Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you need to become a part of Acura's come back 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. Typically the all-new TLX recaptures that blend of engaging performance and Acura value. Yet 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 automobiles 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 noise-free. And that's a hurdle the TLX must conquer.
Why would someone choose this car over a BMW, Audi, or Tuning IS - none of which is based on a mainstream family sedan? We'll there are some good reasons. It looks very good. The grille works with a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented by standard LED headlights. 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 front-wheel drive 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. That helps control costs. Accessible only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . not 4lt four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more within the Accord. It has less torque than the turbocharged fours in the Western european competition, but also utilizes 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 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 Contract and gives it road manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are advanced. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch gears 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 Steer 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 reaction. 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 pretty 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 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 throttle. The solution is Super Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and aft and side to side for outstanding grip. And you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off in impressive flexibility and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding feel and inspires self-confidence on the road.
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Blowing wind, tire, and engine sound is subdued, and while the ride is firm, bumps register with a single thump and you continue on with no sloppy rebounding. This is the engineering enthusiasts remember from the great days of Acura. Compared against the rather generic exterior, the interior seems invigorated. 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 simultaneously show, for example, the navigation map and radio stations presets. But it experiences redundancies in displays and controls. We're not by yourself in doubting the logic of this design. Gleam little brain exercise demanded of the unusual transmitting controls that come with the V-6 engine. Is actually this array of buttons that looks cool and helps you to save space. But unless might memorized their condition and positioning you will need to look down to make certain you're activating the correct equipment. You obtain 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 competition, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking trim is in fact plastic but at least it's very persuading. Front seats are roomy 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 back, knee room is good but if you're higher than six feet your head's going to be brushing the ceiling.
We 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 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 can be found with this helpful 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 inexpensive TLX comes nicely outfitted with the LED lamps, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth 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, adaptable 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 as well as for low cost of control.
|Title||2013 Acura Rdx Miles Per Gallon|
|Caption||2013 acura rdx miles per gallon|
|Published Date||January 25, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 25, 2018|