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the TLX's suspension is a high-point: it rides extraordinarily well, with perfectly controlled body motions and isolated impacts, and it remains mercifully out of its bump-stops in all but the worst bumps.
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The Acura TLX is a near-luxury sedan appealing to buyers looking for a modern, sports sedan styling.

The TLX is offered in 4 different trim levels. All FWD versions are powered by a 2.4-litre 206-hp I-4 engine mated to an 8-speed DCT transmission. All SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) trims are powered by a 3.5-litre 290-hp V-6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Hill Start Assist, Power open and close sunroof, adaptive cruise control, Full LED headlamps with auto high-beam, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless doors and push button start, rear view camera and Lane Keep Assist. Optional features include 18- and 19-inch wheels, surround view cameras, navigation with voice activation, an upgraded 10-speaker ELS Studio audio system, as well as upgraded appearance and with the available A-SPEC trims and more.

The Acura TLX is a carry-over for 2019.

Introduction

Though short on the swagger that identifies some luxury-sedan rivals, the mid-size Acura TLX doesn't hold back on premium features.

For the 2019 model year, an A-Spec option group is available for 4-cylinder models.New 19-inch wheels are included with V-6 Technology and Advance versions.Otherwise, following a 2018 redesign, little has changed beyond a couple of body-color revisions

Acura's TLX shuns conventional trim levels.Offered with either 4-cylinder (2.4L) or V-6 (3.5L) power, it comes in base form or can incorporate one of several option packages.

The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque.Front-wheel drive, coupled with four-wheel steering, is the sole configuration with this engine.An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard for 4-cylinder models.

All-wheel drive is standard with 3.5-liter V-6 models, rated at 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet.With the V-6, a 9-speed automatic takes over, also fitted with paddles.

A-Spec trim is now available for 4-cylinder TLX models, as well as with the V-6.Exclusive design features give the A-Spec edition a sportier appearance.In addition to a blacked-out grille and more assertive bodywork, each A-Spec variant comes with LED fog lights.Pushing the 'dark-mode' theme further yet, the 19-inch wheels are painted Shark Gray, LED taillight covers are tinted, and a gloss-black spoiler sits atop the decklid.

Every TLX boasts a comprehensive bundle of standard features and advanced technology, aimed at making driving more intuitive as well as comfortable.Specifically, each TLX is fitted with adaptive cruise control and active lane assist.Automatic emergency braking is complemented by forward collision warnings.

Base models may be fitted with blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts.A-Spec versions make that safety feature standard.

Crash-test scores are impressive, too.Federal testers for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Acura TLX the top five-star rating overall, as well as for frontal and side impacts.The sedan even earned a five-star score for rollover prevention, which is a calculated figure.

Testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety yielded mostly admirable results, led by “Good” ratings for moderate-overlap and side-impact crashes.In the more stringent small-overlap crash-test, the driver's side was judged “Acceptable.” No rating was supplied for the passenger side..

Lineup

Prices do not include $995 destination charge.

The base 2.4L ($33,000) has front-wheel drive, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic, a moonroof, LED headlights, heated power front seats, keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration, synthetic leather seat upholstery, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and 17-inch wheels.Adaptive cruise control and parking sensors are included.

The 2.4L w/Technology Package ($36,700) adds blind-spot monitors.

The 2.4L w/A-Spec Package ($39,400) boasts a selection of sporty body modifications with blacked-out details.

The 2.4L FWD w/A-Spec Package and Red Leather ($39,400) substitutes red leather upholstery.

The 3.5L ($36,200 with front-drive, $38,200 with all-wheel drive) substitutes the 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The 3.5L w/Technology Package ($40,100 with FWD, $42,100 with AWD) adds contents of the Technology group.

The 3.5L w/A-Spec Package ($42,800 with FWD, $44,800 with AWD) adds A-Spec contents, similar to 4-cylinder model.

