2016 Acura TLX

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Acura TLX. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    206-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder driving experience
  • Handling with all-wheel drive
  • Refined ride quality
  • Backseat space
  • LED headlights standard
  • Advanced safety features available

The Bad

  • Dynamics with V-6 and front-wheel drive
  • Drab interior styling
  • V-6 model's push-button gear selector

Notable Features of the 2016 Acura TLX

  • Midsize luxury sedan
  • Four-cylinder with eight-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • V-6 with nine-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

What Is the 2016 Acura TLX?

The 2016 Acura TLX is a mid-size sedan with seating for five. It competes with the BMW 3 SeriesCadillac ATS, Lincoln MKZ, Lexus ES 350 and Volvo S60. Trim levels include the TLX Base, V6, Tech, V6 Tech and V6 Advance. All trims have standard front-wheel drive, while the V6 Tech and V6 Advance are available with AWD.

What's New on the 2016 Acura TLX?

There are no significant changes to the Acura TLX for 2016.

How does the 2016 Acura TLX compare to other mid-size sedans?

The 2016 Acura TLX offers a more refined ride than the TL and TSX models it replaces. It's priced far below some of its competitors from Infiniti, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It has plenty of high-tech features, but its cabin isn't quite as luxurious as its rivals.

What Features in the 2016 Acura TLX Are Most Important?

The Acura TLX is powered by a 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 is available, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, front-wheel drive, LED headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, a power moonroof and a backup camera. As is required on all new vehicles, the TLX is also equipped with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Available features include all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

Should I Buy the 2016 Acura TLX?

The Acura TLX is a good option for shoppers who value affordability, handling, ride quality and advanced safety features. It also provides plenty of space for passengers in the backseat. However, its interior styling is a little drab compared with some of its competitors.

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2016 Acura TLX Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Acura TLX midsize sedan arrived last year as a replacement for the TSX and TL sedans. In size, the TLX slots between Ac... Read More

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Reliable and drive smooth

by Jperry from JACKSONVILLE on June 20, 2018

The car meets all my expectations,definitely a safe and beautiul car..i only owned it for 2 days but i like it already...wish the dealership would stand behind his products.. Read full review

(4.0)

Saved my life

by MiMac from Kissimmee, FL on June 10, 2018

Enjoyed the car and would still be driving it but I was in a really bad crash. It took multiple impacts and my wife and myself walked away. It was totaled. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Acura TLX currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Acura TLX Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TLX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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