If there’s been one piece of technology that has changed my life forever, it’s GPS. I’m not much of an outdoorsman, so I don’t necessarily mean the handheld GPS units that keep you from getting lost (or go geocaching, for that matter). Around three years ago, I started the lease for a 2004 Acura TSX. The “nav system” was merely an option, but a tool like that is mandatory for a geek like me. I took to the software like a duck to water. Within weeks, I was hooked – it had changed the way I drive. No more stress, no more guesswork, no more paper maps, no more Thomas Guides, no more forgotten printouts. As it turns out, Acura’s navigational systems are some of the best in the industry – and I can see why. I believe Alpine manufactures the actual unit, though. I’ve only upgraded the database DVD once, but probably could’ve gotten by with the factory install to this point. I simply cannot drive a car, in familiar territory or not, if it doesn’t have some kind of GPS inside of it. If you think I’m crazy, I challenge you to drive with a good nav system for a week. Ponzi was so bitten by the bug, so we had a GPS installed in her car before too long.

I’m getting ready to turn in the 2004 Acura TSX for a newer model. Yeah, I like the car that much! Seriously, the only problem I have with it is a somewhat limited turn radius – but beyond that, it’s been an absolute dream to drive. Oh, and the TSX has been further geekified in the new model. The 2006 sports an audio-in jack, Bluetooth connectivity, live traffic reports, Zagat ratings, etc. – on top of the most exellent navigational system I’ve grown to love. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a car, to tell you the truth. We’re probably going to lease it again, as I rather appreciate being able to turn the auto in for an upgrade every few years.

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition (available)
  • HandsFreeLink
  • Keyless Access System with driver recognition
  • Acura 360-watt Premium Sound System with AM/FM stereo, 6-disc in-dash CD changer and 8 speakers
  • XM Satellite Radio*
  • MP3/Auxillary Input Jack
  • HomeLink
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Heated front seats
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
  • Exterior temperature indicator

I am going to LOVE this car!

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