IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
TLX packs a classy interior, cutting-edge handling and safety features, and peppy performance into a nicely sized package.
Limited options mean that it’s not as customizable as most premium midsize-sedan rivals.
Front-drive models have four-wheel steering for improved low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
WHAT IS IT?
The TLX is Acura’s midsize sedan. It replaced both the smaller TSX and the larger TL in Acura’s lineup, coming in between those two cars in size (which puts it on the smaller side of the premium midsize-car class). Both 4-cylinder and V6 engines are available. The four comes with an 8-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission and Acura’s Performance All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system, and is available only with front-wheel drive. The V6 is mated with a 9-speed automatic and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Standard features on all TLXs include two center-console display screens, heated front seats, rearview camera, and keyless entry and starting. Available safety equipment includes forward-collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Aside from a few new color choices, the TLX is unchanged for 2017.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway with the 4-cylinder, 21/34 with the front-drive V6, and 21/31 with the AWD V6. Both engines require premium-grade gas. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive V6 averaged 27.6 mpg in 85-percent highway driving.
VALUE IN CLASS
Acura’s TLX is a compelling contender that astutely blends luxury, sport, economy, and everyday practicality, then tops off the package with an impressive selection of technology features. It’s a bit on the small side for the premium midsize class, but in many ways its relatively trim footprint is an asset—and it doesn’t give up that much in interior or cargo space. The TLX might not be quite as flashy as some class rivals, but with pricing that tops out well under $50K, it is one of the best bargains in its segment.