Auto123 critiques the 2020 Acura TLX.
As we await the arrival of the second-generation TLX sedan, formally unveiled not too long ago and anticipated to debut within the spring of 2021, the present mannequin continues to be with us; we not too long ago spent every week placing it via its paces. Right here’s what patrons who need to get their arms on this era of the TLX can anticipate.
Know, for starters, that the present, first-generation TLX has been with us since 2015. Which implies it is without doubt one of the elder statesmen of the phase, even when it did get a medium-strength revision in 2018. At the moment Acura gave the automotive a brand new diamond-pentagon entrance grille and diamond-shaped Jewel Eye LED headlights to freshen it up. I’m a fan of that look frankly, and discover the entrance finish much more pleasing to have a look at than the extra non-descript rear finish. The within, in the meantime, has modified much less through the years, though applied sciences have been up to date to maintain the premium-car-buying crowd happy.
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In any other case Acura is providing a brand new PMC (Efficiency Manufacturing Heart) equipment, which if chosen as an possibility means the automobile advantages from a hand-made development course of, by which Acura technicians manually set up mechanical, digital, inside and exterior parts, similar to with the model’s NSX supercar.
Whether or not you select that luxurious possibility or not, know that the TLX in its conception – and its pricing – is a premium sedan that doesn’t sit fairly in the identical luxurious class because the European overlords of the phase. The extent of refinement inside is excessive however not stratospheric, and the efficiency delivered from its guts is, whereas not sedate, nothing extraordinary for a premium-priced compact four-door.
The 2020 Acura TLX comes with a selection of two engines: a 4-cylinder turbo and a V6, the latter accompanied by all-wheel drive. The smaller unit is out there solely with the A-Spec and Tech A-Spec variants, whereas the V6 may be fitted in these trims in addition to within the Elite and Elite A-Spec. Our tester for every week this spring was the Elite A-Spec model with V6.
Output of the two.4L 4-cylinder engine is 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, together with an 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. Word that variations with this engine are front-wheel drive – the corporate’s lauded all-wheel drive system (referred to as SH-AWD, for Tremendous-Dealing with All-Wheel Drive) can solely be had together with the opposite, bigger engine.
If 206 horses for a automotive that’s not the smallest or lightest mannequin round sounds reasonably modest, effectively it’s. And so that you may need to flip to the opposite selection, a 3.5L V6 that produces a extra respectable 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, working in tandem with a 9-speed computerized transmission. Sadly, the sprightlier 8-speed dual-clutch unit of the 4-cylinder powertrain can’t be mixed with the V6, which suggests making do with a more-sedate transmission to handle the more-powerful engine. Little bit of a disgrace, that…
After all, one of many components that may have an effect on your decision-making by way of what you need below the hood is gasoline financial system. Formally the 4-cylinder-powered TLX averages 10.0L/100 km and seven.1L/100 km (city-highway); the A-Spec model with that engine is barely increased at 10.2L/100 km and seven.4L/100 km.
As you may guess, stick the V6 engine in and the TLX will get thirstier. Official numbers are 11.4L/100 km and seven.7L/100 km (city-highway), or 12.0L/100 km and eight.2L/100 km with the A-Spec therapy. My week within the Elite A-Spec model with V6 resulted in an total common of 12.8L/100 km.
Whichever model of the 2020 TLX you select, you get a variety of normal gear, as an illustration computerized local weather management, digital handbrake, backup digital camera with a number of angles, 7-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, heated entrance seats with 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power-adjustable entrance passenger seat and extensions for the entrance seat.
Additionally included are entrance collision alert and computerized braking, lane change warning with repositioning support, tire-pressure monitor, 19-inch wheels, computerized low beam, windshield de-icing system, heated mirrors, LED fog lights, sunroof, LED headlights and adaptive cruise management, in addition to an auto-dimming mirror.
Go for the A-Spec Tech trim, and your TLX comes additionally with heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, blind spot and rear cross site visitors alerts, retractable mirrors, rain-sensing wiper and a navigation system, in addition to an upgraded 10-speaker audio system.
After that, the SH-AWD A-Spec mannequin throws in an 8-way energy adjustable entrance passenger seat, begin/cease perform and digital gear selector, whereas the Elite offers you auto-dimming exterior mirrors, chrome door sills, entrance and rear parking sensors, 360-degree digital camera, wi-fi charging for smartphones and ventilated entrance seats.
On the street
Whereas the 2020 Acura TLX is getting older, it doesn’t essentially drive like an aged automotive. I might have appreciated to have the 4-cylinder’s dual-clutch transmission readily available to play with the V6, however nonetheless there’s a sure dynamism to the drive. Not loads, however some. Acceleration is sort of good when you study to coddle that transmission correctly together with your proper foot, and cornering is livelier than you’ll get from a Lexus. Consolation is superb and the suspension finds a pleasant stability between sporty firmness and floatiness.
On the identical time, the TLX may use with some tightening up of its driving dynamics to convey it not less than to the extent of, say, the Infiniti Q50 – see our comparability between the 2020 TLX and the 2020 Q50. We sit up for Era 2.zero to see if Acura decides to sportify the on-road behaviour of the mannequin.
In any other case, Acura’s SH-AWD system lives as much as its expectations; it reacts to street and driving circumstances and adjusts by sending as much as 70 p.c of torque to the rear wheels as wanted. The result’s a really confidence-inspiring experience whereby the automotive feels bolted to the street even on slippery surfaces and when getting aggressive on corners.
One final notice: Acura has forsaken the normal gear-shifting setup for a row of buttons that, whereas not dreadful, on no account represents an enchancment over what got here earlier than, and even over a turn-knob like seen in a number of different fashions in the marketplace. A design change for its personal sake?
Pricing for the 2020 Acura TLX ranges from $36,180 to $47,980, earlier than taxes, charges, and so on. As a degree of comparability, whereas Acura has not but introduced pricing for the second-generation TLX coming subsequent spring, it has confirmed beginning value will likely be someplace simply north of $40,000.
Seems, particularly the entrance finish
Refined, snug inside
Loads of energy from the V6
We like much less
Seems, particularly the again finish
Might stand being just a bit flashier
Second row is smallish
No dual-clutch transmission for the V6
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