The All New 2015 Acura TLX

   
Physics Meets Metaphysics

To become one with the driver, a car must be equal parts brilliant engineering, art and philosophy. Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) capture each of these disciplines to make precise control intuitive rather than calculated



Poised to Attack Conventional Wisdom

The TLX appears nothing if not highly purposeful. It is aggressive, low, wide, sporting and fitted with 20" alloy wheels. The sculpted sheet metal is at once elegant and decadent, reflected in the long hood, short rear deck and character line.



Power of Choice in Choice of Power

The 3.5L V-6 features a new 9-speed automatic and offers athletic, track-worthy performance. For the high-revving 2.4L inline-4, an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with torque converter is assigned to take full advantage of the very elastic power band.


Why does a smart luxury vehicle have to be so well behaved.....


  • Direct-Injected SOHC, i-VTEC, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Driver (SH-AWD) or Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS)
  • Direct-Injected DOHC, i-VTEC, 2.4-liter inline-4 engine with 8 speed Dual Clutch Transmission



Electronic Gear Selector

On the V-6 model, experience intuitive, one-touch engagement of the 9-speed automatic transmission. Simply push for Drive, Neutral and Park. Pull for Reverse and the electronic Parking Brake. Need to access the lower gears to quickly pass a slow moving vehicle? Well, there are paddle shifters for that



2015 Acura TLX Review

Expectations for the new TLX have been high since it was first announced last year, and reactions were almost universally favorable when the near production-ready concept was first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2014. Still, the outgoing TSX was very well-loved, and the TL, though a bit long in the tooth, had carved out a name for itself in the luxury segment. So could the new TLX really replace BOTH models?

While it has the same global mid-size platform as the new Accord, the TLX only shares the Accord's floor stampings. The rest is all new, with an emphasis on lower weight, improved rigidity, enhanced performance and occupant safety. The final result is a car that seems to perfectly balance luxury with sport, and provides whole host of standard features at a reasonable price.

 

Exterior

The TLX is an extremely attractive and well-proportioned mid-size sedan. It seats five comfortably and is 190.3 inches long with a 109.3 inch wheelbase (dimensions which are almost identical to the Honda Accord). The standard TLX 2.4 model weighs in at 3,483 pounds while the fully loaded V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package weighs in at 3,774 pounds.

The TLX is available with two different engines in a total of seven different configurations: TLX 2.4, TLX 2.4 with Technology Package, TLX 3.5 V6, TLX 3.5 V6 with Technology Package, TLX 3.5 V6 with Advance Package, TLX 3.5 V6 SH-AWD with Technology Package and TLX 3.5 V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package (our test car was a fully loaded TLX 3.5 V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package).

All TLX models come standard with a power moonroof, LED headlights, 17-inch machine-finished aluminum alloy wheels, LED-illuminated taillights, brake lights and side mirror-integrated directional signals. V6 cars with the Technology and Advance Package come standard with 18-inch machine-finished aluminum alloy wheels. Finally, the TLX 3.5 V6 with Advance Package adds in LED fog lights and puddle lights.

The TLX is available in seven different colors. Our test car was painted "Black Copper Pearl."



 

Interior

As you would expect from Acura, the interior is extremely well appointed and attractive. Ergonomics are excellent, as is outward visibility. Seating is roomy and quite comfortable both front and rear -- the front seats are especially supportive. Trunk space is a roomy 13.2 cubic feet. Acura put a lot of effort into soundproofing and it paid off - the TLX has a very quiet ride.

Standard features include dual-zone, adaptive automatic climate control, keyless access with smart entry, pushbutton ignition, a driver's 10-way power seat with power lumbar support, front passenger's 4-way power seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, a tilt and telescopic steering column, and steering wheel mounted controls for cruise control, audio, phone, multi-Information display and available voice recognition. Vehicles with the Technology or Advance Package add in a Milano premium leather trimmed interior and a front passenger's 8-way power seat. The top of the line TLX 3.5 V6 with Advance Package adds heated and ventilated front seats.

Acura does not skimp on technology, either. There are not one but TWO displays -- an 8-inch display on top and a 7-inch touchscreen on the bottom, and many of the controls are now operated via the touchscreen. While we still prefer things like fan speed and seat warmers to be controlled by actual buttons and knobs, we got used to the touchscreen over our week with the TLX. Standard features include an audio system with 7 speakers, SMS, MMS text message and email capability, Bluetooth, Sirius, USB connectivity and an MP3 jack. Vehicles with the Technology or Advance Package also get navigation and a premium audio system with hard disk drive media storage and 10 speakers.

For interior colors, you have a choice of ebony, greystone or the extremely attractive espresso found in our test car.



 

Performance

The TLX comes standard with 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with torque converter. Four-cylinder cars are front-wheel drive only. It should be noted that the four-cylinder models also have a conventional automatic shifter. Opt for a V6 car, though, and you get a somewhat unique electronic gear selector (as found in our test car). The 3.5 liter V6 is rated at 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. V6 cars are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.

We really enjoyed the smooth power delivery in the V6 car and the fact that it was all-wheel drive made it feel very connected to the road at all times. Front-wheel drive versions employ rear-wheel steering for improved handling.



 

Safety

The TLX comes standard with a whole host of safety features, including front, front side, side curtain and driver's knee airbags. Also standard are antilock brakes, stability control and traction control, as well as a backup camera. Vehicles with the Technology or Advance Package also are equipped with a forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation system, blind spot information and a rear cross traffic monitor. The TLX has not yet been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

Overall

All in all the TLX is a very versatile, efficient and well-equipped vehicle for the price and definitely merits consideration when shopping luxury sedans.


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