On the days when you need that extra boost of performance, the Acura TLX’s Integrated Dynamics System is ready for you with four driving modes – Econ, Normal, Sport, and Sport+. The TLX is ready to be the car you need, when you need it, efficient, energetic, or somewhere in between.
An Acura is centered around giving drivers the freedom to choose what’s best for them, and the TLX might offer the most options of them all. Standard models include an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission complete with torque converter, and the TLX V6 sports a 9-speed automatic transmission. Don’t worry, paddle shifters keep you in control of the action.
Optional on the TLX V6, SH-AWD ensures your sedan has what it takes to corner like a pro and conquer the pavement in wet or dry weather. Torque and power are redistributed to the wheels most in need of them, with torque vectoring directing power to the outside rear wheel automatically to best launch you through a turn.
Engine specs matter, but the performance of the TLX rests on four things: your tires. If your tires aren’t inflated properly, the TLX could behave erratically and your fuel economy can be affected. The Tire Fill Assist system detects if you have any tires that are low on air and alerts you that they need attention.
Acura’s P-AWS is standard on the TLX, and it’s the first system of its kind. Able to individually adjust the sedan’s rear toe angles, P-AWS brings improved cornering and superior maneuverability to the sport sedan.
If you need more than the standard 206 hp of the four-cylinder, simply step up to the 3.5L V6, rated at 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s powerful, but it remains affordable as well, with front-wheel drive models earning up to an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway.
The exclusive Jewel Eye LED headlights create a front end that is unmistakably Acura, with five LEDs in each headlight that offer bright, low-energy beams. Their name comes from the jewel-like look the headlight reflectors create, glistening even during the daylight.
More than just a rearview camera, the TLX features three different angles to ensure your path is clear when backing up. Just shift into reverse and the camera will put its view on your in-dash display; cycle through top-down, wide-angle, and standard views to make sure there are no cars or pedestrians in your way.
Not only does the TLX have a smart sense of style and a pair of brilliantly engineered powertrains, the car itself is smart, knowing exactly when your key fob is near. The Keyless Access System lets the doors open with a tug of the handle – no need to dig for your keys – just sit down, buckle up, and press the start button.
Front sport seating supports maximum comfort during performance maneuvers and everyday driving, with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. Each front seat also includes heating elements for winter driving, and the Advance Package includes ventilated front seats for a cooler ride during the warm months.
While many sport sedans put the “sport” before the “sedan,” the rear of the TLX has no trouble comfortably fitting three passengers. If you need more room for a pair of golf bags, though, just fold down part or all of the 60/40 split-folding rear seatback to expand the trunk space.
A serene cabin is one that lets you focus on your drive – and your driving soundtrack – without worrying about road noise or mechanical noises. Between special engine mounts, acoustic glass, and the Active Sound Control system that emits sound waves to cancel out mechanical noise, the TLX cabin can be a sanctuary.
With in-door cabin storage pockets, a center console, a glove box, and other convenient storage locations, you’ll have no trouble keeping the essentials nearby. A 12V outlet and a USB port will charge your gadgets and let you stay connected while out and about.
With state-of-the-art connectivity via AcuraLink telematics and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, you might expect the TLX to be loaded with buttons. The ODMD solves that problem with a convenient touchscreen that features just nine buttons that vary based on your needs, covering vehicle settings, phone controls, media, and more.
The TLX has room for a sixth passenger if it’s Siri thanks to Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Engineered for use while driving, Siri responds to your voice commands while keeping you connected to emails and SMS texts, letting you focus on the road without sacrificing the convenience of your smartphone.
Underneath the graceful curves and supporting the powerful engines is a frame that’s been built with safety in mind. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure features reinforced areas to protect common collision spots and includes crumple zones that direct crash energy away from occupants in a collision.
Part of the AcuraWatch Plus Package, Collision Mitigation Braking is designed to automatically apply the brakes if its radar sensors detect a collision is likely. The Collision Mitigation Braking System issues a forward collision warning to give the driver time to respond before automatically braking.
Standard on the TLX, Vehicle Stability Assist monitors the position of the steering wheel and the tires, sensing when they don’t match up and responding to oversteer, understeer, or a loss of traction. By adjusting engine performance and braking power, this safety feature helps you regain control of the vehicle in times of unexpected performance.
This AcuraWatch Plus safety feature uses a front-mounted camera to monitor the markings of the road and detect if the TLX has strayed from its lane. If the driver does not correct the course of the vehicle after issuing a warning, Lane Keeping Assist can give the wheel a gentle nudge to keep the vehicle centered.
While cruise control is an asset for the long drive, Adaptive Cruise Control modernizes this classic feature. This AcuraWatch Plus technology uses radar to sense the speed of the vehicles around it and automatically adjust your cruising velocity.
This available safety feature uses two radar sensors to detect if there’s a vehicle near the rear of either side of the TLX – your blind spots. If it detects a vehicle, it illuminates an indicator on the in-dash display and the corresponding windshield pillar lights up.