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 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. But 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 cars in Acura's lineup: the slightly longer TL and the smaller TSX. 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 difficulty the TLX must get over.
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 excellent. The grille combines 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, it can 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 front-wheel drive chassis rather than the sportier rear-wheel-drive design of most leading rivals. And both available motors are essentially re-engineered variations of ones also found in the Accord. That helps control costs. Accessible only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . not 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has much less torque than the turbo charged fours in the Western 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 will 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 Accord and gives it street manners on par with some pricier sport sedans. The transmissions are high tech. 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. In addition to all front-drive TLXs have Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance managing. 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 gasoline by automatically de-activating three cylinders in low-demand driving. And all-wheel-drive models can shut off when the car is stopped. All this makes for a quite entertaining ride. Don't write off the four-cylinder without a test drive. Helped by the clever transmission, it's 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 throttle. The solution is Super Handling all-wheel-drive. It funnels power fore and aft and side to aspect for outstanding grip. Plus 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 confidence on the road.
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Wind, tire, and engine sound is subdued, and while the ride is organization, 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 days 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 at the same time show, for example, the navigation map and radio stations presets. But it is afflicted with redundancies in displays and controls. We're not by yourself in doubting the logic of this design. There's also a little brain exercise demanded of the unusual transmission 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 condition and positioning you'll need to look down to make certain you're activating the correct gear. You get 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-type 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 competitors, 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 large and supportive, the driving 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, 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 center of the class. Acura gives you an inflator kit rather than a spare tire, but models with the V-6 are available with this useful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is pretty tight. That's evidence of the additional bracing that's gone to the TLX's structure. Even the most affordable TLX comes nicely equipped with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity with Siri interface.
Adding the $4, 500 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 minimization, 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 for low cost of ownership.
|Title||Mazda Cx 9 Vs Acura Mdx 2017|
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|Published Date||January 22, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 22, 2018|
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