2015 Acura TLX
A most pleasant set of wheels for many
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – Gone are the TSX and the TL models from the Acura lineup and in their place comes the TLX, a very likeable sedan for those not looking for hand edge BMW like cornering but rather a touch of luxury and tech for a reasonable outlay of cash.
Under the hood of the test car was a refined 2.4-liter, 206 horsepower four with 182 lb-ft of torque all delivered via an 8-speed dual clutch automatic with fast acting paddle shifts. The front drive sedan will ring up a 0-60 run in about 7.5 seconds and those looking for more can opt for the 3.5-liter V6 rated at 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. That one comes with a nine speed automatic and is available with all-wheel drive.
Again, for the large majority of drivers, the refined four has ample get up and go. Stick with the Sport+ driving mode to extract all that it has to offer and enjoy its ability to downshift quickly and hold gears for a longer period of time. Rather fun on back roads.
The TLX settled nicely on the interstates and had no problem slipping by semis on what passes for mountains in these parts. The test car is EPA rated 24 to 35 mpg and I came out at 28 mpg in a week’s testing in a variety of traffic conditions.
Sound proofing was a major condition when Acura considered the TLX and your ears will tell you they succeeded. I liked the soft touches inside and the more than comfortable 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with good lateral support. Out back, two adults will be comfortable in the 60-40 fold down seat and my guess is that they will believe they are riding in a more expensive automobile.
The center stack is dominated by two screens that will reveal virtually everything you want to know about the workings of the TLX once you, with extended consultations with the owner’s manual, figure out how it all works.
I thought the Acura/ELS 10-speaker audio system left something to be desired sound quality wise with weak bass response and a need for additional tone adjustments.
Included on the test car was the Tech Package that brought along the navi system with voice recognition, heated leather clad seats with memory settings, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic monitor and a lane departure warning that was a bit too sensitive, like many others on the market.
With zero options, the test car carried an easy to digest MSRP of $35,920. For that you get a car with sport and luxury touches, one that would be more than up to a long trip with its spacious truck, plus one more thing that should be overlooked.
Acura’s reputation for long life.