Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you wish to become a part of Acura's come back to the front 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 BMW 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 particular new TLX borrows some understructure from the Ford Accord - although with significant upgrades to make it stiffer and noise-free. And that's a challenge the TLX must conquer.
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 looks very good. The grille combines a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, accompanied by standard LED headlights. The medial 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 pieces 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 machines are essentially re-engineered versions of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Obtainable only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has less torque than the turbo charged fours in the Western european competition, but also utilizes 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 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 driveline technology that elevates the TLX beyond any Contract 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 transmission that employs a rpm 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 Guide system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance handling. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics Method. An Eco mode relaxes powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen steering, throttle, and transmission reply. 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. All of this makes for a pretty entertaining ride. Don't write off the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, is actually 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 steer - 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 side for outstanding grip. Plus you can monitor their action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off in impressive flexibility and balance, but every TLX has superior steering feel and inspires assurance on the road.
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Wind flow, 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 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 film-based gauges not video predictions. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can concurrently show, for example, the navigation map and radio stations presets. But it is afflicted with redundancies in displays and controls. We're not alone in doubting the reasoning of this design. There's also a little brain exercise required of the unusual transmission controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this assortment of buttons that looks cool and will save space. But unless you have memorized their form and positioning you will have to look down to make certain most likely activating the correct gear. You get 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 competition, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking reduce is actually plastic but at least it's very persuading. Front seats are spacious 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 again, knee room is good but if you're higher than six feet your head's going to be brushing the ceiling.
We all like the condensed design of these front seatbacks; it gives you an improved view forward than you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cubic feet, trunk volume 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 convenient underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is quite tight. That's evidence of the extra bracing that's gone into the TLX's structure. Even the least expensive TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED lights, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Wireless 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 minimization, and the automaker's first self-steering lane-assist system. Acura doesn't have the brand prestige of Audi, AS BMW HYBRID, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability as well as for low cost of control.
|Title||Mazda Cx 9 Vs Acura Mdx 2015|
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|Published Date||January 22, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 22, 2018|
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