About the 2015 Acura TLX:
Acura has cancelled the TSX and TL models, replacing both with the new TLX. The TLX is priced like an entry-luxury sedan but sized more like a mid-luxury sedan, and features the latest Acura styling themes inside and out.
Essentially, there are three different versions of the 2015 Acura TLX from which to choose. The TLX 2.4 is the least expensive model, equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A V-6 engine is standard in the TLX 3.5, while the TLX 3.5 SH-AWD is equipped with the company’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system.
Acura offers an optional Technology Package for the TLX 2.4. It includes a navigation system with real-time traffic reports, a premium audio system with HD Radio, next-generation AcuraLink smartphone pairing technology, and premium leather for the seats. Additionally, this package adds several safety systems, including rain-sensing wipers, a blind spot information system, a lane departure warning and lane keeping assist system, and a forward collision warning system.
The Technology Package is also an option for the TLX 3.5 and standard for the TLX 3.5 SH-AWD. Both of these models can also be upgraded with the Advance Package, which contains LED fog lights and puddle lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote engine starting, and front and rear parking assist sensors. The Advance Package also supplies an adaptive cruise control system with low-speed follow capability, a Collision Mitigation Braking System with autonomous braking, and a Road Departure Mitigation system.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Acura TLX 2.4 has a 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A paddle-shifted, 8-speed automated manual dual-clutch gearbox powers the front wheels, and this model is equipped with Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) technology, which helps to make the car feel more athletic in corners.
A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is installed in the TLX 3.5 and TLX 3.5 SH-AWD models. A 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles is standard, and the TLX 3.5 SH-AWD is equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system.
What makes it “super handling”? Under normal driving conditions, the power is split 90 percent to the front wheels and 10 percent to the rear wheels. When accelerating hard, up to 45 percent of engine power flows to the rear wheels. When cornering hard, up to 70 percent of engine power is directed to the outside rear wheel of the car, putting power to the pavement at the wheel that can most use it, and helping to rotate the car through the turn.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, the TLX 2.4 is expected to return 28 mpg. The TLX 3.5 and 3.5 SH-AWD are both EPA-rated to get 25 mpg.
As this summary is written, the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not performed crash tests on the new TLX.
Review the contents of the Technology and Advance Packages, and its clear the TLX offers the latest in infotainment and safety systems. Notably, the new AcuraLink technology provides an emergency notification feature if the car’s airbags deploy, speeding rescue following a collision.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
September 12, 2014
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