels and a clean, uncluttered look that makes it easy for the driver to interpret readings. LED backlighting makes the large gauges clear - day or night. The illuminated pointers on the tachometer and speedometer are "floating," and appear to sweep around an invisible pivot. When equipped with the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, the tachometer face includes a digital gear selection indicator.

A Multi Information Display (MID) positioned in the speedometer face displays outside temperature, vehicle mileage and trip mileage, instant as well as average fuel economy readouts and TPMS tire pressure status. Maintenance Minder™ also alerts the driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID.

To give the TSX a "welcoming" feel, when the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes on at a low brightness; when the key is put in the ignition, the brightness progressively increases to 100-percent illumination. Then when the ignition is turned on, the illuminated instruments come to life, indicating that all systems are up and running. At the end of the drive, the illumination process reverses.

SEATING

During spirited acceleration, cornering and braking, secure seating for the driver and passengers is an elemental part of overall comfort. With high lateral loadings the driver's seat becomes an important part of the control system, helping the driver read the dynamic information the chassis and powertrain convey. The TSX driver's seat is designed to deliver a sense of connection and control, and is scaled to fit a wide range of body shapes. Specific attention was given to increasing shoulder-area support for enhanced comfort while cornering.

With 8-way power adjustability, the TSX driver's seat provides an accommodating fit. For 2009, two different seat position profiles can be stored in memory. Each is linked to one of the pair of new folding ignition keys with integral remote-entry transmitter that is provided with the vehicle. When the driver uses the remote entry feature of the key, the TSX automatically adjusts the driver's seat to the preset position. Switches located on the driver's door panel can also select the individual memory profiles.

The driver's seat backrest lumbar mechanism is adjustable via a lever mounted on the right side of the seat back. The mechanism is designed to offer smoothly contoured support without the "sharp edged" feel of some less sophisticated mechanisms. TSX is equipped with a 4-way power adjustable front bucket seat for passenger comfort.

INTERIOR ROOM

With a wider wheel track and wider overall body, the TSX has also gained interior width for greater passenger comfort. The TSX's efficient packaging offers comfortable long-haul space for four passengers, and can accommodate up to five passengers for shorter drives. Rear seat room is particularly impressive relative to this class, with adequate leg and headroom for passengers over six feet tall.


2009 TSX 2008 TSX Difference
Head room, front/rear (in.) 37.6/37.0 37.8/37.3 -0.2/-0.3
Shoulder room, front/rear (in.) 57.8/56.1 55.4/53.5 +2.4/+2.6
Hip room, front/rear (in.) 55.6/54.2 54.4/54.4 +1.2/-0.2
Leg room, front/rear (in.) 42.4/34.3 42.4/34.2 +0/+0.1
Passenger volume (cu. ft.) 94.5 90.9 +3.6

CARGO CARRYING VERSATILITY

When more space is needed, the lockable 60/40 split-folding rear seatback can be lowered by pulling redesigned release handles that are more easily accessible from inside the trunk. This opens a large cargo pass-through to the back seat area. The reconfigured pass-through is now eight inches wider at its bottom, simplifying loading.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE ITEMS

The TSX interior is designed to help make passengers comfortable with plenty of customer-relevant features. Front and rear cupholders accommodate large drinks, convenient storage bins and compartments include seatback map pockets and bottle holders in all four doors, and the front door panels also have large map pockets. A new 2-section locking glove compartment has a redesigned, damped door, and there is also overhead sunglasses storage, while the center console now incorporates side utility pockets. Beneath the sliding, padded armrest, the center console storage compartment has an internal 12-volt power point, an auxiliary input 2.5 mm mini-jack for the audio system, and a USB jack and cable for the easy connection of a compatible audio device (such as an iPod®) to the sound system.

A versatile Multi-Information Display located in the speedometer face tracks the car's maintenance needs, shows warnings and offers an array of driver preference settings. For cold days, TSX's heated front seats help take out the chill. Illuminated door-mounted window switches are easy to locate at night. A HomeLink® remote system allows the control of up to three home electronic devices remotely from inside the car.

For 2009, the TSX receives a dash mounted electronic compass for added directional information while driving.

DUAL-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

The TSX has standard dual-zone automatic climate control with clear, intuitive controls. A replaceable filter system helps remove particulates from the interior air. When equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, key HVAC system functions can be accomplished via voice commands. In addition, the navigation system calculates sun position to adjust system operation from side to side to help compensate for solar heating.

INTERIOR COLOR & TRIM COMBINATIONS

Three interior colors are available, including Ebony (black), Taupe (gray) and Parchment (ivory). The upper instrument panel in all versions is black, while the lower instrument panel color matches the interior color.

REMOTE ENTRY

Two folding ignition keys with integrated remote transmitters are provided with the TSX. Each transmitter can be linked to one of two driver seat-position profiles. The key fob that is used to unlock the car triggers a specific driver profile and the system automatically positions the power driver's seat to match that profile.

The transmitter uses a FM radio frequency that is resistant to strong electrical fields and interference. One push of the unlock button unlocks the driver's door while a second push unlocks all the doors. When placed in the driver's door lock, one twist unlocks only the driver's door while a second twist unlocks all the doors.

The TSX also features a unique "quick vent" feature that (when holding the "unlock" button on the keyless remote for two seconds) instantly lowers all four door windows along with opens the power moonroof to quickly vent the built-up interior heat. In addition, by holding the key in the "lock" position, all open windows can be simultaneously raised.

BLUETOOTH® HANDSFREELINK® WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE

The TSX includes standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cell phone and music interface that is designed to work with many Bluetooth® enabled mobile phones (sold separately). Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable devices like mobile phones, PDAs, laptops and other devices to communicate wirelessly. Acura's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system is compatible with Bluetooth® enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). Some early Bluetooth® enabled phones do not have this communications protocol, but most newly released phones should have HFP. After a simple one-time "pairing" process, the TSX can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it is within about 30 feet (10 meters) of the car. The phone must be turned on, but can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the TSX cabin.

The driver can send or answer telephone calls without taking his or her hands from the steering wheel, using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. Incoming call numbers are displayed on the Multi-Information Display, and a ring tone is heard over the audio system. A press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers. An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice. "Echo effect" and background noise is reduced by special algorithms built into the navigation system to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.

To send a call hands-free, fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel activate the system and the driver can dial the telephone number by voice. The driver also can store in the system's memory frequently called numbers using voice tags. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the TSX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system at one time.
Bluetooth® Audio allows the audio system to play content provided wirelessly by a compatible cellular telephone that incorporates a built-in audio player. With the phone turned on and its music player running, the TSX audio system allows control of volume, forward and back track skipping along with pause/resume via the car's head unit (not legal in all states).

PREMIUM 7-SPEAKER SOUND SYSTEM WITH CD AND AM/FM/XM® TUNER

TSX's Premium audio system is designed to deliver a high performance listening experience. Engineered for simple, intuitive operation, the system incorporates an AM/FM/XM® tuner and a single-disc CD player. The system displays Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) information, which appears as text showing station name and program type.

Multiple audio sources
The audio system can play program material from a wide variety of sources. The single-disc CD player can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA files, and there is an auxiliary 2.5 mm mini-jack in the console for use with an external MP3 player. A USB jack and cable is provided in the center console for the easy connection of an iPod® or compatible MP3 player. When used with compatible iPod® models, this connection provides power and allows the display of iPod® content information on the audio system head unit. Control of the iPod® is via the audio head unit for maximum convenience.

Standard XM® Satellite Radio offers 170 digital channels of news, sports, talk and entertainment. A 90-day complimentary subscription to XM® is included.

The audio system also offers Bluetooth® Audio, a new technology for Acura. When the system has been paired with a compatible cellular telephone that incorporates a built-in audio player, the phone's audio content can be played on the TSX audio system via a wireless Bluetooth® connection. With the phone turned on and its music player running, the TSX audio system allows control of volume, forward and back track skipping along with pause/resume via the car's head unit (not legal in all states).

360 watts of power
The 360-watt sound system has a total of seven speakers. A pair of tweeters are positioned in the top of the instrument panel, and two 6.3-inch drivers are positioned in the front doors. The rear deck has another pair of 6.3-inch drivers, along with an 8-inch subwoofer. An in-glass antenna located in the rear window is optimized to help deliver enhanced radio reception. Remote audio controls on the 3-spoke steering wheel put frequently used functions within fingertip reach of the driver.

