2016 Acura TLX

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“It’s That Kind of Thrill”

Now Introducing the all-new 2016 TLX, Acura’s replacement for the sports sedan TSX and the luxury sports sedan TL.  The TLX has an exciting blend of sports-sedan athleticism which it displays with various different drivetrain/powertrain options and next-generation performance-handling technologies. The TLX lineup has been integrated with a premium interior styling of the vehicle with new multimedia arrangements giving you luxury refinement, The 2016 Acura TLX faces the grueling task of replacing not one, but two, of Acura’s most popular sedans, this task has appeared to make Acura a better and stronger competitor in the class of upscale midsized cars.

Interior

An abundance of luxury features and technologies are available inside the TLX, from heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth hands-free, Navigation System with 3D view and Acura Link and Adaptive cruise control.  A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display touch screen display in the center console underneath a bigger display screen displaying your navigation and other features giving you a total of 2 screens portraying a luxurious yet intuitive cockpit design. The TLX is fitted with a new electronic gear box which was designed to save space and add to the modern and intuitive feel of the car.  Another spectacular technology Acura has introduced into the TLX is the All-New IDS (Integrated Dynamics System), this system allows you to choose from 4 different modes of driving experience; Econ, Normal, Sport and Sport+.  In the different modes the following features Steering Sensitivity, suspension sensitivity, gearing ratios, exhaust notes and the P-AWS system all adapt.  We felt that the sport mode was the best fit and most comfortable drive while still having good firm steering giving you the best of all around comfort.

Performance

There have been 3 drivetrain/powertrain variants for the 2016 TLX, First of which being a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder V-Tech engine with 16-valves producing 206 horsepower combined with an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8-DTC), the world’s first DCT to be paired with a torque converter. The second variant of the Acura TLX is a 3.5-litre V-6 V-Tech engine with 24 –value’s delivering 290-horsepower and is combined with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.  The SH All-Wheel Drive Acura TLX (SH-AWD) combined with the same Drivetrain as the 3.5 litre is surprisingly $4000 cheaper than the previous price of the 2014 TLX. Acura has revised and old idea Honda had back in 1988 when the Prelude was being released with All-Wheel Steering (AWS), Precision All-Wheel steer (P-AWS) is the all-new way to control and enhance handling precision, maneuverability and stability and is a part of the Technology Package available on all TLX models.

Exterior

When it comes to Exterior styling, the TLX has not veered too far from their previous years body structure and styling of the TSX and TL but there have been subtle changes that set the TLX apart and will make it stand out in its tough division of midsized upscale cars. From Sculpted lines to Acura’s new signature Jewel Eye Headlight design for maximum visibility, illumination and a sophisticated sharpened and forward looking design. Following those same lines to the back of the car they will bring you to a wide and athletic stance rear body with a new sharp LED taillight design to tie it all together.

Safety

When it comes to safety features and safety technologies, the TLX has plentiful. From Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems warning you with flashing yellow lights warning from possible accidents.  Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS),  Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) which gives you a tiny shake on the steering wheel if you start to drift out of your lane, Blind spot Information systems (BSI) and parking assist.

Being the first ever TLX to be made Acura has matched the standard of the class and produced a phenomenal vehicle.  With all of the new and revised features the TLX is a great vehicle for anyone who is in the market for a new vehicle characterized by a perfect blend of incredible performance, technology, luxury along with Acura/Honda Reliability.

Interior Engine/Performance Exterior Safety Overall
4.25 4 4.25 4 4.13/B+

 

Hamjit Sekhon

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