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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Utility When You Need It

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 18, 2016

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Before I left to pick up these eight-foot long boards at the local lumber yard, I thought twice about bringing our 2015 Acura TLX. Maybe I should take my wife's Volvo wagon instead; they would surely fit in that car.

Then again, why not give the TLX a shot?

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Luxury Car Extras

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 28, 2016

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I've noticed this sticker on our 2015 Acura TLX plenty of times and never given it much thought. Free roadside assistance? Not a bad freebie. Hardly unusual, though. But what does "Total Luxury Care" mean exactly? 

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2015 Acura TLX: Kicks Yosemite's Big Snowy Butt

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 22, 2016

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It was to be my last hurrah in the 2015 Acura TLX and I wanted it to be a good one. A chance for the sedan to redeem itself from having three gears too many and a transmission calibration that makes me want a cup of Dramamine. We were going to Yosemite and I needed a car — not a truck — to tackle the winding roads into the park and all-wheel drive to manage the snow we'd encounter once there.

The TLX was my choice. And it was the right one.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: I Would Rather Pay for the Gas

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 5, 2016

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After a week's worth of holiday driving in our 2015 Acura TLX, I was constantly reminded of its least appealing feature. I'm talking about the start/stop system which has been covered by Matt Jones and others more than a few times.

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2015 Acura TLX: Easy Child Seat Installation

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 18, 2015

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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:

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2015 Acura TLX: Awkward Conversations

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015

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I had heard considerable grumbling about our 2015 Acura TLX long-term car before I drove it. Cynical me, I figured my colleagues were just being overly critical. The transmission issues couldn't possibly be that big of a deal, right?  

Wrong. The problems are real. To the point you question how a respected company like Acura could let this happen. To the point where you wonder if it's our test car in particular that's plagued with these weird driveability issues, or is it all V6 SH-AWD models. Regardless, the nine-speed automatic transmission is buggy.

I liken it to an awkward conversation. You know the kind: No matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to get on the same page with the person you're talking to.

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2015 Acura TLX: If 6 Was 4 - Why Less is More

by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 7, 2015

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I took the 2015 Acura TLX down to San Diego to spend Thanksgiving at my sister's house, a round-trip of about 300 miles. Those who know Southern California traffic know that it's a fool's errand trying to predict it, especially on a holiday. Unless you start a drive really early in the morning or late at night, you're at the mercy of the gridlock gods. 

So no big surprise that the drive south took four hours. While plodding along, I realized something about the V6 TLX: I think I like the four-cylinder more.

In fact, I'm sure of it. For context, I own four-cylinder TLX with about 15,000 miles on it. And I've now put well over 1,000 miles on our long-term V6 model, and I think that's enough time to make a firm decision between the two.

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2015 Acura TLX: Did You Just Stall?

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on December 1, 2015

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I've already bemoaned the auto-stop feature in our long term 2015 Acura TLX. But that was a few months back, and although I still don't love the feature, I've kind of made peace with it. Until Saturday evening.

My buddy and I were going out for something to eat in the TLX. I came to a stop at a red light and boom — the car shut off as intended. My buddy, who hasn't come across this feature before, noticed the engine stoppage and was caught off guard.

"Dude, did you just stall?"

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2015 Acura TLX: B16 Bingo for Maintenance

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 24, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX is due for a maintenance service, or so says the gauge cluster display. The display also has a Bingo-like code that you'll need to look up in the owner's manual to determine what's required.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for September - Road Trips Increase Lifetime MPG

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 9, 2015

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We added 2,703 miles to the odometer of our 2015 Acura TLX in September, an impressive number that's just short of the 2,709 miles we added in August. Lengthy commutes and a couple of road trips accounted for most of the TLX's highway-heavy month. And as Dan Edmunds and I have learned, the TLX will beat EPA highway estimates even while moving at a decent clip with several passengers. Two of the nine fill-ups for the month, for example, surpassed the 31 mpg mark.

Here's how September shaped up for the TLX:

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2015 Acura TLX: Packed Full for a Vegas Trip

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 27, 2015

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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.

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2015 Acura TLX: Top Five Things I Like About It (You Won't Believe #4!)

By Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 18, 2015

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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."

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2015 Acura TLX: Transmission Makes Abrupt Upshifts

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 8, 2015

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My colleague Josh Sadlier recently drove our 2015 Acura TLX home for a night. The next day in the office, he remarked that he noticed some odd shifting behavior from the TLX's nine-speed automatic transmission. Now Josh is sort of odd himself (witness his website dedicated to his personal car), but having spent some time with our TLX as well, I have to agree with him: our TLX's tranny exhibits unusual shifting behavior in its lower gears.

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2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for July - Squeezing a Tank for Nearly 500 Miles

August 13, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX has been out of commission for the majority of its test so far. With 5,150 miles on the odometer, we finally get our first snapshot of fuel economy performance.

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2015 Acura TLX: Driver's Door Makes Notchy Noise Now

August 10, 2015

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By now everybody knows that our 2015 Acura TLX was involved in a significant collision. We documented the body repair process here and here over the course of its 61-day absence. Some of this time was spent in the body shop and some of it with Acura engineers giving it a post-repair shakedown.

But with extensive damage like our car suffered there is always the scary question, "Will it ever be the same?"

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2015 Acura TLX: Confirmation Beep Will Not Be Silenced

August 4, 2015

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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.

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2015 Acura TLX: Trying Too Hard

July 22, 2015

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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?)

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2015 Acura TLX: Comes Off the DL, Ready for Summer Miles

July 16, 2015

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Editor Jay may not have thought the damage to our 2015 Acura TLX was too extensive when he and the Acura were sideswiped by a rogue Camry in early May, but our car ended up spending significant time on the disabled list. All told, it spent more than a month at the body shop, then two more weeks (and some change) at Acura's HQ service center here in south Los Angeles.

This was a thorough rehab assignment.

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2015 Acura TLX: Cops Like It

July 13, 2015

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Our 2015 Acura TLX is back. After several weeks at the body shop waiting on panels and parts, after spending time with Acura's engineers to make sure everything checked out copasetic, after a further delay to fix something with one of the speakers, our Acura mid-sizer is back on the road.

It's wasted no time making impressions, specifically on the police.

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2015 Acura TLX: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop, Part 2

June 11, 2015

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After an unfortunate mishap with a wayward Camry, our 2015 Acura TLX was dispatched to the body shop. We got in to see the scenes of disassembly, and now it's time to start reconstructing the car. Here are the steps leading up to the paint room.

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2015 Acura TLX: Behind the Scenes at the Body Shop

May 29, 2015

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Jay told you in his last blog that the collision damage to our 2015 Acura TLX "looks worse than it is."

Now it looks as bad as it is.

We got into the body shop to document the start of repairs on our TLX and it isn't pretty. If you're wondering, here's what $6,300 worth of broadside collision looks like:

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2015 Acura TLX: Crash-Tested

May 12, 2015

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It looks worse than it is.

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2015 Acura TLX: Performance-Tested - How Does The V6 Compare to the Four-Cylinder?

April 30, 2015

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Rising from the ashes of the TSX and TL is the new 2015 Acura TLX. It fits between the retired sedans in both size and price, and is powered by tweaked versions of the 4- and 6-cylinder engines from the TSX.

We had a choice to make when we ordered our long-termer. Even with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, we were underwhelmed with the 4-cylinder model's performance. We opted instead for a configuration more suited to our tastes: V6, nine-speed automatic, and all-wheel-drive.

With the car fully broken in, it was time to get numbers for our TLX. Scroll down to see how it compares to a TLX with the 4-cylinder engine and all-wheel steering.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Slow Reacting User Interface

April 16, 2015

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There are plenty of pros and cons to discuss when it comes to Acura's driver interface. It uses a large central knob at the base of the center stack to access menus on the screen at the top of the center stack. In between is another screen but that's only for radio and ventilation controls. Got it?

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2015 Acura TLX: Rough Start-Stop System

April 9, 2015

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I own a 2015 Acura TLX. I bought my TLX in September, and I test drove both the four- and six-cylinder versions before making a choice. I decided to go with the four-cylinder base model. I have about 6,500 miles on the thing so far and I must say I'm really enjoying it.  

As much as I the four-cylinder TLX, I often wonder if I should have gone with the bigger engine. I traded in my beak edition 2011 Acura TL Technology Package for the TLX after becoming accustomed to the extra horsepower and torque from the 3.5-liter V6.   

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Nearly Perfect Gauges

April 1, 2015

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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.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Push-Button Shifter Works Just Fine

March 26, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

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?

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Introduction

March 24, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

Our latest addition to the long-term fleet is a two-for-one deal. Allow us to explain.

The story starts a few years back when the third-generation Acura TL became an unexpected hit between 2004 and 2008. It was the right size, looked great and offered tremendous value. But then subsequent generations slowly got bigger, less interesting to drive and a bit odd-looking.

Even after some redesign rhinoplasty, the TL never got its groove back, so when the time came for an all-new car, Acura tried something radically different. Instead of merely updating the TL, it would create an all-new car that would take the place of both the TL and the smaller, compact TSX sedan.

The 2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD is that something new, and given its critical role in the company's lineup, we knew it deserved a place in our long-term road test fleet for the next year.

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