2015 Acura TLX 3.5 V-6 FWD, expectations do not transpire into much reality

2015-03-04 11:28:18
2015 Acura TLX 3.5 V-6 FWD, expectations do not transpire into much reality
2015 Acura TLX 3.5 V-6 FWD, expectations do not transpire into much reality

In a crowded  press room where there was space available only for standing, Mike Accavitti told the journalists that the 2015 Acura TLX would be generating an adrenaline rush not experienced before and it would be instantaneous in its response and well  planted on the road while it will be nimble incredibly. 

The remarks of Accavitti, the Vice President of Honda Acura Division, were delivered on the occasion of unveiling the TLX in the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. With these remarks you cannot blame the journalists to have the impression of having witnessed a sedan with serious sports intentions.  Expectations do not measure up in reality and that is what the test drives are meant for. A vehicle replacing both the TL and TSX versions, the new TLX sedan is several things, comfortable, competent, quiet, and smooth and a technological marvel. But is it capable of elbowing competition in an arena where it has to face the German all-stars team of performance cars?  

The insight of Accavitti’s presentation however produced one accurate prediction which is performance should not be misinterpreted as pedal to the metal testosterone of mindless variety and  it transpired in to the TLX not having big power prowess. The earlier tested vehicle had a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine and the currently tested TLX wore a 3.5 Liter V-6. These two engines have been fed by direct fuel injection, and are latest upgrade from the Honda/Acura engines, and they generate a little more than what the lesser cars employ of the corresponding engines. 

The TLX produces 290hp and 267 lb-ft of torque with its V-6 and the acceleration achieved by it is a 5.7 seconds timing for the 0-60mph. This is certainly not slow but not into the perimeter of pedal to the metal concept. The BMW equal the 335i uses a 3.0 Liter straight-six turbo and produce 300hp and 300 lb-ft torque to the party and can make full second better 0-60mph dash with rear-wheel-drive and automatic transmission combine. The automatic transmission of nine-speed would upshift as the redline approaches but is not on the same line of responsiveness as the dual clutch unit coupled with the four-cylinder Powerplant. If you are not exactly competing in track races the TLX responds quickly to the paddle-shifts.  Dynamics of the TLX is certainly to be found elsewhere.

The TLX though not nimble incredibly   is quite a dancer for a front-wheel-drive.  This could be attributed to the stiff chassis, refined modes of presets namely Econ, Sport, Sport+ and Normal. These hugely control chassis tuning shift points and throttle mapping an also the four-wheel-steering system known as the P-AWS i.e Precision All-Wheel-Steer.

The four door sedan is base price at $26,140 and the tested vehicle cost $43,420. With a curb weight of 2617 lbs the TLX makes the quarter mile in 14.2 seconds driving at the speed of 103mph.  Top speed for the TLX is a governor limited 134mph. fuel economy figures according to EPA estimate is 21/34mpg for city and highway. We observed an overall 27mpg during our test drive.

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