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How the TLX improves on the 2014 TL
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:40 PM - by mr.smith
The 2015 Acura TLX combines and improves upon the TSX and the TL, or at least that is what it aims to do. Here I take a look at the problems with the 2014 Acura TL, and see if the TLX is going to fix those issues.

The original Acura TL debuted in 1999 (above). It was a huge success. The original TL was hailed for its cutting edge exterior design, quality, excellent sport-handling, and awesome options. Over the years the TL lost this appeal though.

The current TL (pictured above) is pretty large, and consumers have seen this is a departure from the original message of the TL. It is a bulky vehicle with a wide wheelbase. It is also quite front-end heavy, which noticeably affects handling.

As far as the plain numbers, the 2014 Acura TL runs on a 3.5-litre 24 valve SOHC VTEC engine. It creates 280 hp and 245 lb-ft. It weighs 3,770 lbs, and gets a fuel efficiency rating of 20/29/23 mpg.

The 2015 Acura TLX runs on a 2.4-litre, 16 valve, DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. It produces 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. The TLX with just the tech package weighs 3,509 lbs, so there is a bit of weight shaving to be proud of here.

I think that on the styling side Acura has done some good work with the TLX, but its not like they took any risks here. Acura is really wanting the Acura TLX to be a driver's car. Hopefully the TLX can improve on the questionable handling of the 2014 TL. After all, the website says that it uses "next-generation performance-handling technologies."
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Acura TLX Pricing Announced
Jul 03, 2014 - 7:49 PM - by AutoGuide.com

When the Acura TLX hits dealer this August, it will do so with a base price of $31,890.

For that base price, the TLX comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. To add the technology package to this car, customers will be asked to drop about $36,000.
Moving on up, the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque can be had for $36,115, mated to a nine-speed automatic. Add the technology package, and the price climbs to just over $40,000. Finally, those customers interested in Acura’s super-handling all-wheel drive can have the car for $42,345, or $45,595 with the tech package.
Acura is also doing something special for customers who are willing to put their cash on the line before September 2, 2014, and take delivery of their car by October 31. Called the Acura Advantage, those interested in financing will be able to pay $299 a month for the 2.4-liter model and $349 a month for the 3.5-liter model for 36 months with a $2,499 down payment. The program will also benefit existing owners of Acuras, offering a $500 personalization allowance for Acura genuine accessories, which can be applied to a new TLX.
The TLX will be built in Marysville, Ohio.
Read the complete story on the Acura TLX at AutoGuide.com
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Acura mistakenly thinks technology is a synonym for luxury
Jun 13, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by Esrever

I've been thinking about Acura's approach to luxury. Autoextremist states it pretty succinctly as, "Technology for technology's sake."

Indeed, the TLX has followed that mantra. Acura has put every piece of technology that they have into the TLX. Just take a look at this list of technologies.

- Precision All-Wheel Steer
- Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)
- Agile Handling Assist
- Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
- Acura Link
- HomeLink remote system
- Real-time traffic
- Lane Departure Warning system
- Lane Keeping assist system
- Collision Mitigation Braking system

Now having all those technologies is not a bad thing in itself, but I feel that Acura has conflated luxury with technology. Ultimately, the luxury buyer is looking for much more than just technology. I think that luxury buyers see luxury as a feeling and a lifestyle. It has to do with the design of the vehicle, the care that has been put into it, and the pride you take in owning the vehicle. Many luxury buyers would give up a whole bunch of these technological features, like lane departure warning and lan keeping assist, in favor of a vehicle that uses the nicest materials and simply evokes an emotional response from them.

By focusing too much on technology, Acura has become a bit of a robot in the luxury world. Their cars don't evoke strong emotions, they seem like a nice package with every technological goody possible packed inside. Maybe that appeals to some, but I think that the way into the luxury buyer's pocketbook is through their heart and not through dazzling technology.

It also seems that Acura hasn't learned from its past mistakes. It continues to present the same thing to consumers, while it claims that it is new and different. Repeatedly Acura has missed the mark when it comes to connecting with luxury buyers where it counts.
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One up, One down? Acura TLX vs Infiniti Q50
May 02, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by tino
Now of course I could of selected any one of the perennial contenders like the ever present Lexus IS, or the uppity MKZ, perhaps I could of even reached and went German, but no the Q50 is the one. Here's why. The new Q50 has been borderline crucified in the auto rags and even by consumers for actually stepping backwards from the delightful G series. Where as the TLX is looking to step away from the piss poor reputation of the TL and TSX (current iterations, originals notwithstanding).

Consider that 95% of Q50 reviews have made it explicitly clear that the Q50 is a huge step backward in terms of the soul and enjoyment that was typical of the G series. So my figuring has to be that if the TLX shows even a modicum of spirit and the parrots pick it up, well Acura may well have a winner on their hands despite the howls of enthusiasts (no MT, odd DCT configurations, AWD with slushbox only...)

Regarding technology, while I get that wizard gizmos are a big selling feature these days, I think Acura is going to benefit from being not so cutting edge focused. If you spend a minute or two over on the Q50 forum you will see a gamut of issues from DAS lockups, an infotainment system that's stable as a ship lost at sea and a host of niggles that are really turning off consumers, owners included. If Acura can provide a competent car that is submissive to the driver (unlike the Infiniti which is clearly contemptuous to those of us with feet) I think it will shine head to head. As much as WE seem to discern our purchases with fine toothed combs, lets be honest the vast majority of consumers begin and end with CR, Edmunds or whatever old faithful rag the remain loyal to.

By the Numbers:



2.4L I4 206 HP/182 lb-ft


3.5L V6 290 HP/267 lb-ft


3.7L V6 328 HP/269 lb-ft


3.5L V6 Hybrid 369 HP (net)/ 258 lb-ft (engine) and 214 lb-ft (electric)

Unfortunately etched in stone details are sparse for the TLX, so doing a full on dimensions comparison is out of the question at this point. But I will leave you with this. The TLX will be keeping the same wheelbase as the outgoing TL, so don't expect interior space to suffer, but the TLX is 3.8 inches shorter and 145 kg lighter than the outgoing TL...

By the Visuals:

Personally I think the TLX takes it from the Q50 in the looks department, I feel like Infiniti went too hard towards the old man luxo barge with the Q50, and the styling is reminiscent of a Hyundai Sonata that has impregnated a Mazda 6.

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