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If you were the big boss at Acura, name the top 3 things you'd change about the TLX

Let's try to keep this more of a dream list rather than a complaint thread so it stays in the general discussion.


1. I'd bump up the I4 hp to about 220-230hp range. That would push it a little farther from the Accord to entice more of those customers. I'd also bump up the hp for the V6 to about 320-330.

2. Five letters for the I4: SH-AWD. I wouldn't discriminate on engines when dishing out the best handling option for the TLX.

3. Espresso Interior would be an option for the Graphite Metallic.


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I'm thinking maybe a manual transmission in either trim.......and a TLX Type S which could use the extra HP you are talking about.

You said 3 so........how about those fog lights from the prototype? I was going to say SH-AWD on the 4 cyl but you covered that already.

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Duh, a manual transmission -- totally with you on that one.
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  1. 1. Get rid of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 as OEM tires and use the Bridgestone Potenza as the only stock tires. Or if I really had my way, I'd use Michelin Premier A/S as the OEM tires.
  2. Get rid of the ZF 9HP automatic transmission and use the Aisin 8 speed automatic instead for the V6 powertrain. Also no stupid electronic push button gear selector.
  3. Fix all the highway vibrations that owners are getting. Clearly something went wrong.
To change things means to build a "better" car which means tackling the complaints in my opinion. However I will comply:

  1. Proper split 60/40 folding rear seats. Sure the seats fold but it's next to useless. Honda needs to learn from Volvo how true split folding rear seats are done.
  2. Buttons for climate and radio on the centre console.
  3. Weight reduction.
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As the OP requested...and I agree....let's try to keep the replies of a non complaint nature. There's plenty of posts in the forum already about what people don't like about the current vehicle.
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Definitely a more aggressive stance.

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Start of by asking the question a little differently. If you were the big boss what are the top company objectives covering short and long term:

1. Increase market share
2. Increase net revenue
3. Keep customers happy (repeat business)

To meet these objectives, the TLX needs to be revised and fine tuned to be top class in reliability, performance, and features within its price range.

Reliability: we all know the challenges and these are likely first production year. They must be 99% gone for 2016+

Performance: Increase fuel efficiency and give the gear heads a bit more HP. This is not a deal breaker for 75% of the buyers, and 90% of the drivers will never use all that power.

Features: Become a leader with current technology, and provide integration with smart devices that allow user upgrades. This must include performance improvement of processors associated with navigation nanny features as we transition to semi and driverless cars.

SH-AWD on the I4 is a challenge in many ways for Acura as it would be just one more discrete models. SH-AWD with common transmission and controls for both models, eliminating the FWD completely, might be economical (production line, parts, training, etc.). It would raise the bottom end of the price range and differentiate it from the Accord.

Manual transmission does not fit with the long term (or is it medium term) move to semi or driverless cars. This is a costly engineering change for likely less than 10% of the sales, and would be just one more discrete model (does not fit the Acura strategy) IMHO.
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Just kidding:
1. CVT
2. "Spindle" grill
3. If no spindle, then MORE BEAK


In reality:
1. S-Type (Just for some cool wheels we can upgrade to when those owners dump them.)
2. diesel option (We all know where that's going thanks to VW, but I love the hwy range.)
3. More intuitive center-stack (I've become pretty good with it, but it's not a user friendly design.)

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1. CVT or more responsive 9 speed
2. Smoother ACC/LSF
3. Vibration reduction (Front seat should not be vibrating while on high way)

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Geokiller and TLX2014 seem to have it right. Most (not the tranny obviously) should be done for the mid cycle refresh.
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