What Is It?
2015 Acura TLX
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Acura TLX is an all-new midsize sedan that will replace the current TL sedan in Acura's lineup . It slots between the current ILX and RLX in terms of size, price and features.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Acura says it expects to have the 2015 Acura TLX in dealers this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
Acura has not set pricing for the TLX yet, but it's likely to remain in the same $37,000-$45,000 range as the current TL sedan.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Acura TLX comes as a four-door sedan only. Unlike the current TL that was only offered with a V6 engine, the TLX will give buyers the option of a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine. Final packaging hasn't been announced, but we expect there will be three trim levels: a four-cylinder with front-wheel drive, a V6 front-wheel-drive model and a V6 with all-wheel drive.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder, front-wheel drive only
· 3.5-liter V6, front or all-wheel drive
· Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic standard on 2.4-liter
· Nine-speed automatic transmission standard on 3.5-liter V6
How Does It Measure Up Against the Current TL Sedan?
Although the new TLX is 3.8 inches shorter overall compared to the current TL, it rides on the same size wheelbase. This means the new sedan retains all of the interior room of the current sedan, even though it looks smaller on the outside.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
All front-wheel-drive versions of the TLX will get a four-wheel-steering system for improved handling. On all-wheel-drive models, Acura will offer its Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, which is now lighter than before to improve mileage. All models will also offer Acura's Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which is a fancy name for adjustable suspension, steering and transmission settings.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
BMW 5 Series: Although slightly more expensive, the midsize BMW 5 Series offers four different engine options as well as a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.
Infiniti Q50: Similar in size and price, the Infiniti Q50 offers V6 power as well as a hybrid option. All-wheel drive is also available, along with a long list of advanced safety features.
Lincoln MKZ: Like the TLX, the MKZ offers both four-cylinder and V6 engines along with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
Should You Wait for It?
The new 2015 Acura TLX will effectively replace both the current TL and the slightly smaller TSX in Acura's lineup, so if you're partial to one or the other, now is the time to act. But if you're looking for something with the size of the TL and the mileage of the TSX, the new TLX should offer a very compelling package.