The particular 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish to be a part of Acura's go back to the entrance ranks of sports sedans. It's been a while -- probably since at least 2008, with the last of the really good TL models. The all-new TLX recaptures that blend of engaging performance and Acura value. But is it good enough to displace such all stars as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 on your shopping list? I'm Chuck Giametta. Join me for a CarPreview video review of the 2015 Acura TLX. [music intro] A new nameplate, the TLX replaces two automobiles in Acura's lineup: the slightly longer TL and the smaller TSX. The particular new TLX borrows some understructure from the Toyota Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and noise-free. And that's a challenge the TLX must get over.
Why would someone choose this car over a BMW, Audi, or Tuning IS - none of which is based on a mainstream family four door? We'll there are some good reasons. It seems very good. The grille works with a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented by standard LED headlamps. The medial side view is unexciting but uncluttered. So is the tail. Overall, it's clean if undistinguished -- and a far better design than the 2009-through-2014 TL. The mechanical bits are sound, too -- even though this car is based on a 2wd (front) chassis rather than the sportier rear-wheel-drive structure of most leading rivals. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Available only with front-wheel drive is a second . 4lt four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more within the Accord. It has far less torque than the turbo charge fours in the European competition, but also uses less gas than those turbos. The choice is a 3. 5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower.
That's more than it makes in any other Honda or Acura but still short of the sixes in the top rivals. It does beat their fuel-economy rankings, though, and is available with front-wheel drive or the automaker's Super Handling all-wheel-drive. Acura does apply drivetrain technology that elevates the TLX beyond any Accord and gives it street manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are state of the art. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox that employs a torque converter to eliminate low-speed hesitation common to dual-clutch transmissions.
The V-6 has a nine-speed automatic. And all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Drive system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance handling. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics Program. An Eco mode relaxes powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steering, throttle, and transmission reply. The six saves gas by automatically de-activating about three cylinders in low-demand traveling. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. This all makes for a pretty entertaining ride. Don't dismiss the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it can an overachiever, with amazingly lively pickup.
The smooth, strong V-6 is more in keeping with this car's aspirations. Unfortunately, if you pair it with front-wheel drive, rapid takeoffs can induce torque steer - that's when a car pulls to the side under hard throttle. The solution is Extremely Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and back and side to aspect for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor the action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder will pay off in impressive flexibility and balance, but every TLX has superior steering feel and inspires confidence on the road.
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Blowing wind, tire, and engine noise is subdued, and while the ride is organization, bumps register with a single thump and you continue on with no sloppy rebounding. This is the engineering enthusiasts remember from the great times of Acura. Compared against the rather generic exterior, the interior seems invigorated. Typically the dashboard is modern and every TSX has pushbutton ignition and real analog gauges not video projections. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and radio stations presets. But it is afflicted with redundancies in displays and controls. We're not by yourself in doubting the logic of this design. There's also a little brain exercise required of the unusual tranny controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this variety of buttons that looks cool and will save space. But unless you have memorized their form and positioning you will have to look down to make certain you're activating the correct gear. You get a conventional shift lever with the four-cylinder motor, and both transmissions have steering-wheel paddles for a degree of manual control, though the small plastic material levers lack style or tactile satisfaction.
That's in contrast to almost everything else you come in contact with in the cabin. It's not quite up to the best available in top competitors, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking trim is in fact plastic but at least it's very convincing. Front seats are spacious and supportive, the driving position excellent. Power warmed buckets are standard and perforated Milano leather is included with all-wheel-drive and optional in place of leatherette upholstery. In back, knee room is good but if you're tall than six feet your head's going to be brushing the ceiling.
We all like the condensed design of these front seatbacks; it gives you an improved view forward you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cuft, trunk volume level is around the center of the class. Acura gives you an inflator kit rather than a spare tire, but models with the V-6 are available with this convenient underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is pretty tight. Which evidence of the extra bracing that's gone in to the TLX's structure. Even the most affordable TLX comes nicely prepared with the LED lamps, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless connectivity with Siri software.
Adding the $4, 1000 Technology Package gets you navigation, lane-departure and rear-cross-traffic alerts, rain-sensing wipers, and the Milano leather. Another thirty-three-hundred bucks, V-6 models can be equipped with the Advance Package. It includes the Technology Package, plus cooled front seats, adaptable cruise control, front-collision mitigation, and the automaker's first self-steering lane-assist system. Acura doesn't have the brand prestige of Audi, BMW, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability and for low cost of possession.
|Title||Gas Mileage 2001 Acura Cl Type S|
|Caption||gas mileage 2001 acura cl type s|
|Published Date||December 21, 2017|
|Latest Updated Date||December 21, 2017|