2015 Acura TLX: Will Change the Way You Park
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on August 28, 2015
Some of us like the push-button shifter in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. Others? Not so much. But isn't a little controversy always the case with innovative ideas?
I'm a fan. And I recently discovered a cool little feature worth calling out which may change your mind if you've been critical of the sedan's unique shifter design.
The feature is so simple: You no longer have to put the car in Park.
Traditionally putting the car in Park and shutting off the engine are mutually exclusive and you, the driver, need to execute each manually and in a particular order. First put the transmission in Park, then turn off the engine.
Not in the TLX.
In the Acura, when the driver shuts down the engine, the transmission is put in Park automatically. One push of the Engine Start Stop button achieves both, simultaneously. You can still do it the old-fashioned way if you want to, but you won't. Trust me, this is a cool touch that will quickly become your norm if you owned this car.
To be fair, I should point out that this one-touch feature is also available to drivers of other modern cars with push-button shifters, such as the Lincoln MKZ and the BMW i3.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 6,054 miles