2015 Acura TLX: SH-AWD Is Pretty Cool
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015
Most luxury sedans these days offer all-wheel drive as an option. The 2015 Acura TLX is one of those cars, of course, but what makes it distinctive is that its all-wheel-drive system actually makes it sportier to drive.
Acura's "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" system (SH-AWD) has been around for about a decade now. Essentially, it can apply specific engine torque to individual wheels to enhance the car's handling balance. Besides just enhanced wet-weather traction, Acura says SH-AWD can help the TLX feel sportier.
For straight-line acceleration, SH-AWD allows you to make the most of the V6's power. There's no drama. You just mat the gas and go. But you'll really notice it when going around turns.
If you drive with some enthusiasm around a tight turn and then give the TLX some gas, the car responds by making an impressively tidy arc through the turn. Normally a sedan of this size driven only by its front wheels will demonstrate understeer, and/or stability control intervention when reaching or exceeding its handling limits. Ultimate handling grip is pretty modest from the Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires, but to me our TLX feels direct and entertaining.
If I were buying a TLX, I'd definitely try to get the V6 and all-wheel-drive combination.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor