2017 Acura TLX

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Key Specs

of the 2017 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

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 2017 Acura TLX

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

2017 Acura TLX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Acura TLX midsize sedan slots between Acura's entry-luxury sedan, the compact ILX, and its flagship RLX sedan. It's available with four-cylinder or V-6 power and front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (four-cylinder) 
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission (V-6)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Acura TLX midsize sedan slots between Acura's entry-luxury sedan, the compact ILX, and its flagship RLX sedan. It's available with four-cylinder or V-6 power and front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (four-cylinder) 
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Power moonroof
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission (V-6)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Latest 2017 TLX Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

A step up from what I was driving

by SUNSHINE from Union city on September 22, 2018

This car is very nice but it take a long time to stop the car when braking ,plenty of room , I have the 2017 base model Read full review

(5.0)

The beast of the cars!

by Gast�n Gonz�lez from Ca on August 11, 2018

Que grata experiencia ha sido probar al menos por un rato el Accura TLX. Su manejo, su potencia, su estilo deportivo hacen del TLX un auto para enamorarse. Uno tiene ganas de que el paseo nunca ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Acura TLX currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 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
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Acura
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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