Its 2019 Acura TLX is too subdued to be an athletic car However, that’s not a problem because it has a good mix of luxury and comfort. The front of the car is awe-inspiring with bejeweled headlights and a large grille, however the other bodywork appears less enthralling. However each TLX comes with attractive driver assistance and infotainment features. The TLX rides and handles well, however greater power and more responsiveness to inputs from drivers would improve the enjoyment for those who enjoy driving. While the Acura is a budget-friendly luxury car, its balanced appearance doesn’t attract like the most captivating of its rivals.
What’s New for 2019?
The TLX will be available in 2019 with only the smallest of improvements. Alongside a new 19-inch wheel that is available in certain trim options, the standard four-cylinder engine now can be coupled with the slick-looking A-Spec package. The model features exclusive exterior styling like 18-inches wheels, dark chrome accents and so on. Inside, a set air-conditioned and heated front seats is accented by a variety of black and red accents. It’s a shame that the four-cylinder version does not come with the suspension and steering tuning that is available on the V-6 A-Spec.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d be happy to get the stronger V-6 engine and all-wheel drive to benefit from the faster acceleration and all-weather performance that they offer. It’s a shame we don’t get the A-Spec’s sporty design without it’s Technology Package, which includes an upgraded infotainment system and driver assistance, which makes the real cost an expensive investment. We’ll remain with the V-6 that comes with all-wheel drive, and include parking sensors as well as heated steering wheels. Both of these options work well with various snazzy features that are standard that include a dual-screen information system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as heated, power-adjustable front seats, as well as proximity entry.
Engines, Transmission, and Performance
The standard 206 horsepower four-cylinder is paired with an 8-speed auto transmission. This engine comes with front-wheel drive, but it also comes with the rear-wheel-steering feature that can make the rear wheels turn slightly to improve cornering. The V-6 generates 290 horsepower, which is routed through a nine-speed auto. The V-6 can be equipped in Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that allows the power to each of the wheels when needed, which increases performance and traction. It’s so equipped that our all-wheel-drive test vehicle immediately responded to all sorts of throttle inputs. And an audible growl reacted to with a heavy right-foot. The auto was too slow to lower the gears when we asked for a quick drive when we were driving at high speeds.
Even though Acura market the TLX as an sports car however, it’s smooth and comfortable enough to be classified as such, and that’s fine. The strong brakes and a responsive steering improve driving enjoyment, but only up to a certain degree. Although the model with four cylinders is available with the sporty A-Spec option but only the V-6 version has the more efficient A-Spec steering system and a more rigid suspension. The TLX is fun to drive fast however it’s still lagging behind other competitors like Audi’s Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Audi A4 that have sharper handling and more efficient engines.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The TLX comes with a four-cylinder that is fuel efficient or an even more powerful, more economical V-6. The former is among the top EPA scores of the competitors we evaluated however the latter falls short of to the Jaguar XE for the worst results. The results were confirmed during our real-world road testing, where the four-cylinder clocked 37 mpg while the V-6 got 31 mpg.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Quality that is understated is superior to cheap pretense. This is evident in the cabin of the TLX, thanks to its premium products and comfortable seating. It has a spacious inside space, but its rear seat is among the most compact among rivals. Although it’s not exactly the most luxurious car within the class, it’s important to remember this: the TLX is one of the cheapest vehicles in the class.
Acura’s infotainment system, which has distinct upper and lower display screens it’s a double-edged weapon. Though two screens provide more information and manage more tasks at once than one screen The system is a bit confusing and disorienting to navigate. We are pleased to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto however, outdated infotainment images and only a single USB port is unprofessional.
Ample luggage space and plenty of storage inside make an TLX in the category of best travelers in this class. The average-sized trunk is designed such that it can hold the same number of carry-on luggage as larger competitors, and it has a massive bin made of rubber that is hidden beneath the floor of the cargo compartment.