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I hate when companies downgrade something. I understand they have to keep updating the look but why make it worse?

The 1st gen looks genuinely luxurious with the gated shifter and fancy dashboard layout.
 

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I think the 2nd gen has a way more luxuious feel/look to it, while the 1st gen 06-08 w/Navi has a very sporty look (gauges mainly).

Plus little things, like the thicker steering wheel makes me like the interior of a 2nd gen.

Non-navi to non-navi, 2nd gen wins hands down. The 1st gen without Navi looks cheap to me. Just my $0.02.
 

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I've sat in my buddy's TSX wagon and although I liked all the nice features they've added, the overall feel of the buttons and the dash feel loose and almost kind of jenky. I love the solid feel of the dash in the 1st gen. The buttons feel crisp and everything is neat and well-placed. Also my $0.02.

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I say second gen interior wise.

If you can, try to make a thread dedicated to these type of opinion/discussion questions instead of making a new one for every question.
 

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I think the 2nd gen has a way more luxuious feel/look to it, while the 1st gen 06-08 w/Navi has a very sporty look (gauges mainly).

Plus little things, like the thicker steering wheel makes me like the interior of a 2nd gen.

Non-navi to non-navi, 2nd gen wins hands down. The 1st gen without Navi looks cheap to me. Just my $0.02.
I agree with this, but i have to say navi to navi the 1st gen is very close and in my opinion nicer. Both gens have good interiors regardless.
 

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I prefer my 06 interior to my sister's 2010 interior. the only thing I like about her interior is the extra pockets on the side of the center console.
 

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I agree having both....
The 1st gen is more of a "sport" interior layout and design

my 2nd gen has more of a cruing daily driver luxury appeal.
Thicker steering wheel more defined seats. Erginomical lay out.
 

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Regarding the interior, in an effort to consolidate as others have asked me to rather than begin a new thread - when you have your climate controls set to "auto", where is the air coming out of? Why won't it allow you to select which vents you want the air to come out of, like feet, head or both? Does it only come out of certain vents for auto because that is the most efficient way to get the car to the set temperature?
 

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I agree with din9lebeRrY . My gf has an 06 and I have an 09 so I notice the differences pretty easily. I do like the 06 interior a lot and I like the steering wheel better then my 09. the things I like better in the 09 are:
-Overall design flows better and looks more modern
-Nav screen, better night/ day mode
-Center pocket I use for my cell phone
-USB/AUX easier to connect
-Coin pocket
-Sound System
-Accent trim color
-AC controls
-Nav Controls
-Trunk space/ opening
-Seats

Things I like better on the 06
-Steering wheel
-Storage under cd player
-Cup Holders
-Homelink buttons
-Interior blue LED by the map lights that illuminates the cupholder area is a lot brighter

The 06 interior is nice but the 09 has an overall higher quality feel in textures and materials in my oppinion.
 

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when you have your climate controls set to "auto", where is the air coming out of? Why won't it allow you to select which vents you want the air to come out of, like feet, head or both? Does it only come out of certain vents for auto because that is the most efficient way to get the car to the set temperature?
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In the AUTO mode, the vehicle’s interior temperature is independently regulated for the driver and passenger. If the driver’s side of the vehicle is getting too much sun, the system will adjust to a lower temperature.
You still can select which vent you want it to come out from, fan speed, re-circulation mode, etc. It will be in semi-auto (temperature regulated).
 

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Does it only come out of certain vents for auto because that is the most efficient way to get the car to the set temperature?
I'm pretty sure that's it. When you want to warm up the car, the heat comes at your feet. When you want to cool the car, the A/C comes from the upper vents. If you had the heat coming out of the upper vents, it would take a very long time for your feet to get warm and vice versa.
 

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Regarding the interior, in an effort to consolidate as others have asked me to rather than begin a new thread - when you have your climate controls set to "auto", where is the air coming out of? Why won't it allow you to select which vents you want the air to come out of, like feet, head or both? Does it only come out of certain vents for auto because that is the most efficient way to get the car to the set temperature?
Auto means that the car has full control. you can pick what vents the car should use. if you do, the auto light turns off, meaning that the system doesn't have full control anymore. it will still have control over the temperature, though.
 

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As with every subject, everyone has an opinion. It appears that thus far, most people like the interior in the car they own…and that makes sense.

But to answer the original question, I thought I’d throw in the only 'objective' comments (from non-owners) I’ve read in print. Car & Driver felt that the first generation TSX had very luxurious soft-touch materials, and that in the 2G TSX, though still very nice, had several areas that were changed to cheaper, harder plastics, and that there were now “too many buttons”.

As Car & Driver said about the 1G TSX: “The sumptuous leather, the tasteful metallic accents, the LED gauges, and the top-grade plastics are befitting a car costing twice as much. The dash covering is made sans PVC, a material that can wreak havoc on quality control, and instead is manufactured using a high-caliber spray-formed urethane skin technology. All the materials scream luxury, and all the parts whisper smooth.”

Backing this up is that the 1G TSX, had a separate “Acura” design interior, intended to be nicer than the Euro Accord. The 2G TSX however has an identical dashboard as the Euro Accord.

Additionally, the electroluminescent gauges in the 1G TSX, (another feature that the Euro Accord never had), were replaced with cheaper, traditionally lighted gauges in the 2G.

Let’s step away from objectivity and back to opinion…

Having spent some time in both cars, an area where the interior of the 2G TSX outshines the 1G, (in my opinion), is the seats. The 2G seats are more bolstered and have softer, nicer leather. Also, it is wider, with 2 inches more space shoulder to shoulder.

I will echo what many have said on Acura zine and Temple of Vtec forums…the woodgrain dash and tan interior in the 1G 2006-08 TSX, (when Acura upgraded the look of the woodgrain and other materials from the 2004 & 05 models) is the most luxurious ‘looking’ interior.

Regardless of year, color or model, all 1G & 2G TSXs have very nice interiors.
 

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Further away but I think it's less distracting to look at while driving. Also has a lot less glare and doesn't get covered in finger prints. And unlike the 06, the screen actually adjusts the right way between night and day modes. In the 06 the night mode is brighter. So when it's really sunny I need to switch it to night mode to be able to see the screen.
 
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