The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish as a part of Acura's return 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 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 cars in Acura's lineup: the slightly longer TL and the smaller TSX. The particular new TLX borrows some understructure from the Honda Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and quieter. And that's a difficulty the TLX must overcome.
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, complemented by standard LED headlamps. The side view is uninteresting 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 parts 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 rivals. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types of ones also found in the Accord. That helps control costs. Available only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . not 4lt four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more than in the Accord. It has far less torque than the turbocharged fours in the Western competition, but also makes use of less gas than those turbos. The alternative 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 does beat their fuel-economy scores, though, and is provided by front-wheel drive or the automaker's Super Handling all-wheel-drive. Acura does apply driveline technology that elevates the TLX beyond any Contract and gives it road manners on par with some pricier sport sedans. The transmissions are state of the art. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox that employs a rpm converter to eliminate low-speed hesitation common to dual-clutch transmissions.
The V-6 has a nine-speed automatic. In addition to 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 System. An Eco mode calms powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen guiding, throttle, and transmission reply. The six saves fuel by automatically de-activating 3 cylinders in low-demand traveling. 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, is actually an overachiever, with surprisingly 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 throttle. The solution is Very Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and backward and side to part for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off in impressive speed and balance, but every TLX has superior steering feel and inspires self-confidence on the road.
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Wind flow, tire, and engine noises 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. The particular dashboard is modern and every TSX has pushbutton ignition and real analog gauges not video predictions. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can at the same time show, for example, the navigation map and radio presets. But it is afflicted with redundancies in displays and controls. We're not only in doubting the common sense of this design. There's also a little brain exercise required of the unusual transmission controls that come with the V-6 engine. Is actually this assortment of buttons that looks cool and saves space. But unless you have memorized their condition and positioning you will need to look down to make certain most likely activating the correct products. You get a conventional shift handle with the four-cylinder motor, and both transmissions have steering-wheel paddles for a degree of manual control, though the small plastic-type 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 rivals, 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 roomy 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 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 than you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cuft, trunk quantity is around the midst of the class. Acura gives you an inflator kit rather than a spare tire, but models with the V-6 can be obtained with this convenient underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is rather tight. Which evidence of the excess bracing that's gone in to the TLX's structure. Even the most inexpensive TLX comes nicely outfitted with the LED lights, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless 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 mitigation, and the automaker's first self-steering lane-assist system. Acura doesn't have the brand prestige of Audi, AS BMW HYBRID, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability as well as for low cost of possession.
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