|For 2009, the Canada-only CSX gets a new grille to harmonize with the rest of the Acura lineup. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The CSX is not only made in Canada, it is made for Canada. An exclusive entry-level model to the Acura line up, the CSX is actually Canadian-designed, taking the concept of "buying local" a step further. It was amusing to see an American publication publish "spy shots" of the Acura CSX from a Canadian dealer lot that I pass every day! Should Americans care that they cannot get their hands one of these? The short answer is yes. I will expand on that, but first a little bit about the specific version I tested, the Acura CSX Technology.
|The Technology package includes a premium audio system, voice/touch-screen activated navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, fog lamps and xenon headlights. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The Canadian design of the CSX is slightly longer than a Civic, with a length of 4,544 mm, 1,435 mm height, 2,700 mm wheelbase and slightly heavier curb weight than most of the poorer Civic cousins at 1,313 kg.
|The CSX is sleek looking, but not quite a sports car. Its 2.0-litre engine puts out 155 horsepower. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Besides all the Acura standard features and extras not available to Civic shoppers,
|Inside, the CSX is closely related to its Civic sibling, but all dressed up. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
|The two-tiered instrument pod is shared with the Civic, and creates a high-tech feel. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The CSX Technology shares the Civic's electrically-powered variable power-assisted rack and pinion steering with stability and traction control, but it rides on much nicer 17-inch alloy wheels and P215/45R17 performance tires. Those tires stop faster than they turn, with power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes featuring ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD).
The lightweight aluminum engine is efficient for this platform, delivering great mileage in as much comfort. On paper the CSX delivers a combined city/highway mileage of 7.7 L/100km. Calculating from the paper receipt at my gas station, I recorded a darn close 7.8 L/100km.
|Beautiful leather seating surfaces are what really set the CSX apart as an Acura. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press|
The seating is the best part of the CSX interior and the only real Acura distinction. The rest is identical to a dressed-up Civic. That is not necessarily a bad thing. I like the two-tiered high-tech look and layout of the Civic.
|A full complement of airbags and electronic stability control make the CSX a 2009 Top Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Other tires to kick are those of the Lexus IS 250, Mercedes B Class, BMW 1-Series, Volkswagen Jetta or Volvo C30, but getting all of the CSX's goodies for a list under $30k with an Acura nameplate puts the Canadian-only Acura CSX Technology in a small field of near-luxury subcompact sedans. With universal health care, Tim Horton's and the CSX, it's a great deal on this side of the border!
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