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.
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 Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 18, 2015
Over the weekend I had my first experience installing a child seat in our 2015 Acura TLX. The process is fairly straightforward. Still, there are variables between cars that can make a parent's life considerably easier or not. So I was pleased to see how simple Acura makes things in the TLX. This is why it's so good:
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 18, 2015
Winter is here. You picked your 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD for its all-wheel-drive capability. Heated front seats come standard. You thought you were ready. But even if you have a fully loaded TLX with the Technology and Advance packages, there's no way to get it with a heated steering wheel.
It's a curious omission for a luxury sedan.
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 Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 22, 2015
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 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 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 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.
August 4, 2015
One of the first things anyone does when they buy a new car is go through the owner's manual to acquaint themselves with their new baby and customize all the settings. Our long-term 2015 Acura TLX's owner's manual shows you how to set the clock, pair your phone via Bluetooth, and even how to install a child seat.
That's all well and good, but how about how to turn off that confirmation beep? The one that sounds every time you make a move on the settings screen?
Turns out you can't turn that off. You can't even turn down the beep's volume.
July 30, 2015
I was carrying some beverages in an ice chest this past weekend, stored in the trunk of the long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting a car that cut me off. This caused the cooler to slide around and make a loud noise. I was worried that it had tipped over and started leaking ice water all over the trunk. I was on the freeway and running late to a party. So rather than pull over, I asked my friend to hop into the rear seats, pull the seat back and check if the cooler had tilted over.
"I can't find the switch," he said. I told him to keep checking, most sedans have 60/40-split seats and there was bound to be a way in. He finally located the keyhole behind a plastic cover, shown in the photo above. "That must be it!" I told him. Lucky for us, the TLX has a smart key, so I could still stay on the road. I passed the key fob to him. Next he pulled out the removable physical key and inserted it in the lock.
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?)
April 1, 2015
Can't tell you how nice it is to see a clear set of analog gauges in our 2015 Acura TLX. I mean, this is a car that oozes technology from every corner. The fact that designers were able to keep at least some of that technology out of the instrument cluster is surprising.
March 26, 2015
It's easy to look at the push-button transmission shifter in our 2015 Acura TLX and think it's overkill. I'm usually the first person on our staff to take this stance. Why take a perfectly good shift lever and turn it into several buttons?