The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish to be a part of Acura's go back to the front side ranks of sports cars. 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 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 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 noise-free. And that's a challenge 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 seems very good. The grille integrates a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented by standard LED car headlights. The side view is uninteresting but uncluttered. So is the tail. Overall, it can 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 layout of most leading rivals. And both available machines 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 2 . not 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has much less torque than the turbocharged 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 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 rankings, 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 highway 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 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 Steer 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 reply. The six saves fuel 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, is actually 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 guide - 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 back and side to part for outstanding grip. In addition to you can monitor their action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off in impressive agility and balance, but every TLX has superior steerage 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 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 days 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 predictions. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can simultaneously show, for example, the navigation map and stereo presets. But it suffers redundancies in displays and controls. We're not alone in doubting the logic of this design. There's also a little brain exercise demanded of the unusual tranny controls that come with the V-6 engine. Is actually this array of buttons that looks cool and saves space. But unless might memorized their condition and positioning you will have to look down to make certain if you're activating the correct equipment. You get 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 reduce is in fact plastic but at least it's very persuading. Front seats are large and supportive, the driving 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 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 quantity is around the center 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 extra bracing that's gone in to the TLX's structure. Even the most inexpensive TLX comes nicely prepared with the LED lights, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless connectivity with Siri software.
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 provides 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, BMW, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability as well as for low cost of possession.
|Title||Mazda Cx 9 Vs Acura Mdx 2014|
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|Published Date||January 22, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 22, 2018|
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