With the new TLX, Acura has the chance to reposition its brand back in the sporty vein it enjoyed with cars like the Integra.
It'll have to tackle some notable recent successes and a possible new one.
There's the Audi A4, a perennial favorite with buyers looking for all-wheel drive and a luxury pedigree, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA, a brand-new take on luxury that's an unqualified hit in its maiden year thanks to excellent styling and packaging of features.
The Lincoln MKZ is keeping its struggling brand afloat with great looks, taut handling, and a premium--not quite luxury--appeal.
Finally, the new Chrysler 200 has dramatic looks and the same four/six split under the hood as the Acura, with a lower base price balancing out its more proletariat badging.
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|2015 Acura TLXBrowse Used Listings||2015 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2015 Chrysler 200Browse Used Listings||2015 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan FWD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan LX FWD||4-Door Sedan FWD||4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Audi A4||2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Chrysler 200||2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Lincoln MKZ||2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class|