Good balance between luxury and sportiness; available all-wheel drive; good fuel economy; advanced transmission options; available A-Spec sport-tuned suspension
Base TLX models come with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that makes 206 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which features a torque converter to smooth out any jerkiness in the drivetrain during low speed operation. The optional engine is a 3.5L V6 that makes 290 horsepower. Power is sent to either the front or with Acura's Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, all-four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Acura worked to improve the sports credibility of the TLX with the additions to the A-Spec package. The package comes with a unique suspension and quick ratio steering setup that is paired with the 4-wheel steering system. This allows the TLX to be both nimble and stable when carving up a twisty road.
Acura offers a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines and front-wheel drive or SH-AWD, each of which can be ordered with a Technology Package or Advance Package. A-Spec is available with both V6 and Technology Package boxes checked.
Standard equipment levels are excellent. The base TLX comes equipped with LED headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, a rearview camera, keyless access, a multi-function display, Siri Eyes Free functionality and USB and iPod connectivity.
Buyers who opt for the Technology Package get a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a premium audio system with HD Radio, a colored display screen, a perforated leather trimmed interior, rain sensing wipers, lane assist system, lane departure warning system and blind spot and forward collision warning systems as well.
The A-Spec package utilizes a quicker steering ratio, sporty suspension and lower profile tires. It demonstrates excellent handling ability without any major compromises in the comfort department. The A-Spec is available with black or red Alcantara leather interior with contrasting stitching, exclusive "Still Night Blue Pearl" exterior paint, "Shark Gray" 19-inch wheels and unique, round LED fog lamps.
The V6-powered TLX comes in both front and all-wheel drive configurations, though all-wheel drive versions always come equipped with either the Technology or Advance Package.
Safety systems across the TLX line include anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. Front, side, side curtain and driver's knee air bags are all standard.
The TLX is mostly unchanged from last year, with the exception that the A-Spec model can now be spec'd with a 4-cylinder model instead of a 6-cylinder engine as previously done. A new set of 19-inch wheels are also available on V6-powered TLXs.
The Acura TLX represents an excellent value. Competitors include the Lexus ES 350, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. The TLX undercuts many of its rivals with its strong features set and low price of entry, while still offering plenty of space, sophisticated drivetrains and a modern chassis.
|Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year||6.6|
|EPA Greenhouse Gas Score||N/A|
|EPA Classification||Mid-Size Cars|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Trans Description Cont.||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
|First Gear Ratio (:1)||3.08|
|Second Gear Ratio (:1)||2.18|
|Third Gear Ratio (:1)||1.61|
|Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.22|
|Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.96|
|Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.74|
|Reverse Ratio (:1)||2.22|
|Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)||4.57|
|Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)||0.62|
|Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.48|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy||33 MPG|
|Cruising Range - City||395.60 mi|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - City||23 MPG|
|Fuel Economy Est-Combined||27 MPG|
|Cruising Range - Hwy||567.60 mi|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - City||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined||N/A|
|Engine Type||Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||206 @ 6800|
|SAE Net Torque @ RPM||182 @ 4500|
|Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)||N/A|
|Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)||N/A|
|Total Cooling System Capacity||N/A|
|Passenger Volume||93.3 ft³|
|Front Head Room||37.2 in|
|Front Leg Room||42.6 in|
|Front Shoulder Room||57.5 in|
|Front Hip Room||55.3 in|
|Second Head Room||36.7 in|
|Second Leg Room||34.5 in|
|Second Shoulder Room||55.4 in|
|Second Hip Room||54.9 in|
|Length, Overall||191.7 in|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors||73 in|
|Height, Overall||57 in|
|Track Width, Front||62.8 in|
|Track Width, Rear||63.1 in|
|Min Ground Clearance||N/A|
|Cargo Area Dimensions|
|Trunk Volume||14.3 ft³|
|Base Curb Weight||3505 lbs|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||N/A|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||N/A|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||N/A|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||N/A|
|Suspension Type - Front||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear||Multi-Link|
|Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)||Multi-Link|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Front Tire Size||P225/55HR17|
|Rear Tire Size||P225/55HR17|
|Front Wheel Size||17 X 7.5 in|
|Rear Wheel Size||17 X 7.5 in|
|Front Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Rear Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Steering Ratio (:1), Overall||N/A|
|Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)||N/A|
|Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb||39.2 ft|
|Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall||N/A|
|Brake Type||4-Wheel Disc|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel|
|Brake ABS System (Second Line)||N/A|
|Disc - Front (Yes or )||Yes|
|Disc - Rear (Yes or )||Yes|
|Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||12.6 in|
|Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||12.2 in|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||17.2 gal|
|Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||N/A|
4 Years/50,000 Miles
6 Years/70,000 Miles
5 Years/Unlimited Miles
4 Years/50,000 Miles
US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:
Overall Rating: * * * * *
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * * *
Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *
Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *
Overall Rollover Rating: * * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 9.80%
Note Regarding Driver Rating:
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.
Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.
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