The particular 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish to become a part of Acura's go 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. 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 THE CAR 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 Ford Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and quieter. 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 sedan? We'll there are some good reasons. It looks excellent. The grille combines a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, accompanied by standard LED headlamps. The side view is uninteresting 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 layout of most leading rivals. And both available motors are essentially re-engineered versions of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Available only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has less torque than the turbo charge fours in the Western competition, but also makes use of 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 does 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 driveline technology that elevates the TLX beyond any Contract and gives it highway manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are high tech. 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. In addition to all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Guide system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance dealing with. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics System. An Eco mode relaxes powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steering, throttle, and transmission response. 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 of this makes for a quite entertaining ride. Don't write off the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it can an overachiever, with surprisingly lively pickup.
The easy, 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 accelerator. The solution is Super Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and aft and side to side for outstanding grip. Plus you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder will pay off in impressive agility and balance, but every TLX has superior steerage feel and inspires assurance on the road.
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Wind flow, tire, and engine noise is subdued, and while the ride is company, 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. Typically the 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 radio stations presets. But it experiences redundancies in displays and controls. We're not alone in doubting the common sense of this design. Gleam little brain exercise required of the unusual transmitting controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this assortment of buttons that looks cool and will save space. But unless you've memorized their form and positioning you will need to look down to make certain if you're activating the correct gear. You get a conventional shift handle with the four-cylinder powerplant, 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 competition, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking cut is in fact plastic but at least it's very convincing. Front seats are roomy 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 again, knee room is good but if you're tall 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 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 can be found with this useful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is rather tight. That's evidence of the extra bracing that's gone to the TLX's structure. Even the most inexpensive TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth 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. For 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 and for low cost of ownership.
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|Published Date||December 17, 2017|
|Latest Updated Date||December 17, 2017|