2010 Acura Tl Comparison Test

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The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish as a part of Acura's go back to the front ranks of sports sedans. It's been a while -- probably since at least 2008, with the last of the really good TL models. The particular 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 vehicles in Acura's lineup: the slightly longer TL and the smaller TSX. The new TLX borrows some understructure from the Ford Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and less busy. And that's a challenge the TLX must get over.
Why would someone choose this car over a BMW, Audi, or Lexus IS - none of which is based on a mainstream family four door? We'll there are some good reasons. It looks excellent. The grille integrates a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, accompanied by standard LED headlamps. The side view is unexciting but uncluttered. So is the tail. Overall, is actually 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 design of most leading competition. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered versions of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Accessible only with front-wheel drive is a second . 4lt four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more than in the Accord. It has less torque than the turbocharged fours in the Western european competition, but also utilizes less gas than those turbos. The choice is a 3. 5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower.
That's more than much more in any other Honda or Acura but still short of the sixes in the top rivals. It will beat their fuel-economy scores, 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 highway manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are advanced. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch transmission 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 managing. 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 reaction. The six saves fuel by automatically de-activating three cylinders in low-demand driving. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. All this makes for a fairly entertaining ride. Don't dismiss the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it's an overachiever, with remarkably lively pickup.
The clean, 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 guide - that's when a car pulls to the side under hard accelerator. The solution is Extremely Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and back and side to side for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off off in impressive agility and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding feel and inspires self-confidence on the road.

2010 Acura Tl Comparison Test

2010 acura tl comparison test

Wind flow, 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 bear in mind from the great days 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 film-based gauges not video projections. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and radio presets. But it is afflicted with redundancies in displays and controls. We're not alone in doubting the common sense of this design. There's also a little brain exercise demanded of the unusual tranny controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this assortment of buttons that looks cool and will save space. But unless you have memorized their form and positioning you'll need to look down to make certain most likely activating the correct gear. You get a conventional shift button with the four-cylinder powerplant, and both transmissions have steering-wheel paddles for a degree of manual control, though the small plastic 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 reduce is actually plastic but at least it's very persuading. Front seats are large 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 again, knee room is good but if you're taller than six feet your head's going to be brushing the ceiling.
All of us 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 cubic feet, trunk volume is around the middle 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. That's evidence of the excess bracing that's gone to the TLX's structure. Even the most affordable TLX comes nicely prepared with the LED lights, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity with Siri interface.
Adding the $4, 500 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 provides the Technology Package, plus cooled front seats, adaptive cruise control, front-collision minimization, 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 ownership.

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