ACURA/ELS SURROUND® PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM WITH 10-SPEAKERS, DVD-AUDIO, DTS™, CD 6-DISC CHANGER, AND AM/FM/XM® TUNER

When equipped with the available Technology Package, the TSX includes an Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System featuring 10-speakers and DVD-Audio. The system gets its name from multi-Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner's recording industry-recognized moniker "ELS®." Scheiner's goal in the development of this audio system was to capture and reproduce music the way it is heard in the recording studio. The sophisticated ELS® system he developed together with Panasonic Automotive, is designed to provide studio sound to the interior of the TSX.  The system uses 10 speakers and a total of 415 watts of power to create a unique listening experience in the TSX.

Like the 7-speaker Premium audio system, the Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio system can play program material from an extremely wide range of sources. The 6-disc CD changer can read discs encoded with MP3 or WMA files. There's an auxiliary mini-jack for use with an external MP3 player, and a USB jack and cable is located in the center console for the connection of an iPod® or compatible MP3 player. When used with compatible iPod® models, this connection provides iPod® control via the audio head unit. Bluetooth® Audio allows a compatible cellular telephone that incorporates a built-in audio player to wirelessly play the phone's audio content on the TSX audio system (not legal in all states).

The system features selectable Dolby Pro Logic II signal processing that creates simulated 5.1-channel surround sound from CD, MP3/WMA, XM®, AUX and iPod® USB input. The TSX audio system plays conventional CDs and DTS discs, in addition to DVD-Audio discs. While Elliot Scheiner and Panasonic Automotive tuned the ELS Surround Premium Audio System to create outstanding sound from any source, DVD-Audio is the system's most impressive-sounding format. This advanced audio reproduction technology has over 500 times higher resolution than traditional CD audio. DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six discrete channels. (The system will not play DVD movies, DVD-V or DVD-R/RWs.)

To make this capable system simple to operate, it has large-format controls and steering wheel-mounted controls of key functions are positioned within fingertip reach. Select audio system functions can also be executed via voice commands.

10-speaker array
Each of the 10 speakers in the Acura/ELS Surround® system use a high-energy Neodymium magnet for excellent sound quality and reduced weight. There are soft-dome tweeters in the mirror patch location, plus a 2.75-inch midrange polypropylene-cone center speaker in the middle of the dash top. Each of the doors has 6.7-inch full-range dual thickness polypropylene-cone speakers, and in the rear parcel shelf there are two more 6.7-inch drivers flanking a special Super Low Distortion 8-inch subwoofer. The combination of outstanding speaker drivers, 415 watts of power and optimal speaker locations creates a system which delivers luxurious sound from any seating position.

An AM/FM/XM® tuner gets signals from a powered, active glass antenna laminated into the rear window glass. The system displays Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) information, which can show station name and program type. XM® Satellite Radio is integrated into the receiver to provide 170 channels of digital program material with near-CD quality sound. A text display provides informational text on the XM® program material. When XM® is being used, a display shows the current station, song title, or artist's name. A complimentary 3-month subscription to XM® Satellite Radio service is included with purchase of a new TSX, and customers are able to continue or cancel the service any time after. XM® Satellite Radio service is currently priced at $12.95 per month.

A new Note feature for XM® Radio is built into the audio system. It's designed to be a convenience for owners that want to make note of a song heard on XM®, for later purchase. At the touch of a button or via a voice command, the Note feature records the current song title and artist name in text form, along with a short audio excerpt of the song. The system captures up to 10 seconds of each selected song, and can record a total of 30 song excerpts.

ACURA NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™ AND REAR-VIEW CAMERA, ACURALINK® REAL-TIME TRAFFIC AND ACURALINK┬« WEATHER

The TSX with Technology Package features the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. Now positioned higher in the instrument panel closer to the driver's sightline, the system has a larger, 8-inch low-reflectivity screen. Designed for easy, intuitive operation, the TSX's navigation system has enhanced capabilities. A new rearview camera helps provide added situational awareness for the driver when the vehicle is in reverse. The navigation system features AcuraLink® Real-time traffic, and for 2009 is an all-new AcuraLink® weather feature.

Feature summary

  • Recessed, low-reflectivity 8-inch screen for easy viewing.
  • Rearview camera displays image on navigation screen when transmission is placed in reverse.
  • Centrally positioned multi-function interface dial provides simple control of system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger.
  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice can be turned off if preferred).
  • Array microphone system for improved voice recognition performance.
  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words.
  • Ability to search up to five routes.
  • Database covers the continental United States.
  • Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.
  • Over seven million points of interest are stored on an updatable DVD.
  • Business and recreation directory of virtually the entire continental U.S. complete with phone numbers.
  • Make calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System provides 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle.
  • Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink® Real-time traffic
  • AcuraLink® weather

System operation
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ locates the vehicle's position based on data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). In situations when the GPS antenna is blocked by tall buildings, a parking garage or tunnel, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor help keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. The system's ECU features a mapping information database that's stored on a replaceable DVD. Updated DVD data discs are available on an annual basis at www.acura.com or by calling 888-549-3798.

