2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: I Would Rather Pay for the Gas
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 5, 2016
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.
Normally these systems don't bother me much. Some are smoother than others, but usually I can stand a little noise or vibration in the name of fuel savings.
With this system, however, there's something about it that makes it more noticeable than others. I'm not sure if it's the feel of it, or the speed with which it reacts to your foot on the pedal. Either way, it's the kind of thing that gets annoying real quick, especially in traffic. The fact that it turns itself back on every time you start the car certainly doesn't help.
Sometimes these systems grow on me after I get more time behind the wheel. With more than 15,000 miles on the odometer, our TLX has had plenty of time to break in, and I've had plenty of time to get used to it. Looks like this is one system that doesn't get better with age.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor