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2015 Acura TLX: 600 Miles In a Day

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on March 15, 2016

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I enjoy driving. So it didn't take much to convince myself it was a good idea to take our 2015 Acura TLX on a 10-hour, 600-mile road trip last Tuesday. My motivation was to break the single-tank fuel economy and range records before the Acura left our garage for good.

The only real question on my mind was which direction to travel. If I planned things right, an obscure roadside landmark would act as a turnaround point and supply me with some secondary sense of accomplishment.

I found the spot. It fit my stringent criteria of being near the road and of mild historical significance. And it was spelled the same as mine. I set my sights on the Von Schmidt marker located at the California-Nevada-Arizona border. Along the way I gathered plenty of long-range TLX driving impressions.

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2015 Acura TLX: Man, That's a Huge Trunk

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on March 11, 2016

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This morning our long-term 2015 Acura TLX played pickup truck. And it played it well.

The luxury sedan swallowed four mounted 15-inch wheels and tires (which my '69 Camaro once wore) so easily I almost couldn't believe it myself. 

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2015 Acura TLX: Will It Go 500 Miles on a Tank?

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on March 9, 2016

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February 2016 was scheduled to be our last full month with the 2015 Acura TLX. We figured on one last long distance cruise to see if it had anything to show us that we hadn't seen in the past 11 months.

There was a little something, as it turned out.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for January - Almost on the Nose With EPA Rating

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 26, 2016

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We're coming to the end of our year with the 2015 Acura TLX. In December and January, we added nearly 3,500 miles to the odometer, many of those courtesy Ron's road trip to Vegas and Josh's trip to Yosemite, where he had a chance to put the Acura's "Super-Handling" all-wheel-drive system to the test.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Utility When You Need It

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 18, 2016

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Before I left to pick up these eight-foot long boards at the local lumber yard, I thought twice about bringing our 2015 Acura TLX. Maybe I should take my wife's Volvo wagon instead; they would surely fit in that car.

Then again, why not give the TLX a shot?

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2015 Acura TLX: Brake Shake

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on February 11, 2016

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I've driven a lot of Hondas. Let's go down the list, just for giggles.

When I was in college, my parents had a '95 Accord EX sedan, which refused to quit but ultimately got replaced by a '98 Accord LX sedan that my dad drives to this day with 270k-plus miles on the clock.

My own second car (after an '85 300ZX with a broken odometer liberated its timing belt) was a '94 Integra LS, which was too turquoise. I sold it and bought a '93 Prelude Si. That saw me through to grad school, when I manned up and got a '95 Integra GS-R coupe. That one failed smog when I moved to California, so I shipped it home to my mom in Maine (who was still driving it until it rusted out last year) and bought a 2001 Prelude.

I don't have a Honda anymore, but suffice it to say that I know them well.

So when I felt some vibration in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX's brake pedal on my way down a lengthy high-speed grade, a series of traumatic Honda flashbacks ensued.

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2015 Acura TLX: What Can Brown Do For You?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 3, 2016

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Our 2015 Acura TLX  is a game changer.

Black. Gray. Beige. When buying a Honda or an Acura, those have been your interior color choices for the better part of two-and-a-half decades. Sure, there have been exceptions since the days when run-of-the-mill cars like my dad's '91 Accord had a blue cabin. Off the top of my head, the S2000 could be had in red, blue or yellow leather, but that's about it. "Camel" or dark beige was as wild as Acura got, apart from the NSX (yellow and red available with that too).

True, most other car companies have sold the bulk of their cars in those same dull shades over the same period of time. Yet, there have usually been a few special choices for those who want something different. Admittedly, these were seen in high-performance or special-order models. Things started to change within the last decade with the addition of browns and muddy reds into the automotive interior color palette.

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2015 Acura TLX: Kicks Yosemite's Big Snowy Butt

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 22, 2016

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It was to be my last hurrah in the 2015 Acura TLX and I wanted it to be a good one. A chance for the sedan to redeem itself from having three gears too many and a transmission calibration that makes me want a cup of Dramamine. We were going to Yosemite and I needed a car — not a truck — to tackle the winding roads into the park and all-wheel drive to manage the snow we'd encounter once there.

The TLX was my choice. And it was the right one.

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2015 Acura TLX: Vegas Road Trip Impressions

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on January 19, 2016

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It was time for me to cover the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and I needed a car for the road trip. Rain was in the forecast, the first storm of the "El Niño" season. And like any Los Angeles native, I freaked out and figured I would need an SUV with all-wheel drive to ford any treacherous waters.

Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot wasn't available, so I dropped the SUV idea and took the 2015 Acura TLX instead. An Edmunds colleague made the trip with me.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: I Would Rather Pay for the Gas

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 5, 2016

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After a week's worth of holiday driving in our 2015 Acura TLX, I was constantly reminded of its least appealing feature. I'm talking about the start/stop system which has been covered by Matt Jones and others more than a few times.

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2015 Acura TLX: Pricey Second Service

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 25, 2015

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When we last left the action, our long-term 2015 Acura TLX needed service. The dashboard chimed in to let us know that the B16 service was due, so we scheduled a dealer visit and dropped it off locally at Hooman Acura of Santa Monica.

After just a few hours at the dealer, the TLX was ready to go. Our first service cost $80.64 for an oil change and tire rotation, but this service was much more work and cost quite a bit more.

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2015 Acura TLX: Due for B16 Service

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 23, 2015

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This warning greeted me when I got into our 2015 Acura TLX recently. "B16" has a special resonance for Honda nerds, being the prefix engine code for one of Honda's beloved four-cylinders from the 1990's. This particular alphanumeric, however, isn't nearly as special.

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2015 Acura TLX: Easy Child Seat Installation

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 18, 2015

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Over the weekend I had my first experience installing a child seat in our 2015 Acura TLX. The process is fairly straightforward. Still, there are variables between cars that can make a parent's life considerably easier or not. So I was pleased to see how simple Acura makes things in the TLX. This is why it's so good:

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2015 Acura TLX: Awkward Conversations

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015

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I had heard considerable grumbling about our 2015 Acura TLX long-term car before I drove it. Cynical me, I figured my colleagues were just being overly critical. The transmission issues couldn't possibly be that big of a deal, right?  

Wrong. The problems are real. To the point you question how a respected company like Acura could let this happen. To the point where you wonder if it's our test car in particular that's plagued with these weird driveability issues, or is it all V6 SH-AWD models. Regardless, the nine-speed automatic transmission is buggy.

I liken it to an awkward conversation. You know the kind: No matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to get on the same page with the person you're talking to.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for November: Incremental Increase

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 8, 2015

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Besides the usual commute duty for the month of November, our long-term 2015 Acura TLX enjoyed an extended stay in Fresno, then a Thanksgiving jaunt to the Bay Area and back.

In total, we logged another 1,560 miles and averaged 24.5 mpg for the month. This increased our lifetime average by only 0.1 mpg. Considering the amount of heavy L.A. traffic we're contending with, we're doing a decent job of homing in on the 25 mpg EPA combined estimate.

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2015 Acura TLX: If 6 Was 4 - Why Less is More

by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 7, 2015

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I took the 2015 Acura TLX down to San Diego to spend Thanksgiving at my sister's house, a round-trip of about 300 miles. Those who know Southern California traffic know that it's a fool's errand trying to predict it, especially on a holiday. Unless you start a drive really early in the morning or late at night, you're at the mercy of the gridlock gods. 

So no big surprise that the drive south took four hours. While plodding along, I realized something about the V6 TLX: I think I like the four-cylinder more.

In fact, I'm sure of it. For context, I own four-cylinder TLX with about 15,000 miles on it. And I've now put well over 1,000 miles on our long-term V6 model, and I think that's enough time to make a firm decision between the two.

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2015 Acura TLX: Prefer Onboard Navigation to My Phone's

by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 3, 2015

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I know I'm going to lose some of you on this, but I prefer the navigation system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX to the navigation app on my phone.

