2015 Acura TLX: Ergo Design Makes for Frozen Fingers
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 4, 2015
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.
The TLX's isn't that bad, but the vertical orientation of the driver's right-side vent, and its location along the same axis as the steering wheel, make it impossible to get a little cool breeze on your torso or upper-body without also freezing your right driving hand, especially when at the sanctioned 3 o'clock position.
It doesn't look dramatic in the photo, but it's an effect that forces you to constantly shift your right hand, first to the bottom of the wheel, then to the 12 o'clock position, dropping your left shoulder into the seatback, diggin the scene with a gangsta lean. That would be cool and all if the TLX carried even a whiff of gangsta.
Not a deal-breaking character flaw and here in Southern California, maybe only an annoyance during a hot summer (we'll see if it's equally annoying with warm airflow as the colder months come on).
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor