For Acura, 2015 is a year of little change, yet what's different is certainly significant. Gone from the lineup are the TL and TSX sedans, leaving a void that is being filled by an all-new TLX sedan that offers nimble handling with the latest in Acura convenience features and technology.
Aside from that shuffling of new and now-discontinued models, the 2015 Acuras are essentially identical to the 2014 versions they replace. The ILX, MDX, RDX, and RLX-all of which were recently introduced or redesigned-carry over without updates.
Now in its third year of production, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) ILX is Acura's entry-level sedan, available in two trim levels. The base model is equipped with a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a list of standard amenities that includes a rearview camera, text-messaging functionality, push-button start, leather upholstery, and a power moonroof. Also available is the ILX 6MT, which, as its name implies, features a 6-speed manual transmission that's connected to a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Among the ILX 6MT's standard upgrades are HID headlights, stainless steel foot pedals, and satellite radio service.
Fresh off of last year's complete redesign, Acura's flagship 3-row crossover returns for 2015 with no changes. Buyers considering the 2015 MDX have their choice of FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, with forward momentum provided courtesy of a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Acura offers the MDX well-equipped from the factory, with a list of standard features that includes a premium audio system with Internet radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, LED headlights, and much more.
Like the MDX, the Acura RDX crossover underwent a recent redesign and carries over to the 2015 model year without any changes. Available in FWD and AWD configurations, the 2015 RDX can be had in one trim level that features a standard 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, as well as a power moonroof, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, 360-watt sound system, and 18-in. alloy wheels. An optional Technology package boasts navigation, upgraded 410-watt audio system, text-messaging capability, and GPS-linked climate control.
As is the theme for most Acura models, the RLX greets the 2015 model year without any notable updates. Under the hood is a 310-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that's linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. On the features front, the 2015 Acura RLX earns its luxury-sedan stripes with standard items like forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, LED headlights, smartphone-linked infotainment system, tri-zone climate control, and a power moonroof. Reserved for the options column are a blind-spot monitoring system, 3D navigation, premium audio, perforated leather upholstery, and a powered rear sunshade.
The big news coming out of Acura this year is the debut of the all-new 2015 TLX, which replaces the TL and TSX sedans in the company's lineup. Available as either a FWD or AWD model, the TLX offers buyers the choice of a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder mated with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 bolted to a traditional 9-speed automatic. A new 4-wheel steering system purportedly delivers the precise handling of a sport sedan. Standard on every 2015 TLX are a smartphone-linked infotainment system, Apple's Siri eyes-free technology, heated power front seats, power moonroof, and bright LED headlights. In addition to those features, the 2015 Acura TLX can be equipped with a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, road-departure mitigation system, 3D navigation, and the GPS climate control system.