Couple of reasons:

I like the voice of the onboard system. Actually, not the voice exactly, but what she says. For example, while driving on I-405 recently, the voice from my smartphone's navigation app trumpeted (and I'm improvising a bit here):

"In half a mile use the second to the right-hand lane to exit 26B Lakewood Blvd South Long Beach Airport Lakewood Blvd North and stay left lane at the fork."

Real chatty.

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2015 Acura TLX: Did You Just Stall?

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on December 1, 2015

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I've already bemoaned the auto-stop feature in our long term 2015 Acura TLX. But that was a few months back, and although I still don't love the feature, I've kind of made peace with it. Until Saturday evening.

My buddy and I were going out for something to eat in the TLX. I came to a stop at a red light and boom — the car shut off as intended. My buddy, who hasn't come across this feature before, noticed the engine stoppage and was caught off guard.

"Dude, did you just stall?"

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2015 Acura TLX: SH-AWD Is Pretty Cool

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015

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Most luxury sedans these days offer all-wheel drive as an option. The 2015 Acura TLX is one of those cars, of course, but what makes it distinctive is that its all-wheel-drive system actually makes it sportier to drive.

Acura's "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" system (SH-AWD) has been around for about a decade now. Essentially, it can apply specific engine torque to individual wheels to enhance the car's handling balance. Besides just enhanced wet-weather traction, Acura says SH-AWD can help the TLX feel sportier.

For straight-line acceleration, SH-AWD allows you to make the most of the V6's power. There's no drama. You just mat the gas and go. But you'll really notice it when going around turns.

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2015 Acura TLX: B16 Bingo for Maintenance

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 24, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX is due for a maintenance service, or so says the gauge cluster display. The display also has a Bingo-like code that you'll need to look up in the owner's manual to determine what's required.

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2015 Acura TLX: No Heated Steering Wheel or Soup for You

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 18, 2015

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Winter is here. You picked your 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD for its all-wheel-drive capability. Heated front seats come standard. You thought you were ready. But even if you have a fully loaded TLX with the Technology and Advance packages, there's no way to get it with a heated steering wheel.

It's a curious omission for a luxury sedan.

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2015 Acura TLX: Ergo Design Makes for Frozen Fingers

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 4, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX has a similar kind of dopey vent problem that plagued our recently-departed Mini Cooper. It's not quite as fierce as Travis experienced in the Mini, and looking at a photo of the instrument panel in both cars, you can see the silliness of the Mini's setup. I mean, the vent is directly behind your hand on the steering wheel.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for October: Settling Into Real-World Numbers

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on November 3, 2015

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After eight months in our long-term fleet, our 2015 Acura TLX fuel efficiency appears settled in, coming in just below the EPA-combined figure of 25 mpg. Take the jump for some month-to-month highlights of test so far.

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2015 Acura TLX: Trying to Like It

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 28, 2015

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I want to like our 2015 Acura TLX, I really do. Some of the time, I do. There's a lot to like here, especially when the V6 is humming at highway speeds. But much of the time I'm in the driver seat, I can't get past grumbling about some feature or other that I probably wouldn't have noticed during a test drive, but which would later bother me for the length of ownership.

Prime example: the Auto Idle On/Off. The car defaults to engagement each time you start it. There is no option in the vehicle settings to turn it off permanently. So if it drives you nuts to press the Off button each time you get in the car, as it does me, you're out of luck.

Inevitably you will get caught out and forget to disable the stupid feature, then try to quickly leave a strip mall driveway. You'll come to a stop, see your break in traffic to get back on the roadway, and — wanh, wanh — the engine dies. You'll mash the pedal, the engine will cough and come back to life, and now you're lurching out into traffic like a possum with a hangover.

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2015 Acura TLX: Sport Equals Normal

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 26, 2015

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Ever notice how it takes a while for an LCD TV to power on? I do. Does it bug you when you press a button and there's a noticeable lag before the action takes place? Yeah, me too. I've been noticing this lag on the accelerator pedals of many modern cars.

Our 2015 Acura TLX is no exception, but I've found a way around it.

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2015 Acura TLX: When Feeling Blue Is Good

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 22, 2015

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Much has been said lately about the audio system in our 2015 Acura TLX. But features and sound aside, there's one little thing that hits me every time I drive the TLX.

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2015 Acura TLX: Seat Wear After 10,000 Miles

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 20, 2015

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The driver's seat in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX is holding up well after six months of steady use in our fleet. Without sporty-side-bolsters to slide over, there isn't much wear on the outside corner and the only place that I can spot any real deformation is the seat bottom.

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2015 Acura TLX: Good Sidewall Helps Make a Smooth Ride

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 16, 2015

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I really like the way our long-term 2015 Acura TLX rides, both on the highway and in the city. Over broken, battered and practically-cobbled surfaces, it feels smooth and generally unfazed. Part of the credit for this gentle ride goes to the TLX's suspension, but I think the tires deserve some credit, too.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Rear Passengers Get Vents Too

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 13, 2015

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You might be surprised to learn that not all luxury cars provide auxiliary rear vents for those in the back seat. As you can see, our 2015 Acura TLX does have an extra set of vents and several passengers who sat in back have expressed their relief.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for September - Road Trips Increase Lifetime MPG

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 9, 2015

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We added 2,703 miles to the odometer of our 2015 Acura TLX in September, an impressive number that's just short of the 2,709 miles we added in August. Lengthy commutes and a couple of road trips accounted for most of the TLX's highway-heavy month. And as Dan Edmunds and I have learned, the TLX will beat EPA highway estimates even while moving at a decent clip with several passengers. Two of the nine fill-ups for the month, for example, surpassed the 31 mpg mark.

Here's how September shaped up for the TLX:

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2015 Acura TLX: Critics Agree - ELS Audio is Pretty Darn Good

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on October 6, 2015

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Not too long ago, Brent Romans wrote a great post about the ELS system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I'd like to add my two cents. I have a 2015 TLX myself and I spent some serious time bouncing between the base and Tech Package while deciding which TLX model would work best for my lifestyle.

The choice was tough primarily because of the ELS audio system that comes standard in the Tech Package. This is the same audio system in our long-term TLX. Although I would have enjoyed all the goodies that came with the Tech Package, the difference in price between the Base and Tech is, as Brent noted, about $4000.

No matter how you slice it, $4000 makes a nice-size bump in your car payment.

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2015 Acura TLX: Hailing the Glory of Auto-Cooled Seats and Smart Backup Cams

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 1, 2015

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I'd put the invention of heated and cooled seats up there with the wheel. This probably comes from my college days working at a car dealership, where in the summer I had little to fight against triple-digit car interiors other than a high tolerance for pain. Now, heated and cooled seats can be found in cars at almost every price level.

Our 2015 Acura TLX does one better: It turns them on automatically.

This sounds like a small thing, but it's so forehead-slappingly effective and obvious that I wonder why it isn't available on more than a handful of cars.

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2015 Acura TLX: Not a Fan of Screen Washout

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 28, 2015

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Alright, so our 2015 Acura TLX isn't the first car with a touchscreen that washes out in the sun. It's a general deficiency among these center console displays, although I think screen coatings must differ among suppliers. Some cars just seem more prone to this. I could live with this occasional and temporary condition, but for one thing.

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2015 Acura TLX: Packed Full for a Vegas Trip

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 27, 2015

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Our summer trip to Las Vegas was just a few weeks away and the puzzle pieces had finally fallen into place. Our rooms were booked and the 2015 Kia Sedona had just arrived in our long-term fleet. I even brought it home one night to make sure the third row accommodated two six-footers who would ride along for the four-hour journey.

Headroom was tight, but the third row seats could recline and my passengers would only need to tilt the seats back to get comfortable. Everything was going according to plan.

Then a rogue water bottle ruined everything. The Sedona went into the body shop and missed its date with the Mojave. Time to exercise Plan B: Get a roomy four-seater and split up the party. Due to its own third-party mishap, the 2015 Acura TLX needed some road trip love and I was happy to oblige.

