The 2016 Acura TLX sedan is a mid-size luxury sedan which
offers a strong value for money in the near-premium segment.
The new Acura TLX will actually replace the TL and TSX
models (two different size segment models). The automaker has
designed the new car to offer a lavish interior as well as
powerful but yet efficient drive-trains.
2016 Acura TLX Exterior
The exterior profile of the TLX comes relatively unchanged from
the previous model. The styling though borrows some cues from
the RLX sedan.
It features a toned-down but larger version of its horizontal
silver grille. Its headlights feature rows of LEDs. Also,
more LEDs underline its side mirrors just like the RLX sedan.
The vehicle is offered in three trim levels which are; the
base, Technology and Advance. Both Technology and Advance are
more of optional packages than trim levels.
At the rear, the vehicle features a redesigned bumper and
modified LED taillights. On the sides, you will find heated
side mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch wheels for the
Advance package). The vehicle also features a sunroof.
The Advance package adds LED fog lights as well as
auto-dimming side mirrors.
2016 Acura TLX Interior
The cabin of the TLX has derived its inspiration from the MDX
crossover and RLX sedan. It boasts of a sleek dashboard whose
dynamic lines flow into its door panels. Its front seats
feature a thick, elastic padding and lateral support which
create a sporty feeling.
Its rear seats on the other hand are quite comfortable with a
generous legroom and comfortable seatback. In addition to ample
seating space, the TLX leaves a 13.2 cubic space for cargo but
can be expanded by folding the rear seats which has a 60/40
In front, it features a dual-screen infotainment system which
is not common in this segment. The upper 8-inch screen displays
a navigation map while the lower 7-inch touch-screen is used to
control functions like climate controls and radio.
The vehicle is offered in three trim levels which are the base,
Technology and Advance (offered on V-6 only). The base
model features keyless ignition and an ambient illuminated
cabin. Leatherette is the standard upholstery. It also features
heated front seats with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
with lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable front passenger
seat (8-way on the V-6), driver memory settings, dual-zone
climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
In terms of technology, the base features Bluetooth
connectivity, Siri Eyes Free functionality, a 7-spekare audio
system with satellite radio and CD player, Smartphone app
integration (both Pandora and Aha), USB connectivity and an
auxiliary input jack.
For safety, the vehicle features traction and stability
control, antilock disc brakes, front head restraints and a
package of airbags as standard.
The technology package adds electronic safety features such as
blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward
collision warning and cross traffic alert. It also adds leather
upholstery, a color trip computer, Acura/ELS 10-speaker sound
system with HD radio and voice controls. The advance package on
the other hand adds parking sensors, cooled front seats,
forward collision warning with automatic braking as well as
adaptive cruise control.
Engine Specs and Performance
For the 2016 model year, the Acura TLX is offered with a choice
of two engines.
The base engine is a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder mill which produces 206
hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an
8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system that sends
power to the front wheels. In terms of fuel economy, the engine
is EPA rated to return 24 mpg in city and 35 mpg on highway
For more output, you can opt for the more potent 3.5 L, V-6
which comes good with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The
engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which sends
power to either the front wheels or all wheels. This engine is
EPA rated at 21 mpg city and 34 mpg on highway for FWD models
and 21 mpg city and 31 mpg on highway for AWD models. The
automaker has hooked up the engine with cylinder deactivation
as well as idle stop/start features which help it save on gas.
Price and release date
To get your hands on TLX wheels, you have to part with $ 31,695
MSRP exclusive of destination charges for the base 4-cylinder
model. For the V6 with FWD you will have to spend $ 35,320
while a fully loaded V-6 with AWD will set you back around $
43,500. The V6 SH-AWD goes for $ 42,500 and adding the advance
package will set you back around $ 45,500.
The 2016 Acura TLX will make an appearance at the upcoming 2016
Chicago Auto Show which commences on February 13th
before being availed to dealer showrooms shortly after.