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J.D. Power Verified Consumer Reviews (12)
Overall Rating
  4.5 / 5
Reliability
  4.6 / 5
Interior
  4.6 / 5
Exterior
  4.4 / 5
Driving Dynamics
  4.5 / 5

By Dawn F Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 7:32pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
  4.5 / 5
Value style and performance. Best Features - Performance
Reliability
  4.5 / 5
Interior
  4.5 / 5
Exterior
  4.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
  4.5 / 5

By Ron Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:22pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   5 / 5
I purchased a 2017 Acura TLX from .... in Wilmington NC a few months ago. ... The Acura drives and looks great. We had a 2010 Acura TL Technology and traded it for a Cadillac CTS and then had a Cadillac ATS. The Acura drives much better. The ATS has so much road noise from the tires, it was horrible to drive.
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   5 / 5

By Anonymous Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:56am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4.9 / 5
xcellent value for the price plus Acura history of reliability. This dealer is also very good in treating customers fairly
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   4.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   5 / 5

By Anonymous Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:40pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   3.8 / 5
It is a we'll built performance vehicle. The engine fits the weight of the car...all wheel drive, and safety features make the car secure/ tight
Reliability
   4 / 5
Interior
   3.5 / 5
Exterior
   3.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   4 / 5

By Jess Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:47am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   5 / 5
Truly exceptional performance & styling. Exterior is very pleasing to look at. Front grille looks perfect on this car! The '18 TLX was designed w/a grille that looks more like the MDX, I prefer mine, smaller & sportier. Interior is just amazing! You just have to go sit in a 2017 Acura TLX & experience it...tan leather that I have is beautiful & soft. Black, console with woodgrain & silver accents-so stylish. Steering wheel looks & feels awesome! Heated seats are pampering & a necessity if you ask me here in MN :) Doors close soundly & road noise is extremely minimal. Driving performance is simply superb, this car has an 8 speed tranny, it speeds up so smoothly, you just glide...don't feel the car shifting at all! So pleased in the different driving modes, nice to be able to switch it into Sport mode on longer drives, or anytime my husband is driving! In Econony engine noise is very quiet, you can get some good engine noise speeding up quickly when in Sport :) This car is truly a gem, so happy I found it!
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   5 / 5

By Anonymous Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:21am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   3.5 / 5
Good car to drive and handles well.
Reliability
   3.5 / 5
Interior
   3.5 / 5
Exterior
   3.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   3.5 / 5

By John M Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 6:54pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4.5 / 5
Great value for a very dependable car that will not break the bank to keep. Pros: Technology and comfort. Cons: Front grill
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   3.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   4.5 / 5

By Anonymous Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:41am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4.9 / 5
One of the best Tech vehicles for the price. In my opinion compares favorable with European cars that cost much more.
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   4.5 / 5

By Kurt Friday, July 28, 2017 - 1:15pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4.9 / 5
I just returned from a trip that I drove nearly 3000 miles and this vehicle was great it was quiet rode smooth and handled great. The adaptive cruise control worked better than expected. The seats and interior were very comfortable the navigation system and other electronics were very easy to use and understand. This is the best car I have ever owned and I am looking forward to taking this vehicle on another road trip.
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   4.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   5 / 5

By Bob S Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:11am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4 / 5
Very interesting array of technical and performance features that make the vehicle exciting to operate.
Reliability
   4 / 5
Interior
   4 / 5
Exterior
   4 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   4 / 5

By Anonymous Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:54am J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   4.5 / 5
great car. Pros: the way it handles. Cons: Does not have a digital speedometer
Reliability
   4.5 / 5
Interior
   4.5 / 5
Exterior
   4.5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   4.5 / 5

By Allen Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:27pm J.D. POWER VERIFIED OWNER REVIEW
   5 / 5
This is one of the nicest driving cars smooth handles well has a luxury interior with great options that handles your every day driving
Reliability
   5 / 5
Interior
   5 / 5
Exterior
   5 / 5
Driving Dynamics
   5 / 5


Expert Reviews ( 1 )

2017 Acura TLX
New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The Acura TLX was launched as a 2015 model, a near-luxury sedan that slots between the ILX and RLX. The TLX is high on technology and moderate on starting price. Nothing has changed for the 2017 Acura TLX from the 2016 model except for three new body-color choices.

Compact in overall dimensions, the Acura TLX ranks closer to a midsize sedan in terms of passenger space. Despite falling short of true luxury status, it competes against several premium German-brand sedans of comparable size, including the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as well as the latter’s smaller CLA-Class.

At 106.5 cubic feet, total passenger space doesn’t quite match the 3 Series or C-Class, making the TLX a better choice for four occupants than five.

