Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you would like to become a part of Acura's return 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. But is it good enough to displace such all stars as the AS BMW HYBRID 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 Honda Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and less busy. And that's a difficulty 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 appears very good. The grille integrates a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented by standard LED headlamps. The medial 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 parts 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 competitors. And both available motors are essentially re-engineered versions of ones also found in the Accord. That will helps control costs. Obtainable only with front-wheel drive is a second . 4lt four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more than in the Accord. It has much 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 it makes in any other Honda or Acura but still short of the sixes in the top rivals. It really does beat their fuel-economy ratings, 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 highway manners on par with some pricier sport sedans. The transmissions are advanced. 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. And all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Guide system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance managing. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics Method. An Eco mode calms powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steerage, throttle, and transmission reply. The six saves gasoline by automatically de-activating three cylinders in low-demand driving. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. This all makes for a pretty entertaining ride. Don't write off the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it's 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 guide - 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 backward and side to side for outstanding grip. And you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off off in impressive speed and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding feel and inspires self-confidence on the road.
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Wind, tire, and engine noises 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 bear 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 analog gauges not video projections. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and stereo presets. But it suffers 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 array of buttons that looks cool and helps you to save space. But unless you have memorized their condition and positioning you will need to look down to make certain most likely activating the correct equipment. You obtain 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 competition, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking cut is actually plastic but at least it's very effective. Front seats are spacious and supportive, the traveling position excellent. Power heated up 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.
We all like the condensed design of these front seatbacks; it gives you a much better 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 helpful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is rather tight. That is evidence of the excess bracing that's gone into the TLX's structure. Even the least expensive TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless connectivity with Siri user interface.
Adding the $4, 000 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 includes 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 possession.
|Title||2008 Acura Rdx Miles Per Gallon|
|Caption||2008 acura rdx miles per gallon|
|Published Date||January 25, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 25, 2018|