I'm confident in saying that the 2015 Acura TLX
, revealed today at the New York Auto Show
, will be a perfectly nice car to drive. It'll be nice to sit in, with plenty of luxurious amenities. It'll be... fine. And for Acura
, "fine" is apparently good enough.
I say that because while the TLX is an all-new offering (it replaces both the TL
), it hardly shakes up the Acura formula we've come to accept over the past few years. It looks like everything else in the automaker's lineup, complete with the neat LED headlamps and signature beaked grille. Power comes from either a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated inline-four with 206 horsepower, or a 3.5-litre V6 with 290 hp – engines we've tested in countless other Honda/Acura products. The front-wheel-drive version uses the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) from the RLX
, and high-end V6 models use the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) that we've enjoyed across the rest of the Acura range. Really, there's nothing to write home about here, except maybe, how that power is sent to the wheels.
Acura is finally – finally – moving beyond the world of the six-speed transmission, offering a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with the 2.4-litre engine, and a swanky new nine-speed automatic with the 3.5-litre V6. This is arguably the biggest news surrounding the TLX, though do note, fuel economy hasn't vastly been improved in the process. The TLX 2.4 musters up 9.8 L/100 km (24 miles per gallon) in the city and 6.7 L/100 km (35 mpg) highway, while the front-drive V6 is rated at 11.2/6.9 L/100 km (21/34 mpg). Optioning for the V6 SH-AWD reduces things to 11.2/7.6 L/100 km (21/31 mpg).
Inside, it's more of the same – the company's dual-screen centre console and infotainment system is used here, and it all looks like the same setup as in RLX, MDX
, etc. That's not a bad thing – I like Acura's interiors – but again, there are seemingly few big advancements.
So yeah, the new TLX is fine. For driving, sitting in and other daily needs, "fine" is the order of the day. But if you were hoping for a fresh-faced, bold new offering from Acura here, 'fraid you're plum out of luck. Read more in the press release below
, and check out a pair of videos.