by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on March 15, 2016
I enjoy driving. So it didn't take much to convince myself it was a good idea to take our 2015 Acura TLX on a 10-hour, 600-mile road trip last Tuesday. My motivation was to break the single-tank fuel economy and range records before the Acura left our garage for good.
The only real question on my mind was which direction to travel. If I planned things right, an obscure roadside landmark would act as a turnaround point and supply me with some secondary sense of accomplishment.
I found the spot. It fit my stringent criteria of being near the road and of mild historical significance. And it was spelled the same as mine. I set my sights on the Von Schmidt marker located at the California-Nevada-Arizona border. Along the way I gathered plenty of long-range TLX driving 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.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on November 4, 2015
Our 2015 Acura TLX has a similar kind of dopey vent problem that plagued our recently-departed Mini Cooper. It's not quite as fierce as Travis experienced in the Mini, and looking at a photo of the instrument panel in both cars, you can see the silliness of the Mini's setup. I mean, the vent is directly behind your hand on the steering wheel.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 20, 2015
The driver's seat in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX is holding up well after six months of steady use in our fleet. Without sporty-side-bolsters to slide over, there isn't much wear on the outside corner and the only place that I can spot any real deformation is the seat bottom.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 16, 2015
I really like the way our long-term 2015 Acura TLX rides, both on the highway and in the city. Over broken, battered and practically-cobbled surfaces, it feels smooth and generally unfazed. Part of the credit for this gentle ride goes to the TLX's suspension, but I think the tires deserve some credit, too.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 13, 2015
You might be surprised to learn that not all luxury cars provide auxiliary rear vents for those in the back seat. As you can see, our 2015 Acura TLX does have an extra set of vents and several passengers who sat in back have expressed their relief.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 1, 2015
I'd put the invention of heated and cooled seats up there with the wheel. This probably comes from my college days working at a car dealership, where in the summer I had little to fight against triple-digit car interiors other than a high tolerance for pain. Now, heated and cooled seats can be found in cars at almost every price level.
Our 2015 Acura TLX does one better: It turns them on automatically.
This sounds like a small thing, but it's so forehead-slappingly effective and obvious that I wonder why it isn't available on more than a handful of cars.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 27, 2015
Our summer trip to Las Vegas was just a few weeks away and the puzzle pieces had finally fallen into place. Our rooms were booked and the 2015 Kia Sedona had just arrived in our long-term fleet. I even brought it home one night to make sure the third row accommodated two six-footers who would ride along for the four-hour journey.
Headroom was tight, but the third row seats could recline and my passengers would only need to tilt the seats back to get comfortable. Everything was going according to plan.
Then a rogue water bottle ruined everything. The Sedona went into the body shop and missed its date with the Mojave. Time to exercise Plan B: Get a roomy four-seater and split up the party. Due to its own third-party mishap, the 2015 Acura TLX needed some road trip love and I was happy to oblige.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 22, 2015
My wife and I recently went on a couples' date with friends of ours. Rather than taking two cars, we offered to pick them up at their house. I had our long-term 2015 Acura TLX for the weekend, so it seemed like a good opportunity to see how comfortably it could carry four adults.
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."
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on September 2, 2015
I've come around on our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I've been cold, now I'm sold. This car gets better the more you drive it and the harder you push it.
What turned me around? A road trip.
Last week I drove the TLX from Los Angeles to Carmel Valley and back in three days.
April 2, 2015
Having spent the past few days driving our long-term 2015 Acura TLX, I'm impressed with how quiet the ride is, even on the freeway, and even with the audio system switched off. Road, wind and engine noise are kept to a minimum, not always the case in a Honda/Acura product. The cabin is peaceful and comfortable.