Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you need to become a part of Acura's come back to the front ranks of sports cars. It's been a while -- probably since at least 2008, with the last of the really good TL models. Typically the all-new TLX recaptures that blend of engaging performance and Acura value. Nevertheless 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. Typically the new TLX borrows some understructure from the Ford Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and noise-free. And that's a hurdle 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 appears pretty good. The grille combines a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented 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 layout of most leading competition. And both available motors are essentially re-engineered variations of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Obtainable only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . not 4lt four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has less torque than the turbo charge fours in the Western european competition, but also uses 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 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 Conform and gives it street manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are high tech. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch gears that employs a torque converter to eliminate low-speed hesitation common to dual-clutch transmissions.
The V-6 has a nine-speed automatic. Plus all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance dealing with. 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 three cylinders in low-demand traveling. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. All of 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 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 steer - 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 aspect for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor the action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off in impressive flexibility and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding feel and inspires assurance on the road.
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Wind flow, tire, and engine sound 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 keep in mind 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 film-based gauges not video predictions. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and stereo presets. But it experiences redundancies in displays and controls. We're not only in doubting the common sense of this design. There's also a little brain exercise demanded of the unusual transmitting controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this variety of buttons that looks cool and helps you to save space. But unless you've memorized their form and positioning you will have to look down to make certain if you're activating the correct gear. You get a conventional shift button with the four-cylinder motor, 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 cut is in fact plastic but at least it's very effective. Front seats are large and supportive, the driving position excellent. Power heated 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 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 a much better 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 are available with this helpful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is rather tight. That is evidence of the additional bracing that's gone into the TLX's structure. Even the most inexpensive TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless bluetooth connectivity with Siri user 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, THE CAR, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability as well as for low cost of control.
|Title||Acura Mdx 2014 Release Date|
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|Published Date||December 17, 2017|
|Latest Updated Date||December 17, 2017|
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