2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Push-Button Shifter Works Just Fine
March 26, 2015
It's easy to look at the push-button transmission shifter in our 2015 Acura TLX and think it's overkill. I'm usually the first person on our staff to take this stance. Why take a perfectly good shift lever and turn it into several buttons?
Turns out such angst isn't necessary. After putting several hundred miles on our Acura TLX I got used to the newfangled setup without much effort. So much so that I can do a three-point turn without even thinking twice about it.
I think it works for two reasons. One, the "drive" button is not only big, it's right in the middle. It doesn't take much fumbling around to find it. Two, instead of a button for reverse, it basically has a rocker switch that you actually pull backwards. Yes, pull backwards to go backwards, ingenious. Park is just a button which is no different than plenty of other cars while rarely used neutral is somewhere you're not like to push unless you mean to.
Maybe I'll get into a situation where this setup becomes annoying, but so far I haven't found one.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,211 miles