By on July 4, 2014

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After a bit of a delay to sort out a few kinks, the 2015 Acura TLX — the new sedan replacing both the TL and TSX — will finally arrive in August with a base MSRP of $30,995.

Autoblog reports the base price of admission is just $360 more than the outgoing TSX, and nets would-be leasees a 2.4-liter I4 pushing 206 horsepower to the front line through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, while its Precision All-Wheel Steer helps the TLX take on corners and parallel parking. Consumers can add a Technology Package to the base offering, bringing the MSRP up to $32,025.

For those who want more, however, the TLX can be had with a 3.5-liter V6 paired with Acura’s nine-speed automatic, delivering 290 horses to either the front or — with the addition of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive — all four corners. Price of admission begins at $35,220 for the base V6, $44,700 for the top-of-the-line V6 SH-AWD Advance.

Finally, Acura is offering early adopters special introductory pricing and a $500 allowance toward purchases of Acura Genuine Accessories through its Acura Advantage program, as well as unique lease and APR rates. The doors are open from July 7 through September 2, with delivery to come no later than Halloween.

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47 Comments on “2015 Acura TLX To Start At $30,995, Arrives In August...”


  • avatar
    Dirk Wiggler

    Yawwwwwnnn

    • 0 avatar

      Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      But I am interested in knowing how much the tech package is. I took a girl to buy a 09′ TL and was shocked how much they hit you for to get Navigation and a moonroof.

      Tires were also ridiculously expensive.

      The loaded 11′ Nissan Maxima was a far better car.

      • 0 avatar
        calgarytek

        @bigtrucksreview

        If durability/reliability were factors, the TLX would win no matter what.

        There are plenty of Accords, TL’s, TSX’s, and Civics on the roads here. You’d be hard pressed to find a Chrysler sedan, much less anything still on the road from 2006. Just ran into an 89 Accord with close to 400,000 miles.

        Chrysler trucks are another matter. Ran into a 97 Cummins just the other week (figure of speech wise). Decent truck, but that’s about it on Chrysler’s end.

        Perhaps the new Caravans will hold up… (no, I doubt it).

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          Perhaps it’s due to the comparatively higher sales volumes of Japanese brands in the West as opposed to the mid west. High mileage Chrylser minivans are exceedingly common here in Ontario as are high mileage 3.5L equipped LH cars.

        • 0 avatar
          DrGastro997

          I live in Chicago where every other car is a TL, Accord, Camry, Rav4 or Civic, both aged and new. I’m not sure where this new TLX will play but I’m sure Honda will sell them like hot cakes.

          There’s a Civic displayed at a dealer with over 1,000,000 miles. It has a complete record of receipts. It apparently never had a single breakdown.

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          Ya, lots of TLs from ten years ago running with their third transmissions /eye roll

    • 0 avatar
      tjh8402

      funny. Yawwwwn was my exact reaction too.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    What is this “Acura” company, of which you write, and why do they exist?

  • avatar
    Jacob

    Look like a TSX replacement. The question is why buy this thing instead of say a Honda Accord Sport or EX-L V6.

    • 0 avatar
      timcc23

      Have you ever sat in a TL or TSX? The interior is a level above an Accord Sport. Now, the EX-L V6 is closer if you get it with Nav, but so is the price.

      • 0 avatar
        Hemi

        Actually the current gen Accord is way nicer than previous gens on the inside. Only reason to buy this would be if you want a Japanese V6 AWD sedan… Otherwise only available on the Fusion and new 200….

    • 0 avatar
      Madroc

      The answer is, you don’t. Once upon a time the TSX was based on the global-market Accord and the TL was based on the USDM Accord but Honda went to one platform and the USDM version got a gastric-bypass procedure.

      Pity about the brand, my 2006 (first-gen) TSX 6MT was sublime but today an Accord Sport would be a no-brainer over this.

      • 0 avatar
        snakebit

        I can appreciate that they’ve kept the price down on the base model to roughly that of the current TSX, and maybe that will woo the TL buyer, but as Madroc posted, many of us liked the original TSX for its build quality and its size. Just because I’m maybe getting larger doesn’t mean I want my TSX to grow, as well. Like the Audi A4 buyer who doesn’t aspire to move up to an A6, I don’t aspire to be a TL customer. I wasn’t particularly moved by the then-new TL in 2004, and the latest ones have gotten even further from what my idea of a sport sedan is. Say what you will about any model car having a sell-by date and needing a refreshed model, the 2004-8 TSX was a homerun-in BMW build quality, size, comfort, in the kind of handling I liked.

        I’m in a rental 2014 Camry this week, and after 500 miles, I can see why Toyota sells hundreds of thousands of these -they have the pulse of the typical buyer firmly in their grasp. I bet if instead, I was in a new Accord, I’d find the same was true of Honda. Why is Acura so disconnected to the near luxury sport sedan buyer?

        Acura is trying to get by with just one sports sedan, while Audi, BMW, and MB still offer at least two(please don’t bring up the ILX). Looks like I’m staying with BMW for the next few years.

        • 0 avatar
          hiptech

          Preach it snakebit… I still have my original 04 TSX 6-spd Navi (58K miles) and while the Navi tech has fallen far behind that of newer cars I am still happy.

          When Acura started waaaay back in 86 they had so much going for it, so much potential but so did Honda too.

          I truly wish I understood why car companies make the mistakes they do. Even though we all scream at them how to fix it, it’s as if they deliberately ignore us.

          Perhaps it’s so many egos and silos within the corporations with ppl making a name for themselves as rising stars or maybe it’s cost cutting run amok but I for one have grown tired of companies trying to tell me “this is the car you want” even though I never asked for it.

          One last thing… and this applies to Acura and others (you know who you are) it’s time to stop forcing us to use PREMIUM fuel! If you can’t find a way to make you car perform without it, you need to start building other things you’re good at like floor mats or bobble head dolls…

          More often than not you’re performance isn’t so great with it anyway, case in point the ILX.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Acura is what Honda would be if Acura didn’t exist. Oh well, I have zero interest in anything they make.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    No, thanks. I like the Accord Sport and Touring better, both in terms of design and price (and possibly driving dynamics). Acura could basically get rid of everything but the MDX tomorrow, and I doubt one tear would be shed.

  • avatar
    stephenjmcn

    I suspect that this car marks the end of the Accord (your TSX) in Europe. Literally dozens of buyers are about to be disappointed.

  • avatar
    carguy

    The first step in the long process of bringing a product or service to market is the strategy stage. It is here that questions are pondered as to what the companies position is in the market, what makes them unique and what the value is of the proposed product/service to the targeted consumers and why they would be compelled to buy said product/service.

    I simply can’t imagine that anyone at Acura has actually gone through any of this process to produce a product like the TLX. The process was more likely:

    Management: The Euro Accrod is dead and the TL is old and we need to replace them both so we have something to sell.

    Marketing: Why don’t we save money and replace it with one model? We can just merge the meaningless existing names and call it the TSLX. No wait lets make it TLX is sound better.

    Management: Great! But we don’t have next to no R&D cash so how can we make this happen real cheap?

    Engineering: We just use the Accord platform and recycle our existing AWD system. We can also use all of our existing suppliers for the interior bits. Sorry its all we got. Hey, why don’t use it to test our new gearboxes in a low volume product?

    Management: Works for me. But what should it look like?

    Design: Well, our customer base are clearly big fans of Picasso so continue with the tortured lines and beak that make is look like “Weeping woman” meets abstract sculpture.

    Management: Modernist – I like it! And to show that we’re a real luxury car maker we’ll sell it for the price of a 3 series.

    Management: Thanks all – great work.

  • avatar
    Dirk Wiggler

    Acura hasn’t had a car I desired since the first two Legend coupes (2nd Legend sedan was nice too). Integra wasn’t my thing either.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Acura and Lincoln remind me of each other.

    • 0 avatar

      I never heard that Acura makes anything like Lincoln’s flagship full size Continental sedan or convertible. Or any full size limousines for truly rich and famous with presence and style that Lincoln is famous for. Politburo also did not attempt to copycat Acura as it did with Lincolns. Oh, wait…

  • avatar
    Ion

    206 and 290? That’s amazing power!……for 2006

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Is that a picture of the new car or the outgoing one?

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    If they don’t offer a manual, then I’m out.

  • avatar
    insalted42

    They really should have tried to keep the price lower. I don’t understand how a mediocre luxury “sport sedan” like this can compete with BMW/Audi/Lexus/Caddy without even offering a significant price savings. Just buy an accord sport and be done.

  • avatar
    Stovebolt

    Acura reminds me of Ford. Both develop appealing products (Taurus, TL), followed by neglect and/or styling like squid or shovels. This is accompanied by a confusing succession of models and names (Five Hundred, Contour, RSX, RLX ILX, XXX). It’s a shock to remember that the Acura Legend was a real breakthrough that pioneered premium Japanese automobiles only to be overwhelmed by Lexus and Infiniti. I recently went by the local import dealer group (BMW, Acura, Lexus, Infiniti) and discovered that Volvo had disappeared. I can now guess who’s next. Thank goodness the HondaJet is on the horizon!

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Haters. A Focus Titanium for $30 is OK but not this?

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      A Focus Titanium for 30k is most definitely not OK! Not sure where you got that.

      This Acura looks alright for 31k, but at that price there are also a lot of other really good cars to consider. That’s always been Acura’s main issue. For example, for a price near where the TLX starts out as a 4 banger base model, one can get a 2015 Chrysler 200 V6 AWD that would match the performance and option sheet of the top of the line TLX that costs about 10k more.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    This makes a pretty good argument against buying the ILX with the same 2.4 engine, assuming any such customer exists. What are they, about $1000 apart?

    • 0 avatar
      turboprius

      2theRedLine bought one with the six speed when they first came out. I became too annoyed with their videos, so I don’t know how it’s been holding up.

      Probably no major problems; it’s an Acura. But a compact car should NOT cost 30 grand and shouldn’t use Premium fuel. Those are just a couple of the big turnoffs of the ILX.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      The 2.4 ILX is $29,350, $30,245 after destination. Somehow Honda has rendered that car even more pointless.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    32 comments. 30 of them negative. Not a single poster has driven it. Typical.

  • avatar
    tced2

    The major competition to this car is the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 (similar pricing with these cars, all FWD). The Acura probably has a much better service reputation than either of those competitors. I suspect the resale value will be better also. It does appear to be a Honda Accord “deluxe” but that is Acura. No one outside of Acura has driven one of these cars so the final verdict must wait. The Acura TSX/TL were considered very capable handling cars even though they had the undesirable FWD.

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      Acura Cake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_on_Earth_2006

      The CLA and A3 have reasonably prestigious badges while Honda has better pricing. It’s not that the TLX is a bad car, but there are better ways to spend your money in our bifurcated car market. Same problem for Buick, Lincoln, and Volvo. The Sloan model of “a car for every purse and purpose” is hopelessly broken with so many brands and models competing. You either buy a real luxury car for a higher price or a regular car for a lower price.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Buckbeak lives!

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    I think it will be a great car, and I actually like the beak, but I also think most of the negative commenters are right when it comes to the yawning and poor sales part. Boring design doesn’t sell as well as it did in the 90’s And the reliability just isn’t an issue for luxury car buyers. They are not going to keep the car for more than three years anyway. There are literally millions of people out there who thinks a car that can go three years without any major problem is a reliable car. (just combine all VAG, Mercedes, and BMW sales to find the actual number of people)
    A lot of people looking for used luxury sedans a few years from now will be very happy though :) (and us Europeans will miss the manual shifted Accord/TSX diesel wagons…)

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      I’m not sure you have a grip on the (very few and all North American) Acura buyers. Looking at them used you find a lot of 5-8 year old single owner cars. I think the buyers can afford better but don’t want the flash of that many new cars a decade. I know it seems stupid to go back 15 years, but they killed Acura when the S2000 was badged Honda. I personally know 2 ex S2000 owners who drive Audi’s now. I don’t know if badging the roadster Acura would have swayed them, but I don’t know it wouldn’t either.

      • 0 avatar
        Zykotec

        No, I think I get it, those buyers don’t make up the majority of premium/luxury car buyers. Look at BMW/Audi/Mercedes new car sales, and compare it with how many used 5-8 years old one-owner cars you can find for sale.
        Acura may be able to sway a few Audi buyers that liked the cleaner/subtler style and practicality of older Audis, and there are probably some people around that like tech and innovations, that can’t buy Saabs anymore.
        But mostly, they will keep the customer base they already have,who isn’t willing to sacrifice reliability to get something flashier, or even a Lexus .Problem is, most of those buyers already own an Acura that won’t be wearing out for another 10 years…
        And I think you have a point about the S2000. It could have been a nice follow-up to the more ‘hard-core’ Integra versions, and other Hondas in general has probably been eating a big part of Acuras market share.

      • 0 avatar
        snakebit

        051gt,

        Your friends who went from S2000’s to’Audi’s. Did they acquire a little more money and spring for TT’s? Did they acquire much more money and buy R8’s? Did they abandon the roadster category completely and buy sedans. What?

        As someone who owned an S2000 and worked in an Acura store, I’m puzzled by your comment that badgeing(sp) the S2000 as a Honda killed Acura. That alone didn’t affect Acura, and in fact strengthened the Honda brand, I think. And what was American Honda going to do? The NSX was offered during pretty much the time as S2000, and Honda dealers weren’t going to let AHM give both sports cars to Acura.
        Honda wasn’t the only popular family car manufacturer to offer a popular sports car, as well.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    All the sudden, an Accord Touring looks like a splendid deal.

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