2015 Acura TLX is a right-sized luxury sedan that combines technology and style

When is one better than two? When it’s a mid-sized Acura, that’s when. The new-for-2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan replaces not one, but two middle-child products in Acura’s sedan lineup, and it looks like a winner. The 2015 TLX will be on display at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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2015 acura tlx front view at new york auto showTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGESThe new TLX replaces the TSX and TL sedans in the Acura line-up.

Acura may be the original Japanese luxury brand, but it has been flying under the radar lately (or driving under the radar, more accurately) with a glut of similar-looking sedans—all with confusing acronyms: ILX, TSX, TL, RLX. In a move that should help clarify its model range (to say nothing of consolidating its marketing budget), Acura is replacing its two middle children, the TSX and the TL, with one fetching new sedan called, you guessed it, the TLX. And it looks to be a pretty sweet ride.

If you think the TSX is a bit too small, and the TL is a bit too large, you’ll find the TLX to be just right. It shares its long wheelbase with the TL but loses several inches off the overhangs, giving it a nice, solid-looking stance without compromising interior space. Acura has evolved its controversial guillotine grille treatment over time, and TLX arguably wears it better than ever. Indeed, with the slick new LED headlamps, elegantly rising character line in the body, the tapering window-line, and tidy rear end, the 2015 TLX could be considered the most handsome new Acura to appear in a decade.

A luxury car isn’t a luxury car unless it has lots of well-made stuff inside, and here the TLX won’t disappoint. The cabin feels just as roomy in front and back as the outgoing TL, and even if its interior design doesn’t advance the state of the art terribly far, there’s a marked step-up in quality over the last model, er,models. The TLX looks, feels, and even smells a lot like the fancier RLX, with optional Milano leather, lots of soft-touch materials, real alloy and woodgrain trim.

Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless access, navigation, real-time traffic, a seven-inch touch screen display, and as always, a whompin’ surround sound system designed by Elliot Scheiner, this time with 10 speakers and 455 watts of juice.

The new TLX will also come with Acura’s cloud-based connectivity system, Siri Eyes-Free technology for iPhone users, and available GPS-linked climate control, LED accent lighting, and more.

2015 acura tlx side view at new york auto showTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGESThe 2015 Acura TLX debuted on the 2014 New York International Auto Show stage at the Javits Center.

The TLX will come with a choice of two engines: a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, mated to an innovative new eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Hot-shoes may want to opt for the 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 267 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 10 hp and 13 lb-ft of torque compared to the outgoing TL’s 3.5-liter six. It also gets a new transmission, a conventional automatic with nine speeds.

The V-6 model is also available with the next generation of Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-wheel drive (SH-AWD), which we loved in its first iteration and can’t wait to try out with its new enhancements. Combined with Acura’s P-AWS all-wheel steering system (standard on all models), the SH-AWD-equipped cars should have even sharper turning around low speed corners, and greater stability at expressway speeds.

2015 acura tlx interiorACURAHeaded and ventilated front seats, Bluetooth, navigation, and a ten-speaker surround sound system are all available on the TLX.

Speaking of stability, the TLX takes safety as seriously as anything in the class, offering many an electronic and sensor-based driver assistance feature, including lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, blind spot monitor, cross traffic monitor.

Fuel economy for the four-cylinder model is estimated to be 24 mpg city and 35 mpg, with V-6 models coming in around 21 mpg city / 34 mpg highway for with front-wheel drive (a rise of one and five miles per gallon compared to the front-drive 2014 TL) and 21/31 mpg with all-wheel drive (up three and five mpg compared to the all-wheel-drive TL). Some of this fuel economy gain can be attributed to the taller gearing of the transmissions, but also due to a reduction in overall weight; front-drive V-6 models, for example, weigh some 145 pounds less than a comparable 2014 TL.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we expect the new TLX to come in somewhere close to the 2014 TL (about $37K – $46K) than the TSX. Will the TLX drive as nicely as it looks? We will let you know as soon as we find out.

 

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2014 Acura MDX and RDX Selected as Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicles

Acura’s dynamic luxury light truck duo, the 2014 MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the 2014 RDX luxury crossover sport utility vehicle, have been named as Top Rated Vehicles by Edmunds.com.

“This honor from Edmunds confirms what the sales records achieved by MDX and RDX already demonstrate; Acura has the best one-two punch in the luxury marketplace,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Acura Division.  “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura continues to deliver an outstanding combination of exhilarating performance, great fuel efficiency, extraordinary luxury and value.”

March 2014 sales of the MDX and RDX were up nearly 46 percent from a year earlier.  MDX set a record with March sales of 5,793 units, while RDX continued its remarkable string of 23 consecutive monthly sales records on sales of 4,580 units.