There are two ways to control the navigation system: by voice or via an Interface Dial. With a press of the "Talk" button on the steering wheel, voice command is enabled. The system responds to 100,000 words, as well as to 1.7 million spoken city and street names.

Audio sound is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed, and an overhead microphone array receives spoken commands from the driver. The pair of microphones in the ceiling console work with sophisticated electronics to "home in" on the driver's voice while ignoring extraneous sounds. The improved clarity of this new microphone system is a key factor behind the spectacular improvement in the word recognition of this new-generation navigation system.

The system responds to commands in normal English, such as "Display gas stations," "Find nearest hospital" or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can also choose to display points of interest on the map with voice command, or tell the system to provide turn-by-turn navigation. The system's massive point-of-interest database includes phone numbers, which can be dialed with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when linked to a compatible Bluetooth® cellular phone.

New for the TSX is a convenient Interface Dial that provides an alternate way to control the navigation system. The dial allows characters and items to be selected from the on-screen display, functioning much like a computer pointing device. The Interface Dial allows you to choose menu options or spell out words (an address, business name or place, for example).

AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System

The TSX navigation system has the latest generation of the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System. AcuraLink® provides 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, giving customers the latest information specific to their vehicle. The owner's Bluetooth® compatible cell phone is used in cases where communication to and from the Acura Telematics server is needed (once the owner has paired the phone with the vehicle, enabled its data-transmission function and agreed to the data charges from their cellular phone service).

AcuraLink® messages are displayed as text on the navigation screen, and can be heard over the audio system as Text-to-Speech. High priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt. Less time-critical messages trigger an icon on the navigation screen. Some low priority messages show up only upon vehicle startup to avoid distractions. The TSX owner can choose to read a message immediately, or archive it to be read later.

Messages that may be sent to the TSX via AcuraLink® include Maintenance Minder™ (detailed information regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help maximize the benefit and enjoyment of TSX features), Feature Guide (supplements to the Owner's Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), information regarding required service or repair, and Service Appointment Reminders. The TSX owner has control over the types of messages received, and all AcuraLink® preferences can be set via the Owner Link web site.

With 2-way data communication between the TSX and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink® can offer important information that previously has been unavailable. If a vehicle fault develops and an instrument panel warning indicator illuminates, AcuraLink® will automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Telematics Server (if a linked-phone is in range and the user has authorized data transmission). The Telematics Server interprets the code and then sends a message back to the vehicle. As a result, the owner knows if a particular problem can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques. The data connection is enabled even if the monthly XM® Satellite Radio service package is not in effect.

AcuraLink® Real-time traffic and AcuraLink® weather information

AcuraLink® Real-time traffic
The TSX navigation screen can display current traffic information including flow (with traffic speed where available), accidents, unique incidents, and construction on freeways in 76 major metropolitan areas. NAVTEQ™ gathers information from multiple sources including police and highway patrol accident reports and transportation departments. This information is then transmitted by XM® Satellite Radio satellites to the TSX where it is graphically displayed on the navigation system.

Map icons can be selected to see incident details. Traffic information is continuously updated, allowing drivers to avoid freeway congestion en route and choose the optimum route to their destination. AcuraLink® Real-time traffic provides a constant flow of relevant information reflecting conditions along a driver's chosen route, unlike radio or television traffic reports that typically contain less detailed information.

For 2009, the TSX's Acura Satellite-based Navigation system advances with new Traffic Rerouting™ functionality, utilizing live data from AcuraLink® Real-time traffic information. When traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route, Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change. The TSX driver can also recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident. Either method can save time and frustration, thus keeping the Acura driver ahead of the curve. (Note: Traffic Rerouting™ requires a monthly subscription to the XM® NavTraffic service).

Following the 3-month free trial period, AcuraLink® Real-time traffic data services are offered on a subscription basis for a nominal fee. In addition to the on-screen traffic information, TSX owners who maintain their XM® Satellite Radio service also receive city-specific audio traffic information that runs on a 2-3 minute loop in selected metropolitan areas.

