2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Slow Reacting User Interface
April 16, 2015
There are plenty of pros and cons to discuss when it comes to Acura's driver interface. It uses a large central knob at the base of the center stack to access menus on the screen at the top of the center stack. In between is another screen but that's only for radio and ventilation controls. Got it?
It seems a little wonky at first and remains so until you get used to where everything is located. Once you're accustomed to where the various vehicle functions reside, the setup feels much more logical. Still there's one problem: speed.
Accessing the navigation, phone and information menus with the rotary knob is frustratingly slow. On numerous occasions I've made the wrong selection because I turned the knob, pressed it and then realized that the system was a step behind. It seems like more of a problem in some menus than others, so there are instances where it works just fine, zooming in and out of maps being one example.
I've slowly become more accustomed to how the system works and reacts, but after using tablets and phones that do everything so quickly, this setup feels a little old already.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,557 miles