2015 Acura TLX: Did You Just Stall?
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on December 1, 2015
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?"
I had to explain the system, how it works, and the intended benefit. All of this happened at the same red light. His response?
"That would annoy the (colorful word retracted) out of me."
Never one to mince words, that guy.
As the night progressed, I showed off some of the other cool things this car can do: Adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters, IDS. He was impressed, but not sold. In fact, he told me as much.
It made me think. What would my mom make of an engine that shuts off when you come to a stop at a light? And it was a baked-in feature that you'd have to remember to disengage every time you drive?
I know what my sister would think. She would think the car was busted.
My sister bought a new Kia Soul a few months back which also has auto-stop. Her salesperson, bless his heart, never explained the feature to her. And during the test drive, the car didn't shut down. So she wasn't aware of this newfangled feature (neither her Expedition nor her husband's Mustang have it) even existed. The next day, she was back at the dealership in the service department wondering why new ride was shutting down on the way home.
When a feature makes a shopper think something is wrong with a car, maybe it's time to put that feature to bed.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor