Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you need to be a part of Acura's come 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. Typically 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 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 less busy. 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 car? We'll there are some good reasons. It seems very good. The grille combines a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, associated by standard LED car 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 competitors. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Accessible only with front-wheel drive is a second . 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower, 17 more as compared to the Accord. It has far less torque than the turbocharged fours in the 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 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 street manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are advanced. 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. And 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 Method. An Eco mode calms 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. 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 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 guide - 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 aft and side to part for outstanding grip. Plus you can monitor its action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off off in impressive agility and balance, but every TLX has superior steerage feel and inspires confidence on the road.
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Wind flow, tire, and engine noises 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 keep 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 analog gauges not video predictions. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can simultaneously show, for example, the navigation map and radio stations presets. But it suffers redundancies in displays and controls. We're not alone in doubting the logic of this design. Gleam little brain exercise demanded of the unusual transmission controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this assortment 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 you're activating the correct gear. You get a conventional shift handle 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 convincing. Front seats are spacious 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 again, knee room is good but if you're tall 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 a much better view forward than you get in some cars with bulkier headrests. At about 14 cuft, 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 convenient underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is quite tight. That's evidence of the additional bracing that's gone into 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 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 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, AS BMW HYBRID, or Lexus. But it does enjoy a great reputation for reliability and for low cost of ownership.
|Title||Mazda Cx 9 Vs Acura Mdx|
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|Published Date||January 22, 2018|
|Latest Updated Date||January 22, 2018|
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