The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you need to become a part of Acura's return to the front side ranks of sports sedans. It's been a while -- probably since at least 2008, with the last of the really good TL models. The all-new TLX recaptures that blend of engaging performance and Acura value. Nevertheless 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. Typically the new TLX borrows some understructure from the Toyota Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and noise-free. And that's a challenge 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 four door? We'll there are some good reasons. It looks pretty good. The grille works with a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, accompanied by standard LED headlights. The 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 bits 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 rivals. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Obtainable only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . not 4lt four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more than in the Accord. It has much less torque than the turbo charge fours in the Western 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 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 provided by 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 street 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 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 guiding, throttle, and transmission reaction. The six saves fuel by automatically de-activating about three cylinders in low-demand generating. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. This all makes for a fairly entertaining ride. Don't dismiss the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it's an overachiever, with surprisingly lively pickup.
The clean, 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 accelerator. The solution is Super Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and back and side to aspect for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor the action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays 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 flow, tire, and engine sound 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 film-based 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 alone in doubting the common sense of this design. There's also a little brain exercise demanded of the unusual transmission controls that come with the V-6 engine. Is actually this variety of buttons that looks cool and saves space. But unless you've memorized their condition and positioning you will have to look down to make certain if you're activating the correct gear. You obtain a conventional shift button with the four-cylinder powerplant, 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 rivals, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking reduce is actually plastic but at least it's very effective. Front seats are spacious and supportive, the traveling position excellent. Power warmed buckets are standard and perforated Milano leather is included with all-wheel-drive and optional in place of leatherette upholstery. In back 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 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 useful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is quite tight. Which evidence of the additional 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 interface.
Adding the $4, 1000 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, adaptive cruise control, front-collision minimization, 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 ownership.
|Title||2011 Mazda Cx 9 Vs Acura Mdx|
|Caption||2011 mazda cx 9 vs acura mdx|
|Published Date||January 22, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 22, 2018|
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