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Editor's Overview

Acura finds that less is more by offering the all-new TLX midsize sedan in place of the 2014 TL and TSX. With two powertrains and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the 2015 Acura TLX seeks to redefine the division as a true luxury player.

You'll Like The 2015 Acura TLX If...

The TLX is the definition of smart luxury if you value the driving experience and appreciate Acura’s cutting edge technologies like 4-wheel steering or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive over the prestige bestowed by having a European badge on your car’s nose.

You May Not Like The 2015 Acura TLX If...

If you expect an upscale car to have a commanding presence, stick with the European automakers. While the styling is contemporary and the LED headlights distinctive, the 2015 Acura TLX comes from a brand that is perceived as more premium than a luxury heavyweight.

What's New

The 2015 Acura TLX is all-new, replacing the TSX and TL sedans. It shares the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the larger TL, but is 3.7 inches shorter overall while retaining the same cabin space. The TLX features two new gearboxes, an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 9-speed automatic. Front-drive models have 4-wheel steering to improve maneuverability and handling.

Interior Features

Modern and functional best describe the Acura TLX interior. The dash is symmetrical in layout, divided by a large center stack dominated by an 8-inch information screen positioned high for good line-of-sight visibility and a secondary 7-inch touch screen positioned below it to control most features. There are also separate switches for the climate control and a large knob to scroll through the sound system and optional navigation. The interior features soft-touch materials, wood and aluminum accents that add to the upscale feel. Models equipped with the 4-cylinder use a traditional gearshift, while V6 models have console-mounted buttons. The TLX comfortably accommodates adults in both the front and rear seats.

Exterior Features

The rows of LED headlights flanking the traditional “mail slot” grille on the 2015 Acura TLX is its most distinguishing design cue, the face of the vehicle is similar to that of the upcoming 2016 Acura NSX supercar. This is a handsome 4-door sedan with flowing character lines that add an element of sensuality to a normally staid product. There are no differences in exterior detailing between 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder cars except for the latter’s optional fog lights and a discreet badge on the rear of SH-AWD models.

Driving Impressions

Two different powertrains and the availability of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive allow for varied driving experiences in the Acura TLX. The 4-cylinder feels lighter and more nimble, with crisp turn-in thanks to the 4-wheel steering system. Previous TSX owners will more closely identify with the spirited nature of this model. The V6, thanks to its abundant power and active noise cancellation, is quieter and feels more substantial, with a driving experience closer to the previous TL. In all models, drivers select from four driving modes ranging from Econ to Sport+. The Econ mode uses reduced climate-control loads to save fuel. There are also Normal and Sport modes in addition to Sport+. Sport adds some weight to the steering and has a more aggressive shift strategy, yet it’s not so hard-edged that you can’t use it in everyday driving. Sport+ is even more aggressive and also features a pure manual mode for the paddle-shift transmissions.

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Acura TLX starts at about $32,000 for the base 4-cylinder, while the front-drive V6 is just over $36,000. The front-drive V6 tops out at $43,395, while the V6 SH-AWD starts at $42,345 and is fully loaded at just over $45,500 with the Advance Package. All prices include $895 delivery. The TLX price range pretty much covers the current TSX/TL pricing which extends from $31,530 for the 4-cylinder TSX to the fully loaded TL at $46,405. In its class, prices are comparable to the Lexus IS, which runs in the low-$40,000 range and the Audi A4. To get a better idea of what people are paying for their Acura TLX sedans in your area, check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. Because the TLX is an all-new model, resale is still a question, but it’s reasonable to assume its values will be in the same range as the current TSX/TL models.

Notable Equipment

In addition to the first use of LED headlights as standard equipment across the board, the 2015 Acura TLX has a high level of standard features including keyless entry and start, heated power front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, high-gloss Zebra wood accents, a tilt/telescope steering column, a 355-watt 7-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, electronic cruise control, and automatic headlights.

Notable Options

There are two major option packages, Technology and Advance on the TLX. The Technology Package ($4,030) includes navigation with real-time traffic, an upgraded 490-watt 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio sound system with hard-disk drive, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot information, rear cross-traffic monitor, a leather-trimmed interior, rain-sensing wipers, and a frameless rearview mirror. The $3,250 Advance Package, which is available only on V6 models, includes collision-mitigation braking with head-up warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, road-departure mitigation and heated/ventilated front seats.

Favorite Features

DUAL CLUTCH 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC

The industry’s first application of an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with a torque converter gives 4-cylinder TLX models an edge in performance and fuel economy while delivering super-smooth, quick shifts.

SUPER HANDLING All-WHEEL DRIVE

A top-line Acura TLX V6 model equipped with SH-AWD is the best of both worlds: the safety of all-wheel-drive traction on slippery roads and tremendous handling featuring sharp turn-in when pushed to the limits on dry pavement.

Under the Hood

The 2015 Acura TLX offers three distinct drivetrains, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder front-drive with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic in either front-drive or all-wheel drive form. The 4-cylinder model feels light on its feet and has ample power for a car in this class. The V6 is even more muscular without a huge fuel economy penalty and benefits from advanced gas-saving technology such as cylinder deactivation and idle stop/start.

2.4-liter inline-4

206 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm

182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg

3.5-liter V6

290 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/34 mpg (front-wheel drive), 21/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

Editors' Notes

The 2015 Acura TLX replaces two models (the TL and TSX) in the division’s line and introduces new 8-speed and 9-speed automatic transmissions in an attractive package. Acura is counting on the TLX to elevate the brand from the ranks of premium nameplates into the realm of true luxury by offering standard LED headlights on all TLX trims, crafting a high-quality interior, and equipping the all-new sedan with advanced safety and fuel saving technologies. While keeping the larger TL’s wheelbase, the TLX is closer in length to the more compact TSX and competes with the Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. The availability of front-wheel drive with 4-wheel steering or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) gives the TLX the dynamics of a rear-drive sports sedan.

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2015 Acura TLX

I absolutely love my 2015 Acura tlx with the full technology package. In 2015, the Acura tlx was devised to replace the tsx and the tl in Acura lineup of cars. It has every bell and whistle that I could have ever imagined. In addition, I love the color scheme - it is black on the outside and leather chocolate brown on the inside. It has a navigation package, Bluetooth, it drives and curves incredibly well. It has a special beep when someone is in your blind eye, or if it feels as if you are driving too fast behind someone else and are in danger of running into them. It has traction control, stability control, hill assist control and abs (4 - wheel). This car has the technology package to get softer, perforated leather upholstery, for the seats, a navigation system, a premium audio system, and next-generation Acuralink connectivity and services. The technology package also includes rain-sensing wipers, a lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist system, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, and a forward-collision warning system. For your inside entertainment, the Acura tlx has am/FM stereo, Bluetooth wireless, navigation, premium sound and of course Bluetooth. For your comfort and convenience, it has the best air-conditioning system of any car that I have ever been in. It also has an anti-theft system, cruise control, keyless entry, keyless start, power door locks and power windows. Furthermore, Acura successfully masks the tlx genuine sports sedan characteristics with a suspension that is tuned to feel soft and absorbent around town and on the highway. When the time came to tackle a twisty road in the tlx, I questioned whether or not it could handle a canyon run.

- Lynn S

Acura tlx: an overall excellent, sporty and safe car.

2015 Acura TLX

My Acura tlx has been very reliable. It has many features that are useful, but my favorite is its safety features. It has prevented me from getting in an accident by stopping and engaging the seat belt when a car I didn't see ran a red light. It alerts you when a car is passing or if you are about to back into something. The navigation system I find to be too user unfriendly. I can use my phone navigation faster than setting it up on there. It has voice recognition technology, but I haven't had good luck with it when using the navigation system. The car seats are comfortable, but not luxurious. They do have a lot of seat adjustments to make it more comfortable. I love the seat heaters and especially the seat coolers! We live in Texas and the seat coolers are awesome in the heat. Overall performance is very good. It picks up speed well and is easy to maneuver. I like the body style also. It is got a sleek and sporty look to it.

- Lisa G

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2015 Acura TLX

I have a 2015 Acura tl tech package. I love this car and its functions. I have push buttons for everything and I absolutely love that open feel with no shift in the way. I just recently had to change the battery about a month ago, but that was a good run for it being 3 years old already. I received a notification from Acura stating that something on the 2015 Acura tl was malfunctioning, I took it right into the dealership and they checked it out for free and if anything was needed to be fixed then that would have been free too! Acura takes care of their car owners for sure. I love that my windshield has sensors so that way they automatically come on when it starts raining and I also have lane departure and that is from the windshield as well. I have enjoyed owning my 2015 Acura tl.

- Elena H

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