The TLX has never been so elegantly put together. The interior screams elegance. The seats are all heated and super comfortable with 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat including 2-way power lumbar support. Heated steering wheel happens to be great feature for us here in cold British Columbia winters and makes early morning just a little easier. The second row features 60/40 split fold-down seats to allow for increased cargo space when needed.
At the centre of it all is Acura’s 7 inch touch screen system that allows you to control everything. Above that 7 inch screen is another 7 inch screen, yes another 7 inch screen. This screen can be set to display essentially anything you like, from media to navigation and anything in-between. Although it may seem overwhelming in theory the TLX is actually quite simple to navigate through, there are still buttons below which can control all the media and climate and have been arranged in a way that is simple and user friendly. If that’s still too much of a hassle; the steering wheel allows for easy access and adjustments to all media and voice activated features such as Siri Eyes Free and navigation. Siri Eyes Free is compatible through Bluetooth and can offer features such as, email/text responding and listing, set reminders and alarm, turn by turn navigation and you can even check the weather. The Acura premium sounds system includes 10 speakers with the subwoofer for more than ample noise making ability.
The 2016 TLX had a few minor changes to the exterior such as the multi-LED headlight cluster, aka the Jewel Eye headlight which has been trademarked by Acura, the rear lights are also LED and the front end has been tweaked a tad with sharper creases and aero vents giving the TLX a more sporty look. Acura took in my opinion essentially the greatest looking (TL) and most practical (TSX) cars in there line up and transformed them into one ultimate machine.
Taking elements from both designs the TLX turned out to be absolutely stunning, one of the sexiest Acura’s of all time as a matter of fact. Sleek and bold lines combined with aggressive stance give the TLX the aesthetics to stand out within a crowd, throw on a pair of 18 inch wheels with a hyper finish design in the mix and the TLX looks more like a showpiece. Overall the TLX has the perfect combination of class elegance, with right amount of sportiness.
Our tester model boosted a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine, producing a solid 290hp! To ensure the ride is as smooth as possible Acura matted the engine with a staggering 9 speed transmission. Every time I get into a TLX I can’t help but feel intoxicated, from the stunning design to the way they drive, the TLX is simply a phenomenal experience on all aspects, especially if its the SH-AWD model your getting into. The car is silky smooth in any mode you decide to drive it in, thanks to the Integrated Dynamic system (IDS) you have pretty wide selection. They range from; Econ, Normal, Sport and Sport+. When driving the car in Normal or Econ mode it feels like its floating, the big range gear box allows the car to have seamless shifting making it virtually unnoticeable by anyone in the car, the engine runs quiet making the experience rather relaxing and calming. Throw it in to either Sport or Sport + mode, then you realize that Econ and Normal were only the calm before the storm. This transforms the car into something else and you can instantly notice the difference. The acceleration becomes literally breathtaking, the sounds you start hear as VTEC kicks in become music to the ears as it deepens and starts to howl.
Thanks to the 9-speed gearbox again it feels like the car has no limit, it just keeps on accelerating without really even hitting a plateau, even when it does start to plateau you are most likely going way to fast and need to slow down. The AWD system is designed to help the TLX to stick to the ground giving you maximum traction in any condition and does a exceptional job doing it. Overall Acura has done a great job harnessing the power of the VTEC V6 engine to deliver a great driving experience.
As far as safety is concerned, Acura had that at the top of there mind. Lets start with our drivers assistance features. In the SH-AWD Elite package which we had for our tester had an abundance of them starting from; Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System with heads-up warning, Lane Departure Warning with steering haptic feedback, Road Departure Mitigation system, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and cross traffic monitoring system. Wow, that was a mouthful. As standard safety features the TLX includes ACE body structure, ABS, dual-stage multipole threshold airbags, curtain airbags, drivers knee airbag and last but not least smart vent side airbags.