76 major metropolitan markets
(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
Albuquerque, NM
Allentown-Bethlehem, PA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Colorado Springs, CO
Columbus, OH
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Denver-Boulder, CO
Detroit, MI
Fresno, CA
Grand Rapids, MI
Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA
Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, KS
Lancaster-York, PA
Las Vegas, NV
Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles
Louisville, KY
Memphis, TN
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL
Milwaukee-Racine, WI
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Mobile, AL
Naples-Ft. Myers, FL
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport, VA
Oklahoma City, OK
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Portsmouth-Manchester, NH
Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, RI
Raleigh-Durham, NC
Richmond, VA
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco-Oakland, CA
San Jose, CA
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
Seattle-Tacoma, WA
St Louis, MO
Syracuse, NY
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Toledo, OH
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Washington D.C.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA
Wilmington, DE

AcuraLink® weather
Acura was the first automotive company to offer continually updated "real time" traffic information as standard equipment. Now Acura again leads the field as the first to offer an in-dash, in-map navigation system with real-time weather information integrated within a single-screen format.

Key features

  • First in-dash, in-map single-screen real-time weather service
  • Professional-grade weather information provided by XM NavWeather® and Baron Services, Inc.
  • AcuraLink® weather information available for the 48 contiguous United States
  • One- to 3-day weather forecasts
  • Severe weather alerts
  • Specific area weather information

Acura's AcuraLink® weather is the first personal weather tracking system for in-dash automotive GPS navigation systems. The system tracks area-specific, real-time weather conditions between the current location and the final destination. Plus, it provides near-term weather forecasts. Rather than just offering general weather conditions for a region, the system focuses on the specific weather on the driving route. AcuraLink® weather information is continuously updated and delivered to the vehicle navigation system via the TSX's built-in XM® tuner.

With data provided by Baron Services, Inc., professional-grade weather information (obtained and deciphered from a complex array of National Weather Service information) is now exclusively available to Acura owners. Owners of a new TSX will receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink® weather along with AcuraLink® traffic and XM® Radio. Afterwards, AcuraLink® weather is individually available by monthly subscription or packaged with AcuraLink® weather or XM® Radio, or as a combined package of all three features.

Based on XM®'s WX Weather feature that is the recognized weather information leader in the aviation and marine markets, the AcuraLink® weather technology is further enhanced for specific travel conditions within most major metropolitan areas across the 48 contiguous United States. The information focuses on identifying potential weather threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions.

Current weather conditions are displayed on the navigation screen in an easy-to-read format. To find nearby weather conditions, the TSX's navigation system cursor can be moved to the desired location on the map to obtain info for a specific location. After pressing the "Map" button, the display reverts to the vehicle's current location.

In addition to providing continually updated weather information, AcuraLink® weather also generates prompts with unique icons informing the TSX driver if the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather such as a developing snowstorm, tornado warning, or ice. With such advance information the TSX driver can choose to reroute a trip to avoid the severe weather before actually encountering it.

When the navigation map display is zoomed out all the way to reveal the entire United States, AcuraLink® weather shows weather patterns across different areas of the country. AcuraLink® weather also offers one- to 3-day weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.

AcuraLink® weather information

Current Condition Weather Information

  • Clear
  • Partly cloudy
  • Mostly cloudy
  • Cloudy
  • Light rain
  • Moderate rain
  • Heavy rain
  • Freezing rain
  • Heavy freezing rain/ice
  • Snow
  • Heavy snow
  • Fog
  • Heavy fog

Present Threats

  • Lightning
  • Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)

National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings

  • Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories

Future Weather Forecasts

  • Current weather
  • 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts)
  • Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures
  • Probability of precipitation (measured in zero to 100 percent)
  • Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)
  • Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)
  • Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)
  • Wind (wind speed, wind gusts and wind direction)

INTERIOR ACCESSORIES

A line of Genuine Acura Accessories was developed simultaneously with the TSX to provide personalization for the Acura client. Like all Genuine Acura Accessories, the TSX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

Interior Accessories

  • Perforated leather steering wheel
  • Perforated leather shift knob
  • Interior trim kit (Dark Metallic)
  • Steering wheel trim (Titian Silver)
  • Steering wheel trim (Dark Metallic)
  • Ashtray
  • All-season floor mats
  • Trunk tray
  • Trunk hooks
  • Cargo organizer
  • Advance cargo net
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