Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you need to become a part of Acura's go back to the entrance 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. Yet 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 automobiles 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 noise-free. And that's a hurdle the TLX must get over.
Why would someone choose this car over a BMW, Audi, or Lexus IS - none of which is based on a mainstream family car? We'll there are some good reasons. It appears pretty good. The grille integrates a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, accompanied by standard LED car headlights. The medial side view is unexciting 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 structure of most leading competitors. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types 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 horsepower, 17 more than in the Accord. It has much less torque than the turbo charge fours in the European 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 ratings, 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 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 Drive system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance managing. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics Program. An Eco mode relaxes powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steerage, throttle, and transmission response. The six saves gas by automatically de-activating 3 cylinders in low-demand driving. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. This all makes for a quite entertaining ride. Don't dismiss the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it can 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 accelerator. The solution is Extremely Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and aft and side to aspect for outstanding grip. Plus you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder will pay off in impressive speed and balance, but every TLX has superior steering feel and inspires assurance on the road.
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Wind, tire, and engine noise 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 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 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 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. It can this array of buttons that looks cool and saves space. But unless you have memorized their condition and positioning you'll need to look down to make certain you're activating the correct equipment. You obtain a conventional shift lever with the four-cylinder powerplant, 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 rivals, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking cut is actually plastic but at least it's very convincing. Front seats are roomy and supportive, the generating 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 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 you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cuft, trunk volume level 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 obtained 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 into the TLX's structure. Even the most inexpensive TLX comes nicely outfitted with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and 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. 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, adaptable cruise control, front-collision mitigation, 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||Acura Mdx Miles Per Gallon|
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|Published Date||January 25, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 25, 2018|