2015 Acura TLX
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It seems to me that Honda and Acura have been struggling lately to find the right formula for today’s competitive market. So here we have Acura’s newest attempt, the 2015 Acura TLX a car to replace the TSX and TL for 2015. The first thing I noticed with this car was the size, or lack thereof. It reminds me of the previous generation TSX more so than the current generation TSX or TL.
As luck would have it, I parked this TLX beside a 2013 TSX today and had a chance to compare them side-by-side. The TLX looks noticeably less bulky looking, more svelte and trimmed down, yet just as long and wide. The styling department has done a good job here to make the new TLX look smaller and more sporty.
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My tester is a “base” TLX with Tech package that means that it is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and the transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch unit that provides power only to the front wheels. A little unfortunate that a car with an X in the name is only front-wheel drive (although all-wheel is available), when most manufacturers are moving towards being consistent in this respect. And yes I do realize the old TSX was also only front wheel drive, but it certainly is confusing to the consumer.
The Tech package in my tester adds things like Navigation, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Forward Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Warning, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, Lane Keeping Assist Program, keyless access for rear doors, remote starter, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather trimmed interior, power folding rear-view mirrors and more for under $4,000.
The list of standard features on the TLX is impressive, Acura has always been great at providing customers with tons of standard features and well-optioned packages that are simple to understand and that has not changed with the TLX. What has changed is Acura’s choice of colours, they have always been a little lame in that department, the TLX is offered in four different interior colours and seven different exterior colours for those that wish to customize a little, unless you buy a “base” model which Acura calls “Premium”. In which case you get a choice of Black, White, Silver or Grey — seriously?
2015 Acura TLX Tech FWD
Base Price: $34,990
Base Price (Tech): $38,690
A/C Tax: $100
Price as Tested: $40,964