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The Acura TLX is a mid-size four-door sedan that joined the lineup in the 2015 model year.
 
The TLX effectively replaced both the former TSX and TL sedans. It slots between the smaller ILX four-door and the larger RLX sedan in the Japanese luxury brand's family of cars and crossover SUVs.
 
With the TLX, Acura has a rival for sedans like the Buick Regal and LaCrosse, the Lincoln MKZ, the Volvo S60, and the Lexus ES.
 
MORE: Read our 2016 Acura TLX review

With a more expressive sense of style, the Acura TLX comes across as a handsome update on the themes from the latest Acura products. It's neither offensive nor terribly exciting, though it looks much more balanced than former Acura four-doors that wore a beaky, pointed grille.

The TLX is offered with a choice of two engines. Base models come with a 2.4-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder making 206 horsepower and paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. For a little extra, buyers can choose a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 290 hp and mated to a 9-speed automatic. V-6 versions also make use of Variable Cylinder Management, which can shut off three cylinders to save fuel under lighter loads, such as when cruising on the highway.

Front-wheel-drive versions of the TLX get one noteworthy piece of technology handed down from the top-of-the-line RLX sedan: the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system, which turns the rear wheels slightly in a way that will either add to maneuverability at low speeds or aid stability at higher speeds. All-wheel drive is available on V-6 models, featuring a new, lighter version of the brand’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with rear-axle torque vectoring.

Dedicated modes allow the driver to cater the driving experience to their desires. As part of a so-called Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), the TLX gets Econ, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ settings, with each one affecting power-steering calibration, throttle response, transmission shifts, Active Noise Control settings, climate control operation, and the calibration of the all-wheel drive or rear-wheel steering system.

The TLX’s overall length is around 190 inches, which is close to the former TSX's measurement; its 109.3-inch wheelbase is carried over from the TL. The TLX is just as roomy inside as the TL—in other words, still a bit roomier in back than the German sport sedans in this size class. Active Noise Control helps keep the cabin quiet, as do new body-sealing and sound-insulation measures.

An array of accident-avoidance technologies, some of them offered on the RLX and MDX, are baked into the TLX. Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors are available on top-of-the-line versions. The TLX has achieved a top five-star overall rating from the federal government, and mostly top "Good" scores from the IIHS, except for a "Marginal" rating on the small-overlap crash test.

Priced from the low $30,000 range, the TLX comes standard with power features; cruise control; Bluetooth; Siri Eyes Free; and a AM/FM/satellite radio sound system with seven speakers.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
2016 Acura TLX 4-Door Sedan FWD

Need a little work performance and style

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For Accra to win the cart racing a lot but when you look at their vehicles just a bland style lack of performance gas mileage is fair they do not turn any head
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Monday, August 17, 2015
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Best car I have ever owned!

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My TLX is outstanding in almost all things. The interior/exterior is a little dated. Acura could have modernized a little more. Fine safety features, sub 6 second 0-60 and over 30 MPH on the highway!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Great quality and comfort in a family sedan.

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Very quiet on the road. Beautiful leather interior. Don't like the OEM Goodyear tires- like rubber donuts. Eternal reflection of the AC dash vent in the driver's side mirror. Traffic info very hard to see in... + More »
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