2015 Acura TLX: Top Five Things I Like About It (You Won't Believe #4!)
By Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 18, 2015
Scott Oldham recently wrote that he's "come around" on our 2015 Acura TLX. I'd have to agree with him. The more time I've spent with our TLX, the more I've liked it. This might be because some of the car's drawbacks are immediately obvious, whereas its strengths take a little more time to appreciate. Regardless, I've got my top five things I like about our TLX.
It's a humble list, but to compete with other internet listicles, I've renamed it: "Top Five Epic Crazy Things About the 2015 Acura TLX That the Government Doesn't Want You to Know About."
1: Comfortable and quiet ride. I've spent a couple weeks with our TLX now and the whole time its ride quality has impressed me. It's smooth and comfortable, and big impacts rarely make their way into the cabin. At the same time, the TLX is pretty quiet. As Scott noted, it's great for road trips.
2: Classic Acura/Honda V6. Just about every automaker is going with small displacement and turbocharging these days in hopes of achieving a better mix of performance and fuel economy. But there's something to be said for this gem of an engine. Plant the gas pedal and it rewards you at high rpm with a burst of speed and a snarling engine/exhaust note. It's cool. Revving it out reminds me a little of our old NSX. Fuel economy so far has been respectable, too.
3: Attractive value. If I were buying one, I'd go with a TLX V6 AWD with the Technology package (skipping the top Advance package). When I brought up our pricing pages, Edmunds TMV was $38,678. To me, that's a justified step up from a loaded family sedan but not as dearly priced as some other entry-luxury sedans like the 3 Series or C-Class.
4: Attractive styling. This is another aspect that I've come to like about our TLX. It's an understated look, but there are some design elements, such as the rising character line that flows over the rear quarter panels and meets the taillights, that gives it a sporty, wedge-like shape similar to older TLs. It's not overdone, either. There aren't any exhaust outlets or finishers, for instance. It's Acura best-looking sedan in recent memory.
5: Engine stop/start plus brake hold. This might seem like a minor thing to call out, but it's a combo I've stumbled across and have since enjoyed quite a bit. It's true that the TLX's engine stop/start sounds and feels a bit rough, at least compared to some other cars out there. Our M235i is a lot smoother, for instance. But nonetheless it's a nice feature to have if you like the idea of not burning gas at stop lights. There's also the brake hold feature, which can automatically apply the brakes when you're at a stop light, allowing you to take your foot off the brake pedal. With both engaged, you can come to a stop, take your foot off the brake, relax, and enjoy the silence.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor