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2015 Acura TLX: 600 Miles In a Day

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on March 15, 2016

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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.

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2015 Acura TLX: Brake Shake

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on February 11, 2016

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I've driven a lot of Hondas. Let's go down the list, just for giggles.

When I was in college, my parents had a '95 Accord EX sedan, which refused to quit but ultimately got replaced by a '98 Accord LX sedan that my dad drives to this day with 270k-plus miles on the clock.

My own second car (after an '85 300ZX with a broken odometer liberated its timing belt) was a '94 Integra LS, which was too turquoise. I sold it and bought a '93 Prelude Si. That saw me through to grad school, when I manned up and got a '95 Integra GS-R coupe. That one failed smog when I moved to California, so I shipped it home to my mom in Maine (who was still driving it until it rusted out last year) and bought a 2001 Prelude.

I don't have a Honda anymore, but suffice it to say that I know them well.

So when I felt some vibration in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX's brake pedal on my way down a lengthy high-speed grade, a series of traumatic Honda flashbacks ensued.

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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: Vegas Road Trip Impressions

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on January 19, 2016

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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.

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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: 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: SH-AWD Is Pretty Cool

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 26, 2015

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Most luxury sedans these days offer all-wheel drive as an option. The 2015 Acura TLX is one of those cars, of course, but what makes it distinctive is that its all-wheel-drive system actually makes it sportier to drive.

Acura's "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" system (SH-AWD) has been around for about a decade now. Essentially, it can apply specific engine torque to individual wheels to enhance the car's handling balance. Besides just enhanced wet-weather traction, Acura says SH-AWD can help the TLX feel sportier.

For straight-line acceleration, SH-AWD allows you to make the most of the V6's power. There's no drama. You just mat the gas and go. But you'll really notice it when going around turns.

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2015 Acura TLX: Trying to Like It

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 28, 2015

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I want to like our 2015 Acura TLX, I really do. Some of the time, I do. There's a lot to like here, especially when the V6 is humming at highway speeds. But much of the time I'm in the driver seat, I can't get past grumbling about some feature or other that I probably wouldn't have noticed during a test drive, but which would later bother me for the length of ownership.

Prime example: the Auto Idle On/Off. The car defaults to engagement each time you start it. There is no option in the vehicle settings to turn it off permanently. So if it drives you nuts to press the Off button each time you get in the car, as it does me, you're out of luck.

Inevitably you will get caught out and forget to disable the stupid feature, then try to quickly leave a strip mall driveway. You'll come to a stop, see your break in traffic to get back on the roadway, and — wanh, wanh — the engine dies. You'll mash the pedal, the engine will cough and come back to life, and now you're lurching out into traffic like a possum with a hangover.

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2015 Acura TLX: Sport Equals Normal

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 26, 2015

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Ever notice how it takes a while for an LCD TV to power on? I do. Does it bug you when you press a button and there's a noticeable lag before the action takes place? Yeah, me too. I've been noticing this lag on the accelerator pedals of many modern cars.

Our 2015 Acura TLX is no exception, but I've found a way around it.

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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: Turns On Its Road Trip Charm

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on September 2, 2015

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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.

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2015 Acura TLX: Bringing the Wheels Back in Balance

August 21, 2015

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Awhile back Dan wrote of "a tire imbalance or shudder from the rear" while driving our 2015 Acura TLX. Jay drove it a couple of nights later and echoed his impressions. So the next morning we asked Stokes Tire Service to perform a road-force balance on the rears.

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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: A V6 With Brawn and Brains

April 17, 2015

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Opting for the 3.5-liter in the 2015 Acura TLX not only puts 290 horsepower under the hood, it also gives you the chance to get more than 30 mpg on the highway. At least, that's what the EPA says.

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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: Introduction

March 24, 2015

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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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