Edmunds.com evaluates about 200 cars each year.  Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and a test track where instrumented testing in controlled conditions is conducted.  Edmunds.com uses its findings to grade how a car stacks up against competitors in respect to size and price class. Vehicles that earn an ‘A’ rating receive an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award.

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2015 Acura TLX features clever technology in a sleek package

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When is a car not a car? When it’s more than one car.

Unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the 2015 Acura TLX is actually two cars. It’s the replacement for the Acura TL midsize sedan, and the TSX, which was based on the European version of the Honda Accord.

To that end, the 2015 TLX will be offered with three drivetrains.

Base models will get a 2.4-liter inline-four with 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front-wheels through a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) that debuted on the larger RLX sedan.

Buyers can upgrade to the 3.5-liter V6 used in the RLX and MDX (it’s also related to the 2.8-liter engine used in the Honda ARX-04b race car), which comes with a new nine-speed automatic and produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft in the TLX. Front-wheel drive models also get P-AWS.

Finally, the V6 and nine-speed auto can be paired with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which vectors torque for more precise cornering.

Thanks to a redesigned rear differential, the latest SH-AWD is 25 percent lighter, more compact, and more responsive than before. It can now vector torque to the inside rear wheel, a feature meant to increase stability during high-speed lane changes.

Not surprisingly, it looks almost identical to the TLX Prototype Acura unveiled at 2014 Detroit Auto Show back in January, and features styling that should be familiar to current Acura customers.

The TLX will be up to 230 pounds lighter than comparable TL models thanks to lightweight materials like aluminum and ultra high-strength steel, and more aerodynamic.

The 2015 TLX also features an array of driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation aided by a new front camera, and Road Departure Mitigation, which allows to car to tug itself back into a lane automatically.

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The Wait Is Almost Over, TLX Revealed At NY Auto Show

The production version of the 2015 Acura TLX will make it’s debut at the NY Auto Show today at 1:50 pm.

Until then here’s a teaser video of the prototype out for a spin

 

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2015 Acura TLX, The Official Vehicle Of Everything Thrilling!

The 2015 TLX debut is almost here, only 5 more days until the production version is unveiled at the NY Auto Show.

In case you missed the ads that Acura ran during the March Madness Tournament here they are for your viewing pleasure.

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Acura ILX Wins 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award

 

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TORRANCE, Calif.April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Acura ILX luxury sports sedan has earned the 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award in the Premium Compact Passenger Car category. The IntelliChoice award is based on analysis of every new model sold in the United States and identifies those that have low total ownership costs and lower than expected costs over time when compared to similar models.

“With great performance, premium features and a luxurious interior, ILX is the very definition of value on a luxury scale,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division.  “This Overall Best Value award demonstrates customers can step into luxury through this great gateway to the Acura lineup of luxury vehicles.”

With its high quality and well-appointed interior, ILX is smart, spacious and sporty. It offers numerous features important to luxury buyers, including a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push-button start, Pandora® interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, and a power moonroof. 

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1835589#ixzz2yDX9Jrd1

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Acura ‘RealTime Racing’ dominates World Challenge Series

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According to RealTime Racing’s Peter Cunningham, Acura has won more races and more manufacture championships than any other manufacturer in Pirelli World Champion Series racing. He should know, he’s the winningest driver in his class.

Last month, we covered RealTime’s transition into the top class of Pirelli World Champion Series racing in an article written on the 2014 Acura TLX GT. The response to the pending TLX has been bordering on giddy.

Some readers may find Acura’s participation in the racing world to be counter to much of the luxury mark’s product line. After All, the best selling cars in the line are not cars at all, they are classified as light trucks.

For Acura, quality, precision of manufacturing and tech-driven sports performance, translates directly to a no- nonsense approach to earned status. And for some, a sense of obtainable, well deserved quality. Acura’s thing is not ostentatious opulence.

Acura hopes to return to prominence if not dominance in the mid size luxury sport segment with the introduction of the 2015 TLX mid year 2014.

When asked why Acura races, Peter Cunningham points to the same reasoning Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Porsche team owners will share with you. Acura races to promote the civilian variant of the cars competing in the W.C.S. race series.

Winning cars promote public interest in the brand while generating subsequent sales. Racing at this level is the highest form of effective automotive brand advertising.

Cunningham shares with us that while his race car is modified a bit, the car does share a large percentage of attributions with the factory doner car.

For Honda HPD, racing is the highest form of R&D and bench testing. Honda is the leading engine manufacture on the planet.

While you won’t find HPD’s 3.5 liter direct injected twin turbocharged V6 in your next Acura Sedan, you will discover a very competitive, well priced all wheel drive sports sedan poised to take on the daily commute.

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