The dealer reaches out to me frequently to trade in my TL for a TLX. So I checked it out but really can’t get past the looks and how cramped it feels. Seems to be a step in the wrong direction. I can’t wait for Acura to revive the TL in all its glory! I own 2 TLs and love them. I do not see ever owning a TLX however.
TLX is bullet proof-reliable. Leasing 2017 great deal $269 month with not much down, as clearing lot with 2018 style change. Disappointed with fake leather seats, first generation were the best they were real leather. FWD 290 HP... hold on because its like driving a bull by the horns, quickest of all TLS, AWD most likely will put all the power to use. 9 speed transmission a 1.5 second delay, if your a enthusiast this will really bother you...but once it engages it flies shifts smoothly. All wheel steering, handles great and I really like to drive it in Sport Mode. 2018's have much better looks, exhaust integrated panel that is not connected to exhaust but it looks great...the grill just looks updated from previous generations. The TLX is wide and therefore doesn't feel like a small car, but it is noticeably shorter than first generation and the previous generation (2009-13) which were more stylish than 2017. $40 Grand to buy is too much for this car, it just can't compete with BMW or Mercedes on status, if that is important. Last gripe is Acura doesn't throws in blind spot warning Honda does on much less expensive cars.
The TLX is comfortable, relatively quiet, and nice looking, inside and out. Beware of the plastic around the seat bases. Guaranteed to crack and separate. Bad design. Every now and then,when stopped, the transmission causes a forward "kick", making you wonder if someone rear ended you. The controls are complicated and not at all intuitive. Mileage is great considering its quick acceleration, BUT, premium fuel is required.
Unlike almost all auto companies in the class that Acura tries to compare itself to, Acura does not, under any circumstances, permit a lease to be assumed, regardless of circumstances. And when you approach the dealer to see if a buyback is a potential solution, they tell you that the car is worth far less than the amount of payments due..... Its a sham..... Do not EVER lease an Acura.....
This is my 6th Acura. 2017 TLX, 6 cylinder with Technology package. I turned in a 2013 TL, which I really liked but the lease had been extended three times. The 2013 was a superior automobile to the 2017. In more detail: The road handling is very good. The steering is precise and communicative. The road noise has been improved considerably. The stereo is the known ELS which is very good. The bad news: The technology is archaic, behind the times, totally disappointing, head scratching, how ACURA allows their automobiles to be designed and sold this way. The Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra (!!) are years ahead in terms of technology than the TLX. The menu selections are awful, a lot of duplication. The response time is amazingly slow, to the point that one does not know whether it works. The software did get "hung up" once, during the first week but it recovered. If technology is not important, it is a very solid car and fun to drive. But since technology is an integral part of the driving experience, it is a rather disappointing car.