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2015 Acura TLX: Classy and Comfortable for Four Adults

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 22, 2015

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My wife and I recently went on a couples' date with friends of ours. Rather than taking two cars, we offered to pick them up at their house. I had our long-term 2015 Acura TLX for the weekend, so it seemed like a good opportunity to see how comfortably it could carry four adults.

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2015 Acura TLX: Top Five Things I Like About It (You Won't Believe #4!)

By Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 18, 2015

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Scott Oldham recently wrote that he's "come around" on our 2015 Acura TLX. I'd have to agree with him. The more time I've spent with our TLX, the more I've liked it. This might be because some of the car's drawbacks are immediately obvious, whereas its strengths take a little more time to appreciate. Regardless, I've got my top five things I like about our TLX.

It's a humble list, but to compete with other internet listicles, I've renamed it: "Top Five Epic Crazy Things About the 2015 Acura TLX That the Government Doesn't Want You to Know About."

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ELS Sound System Puts You 10 Feet From Stardom

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 15, 2015

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Since our 2015 Acura TLX came with the optional Technology package upgrade, which costs about $4,000, it has a variety of upgrades over a base TLX, such as leather upholstery, added safety features, navigation and a premium Acura ELS Studio sound system.

Of those features, I'd say the sound system is my favorite.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for August - Increasing Efficiency

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 10, 2015

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We haven't been able to report much on fuel economy for our 2015 Acura TLX for a variety of reasons. But I've finally got some hard numbers to report from August. Compared to what the EPA estimates we should be getting, our TLX is doing pretty well.

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2015 Acura TLX: Transmission Makes Abrupt Upshifts

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 8, 2015

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My colleague Josh Sadlier recently drove our 2015 Acura TLX home for a night. The next day in the office, he remarked that he noticed some odd shifting behavior from the TLX's nine-speed automatic transmission. Now Josh is sort of odd himself (witness his website dedicated to his personal car), but having spent some time with our TLX as well, I have to agree with him: our TLX's tranny exhibits unusual shifting behavior in its lower gears.

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2015 Acura TLX: Turns On Its Road Trip Charm

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on September 2, 2015

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I've come around on our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I've been cold, now I'm sold. This car gets better the more you drive it and the harder you push it.

What turned me around? A road trip.

Last week I drove the TLX from Los Angeles to Carmel Valley and back in three days.

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2015 Acura TLX: Will Change the Way You Park

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on August 28, 2015

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Some of us like the push-button shifter in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. Others? Not so much. But isn't a little controversy always the case with innovative ideas?

I'm a fan. And I recently discovered a cool little feature worth calling out which may change your mind if you've been critical of the sedan's unique shifter design.

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2015 Acura TLX: Service and a Surprise

August 26, 2015

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At just more than 6,000 miles, our 2015 Acura TLX requested its first service. Honda/Acura maintenance language calls this an A1 service: "A" for oil change, "1" for a tire rotation.

A surprise recall surfaced when our advisor typed the VIN into his computer.

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2015 Acura TLX: Bringing the Wheels Back in Balance

August 21, 2015

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Awhile back Dan wrote of "a tire imbalance or shudder from the rear" while driving our 2015 Acura TLX. Jay drove it a couple of nights later and echoed his impressions. So the next morning we asked Stokes Tire Service to perform a road-force balance on the rears.

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2015 Acura TLX: Time For Service

August 19, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX is back covering miles after having sat on the sidelines nursing injuries sustained from its impromptu crash test. Now it has enough to go back in for its first service.

The TLX's instrument cluster alerts its driver when the service interval is approaching, flashing a "Service Soon" indicator on vehicle start. After that, the notice changes to "Maintenance Due Now".

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2015 Acura TLX: Embracing Our Autonomous Future

August 17, 2015

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This past weekend, I drove some family members down to San Diego and back in our 2015 Acura TLX. As I pulled into the carpool lane, I activated all the active driving features. Then I realized this is what our impending autonomous future looks like.

The TLX has both adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. The former lets the driver choose a target speed and follow distance, and the car follows those targets the best it can. The lane-keep assist system monitors the TLX's path and makes steering corrections to keep it in its lane.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for July - Squeezing a Tank for Nearly 500 Miles

August 13, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX has been out of commission for the majority of its test so far. With 5,150 miles on the odometer, we finally get our first snapshot of fuel economy performance.

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2015 Acura TLX: Driver's Door Makes Notchy Noise Now

August 10, 2015

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By now everybody knows that our 2015 Acura TLX was involved in a significant collision. We documented the body repair process here and here over the course of its 61-day absence. Some of this time was spent in the body shop and some of it with Acura engineers giving it a post-repair shakedown.

But with extensive damage like our car suffered there is always the scary question, "Will it ever be the same?"

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2015 Acura TLX: Confirmation Beep Will Not Be Silenced

August 4, 2015

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One of the first things anyone does when they buy a new car is go through the owner's manual to acquaint themselves with their new baby and customize all the settings. Our long-term 2015 Acura TLX's owner's manual shows you how to set the clock, pair your phone via Bluetooth, and even how to install a child seat.

That's all well and good, but how about how to turn off that confirmation beep? The one that sounds every time you make a move on the settings screen?

Turns out you can't turn that off. You can't even turn down the beep's volume.

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2015 Acura TLX: Accidental Trunk Release

July 30, 2015

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I was carrying some beverages in an ice chest this past weekend, stored in the trunk of the long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting a car that cut me off. This caused the cooler to slide around and make a loud noise. I was worried that it had tipped over and started leaking ice water all over the trunk. I was on the freeway and running late to a party. So rather than pull over, I asked my friend to hop into the rear seats, pull the seat back and check if the cooler had tilted over.

"I can't find the switch," he said. I told him to keep checking, most sedans have 60/40-split seats and there was bound to be a way in. He finally located the keyhole behind a plastic cover, shown in the photo above. "That must be it!" I told him. Lucky for us, the TLX has a smart key, so I could still stay on the road. I passed the key fob to him. Next he pulled out the removable physical key and inserted it in the lock.

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2015 Acura TLX: Impressive Safety, Steering and Fuel Economy on Long Highway Run

July 24, 2015

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Few of us got a chance to drive our 2015 Acura TLX before it got clobbered by some idiot bent on making a right turn from the left lane. I'd driven it home once, but it was a particularly bad traffic day and I didn't learn much.

That looked set to change early last week. I had business in San Jose and driving seemed like my best option. The TLX had just returned to the fleet and needed miles to make up for its long stint on the disabled list. My route wasn't going to be much more than a freeway cruise, but at least I'd get a better sense of the machine.

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2015 Acura TLX: Trying Too Hard

July 22, 2015

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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So says Newton, and you can see it demonstrated in our 2015 Acura TLX.

Action: owners and writers complain for years about too many tactile buttons for too many esoteric functions in Honda and Acura cars (A-SEL, anyone?)

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2015 Acura TLX: Comes Off the DL, Ready for Summer Miles

July 16, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Editor Jay may not have thought the damage to our 2015 Acura TLX was too extensive when he and the Acura were sideswiped by a rogue Camry in early May, but our car ended up spending significant time on the disabled list. All told, it spent more than a month at the body shop, then two more weeks (and some change) at Acura's HQ service center here in south Los Angeles.

This was a thorough rehab assignment.

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2015 Acura TLX: Cops Like It

July 13, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Our 2015 Acura TLX is back. After several weeks at the body shop waiting on panels and parts, after spending time with Acura's engineers to make sure everything checked out copasetic, after a further delay to fix something with one of the speakers, our Acura mid-sizer is back on the road.

It's wasted no time making impressions, specifically on the police.

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2015 Acura TLX: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop, Part 2

June 11, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

After an unfortunate mishap with a wayward Camry, our 2015 Acura TLX was dispatched to the body shop. We got in to see the scenes of disassembly, and now it's time to start reconstructing the car. Here are the steps leading up to the paint room.

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2015 Acura TLX: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop

May 29, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Jay told you in his last blog that the collision damage to our 2015 Acura TLX "looks worse than it is."

Now it looks as bad as it is.

