Introduced in 2015, the Acura TLX was a replacement for TSX sedan. It is a mix of power, luxury, and Acura’s reliability making it a true example of material over glare.
The 2019 Acura TLX comes allows you to choose between 2 powertrains- a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine and a 3.5-liter V6 engine. An 8-speed DCT transmission is standard and you get paddle shifters for enhanced driving feel.
TLX gets a good equipment list and interiors worthy of making it a luxury car. Before we start the review, let’s get to know the pros and cons of the Acura’s performance sedan.
- High-quality materials used in cabin
- Comfortable rear seats
- Low-powered 4-cylinder engine
- Not a sheer performer
- A-Spec now available from base trim
- 19-inch wheels for some trims
Acura offers 2 trims along with 2 engine options and multiple packages to upgrade your TLX. The TLX 2.4L comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 206 hp and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. You can upgrade the 2.4L with Technology and the A-Spec package (new in 2019). This trim is front-wheel-drive and gets an 8-speed automatic transmission. The technology package adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual screens (8-inch and 7-inch), Siri Eye free voice for apple users, and 7-speaker sound system. With A-Spec package you get the 19-inch wheels, spoiler, matt-black grille etc. 2019 Acura TLX MSRP starts from $33,000.
The TLX 3.5L trims gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 hp of power and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and is available in both FWD and AWD variant. The Technology package with 3.5L trim is similar to that of 2.4L but it adds leather trims and power enabled thigh support.
Acura TLX 3.5L with Advance package receives features like remote engine start, ventilated front seats and many more features. The 3.5L with A-Spec package couples with the Technology package along with sports tuned suspension and quick steering.
The I4 engine has an efficiency of 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway while the V6 trim can run 20 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway on a single gallon of fuel.
TLX’s cabin is roomy, airy and functional. The seats are grippy, offer good back and thigh support, and are suitable for long distance driving. There is plenty of room inside and the rear can easily accommodate 5 with good leg room availability. Its dual screen setup makes the dash appealing and is Acura’s way of saying it is technologically advance.
There is nothing bad about the TLX’s exterior but it isn’t much enticing too. It is a little too bland for a sedan that Acura markets as their performance-oriented car. The LED DRL’s are standard, and the fine looking crisscross front grille houses the Acura logo. The rear is simple and there’s nothing flowing on the sides too. It is more of a Luxury looking sedan than a performance one.
The 2019 Acura TLX has received 5-star crash test ratings from the NHTSA and has received “SUPERIOR” front crash rating from IIHS. Acura has given many high-end safety features like forward-collision system, blind-spot monitoring, active lane control, and cross traffic alert from the base itself.
Acura TLX is not much of a performer when you consider other competitors in the segment. Its inline-4 engine seems underpowered when cruising but with available V6 is a good option to choose from. TLX is a value for money car that has decent looks, fine interiors and good upgrade options but rivals can outshine it in almost every department.