The 3.5L w/A-Spec Package and Red Leather ($42,800 with FWD, $44,800 with AWD) adds red leather upholstery to the A-Spec option group.

The 3.5L w/Advance Package ($43,950 with FWD, $45,950 with AWD) comes with premium leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, and traffic assist..

Walkaround

Muted styling keeps the TLX on the tasteful side of sedans.Modifications made for 2018 included a new grille flanked by bigger, reshaped LED headlights and exhaust tips, which give the TLX a clean and understated look.A-Spec models take the dual-exhaust system a step further, mounting a pair of eye-catching 4-inch exhaust tips below tinted taillights..

Interior

Compared to German-brand rivals, at least, the TLX retains a somewhat snug cabin.On the plus side, it's attractive and refined.Upper trim levels add contrast stitching and piping to their leather-upholstered seats.

Ambient lighting helps the cabin feel modern, if somewhat tame.

Wide and amply-cushioned, the TLX's front seats provide sufficient support when roads turn curvy.A-Spec models add heavier bolstering for a sportier, even more supportive feel.Trunk space totals 14.3 cubic feet.

Though effectively quick and responsive to touch-type inputs, Acura's dual-screen infotainment system takes time to learn.Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is a welcome feature..

Driving Impression

In its current form, Acura's TLX earns credit for a strong V-6 engine, sporty A-Spec trim, and the available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system.Even though A-Spec modifications affect appearance rather than performance, that option adds to the mid-size sedan's overall appeal.

Sporty aspirations aside, the TLX carries on as a capable highway cruiser, agreeably traversing the narrow barrier between ride comfort and driving dynamics.

Acceleration with the V-6 is strong from a stop, with abundant thrust at hand for passing on two-lane roads, though the 9-speed automatic sometimes hunts for gears.Performance with the 206-horsepower 4-cylinder engine isn't far behind, though, and its 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox mates well with it.A-Spec models emit a throatier intake sound than other TLX sedans.

On almost any road surface, the TLX delivers a smooth, refined, comfortably quiet ride.As for handling, sedans with V-6 power benefit from quicker steering and stiffer springs.Optional all-wheel drive keeps the TLX under closer control when cornering.

Fuel economy is decent.The 4-cylinder TLX is EPA-rated at 23/33 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined.Front-drive V-6 models are EPA-rated at 20/31/24 mpg.All-wheel drive dips the V-6 estimate to 20/29/23 mpg..

Summary

Benefitting from an impressive list of standard features, the 2019 Acura TLX offers a milder flavor of luxury than its German rivals.The best value may be the 4-cylinder model with Technology Package, with its navigation, upgraded audio, and bountiful driver-assistance technologies.

 

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

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers7
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeatherette
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leatherette
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
4-Wheel Steering4-wheel steering
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof, remote engine start
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Front Head Room945 mm
Front Hip Room1,405 mm
Front Leg Room1,082 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,461 mm
Front track1,596 mm
Overall height1,447 mm
Overall Length4,844 mm
Overall Width1,854 mm
Rear Head Room932 mm
Rear Hip Room1,394 mm
Rear Leg Room876 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,407 mm
Rear track1,602 mm
Wheelbase2,775 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.57
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.60 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power206 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,500 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size2.4 L
Torque247 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
BodysideBody-coloured
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City10.0 L/100 km
Combined8.7L/100 km
Highway7.1 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAutomatic with Auto-shift
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) mitigation
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) mitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes HVACYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeatherette
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Driver Adjustable SuspensionRide control
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds8
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
BumpersBody-coloured
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place405 L
Curb weight1,596 kg
EPA interior volume2,642 L
Fuel Capacity65 L
Gross vehicle weight2,055 kg
Ground clearance112 mm
Max cargo capacity405 L
Wheels
Diameter18
Diameter19
Diameter17
Diameter17
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeGrey aluminum
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7.5
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
HVAC memory
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2019 Acura TLX Base (DCT) 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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