2015 Acura TLX: If 6 Was 4 - Why Less is More
by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 7, 2015
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.
Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with the V6. It feels good, and digging into that gas pedal is fun, if a bit uneven. When you lay into it, it moves pretty darn well. It even has an understated growl when you get the RPMs up.
But it feels heavy. In traffic, starting and stopping, you start to notice it. And I'm not totally in love with how it feels when climbing the gears. Blame it on the ZF tranny.
To this guy at least, the four-cylinder is just more fun. Lithe. Spirited, even. And since I was after a car that made driving fun, I think I made the right choice. If I was after the luxury experience, I'd be better off with the bigger engine.
In my eyes, the only reason to consider the V6 over the four-cylinder option would be SH-AWD, which isn't available with the four. And that's too bad, because when my lease is up, that's probably what I'd hanker for if I decided to stay with the model: TLX four-cylinder with Tech package and SH-AWD. That would be a pretty cool package indeed.
Matt Jones Senior Editor