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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TLX
Create Date August 04, 2014 19:30
Last Update May 04, 2017 12:46
Page 1 - Introduction

We recently had the opportunity to sample Acura's latest sedan entry, the Acura TLX. As the name may imply, the TLX supplants two sedans in Acura's lineup: the TL and TSX. The merging of these two lines made a lot of sense; in fact, after the first time I drove a 2nd generation TSX a little over 6 years ago, my first thought was that it should have been badged as "2.4 TL", as it had grown to the point where it was essentially the same size as the 3rd generation TL.

Now we no longer need to ponder the whys and whatnots of that, as starting this month we have a stylish new Acura sedan model offering 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder options. It's your choice of a 206hp 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC i-4 coupled to a superb 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT), or a 290hp 3.5L SOHC i-VTEC V-6, which is connected to an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT). Both engines feature direct injection and are offered in a front-wheel-drive configuration with Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS) system, while you can opt for a Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) option on V6 9AT models.

In typical Acura fashion, the TLX is offered in several trim levels (Base, Technology, and Advance), all of which are rich in features and value. The range starts at an enticing $30,995 for the base 4-cylinder and tops out at $44,700 for the top of the line V6 SH-AWD model with the Advance package. The 4-cylinder model tops out at the Technology trim level, while the front-wheel-drive V6 model offers all 3 levels, and the SH-AWD starts out at the Technology level. Fuel economy is listed at 24/35/28mpg (city/hwy/combined) for the 4-cylinder models, 21/34/25mpg for the V6 P-AWS model, and 21/31/25mpg for the V6 SH-AWD model.

As per the norm, the feature matrix is rather complicated, but basically the big step from the base to the Technology model includes Acura's Navigation System, Acura's incredible ELS Studio™ audio system, a bump from leatherette to a "milano leather-trimmed" interior, and a handful of active safety features (FCW, LKAS, LDW, BSI) . Stepping up to the Advance trim level buys a few more radar-based safety and convenience features (CMBS, ACC) along with ventilated seats, and some blingy items such as LED puddle lamps, LED fog lights, remote start, auto dimming exterior mirrors and a few other things. All trim levels get auto up/down windows at all four doors. The technology package hits the sweet spot in terms of value and content.

There really is a lot more to be said about what's new with the TLX, and we could literally go on and on for many paragraphs, but this is a "first drive", so continue on to the next page to read our driving impressions.

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08-20-2014 08:10 BMW VS Acura   (Score: 1, Normal) Mpeoplefan
08-20-2014 08:44 HondaForever
08-20-2014 10:44 shingles
08-20-2014 13:01 spagolli94
08-20-2014 21:15 shingles
08-21-2014 11:17 Osaka2002
11-08-2014 04:13 saitamahonda
10-29-2014 13:18 Apple CarPlay   (Score: 1, Normal) dampfnudel
10-29-2014 14:28 A77X
10-31-2014 02:01 dampfnudel
08-06-2014 22:09 Sad to hear about the brakes.   (Score: 1, Normal) batman25
08-07-2014 00:43 JeffX
08-09-2014 16:42 Popeyes2k
08-11-2014 11:31 Cfox84
10-26-2014 09:27 Popeyes2k
08-07-2014 18:52 Honda-D
08-07-2014 22:22 JeffX
08-08-2014 12:13 ipribadi
08-08-2014 15:39 gofast182
08-12-2014 18:01 ducmnguyen
08-08-2014 11:03 Leatherette Interior?   (Score: 1, Normal) spyder5786
08-13-2014 20:07 spyder5786
08-13-2014 23:22 JeffX
08-14-2014 17:49 spyder5786
08-14-2014 23:38 Adam
08-15-2014 09:43 shingles
08-15-2014 18:36 iutodd
08-15-2014 22:11 Adam
08-18-2014 11:59 NSXman
08-15-2014 16:05 Colin
08-21-2014 13:49 rocky
09-02-2014 21:47 kjhgr01
09-03-2014 13:36 Hondarulez
09-11-2014 17:32 A77X
09-12-2014 10:05 Brutus
10-26-2014 09:20 Popeyes2k
09-12-2014 14:11 TLX 0-60 clips   (Score: 1, Normal) The Legend
09-15-2014 08:21 Pseudomaniac
09-16-2014 23:03 JeffX
09-19-2014 16:20 TL_06
09-20-2014 08:49 Pseudomaniac
09-22-2014 12:50 Hondarulez
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09-24-2014 22:09 dutchboy
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09-26-2014 07:17 Pseudomaniac
09-26-2014 14:07 Hondarulez
09-26-2014 15:07 Pseudomaniac
09-26-2014 18:37 Hondarulez
10-08-2014 09:03 TL_06
08-06-2014 08:28 TLX formaldehyde free?   (Score: 1, Normal) Mpeoplefan
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