The 2016 Acura TLX sedan is a mid-size luxury sedan which offers a strong value for money in the near-premium segment. The new Acura TLX will actually replace the TL and TSX models (two different size segment models). The automaker has designed the new car to offer a lavish interior as well as powerful but yet efficient drive-trains.
2016 Acura TLX Exterior
The exterior profile of the TLX comes relatively unchanged from the previous model. The styling though borrows some cues from the RLX sedan.
It features a toned-down but larger version of its horizontal silver grille. Its headlights feature rows of LEDs. Also, more LEDs underline its side mirrors just like the RLX sedan. The vehicle is offered in three trim levels which are; the base, Technology and Advance. Both Technology and Advance are more of optional packages than trim levels.
At the rear, the vehicle features a redesigned bumper and modified LED taillights. On the sides, you will find heated side mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch wheels for the Advance package). The vehicle also features a sunroof. The Advance package adds LED fog lights as well as auto-dimming side mirrors.
2016 Acura TLX Interior
The cabin of the TLX has derived its inspiration from the MDX crossover and RLX sedan. It boasts of a sleek dashboard whose dynamic lines flow into its door panels. Its front seats feature a thick, elastic padding and lateral support which create a sporty feeling.
Its rear seats on the other hand are quite comfortable with a generous legroom and comfortable seatback. In addition to ample seating space, the TLX leaves a 13.2 cubic space for cargo but can be expanded by folding the rear seats which has a 60/40 split-folding capability.
In front, it features a dual-screen infotainment system which is not common in this segment. The upper 8-inch screen displays a navigation map while the lower 7-inch touch-screen is used to control functions like climate controls and radio.
The vehicle is offered in three trim levels which are the base, Technology and Advance (offered on V-6 only). The base model features keyless ignition and an ambient illuminated cabin. Leatherette is the standard upholstery. It also features heated front seats with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat (8-way on the V-6), driver memory settings, dual-zone climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
In terms of technology, the base features Bluetooth connectivity, Siri Eyes Free functionality, a 7-spekare audio system with satellite radio and CD player, Smartphone app integration (both Pandora and Aha), USB connectivity and an auxiliary input jack.
For safety, the vehicle features traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front head restraints and a package of airbags as standard.
The technology package adds electronic safety features such as blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning and cross traffic alert. It also adds leather upholstery, a color trip computer, Acura/ELS 10-speaker sound system with HD radio and voice controls. The advance package on the other hand adds parking sensors, cooled front seats, forward collision warning with automatic braking as well as adaptive cruise control.
Engine Specs and Performance
For the 2016 model year, the Acura TLX is offered with a choice of two engines.
The base engine is a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder mill which produces 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system that sends power to the front wheels. In terms of fuel economy, the engine is EPA rated to return 24 mpg in city and 35 mpg on highway drives.
For more output, you can opt for the more potent 3.5 L, V-6 which comes good with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels. This engine is EPA rated at 21 mpg city and 34 mpg on highway for FWD models and 21 mpg city and 31 mpg on highway for AWD models. The automaker has hooked up the engine with cylinder deactivation as well as idle stop/start features which help it save on gas.
Price and release date
To get your hands on TLX wheels, you have to part with $ 31,695 MSRP exclusive of destination charges for the base 4-cylinder model. For the V6 with FWD you will have to spend $ 35,320 while a fully loaded V-6 with AWD will set you back around $ 43,500. The V6 SH-AWD goes for $ 42,500 and adding the advance package will set you back around $ 45,500.
The 2016 Acura TLX will make an appearance at the upcoming 2016 Chicago Auto Show which commences on February 13th before being availed to dealer showrooms shortly after.