Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you would like to be a part of Acura's go back to the front 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 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 cars in Acura's lineup: the slightly longer TL and the smaller TSX. 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 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 headlamps. The medial 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 pieces are sound, too -- even though this car is based on a 2wd (front) chassis rather than the sportier rear-wheel-drive design of most leading competition. And both available machines are essentially re-engineered variations of ones also found in the Accord. That helps control costs. Available only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . 4lt four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more than in the Accord. It has much less torque than the turbo charged fours in the Western competition, but also uses 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 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 driveline technology that elevates the TLX beyond any Accord and gives it street manners on par with some pricier sport sedans. The transmissions are state of the art. 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. Plus all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Drive 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 calms powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steerage, throttle, and transmission reaction. The six saves gasoline 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 pretty entertaining ride. Don't write off the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it's an overachiever, with remarkably 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 drive - 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 back and side to side for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor their action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off off in impressive agility and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding 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 bear 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 projections. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and radio presets. But it experiences redundancies in displays and controls. We're not only in doubting the reasoning 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 saves space. But unless you've memorized their form and positioning you will have to look down to make certain most likely activating the correct products. You obtain a conventional shift lever with the four-cylinder engine, 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 in fact plastic but at least it's very effective. Front seats are roomy and supportive, the generating 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 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 a much better view forward you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cubic feet, trunk volume level 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 convenient 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 affordable TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED lights, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless bluetooth connectivity with Siri software.
Adding the $4, 000 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 includes 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 and then for low cost of control.
|Title||Acura Tl Miles Per Gallon|
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|Published Date||January 25, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 25, 2018|