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2015 Acura TLX vs. Its Competition

2015 Acura TLX 3.5 SH-AWD
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2015 Acura TLX 3.5 SH-AWD2015 Acura TLX
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2015 Audi A42015 Audi A4
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2015 Chrysler 200, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 20142015 Chrysler 200
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2015 Lincoln MKZ2015 Lincoln MKZ
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2015 Acura TLX offers impressive performance, ample features, and smart value.
8.2
The 2015 Audi A4 and S4 sedans are tech-laden, trim, handsome alternatives to the other expected German cars, as well as one very good American one.
8.4
The 2015 Chrysler 200 can fetch a premium for its style and its horsepower--but rear-seat room and handling are better bargains elsewhere.
8.6
The 2015 MKZ has great potential as a contemporary sports sedan--it's the Lincoln heritage that's missing.
8.2
The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
MSRP From    
$31,445$35,500$21,995$35,190$31,500
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan LX FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Audi A42015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Chrysler 2002015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Lincoln MKZ2015 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class