2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD Long-Term Road Test - Audio & Technology

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2015 Acura TLX: Prefer Onboard Navigation to My Phone's

by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 3, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

I know I'm going to lose some of you on this, but I prefer the navigation system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX to the navigation app on my phone.

Couple of reasons:

I like the voice of the onboard system. Actually, not the voice exactly, but what she says. For example, while driving on I-405 recently, the voice from my smartphone's navigation app trumpeted (and I'm improvising a bit here):

"In half a mile use the second to the right-hand lane to exit 26B Lakewood Blvd South Long Beach Airport Lakewood Blvd North and stay left lane at the fork."

Real chatty.

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2015 Acura TLX: Sport Equals Normal

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

2015 Acura TLX

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: When Feeling Blue Is Good

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on October 22, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Much has been said lately about the audio system in our 2015 Acura TLX. But features and sound aside, there's one little thing that hits me every time I drive the TLX.

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2015 Acura TLX: Critics Agree - ELS Audio is Pretty Darn Good

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on October 6, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Not too long ago, Brent Romans wrote a great post about the ELS system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I'd like to add my two cents. I have a 2015 TLX myself and I spent some serious time bouncing between the base and Tech Package while deciding which TLX model would work best for my lifestyle.

The choice was tough primarily because of the ELS audio system that comes standard in the Tech Package. This is the same audio system in our long-term TLX. Although I would have enjoyed all the goodies that came with the Tech Package, the difference in price between the Base and Tech is, as Brent noted, about $4000.

No matter how you slice it, $4000 makes a nice-size bump in your car payment.

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2015 Acura TLX: Not a Fan of Screen Washout

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 28, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Alright, so our 2015 Acura TLX isn't the first car with a touchscreen that washes out in the sun. It's a general deficiency among these center console displays, although I think screen coatings must differ among suppliers. Some cars just seem more prone to this. I could live with this occasional and temporary condition, but for one thing.

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ELS Sound System Puts You 10 Feet From Stardom

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 15, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Since our 2015 Acura TLX came with the optional Technology package upgrade, which costs about $4,000, it has a variety of upgrades over a base TLX, such as leather upholstery, added safety features, navigation and a premium Acura ELS Studio sound system.

Of those features, I'd say the sound system is my favorite.

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2015 Acura TLX: Embracing Our Autonomous Future

August 17, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

This past weekend, I drove some family members down to San Diego and back in our 2015 Acura TLX. As I pulled into the carpool lane, I activated all the active driving features. Then I realized this is what our impending autonomous future looks like.

The TLX has both adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. The former lets the driver choose a target speed and follow distance, and the car follows those targets the best it can. The lane-keep assist system monitors the TLX's path and makes steering corrections to keep it in its lane.

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2015 Acura TLX: Indecisive Adaptive Cruise Control

May 4, 2015

2015 Acura TLX

Our 2015 Acura TLX has adaptive cruise control. If I have to be a part of the unpredictable, mindless river of humanity that characterizes LA's terrible freeways, I like adaptive cruise control.

I do not like the adaptive cruise control on our TLX.

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD: Slow Reacting User Interface

April 16, 2015

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD

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 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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