2015 Acura TLX: Vegas Road Trip Impressions
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on January 19, 2016
It was time for me to cover the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and I needed a car for the road trip. Rain was in the forecast, the first storm of the "El Niño" season. And like any Los Angeles native, I freaked out and figured I would need an SUV with all-wheel drive to ford any treacherous waters.
Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot wasn't available, so I dropped the SUV idea and took the 2015 Acura TLX instead. An Edmunds colleague made the trip with me.
It only rained on the way to Vegas, and the TLX's SH-AWD handled it like a champ. On the open road, none of the issues I have with the transmission surfaced. I could drive in "normal" mode without fear of input lag and since the car was constantly moving, I didn't have to worry about the terrible stop/start system.
Inside, the cabin was quiet, the ride was smooth and the dual-zone climate control worked well to keep us warm.
Fuel economy on the way to Vegas worked out to 26 mpg. Another editor had driven about 80 miles before I got the car, so my mileage results aren't reflective of pure highway driving. On the way back however, the TLX averaged 33.2 mpg. This tank was all highway miles and I filled up just after arriving back in town.
For reference, this is 2 mpg better than the EPA's highway rating and just 0.5 mpg shy of our all-time mpg record.
Overall, the TLX was a solid companion for the open road, but not good enough to offset some of its other issues.
If you'd like to read more on what I saw at CES, take a look at this article:
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor