New York 2014: 2015 Acura TLX Live Shots

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
new york 2014 2015 acura tlx live shots

As the Acura TL and TSX are both dropped into the crusher of history, their replacement, the production-ready 2015 TLX, took the stage today at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Having made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the TLX in New York will retain the former’s beak nose and bejeweled headlamps on its way to the showroom later this year.

As for what future TLX drivers will receive, two engines will put the power to either the front or all four wheels: 2.4-liter four-pot with 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque through a nine-speed automatic. The four-cylinder FWD model will be augmented by Acura’s PAWS all-wheel steering system, while the V6 receives the SH-AWD handling system when AWD is selected on the options list. Combined fuel economy is expected to be 28 mpg for the 2.4-liter 4, 25 mpg for both FWD and AWD V6 models.

Inside, drivers will enjoy soft-touch plastics, wood and alloy accenting, leather, Acura’s AcuraLink infotainment system, GPS-linked climate control, and premium stereo sound.

And the price? Acura will make that announcement closer to the launch of the TLX.

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  • Stumpaster Stumpaster on Apr 17, 2014

    OK I am well qualified to talk about this. Drive 2012 TSX wagon and spent few days in RLX loaner. This car will drive like a dream - fast, tight, supple. It won't have great mileage - maybe 23mpg on average as shown by its computer. The interior noise will be accented by tire noise, usual for Honda. At some point you will wonder why the hell you need such low profile tires because you cannot really whip this car around due to lack of feedback and overwhelming overthinking on the part of the computer as to what throttle setting you deserve. You will make your final conclusion when that $250 tire blows up in a pothole. You will look sad on the side of the road because they stopped putting spares in and the standard goo-pump cannot fix your blown up tire. You will question why you decided to cheapen out on a spare tire that's a $700! extra. There will be no feel in the steering wheel so you gotta rely on your visuals alone in the turns. If it has PAWS you may be surprised by some things it would do to the car in the turns, like shifting the whole car to the side a bit. So you won't be taking the turns any faster than in a Volvo 240 (my other car). It may or may not make clanking noises from suspension when hitting bumps - depending respectively on whether it followed TSX or RLX suspension more closely. Yes, TSX suspension hits potholes better than RLX. It will continue to use that steering wheel with major ergonomic flaws. Start with those huge phone buttons that you hit with the thumb occasionally. If it has those little dial wheels for audi and scrolling, like on RLX, you will be hitting those too with your hands as you try to spin the wheel. The side spokes are too high - your shoulders will feel it. It's a bit too thick. It may not be the most quality-built car you ever drove. Thinking about the tire pressure monitor alarm that my TSX gets daily on average. Acura tackled this problem in service four times so far with zero success. You may need to resurface the rotors at about 25K miles. They will cover under warranty but then you wonder - aren't my rotors thinner now and more prone to warping? Isn't this what the warranty supposed to address? It will be scratched all over - that paint has no durability at all, forget your children rubbing their coats against it occasionally.

  • Ckgs Ckgs on Apr 17, 2014

    I just read through the entire thread, and not a single positive comment. And people now love the previously despised 2nd gen TSX and 4g TL? It makes me wonder if the backlash is more about the Acura brand than the cars they are producing.

    • Kvndoom Kvndoom on Apr 19, 2014

      I think people loved the cars from the inside. The damn can-opener beak was hideous. It got nerfed a good bit over the years, but first impressions are lasting impressions. I could see myself in a 2011-14 TL 6MT SHAWD (the seat time I've spent in one was luxurious), but automatics (and all the fancy lettering like DCT, DSG, TCT, doesn't hide what it still is at heart) don't turn me on.

  • Chris P Bacon It would be really nice if car sites like TTAC helped people find way to avoid these prices. It seems like stories like these just say "suck it up and pay the markup". No. In many cases, you don't have to. I just ordered a Wrangler 4xe and got Chrysler Affiliates price. That 1% under invoice. I know this is the price I got because I sat at the computer in the dealer's showroom and build the Jeep. i got Chrysler Affiliate pricing through my employer. Your employer doesn't offer it? Join For $100 membership, guess what? You get Chrysler Affiliate pricing! Want a Ford, but think you can't get X-Plan? Think again! Join X-Plan is included with their membership. A dealer in my area is offering Costco members a $1500 incentive. I'm guessing that has something to do with Costco's car buying service, so there must be some value to be found in that program.Will all dealers honor these discount plans? No. Then that's not the dealer you want to work with anyway. Find another place to shop. It would be nice if TTAC (or any car site) did a little leg work to show readers how to actually save on a car purchase.
  • KOKing I car-sat an A32 while its owner was out of the country, and the then whiz-bang VQ motor was great, but the rest of it wasn't any better than a XV10 or XV20. Definitely the start of its downward slide, unfortunately.
  • Norman Stansfield Why are leaf springs still a thing on this truck?
  • Syke The expected opening comments. Have had mine for two years now, the car has done exactly what I want out of it, and a little better. I'm quite happy with the car, haven't had to adjust my driving style or needs in the slightest, and . . . . oh, did a mention that I don't give a damn what today's price at the pump is?Probably going to go for a second one in the coming year, the wife's happy enough with mine that she's ready and willing to trade in the Nissan Kicks. Eventually, the not often used van will end up getting traded on a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, basically ensuring that we don't use gas for anything except the occasional long trip.And the motorcycles.
  • Bobbysirhan I've never found the Allegro appealing before, but a few years of EV rollouts make it seem downright desirable.