Two engines are available. In base trim, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 206 horsepower gives the TLX a nimble, nicely balanced character. Performance doesn’t get much of a boost with the more expensive 3.5-liter V6, which develops 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, while the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in the four-cylinder model behaves admirably, the V6 sedan switches to a less impressive 9-speed unit.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but the V6 model also is available with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

Not everyone has high praise for the appearance of the TLX. Many consider it to be average, at best. Rather than fall in line with the latest design directions emanating from Honda’s luxury division, the TLX sticks with styling themes that are closer to the past.

Crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brought a five-star overall rating. In one of the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, for small-overlap frontal impact, the TLX ranked only Marginal. Other IIHS tests yielded Good scores (the highest rating). When fitted with optional safety features, the TLX was rated Superior for frontal-crash prevention.

Even the base model is impressively equipped. LED daytime running lights and a rearview camera are standard. Every TLX has a moonroof, power seats, keyless start, and Bluetooth connectivity. Only a single trim level is offered, but Technology and Advance packages add luxury amenities, as well as a group of active-safety features.

Model Lineup

The 2017 Acura TLX offers a choice of powertrains and option packages:

TLX 2.4L ($31,900) comes with the four-cylinder engine, moonroof, seven-speaker audio with satellite radio, hill start assist. TLX 2.4L with Technology Package ($35,950) adds navigation, AcuraLink infotainment, perforated leather upholstery, and a premium 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system. Safety features include forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

TLX 3.5L ($35,350) gets the V6 engine, with equipment similar to the TLX 2.4L, with 18-inch wheels. It’s available with the Technology Package ($39,400). TLX 3.5L with Advance Package ($42,600) adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors; and heated/ventilated front seats.

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package ($41,600) features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Walkaround

Not distinctive in appearance, the TLX falls behind the related Honda Accord, which displays a significantly more upscale demeanor. Despite an arched silhouette that seems close to coupe-like, the TLX looks nondescript from the side.

In addition, the front end hasn’t yet lost all remnants of Acura’s old shield-style, beak-like grille. Running lights sit low in the front bumper, above air intakes that manage to add a sense of depth. Narrow LED headlights flank the grille.

Flared back fenders and a lip-style trunk spoiler suggest sportiness. The center portion of the body appears long, and does in fact enclose a roomy cabin.

Interior

Efficiency highlights the TLX interior. Materials convey a premium feel, even if it’s plain and ordinary. Though the cabin generally trails other sedans in the TLX class, it’s comparatively large for a car with a compact footprint.

Seats are comfortable enough, but not especially noteworthy. The driver faces an attractive, easy-to-read instrument group. Twin display screens are mounted on the center stack. On the passenger side, the view sinks to bleak. That rider sees an awkward expanse of empty black dashboard.

Plainness extends into the rear of the cabin. Back-seat passengers have slightly less legroom than those in major European competitors. On the plus side, a blissfully quiet ride helps make up for that modest loss of space. Interior storage is good, including door bins, a big central console, and sizable glovebox.

Driving Impressions

With either engine, the TLX rides and handles better than average. Yet, the difference between the two is quite dramatic.

We found the four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive has crisper, sharper responses. Not only is the engine eager to rev, but the brilliantly refined 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a gem. Its torque converter eliminates jerky shifts, so it feels like a conventional automatic.

The 3.5-liter V6 is bogged down by its transmission, a regular 9-speed automatic. Indecisive and hesitant, its shifts are sluggish and jerky. Downshifts, in particular, are lackluster. When shifting from Reverse to Drive, you can wait an agonizingly long time for anything to happen.

Partly because it weighs about 500 pounds less, the four-cylinder base model feels lighter overall. Superior suspension tuning complements taut, precise steering. A base TLX stays nicely composed over lumpy surfaces. Nimble low-speed behavior and on-highway stability are helped by Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which is standard with the 2.4-liter model.

Wind and road sounds barely exist. You can expect a serene experience, which allows passengers to converse without shouting.

Fuel-efficiency is good on the highway, but not so thrifty in the city. The four-cylinder TLX is EPA-rated at 24/35 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. The front-drive V6 model is EPA-rated at 21/34 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. SH-AWD sinks the highway figure to 31 mpg.

Summary

Acura’s near-luxury sedan competes against a flock of compelling cars from European manufacturers, but costs less than most rivals. Road behavior excels with the four-cylinder engine, but few sedans deliver such a quiet, calmly composed ride. Watch for the option packages, which can add quite a bit to the TLX price.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.


J.D. Power Rating
Overall Quality 3 / 5
Overall Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
3 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
4 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
5 / 5
Overall Quality - Design
2 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Design
2 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Design
5 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
2 / 5

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Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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