2016 Acura TLX vs. Its Competition

2016 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD

The 2016 Acura TLX nudges the brand toward the sportier cars it launched with, back in the Integra days, but Honda's premium brand still doesn't compete straight across with German luxury vehicles of the same size.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a new take on luxury that's been a hit due to its excellent styling and array of features, even if its back seat is pretty useless for adults.

The Audi A4 is a perennial favorite for buyers who need all-wheel drive and want a luxury pedigree, though it's about to be replaced with an all-new version.

The mid-size Lincoln MKZ looks modern, handles decently, and is the car keeping its struggling brand afloat by offering premium--if not quite luxury--appeal.

Finally, the striking Chrysler 200 has a dramatic design and the same choice of a four or a V-6 under the hood, though its nine-speed transmission continues to be a problem.

Still, the Chrysler's lower price may balance out its less premium badge, though we're not sure how many buyers will cross-shop the two.

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Quick Specs
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The 2016 Acura TLX is light on luxury feel, but it has great interior space, lots of technology, and in its base version, supremely enjoyable performance and handling.
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The 2016 Audi A4 is still a handsome, strong competitor with solid fuel economy and good power from its lone engine, even as the current generation comes to a close.
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The 2016 Chrysler 200 stands out for style, safety, and V-6 power—but rear-seat head room is its downfall.
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The 2016 Lincoln MKZ is missing some heritage, but this luxury sedan is no longer missing the sportier new direction that could do this brand some good.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is tight on rear-seat space, and on value—but long on style and in AMG trim, explosive performance.
MSRP From    
$31,695$35,900$22,115$35,190$32,050
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    
Compact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan FWDCVT 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
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