This Acura TLX video review includes information about its 2.4, 3.5, P-AWS and SH-AWD models, along with their performance, fuel economy, available features, trunk space, backseat room and their competitors. For more information, read the 2015 Acura TLX review.
The Acura TLX essentially combines Acura's two previous midsize sedans: the TSX and TL. It fits in between them in terms of size, and most shoppers should find a generous amount of backseat legroom. Trunk space is average, too, and in general, the TLX's cabin is one of the more family-friendly entry-level luxury sedans.
It also boasts meticulous construction and high-quality materials, although its design does lack the elegance or even coolness of some competitors. The buttons and knobs also have a pleasing action to them, but we aren't fans of the V6 model's gimmicky shifter or Acura's two-screen infotainment setup. You use the touchscreen for some actions, and you use the knob, buttons and upper screen for others. It's a bit random and isn't always intuitive.
There's certainly no arguing with the amount of standard equipment you get. A rearview camera, heated seats, keyless start and Pandora Internet radio control are all included. Plus, even when you load it up with navigation, the top-notch ELS sound system and a full load of advanced safety features, the TLX costs as much as $5,000 less than similarly equipped competitors.
The TLX comes standard with front-wheel drive, a rear-wheel steering system called P-AWS and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. This type of non-turbocharged engine might've been OK 10 years ago, but compared to the turbocharged engines found in most competitors, it's lacking in low-end power and is slow from 0-60.
Now, there is a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 available. Not only is it quicker, but its optional SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system apportions power side-to-side to improve grip when cornering. As a result, this version of the TLX feels small, nimble and eager to rotate around tight corners.
Unfortunately, the grip from its tires is unimpressive, and the steering is a bit devoid of feel compared to competitors. It's just not as engaging as you'd hope given its capabilities. This is also true of the front-drive models and the P-AWS system's own bag of corner-taking tricks.
As such, the TLX is not the sport sedan it may be advertised to be. That's OK, though, since its ride's comfort, control and composure are truly impressive. This is one of the better long-distance cruisers in the segment, and given its interior and cargo space, it would be a great choice for frequent road trippers.