2015 Acura TLX

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What's New for 2015:
  • Replaces TSX and TL in Acura's lineup as a midsize luxury sport sedan
  • Standard 4-cylinder engine with dual-clutch automated manual transmission
  • Available V-6 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Precision All-Wheel Steer, Jewel Eye headlights
  • Optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, next-generation AcuraLink technology
  • Agile Handling Assist, Road Departure Mitigation technologies
  • Numerous safety system enhancements and debuts

The 2015 Acura TLX is a new, midsize luxury sport sedan that replaces both the TSX and the TL in the company's lineup. It is available with a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, with a dual-clutch or automatic transmission, and with front-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The new TLX competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Volvo S60.

Models and Features
Acura sells the new TLX in 2.4 and 3.5 model designations, each available with option packages. A Technology package equips each version of the TLX with several safety and infotainment upgrades detailed below, as well as premium leather upholstery.

If you want an 8-way power front passenger's seat and 18-in. aluminum wheels, you'll need to get the TLX 3.5, which includes them as standard equipment. The Advance package for the TLX 3.5 adds safety features available only for this version, plus LED fog lights and puddle lights, auto-dimming side mirrors, and remote engine starting.

Under the Hood
The TLX 2.4 model is equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 206 horsepower. An 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission--the first in the world to include a torque converter for smoother and more natural shift feel, according to Acura--delivers the power to the car's front wheels.

The TLX 3.5 has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 290 horsepower. A 9-speed automatic transmission powers the front wheels, and Acura's SH-AWD system is optional. A Variable Cylinder Management system turns off engine cylinders when they are not needed in order to maximize fuel economy.

Fuel Economy
The EPA says the TLX 2.4 should get 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Choose the TLX 3.5 and the car's fuel-economy ratings dip to 21 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Adding the optional SH-AWD system impacts highway fuel economy, which comes in at 31 mpg.

Safety and Technology
Acura offers numerous safety technologies for the new TLX. As part of the optional Technology package for the TLX 2.4, the car gets a forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping-assist system, blind-spot information system, and rain-sensing wipers.

These features are also available for the TLX 3.5 in its Technology package, while the Advance package contains exclusive road-departure-mitigation and collision-mitigation braking systems, adaptive cruise control with low-speed following capability, and front and rear park-assist sensors.

Additional options for both versions of the 2015 TLX include a navigation system, premium audio system with HD Radio, and AcuraLink connected services, all contained in the Technology packages.


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