2015 Acura TLX: What Can Brown Do For You?
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 3, 2016
Our 2015 Acura TLX is a game changer.
Black. Gray. Beige. When buying a Honda or an Acura, those have been your interior color choices for the better part of two-and-a-half decades. Sure, there have been exceptions since the days when run-of-the-mill cars like my dad's '91 Accord had a blue cabin. Off the top of my head, the S2000 could be had in red, blue or yellow leather, but that's about it. "Camel" or dark beige was as wild as Acura got, apart from the NSX (yellow and red available with that too).
True, most other car companies have sold the bulk of their cars in those same dull shades over the same period of time. Yet, there have usually been a few special choices for those who want something different. Admittedly, these were seen in high-performance or special-order models. Things started to change within the last decade with the addition of browns and muddy reds into the automotive interior color palette.
Our TLX is proof that Acura has finally picked up on this trend. Better late than never, I say. Our TLX's brown leather adds a welcome bit of visual contrast compared to an all-black cabin, but is less prone to discoloration than gray or beige seats. After more than 17,000 miles, our seats are slick, but not visibly dirty or turning blue from jeans wearers.
Not only would this theoretically be the way I'd go, but the way my wife and I literally went when buying her CPO Audi Allroad. Brown leather became one of her must-haves for the very reason above ? plus we think it looks especially handsome.
So, what interior color would you prefer? And after brown, what interior color should start infringing upon the dominance of black, gray and beige?
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor @ 17,559 miles