2015 Acura TLX: Hailing the Glory of Auto-Cooled Seats and Smart Backup Cams
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 1, 2015
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.
Hop in on a hot day and crank up the air conditioning? The seat cooling turns up to match. Ask for more heat and the seats happily deliver. This feature smartly reduces the inputs required from driver and passenger while increasing their comfort.
When I got past the awe of cooled seats, I also learned to appreciate the TLX's wide-angle rear view camera. It only took one tight parking lot to figure out why. While many systems show what's directly behind you, the TLX's near-fisheye lens gives a great view of what's approaching from either side.
While the resolution could be sharper, I appreciate how it almost peeks around the cars next to you. On top of that, the TLX also audibly alerts you when a vehicle is approaching, which is extremely helpful for avoiding the many parking lot grand prix racers out there.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor