Typically the 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you would like to become a part of Acura's return 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. 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 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 conquer.
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 appears excellent. The grille works with a palatable version of Acura's chrome beak, complemented by standard LED car headlights. The side view is unexciting but uncluttered. So is the tail. Overall, it's 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 2wd (front) chassis rather than the sportier rear-wheel-drive layout of most leading competition. And both available engines are essentially re-engineered types of ones also found in the Accord. Of which helps control costs. Available only with front-wheel drive is a 2 . 4-liter four-cylinder with 206 hp, 17 more than in the Accord. It has far less torque than the turbo charged fours in the Western european competition, but also makes use of 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 will beat their fuel-economy rankings, 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 highway manners on par with some pricier sport cars. The transmissions are advanced. The four-cylinder uses an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox 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 Steer system that pivots the back wheels a few degrees to enhance handling. Also standard is the company's Integrated Dynamics System. An Eco mode calms powertrain and climate-control calibrations. Sport modes sharpen guiding, throttle, and transmission reply. The six saves gasoline 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 this makes for a fairly 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 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 drive - 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 side for outstanding grip. And you can monitor their action. The lighter weight of the four-cylinder pays off off in impressive flexibility and balance, but every TLX has superior guiding feel and inspires confidence on the road.
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Wind flow, tire, and engine noise 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 remember 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 projections. The double-deck screen is debatable. It can simultaneously show, for example, the navigation map and radio presets. But it experiences 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 transmitting controls that come with the V-6 engine. It's this variety of buttons that looks cool and saves space. But unless might memorized their form and positioning you will have to look down to make certain you're activating the correct equipment. You obtain a conventional shift handle 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 competitors, but materials quality is very pleasing. This woodgrain and this metal-looking reduce is in fact plastic but at least it's very convincing. Front seats are spacious 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.
We like the condensed design of these front seatbacks; it gives you an improved view forward 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 helpful underfloor bin. A split-folding rear seatback is standard but you'll notice the passthrough is rather tight. Which evidence of the additional bracing that's gone to the TLX's structure. Even the most affordable TLX comes nicely outfitted with the LED bulbs, power moonroof, rearview camera, heated mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity with Siri interface.
Adding the $4, 000 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 mitigation, 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 and then for low cost of ownership.
|Title||Pictures Of Acura Rdx 2010|
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|Published Date||December 22, 2017|
|Latest Updated Date||December 22, 2017|
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