With a great blend of sport, technology, and luxury, the all-new 2009 Acura TSX ($TBA) has its sights set on the C-classes and 3-series of the world. The slightly larger and longer sedan is powered by an all-aluminum in-line 4-cylinder engine pumping out 201 hp, paired with either a short-shift 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. Quiet and stable, the TSX's interior comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port music interface, a 7-speaker sound system, and can be outfitted with the Acura Navigation System with voice-recognition, a premium 10-speaker sound system from Elliot Scheiner, and real-time traffic updates. It's like a Civic for grown-ups.
The Passat is getting a much needed revamp later this year. In addition to an all-new, Benz-inspired design, the Volkswagen Passat CC ($TBA; Q4 2008) offers several innovative assistance systems, such as the Lane Assist lane keeping system; Dynamic Drive Control electronic chassis control system; Park Assist parking assistant; and ACC Automatic Distance Control with stopping distance reducing Front Assist. The CC, which VW calls its first four-door coupe, also sports a huge, electrically actuated Panorama power vent sunroof. The Passat CC will come standard with the 200-hp 2.0 TSI engine, available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. You can upgrade to the 280-hp 3.6L FSI, which comes standard with the 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. [More Photos]