We got into the body shop to document the start of repairs on our TLX and it isn't pretty. If you're wondering, here's what $6,300 worth of broadside collision looks like:

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2015 Acura TLX: Crash-Tested

May 12, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

It looks worse than it is.

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2015 Acura TLX: Indecisive Adaptive Cruise Control

May 4, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Our 2015 Acura TLX has adaptive cruise control. If I have to be a part of the unpredictable, mindless river of humanity that characterizes LA's terrible freeways, I like adaptive cruise control.

I do not like the adaptive cruise control on our TLX.

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2015 Acura TLX: Performance-Tested - How Does The V6 Compare to the Four-Cylinder?

April 30, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Rising from the ashes of the TSX and TL is the new 2015 Acura TLX. It fits between the retired sedans in both size and price, and is powered by tweaked versions of the 4- and 6-cylinder engines from the TSX.

We had a choice to make when we ordered our long-termer. Even with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, we were underwhelmed with the 4-cylinder model's performance. We opted instead for a configuration more suited to our tastes: V6, nine-speed automatic, and all-wheel-drive.

With the car fully broken in, it was time to get numbers for our TLX. Scroll down to see how it compares to a TLX with the 4-cylinder engine and all-wheel steering.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: A V6 With Brawn and Brains

April 17, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

Opting for the 3.5-liter in the 2015 Acura TLX not only puts 290 horsepower under the hood, it also gives you the chance to get more than 30 mpg on the highway. At least, that's what the EPA says.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Slow Reacting User Interface

April 16, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

There are plenty of pros and cons to discuss when it comes to Acura's driver interface. It uses a large central knob at the base of the center stack to access menus on the screen at the top of the center stack. In between is another screen but that's only for radio and ventilation controls. Got it?

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Serious Light With Signature Style

April 13, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

With the arrival of the 2015 Acura TLX, and the updated 2016 ILX sedan and 2016 RDX SUV, all Acura models now feature what the company calls "Jewel Eye" headlights. They're technically LED headlights surrounded by LED accent lights. The only remaining non-LED lights are the turn signals.

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2015 Acura TLX: Rough Start-Stop System

April 9, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

I own a 2015 Acura TLX. I bought my TLX in September, and I test drove both the four- and six-cylinder versions before making a choice. I decided to go with the four-cylinder base model. I have about 6,500 miles on the thing so far and I must say I'm really enjoying it.  

As much as I the four-cylinder TLX, I often wonder if I should have gone with the bigger engine. I traded in my beak edition 2011 Acura TL Technology Package for the TLX after becoming accustomed to the extra horsepower and torque from the 3.5-liter V6.   

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2015 Acura TLX: Quiet Ride

April 2, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Having spent the past few days driving our long-term 2015 Acura TLX, I'm impressed with how quiet the ride is, even on the freeway, and even with the audio system switched off. Road, wind and engine noise are kept to a minimum, not always the case in a Honda/Acura product. The cabin is peaceful and comfortable.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Nearly Perfect Gauges

April 1, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

Can't tell you how nice it is to see a clear set of analog gauges in our 2015 Acura TLX. I mean, this is a car that oozes technology from every corner. The fact that designers were able to keep at least some of that technology out of the instrument cluster is surprising.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Push-Button Shifter Works Just Fine

March 26, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

It's easy to look at the push-button transmission shifter in our 2015 Acura TLX and think it's overkill. I'm usually the first person on our staff to take this stance. Why take a perfectly good shift lever and turn it into several buttons?

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Introduction

March 24, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

Our latest addition to the long-term fleet is a two-for-one deal. Allow us to explain.

The story starts a few years back when the third-generation Acura TL became an unexpected hit between 2004 and 2008. It was the right size, looked great and offered tremendous value. But then subsequent generations slowly got bigger, less interesting to drive and a bit odd-looking.

Even after some redesign rhinoplasty, the TL never got its groove back, so when the time came for an all-new car, Acura tried something radically different. Instead of merely updating the TL, it would create an all-new car that would take the place of both the TL and the smaller, compact TSX sedan.

The 2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD is that something new, and given its critical role in the company's lineup, we knew it deserved a place in our long-term road test fleet for the next year.

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