SUM UP (4 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for TLX in 2015

The Acura TLX is an all-new model for the 2015 model year that replaces the now discontinued TSX and TL...
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Vehicle Overview

The Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sedan that fits above the ILX and below the RLX in the automaker’s sedan lineup. The TLX replaces the outgoing TSX and TL models, which have been discontinued.

Summary

The 2015 Acura TLX's standard powerplant is a 206-hp 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 182 lb-ft of torque, gets paired with an 8-speed automatic, and is good for an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway. An available 3.5-liter V-6 makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, uses a 9-speed automatic, and can be equipped with all-wheel drive. EPA-estimates for the V-6 are 21/31-34 mpg, with the three-mpg penalty going to the AWD-equipped models.

Notable features include a pair of color screens in the center console (7-inch infotainment, and 8-inch navigation), Acura’s Precision All-Wheel steering (P-AWS) for front-drive models, an improved Super Handling AWD system (SH-AWD), adaptive cruise control, blind spot information system, collision mitigation braking system, and a road departure mitigation system.

The 2015 Acura TLX has not been rated by the NHTSA, but is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Acura TLX replaces the TSX and TL, eliminating the previous showroom overlap. Styling is conservative inside and out, which we think is a good thing after the controversial 2009 update of the TL. The TLX strives to strike a balance between sport (TSX) and luxury (TL), which we think it does admirably. The eight and nine-speed transmissions shift smoothly and are perfectly matched to their respective engines. The SH-AWD system, only on the V-6 models for now, is “smaller, lighter, and even faster acting than what was offered on the TL SH-AWD. Dive into a corner too fast, add throttle, and you can actually feel the torque-vectoring rear differential tuck the car back into line.” Handling is good, and we think the 4-cylinder model is the better balanced of the bunch when the going gets twisty. We faulted Acura’s tire choice, however, as the relatively tall all-seasons start to lose grip early and sap steering feel from what is otherwise a precise and nicely weighted system.

Despite the new name and some advanced features, the 2015 Acura TLX doesn't revolutionize anything. It's a nicely equipped, well-built, and conservatively styled front-/all-wheel-drive sedan … we suspect many buyers will be just fine with an Acura that once again looks, feels, and drives like an Acura. It's also priced like a traditional Acura, offering tons of content at a discount compared with European competitors.

You’ll Like

  • Excellent transmissions
  • Great exhaust note on V-6 models
  • AWD system and all-wheel steering

You Won’t Like

  • V-6 models are a bit nose-heavy
  • OEM all-season tires
  • Conservative styling might be too boring for some

Key Competitors

  • BMW 3 Series
  • Cadillac ATS
  • Audi A4
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class
  • Buick Regal

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