2016 Acura TLXChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Four-cylinder driving experience
- Handling with all-wheel drive
- Refined ride quality
- Backseat space
- LED headlights standard
- Advanced safety features available
- Dynamics with V-6 and front-wheel drive
- Drab interior styling
- V-6 model's push-button gear selector
- Midsize luxury sedan
- Four-cylinder with eight-speed dual-clutch automatic
- V-6 with nine-speed automatic
- Front- or all-wheel drive
Editor's note: This review was written in October 2014 about the 2015 Acura TLX. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
For years, Acura's TL sedan was a strong seller — until a radical redesign in 2009. The brand has been trying to recover ever since and hopes an all-new version with an all-new name will return it to luxury-sedan success. The TLX replaces both the outgoing TL and the less controversial TSX, which was still an oddball-sized and priced car compared with the current ILX. Compare the TLX with the cars it replaces here.
The 2015 Acura TLX surpasses the TSX and TL it replaces in every way, but it doesn't take Acura anywhere it hasn't been before.
The previous TL placed a respectable third out of six luxury sedans in Cars.com's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. What we recorded as the TL's weakest areas have mostly been addressed in the TLX — things like a hefty curb weight, the compromised cargo area of the Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive trim level and an outdated multimedia system.
Three variants of the TLX are offered: one with a four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; one with a V-6, front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission; and, lastly, one with the same V-6 and transmission paired with Acura's high-performance all-wheel-drive system... Read more
Our view: 2016 Acura TLX
Editor's note: This review was written in October 2014 about the 2015 Acura TLX. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, ... Read more
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Just a pure pleasure to drive and own
So comfortable, elegant and easy to drive. The car barely needs any care at all and it is a pleasure to drive. Read full review
So far So Good
The car has met the majority of our needs. Super smooth and super quiet going down the road. Plenty of legroom for my boys as I am 6’3 and they are approaching 6’. The only two drawbacks we have found ... Read full review
The 2016 Acura TLX currently has 0 recalls