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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $31,445 - $44,800
Invoice: $29,584 - $41,944
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Acura TLX Review

The 2015 Acura TLX ranks 5 out of 17 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura TLX, as well as reliability and safety data.

Critics love the all-new Acura TLX's agile handling and lengthy list of standard high-tech features.

With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Acura TLX is our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money.

The four-cylinder engine in the base 2015 Acura TLX delivers spry acceleration, according to auto writers. Many say the base TLX seems less heavy and more agile than the available V6 trim, but they recognize that the V6 produces more potent acceleration. The base TLX's eight-speed automatic transmission awes reviewers with its swift and silky shifts. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Acura TLX gets 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Most test drivers think the TLX’s standard all-wheel steering system (P-AWS) contributes to the car’s agile handling. However, a few reviewers argue that the TLX is less involving to drive when compared with rivals from BMW and Audi, and several critics think the TLX’s brakes could be more powerful.

The 2015 Acura TLX's interior is hushed and refined, automotive writers report, displaying only a few bits of cheap trim pieces in out-of-reach places. The front seats are supportive, but the rear seats could benefit from more headroom, reviewers say. They are frustrated with the buttons on the standard dual-screen infotainment system because they aren't easily matched with the screen they control. Standard features in the 2015 Acura TLX include a rearview camera, a moonroof, heated front seats, Bluetooth, proximity key, push-button start, a USB/iPod input, satellite radio, smartphone app integration and a dual-screen infotainment system. Available features include navigation, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking.

  • "In replacing the TSX and the TL, Acura has crafted a better car using the finest attributes of both. If you can live without rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, or the fanciest badges, the TLX makes a very compelling case." -- Car and Driver
  • "The TLX is the definition of smart luxury if you value the driving experience and appreciate Acura's cutting edge technologies like 4-wheel steering or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive over the prestige bestowed by having a European badge on your car's nose." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It deftly balances enthusiast-oriented driving dynamics and everyday comfort with a high-level/tech-savvy interior. It also delivers excellent fuel mileage with either engine and a strong value proposition given its price." -- Edmunds
  • "It's also priced like a traditional Acura, offering tons of content at a discount compared with European competitors." -- Automobile Magazine

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers write that the BMW 3-Series has some of the most engaging driving dynamics in the class, with powerful engine options and crisp handling. The 3-Series also earns praise for its spacious rear seats and easy-to-use iDrive infotainment system.

According to critics, the Infiniti Q50 offers great rear-seat headroom and an easy-to-use dual-screen infotainment system. Reviewers also love the Q50’s potent standard V6 engine, which some say could be mistaken for a V8.

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Details: 2015 Acura TLX

The 2015 Acura TLX is a brand-new sedan that replaces the TSX and TL in Acura’s lineup. It seats five and is available in seven configurations, ranging from the base TLX with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission to the top-of-the-line TLX V6 SH-AWD with the Advance Package, which features a 3.5-liter V6 engine, all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Review Last Updated: 4/9/15

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