Consolidating the overlapping TSX and TL, the 2015 Acura TLX represents a return to the luxury brand's tenets of simple, conservative, and well-built vehicles. Acura is hoping that its latest effort will finally lure some buyers into its sedans, which have been collecting dust in its showrooms while families set off from dealerships in RDX and MDX SUVs. Before you schedule a test drive, you can build your own using the 2015 Acura TLX configurator, which just went live online.
The base 2015 Acura TLX (starting at $31,890 including delivery) is actually the one we prefer, thanks to its high-revving and engaging 206-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and smooth eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base engine comes exclusively with front-wheel-drive, but it does come standard with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and brake-based torque vectoring for improved handling. One step up is the 2015 Acura TLX 2.4 with the Technology package, which for $35,920 includes lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, premium audio, navigation, and a leather-trimmed interior.
Opting for the 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission costs $35,115 including destination. This 2015 Acura TLX model can be outfitted with the aforementioned Technology package for $40,145, while the pricier Advanced package adds adaptive cruise, automatic pre-collision braking, parking sensors, LED fog lights, and remote engine start to the Technology package. Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive is available and replaces the P-AWS front-wheel-drive system, totaling $42,435 with the Technology package or $45,595. Stand-alone accessories are minimal, including 19- or 18-inch wheels, protection equipment, an aero kit, and other dealer-installed items.
As senior editor David Zenlea found on the first drive of the 2015 Acura TLX, Acura has finally abandoned its failed experiment with cutting-edge styling in favor of restrained elegance with a touch of sportiness. “We suspect many buyers will be just fine with an Acura that once again looks, feels, and drives like an Acura,” said Zenlea of the new TLX.
While the 2015 Acura TLX might not buy into the recent push for turbocharged powertrains and rear-wheel-drive in luxury cars, those who remember Acura's heyday of top-quality and bargain pricing compared with the competition will be pleased to see those ideals back in the fray.
The 2015 Acura TLX is on sale now, and you can click here to build your own.