2015 Acura TLX: Trying Too Hard
July 22, 2015
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So says Newton, and you can see it demonstrated in our 2015 Acura TLX.
Action: owners and writers complain for years about too many tactile buttons for too many esoteric functions in Honda and Acura cars (A-SEL, anyone?)
Reaction: Honda/Acura gives up on buttons altogether, lumps almost everything into center-stack touchscreen. Adjusting fan speed now requires averting eyes from road, aiming finger, and poking the screen twice. The buttons that remain replace less esoteric functions (transmission control) and continue still-esoteric functions (Brake Hold).
Really, please, Acura: it's not that hard. Remember when you built Type Rs? Remember when your manual transmissions were some of the best around (and still are, when you can find them)? Remember when you let engineers and people who enjoyed driving cars build the cars?
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor