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The 2015 Acura TLX replaces two models (the TL and TSX) in the division’s line and introduces new 8-speed and 9-speed automatic transmissions in an attractive package. Acura is counting on the TLX to elevate the brand from the ranks of premium nameplates into the realm of true luxury by offering standard LED headlights on all TLX trims, crafting a high-quality interior, and equipping the all-new sedan with advanced safety and fuel saving technologies. While keeping the larger TL’s wheelbase, the TLX is closer in length to the more compact TSX and competes with the Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. The availability of front-wheel drive with 4-wheel steering or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) gives the TLX the dynamics of a rear-drive sports sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you expect an upscale car to have a commanding presence, stick with the European automakers. While the styling is contemporary and the LED headlights distinctive, the 2015 Acura TLX comes from a brand that is perceived as more premium than a luxury heavyweight.

How It Ranks

#14

out of 39

Fuel Economy

#29

out of 41

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Consumer Rating

7.9 out of 10
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2015 Acura TLX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

The 2015 Acura TLX is all-new, replacing the TSX and TL sedans. It shares the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the larger TL, but is 3.7 inches shorter overall while retaining the same cabin space. The TLX features two new gearboxes, an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 9-speed automatic. Front-drive models have 4-wheel steering to improve maneuverability and handling.

Driving the TLX
2015 Acura TLX Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

Two different powertrains and the availability of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive allow for varied driving experiences in the Acura TLX. The 4-cylinder feels lighter and more nimble, with crisp...

... turn-in thanks to the 4-wheel steering system. Previous TSX owners will more closely identify with the spirited nature of this model. The V6, thanks to its abundant power and active noise cancellation, is quieter and feels more substantial, with a driving experience closer to the previous TL. In all models, drivers select from four driving modes ranging from Econ to Sport+. The Econ mode uses reduced climate-control loads to save fuel. There are also Normal and Sport modes in addition to Sport+. Sport adds some weight to the steering and has a more aggressive shift strategy, yet it’s not so hard-edged that you can’t use it in everyday driving. Sport+ is even more aggressive and also features a pure manual mode for the paddle-shift transmissions.

DUAL CLUTCH 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC
The industry’s first application of an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with a torque converter gives 4-cylinder TLX models an edge in performance and fuel economy while delivering super-smooth, quick shifts.

SUPER HANDLING All-WHEEL DRIVE
A top-line Acura TLX V6 model equipped with SH-AWD is the best of both worlds: the safety of all-wheel-drive traction on slippery roads and tremendous handling featuring sharp turn-in when pushed to the limits on dry pavement.

2015 Acura TLX Details
2015 Acura TLX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Modern and functional best describe the Acura TLX interior. The dash is symmetrical in layout, divided by a large center stack dominated by an 8-inch information screen positioned high for good line-of-sight visibility and a secondary 7-inch touch screen positioned below it to control most features. There are also separate switches for the climate control and a large knob to scroll through the sound system and optional navigation. The interior features soft-touch materials, wood and aluminum accents that add to the upscale feel. Models equipped with the 4-cylinder use a traditional gearshift, while V6 models have console-mounted buttons. The TLX comfortably accommodates adults in both the front and rear seats.

Exterior
2015 Acura TLX photo

The rows of LED headlights flanking the traditional “mail slot” grille on the 2015 Acura TLX is its most distinguishing design cue, the face of the vehicle is similar to that of the upcoming 2016 Acura NSX supercar. This is a handsome 4-door sedan with flowing character lines that add an element of sensuality to a normally staid product. There are no differences in exterior detailing between 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder cars except for the latter’s optional fog lights and a discreet badge on the rear of SH-AWD models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the first use of LED headlights as standard equipment across the board, the 2015 Acura TLX has a high level of standard features including keyless entry and start, heated power front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, high-gloss Zebra wood accents, a tilt/telescope steering column, a 355-watt 7-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, electronic cruise control, and automatic headlights.

Optional Equipment

There are two major option packages, Technology and Advance on the TLX. The Technology Package ($4,030) includes navigation with real-time traffic, an upgraded 490-watt 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio sound system with hard-disk drive, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot information, rear cross-traffic monitor, a leather-trimmed interior, rain-sensing wipers, and a frameless rearview mirror. The $3,250 Advance Package, which is available only on V6 models, includes collision-mitigation braking with head-up warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, road-departure mitigation and heated/ventilated front seats.

Under the Hood
2015 Acura TLX Engine photo

The 2015 Acura TLX offers three distinct drivetrains, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder front-drive with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic in either front-drive or all-wheel drive form. The 4-cylinder model feels light on its feet and has ample power for a car in this class. The V6 is even more muscular without a huge fuel economy penalty and benefits from advanced gas-saving technology such as cylinder deactivation and idle stop/start.

2.4-liter inline-4
206 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg

3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/34 mpg (front-wheel drive), 21/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

The 2015 Acura TLX starts at about $32,000 for the base 4-cylinder, while the front-drive V6 is just over $36,000. The front-drive V6 tops out at $43,395, while the V6 SH-AWD starts at $42,345 and is fully loaded at just over $45,500 with the Advance Package. All prices include $895 delivery. The TLX price range pretty much covers the current TSX/TL pricing which extends from $31,530 for the 4-cylinder TSX to the fully loaded TL at $46,405. In its class, prices are comparable to the Lexus IS, which runs in the low-$40,000 range and the Audi A4. To get a better idea of what people are paying for their Acura TLX sedans in your area, check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. Because the TLX is an all-new model, resale is still a question, but it’s reasonable to assume its values will be in the same range as the current TSX/TL models.

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2015 Acura TLX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 25 Ratings for the 2015 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Not as great as reviews point out to be.

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "good seats"

Cons: "transmission, trims, HFP, road and wind noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"From the day one ran into issues. first excessive road and wind noise. dealership fixed after ACR intervention. Then transmission issues, with 1-2 and 2-3 taking up to 3 seconds to shift after shifting using paddle shifters, response is its a known tech issue with no resolution. then I see the roof cloth trims are falling apart. there is also a croaking noise from high pressure fuel pump which will be fixed in near future. the tires do no justice to SH-AWD All in all, a good car to avoid."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very good value for the money

By on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent value and perfect reliability"

Cons: "No real A/C buttons and distractive touch screen"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I researched the TLX for over 8 months before pulling the trigger and am most pleased with the decision. The 2.4 is a little under powered but the 7-speed DCT more than makes up for it. The DCT shifts really fast and the engine actually sounds Teutonic in my opinion, comparing it to my old BMW X5 and the MB E350. Overall reliability has been perfect for I had zero mechanical problem for almost 8 months now."

Not as happy as I should be for being an Acura.

By on Monday, February 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "has power, looks nice"

Cons: "feathers don't work as told, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Had the 2014 MDX Advance, now this 2015 V6 TLX Advance. Very disappointed in it. The lane change warning is so quieted, if it works. Dealer says that's the way it is after you buy it. Before you buy, they say we will fix. NOT!!! The shut engine off works, but if you don't want to use it, you have to turn it off every time you get in the car. Then you see a YELLOW LIGHT on dash the entire time. Was told you can turn of once in the setting and then not have it come back on until you change settings again. AGAIN, was told not working and will fix it when you bring it in for service. NOT...AGAIN. That is the way it is. If I would have known, I wouldn't have bought this car. THere were a few flaws that was told would take care of and then after came in for service, was told things things probably happened after you had the car. They did say okay to fix one of them. Very disappointed...and this is an Acura. I guess name is not what I thought it was anymore. So tempted to take a loss on the car and get rid of it. I will one day and NOT buy another acura, AGAIN. Had other issues with other acuras, but we are talking about this car. Was telling family and friends (which bought) about acura, but now Telling not to buy. It is one thing not to have something, but to be told it is there and works a certain was and then it doesn't. Our MDX lane change is great and was told this would be the same, but NOT."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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