When Acura launched the new TLX sedan as a prototype at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show it promised that the car would be a "red carpet athlete." Presumably that meant it would mix photogenic looks with an engaging drive. Now, it's your chance to dress up the vehicle for the festivities with its new configurator that's just hitting the Web.

Prices start at $30,995* for the basic 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic or $35,220 for the least expensive 3.5-liter V6 with 290 hp with a nine-speed auto, but the bill goes all the way up to $44,700 for a V6 with all-wheel drive and the Advance Package (*plus a $895 destination and handling charge for them). Only the six-cylinder can be optioned with all-wheel drive, but all front-wheel-drive models get Acura's slick P-AWS system that steers the rear wheels.

Outside of the available Technology and Advance packages, the options are kept pretty slim. The range of colors is fairly subdued too with shades of black, white and silver, plus dark blue, dark red and a deep brown called Black Copper Pearl. Upholstery options are limited to a few choices for each exterior color.

During our First Drive, Michael Harley found the TLX to be a better vehicle than either the TSX or TL that it replaces. Now, here's your chance to head over to Acura's configurator to give the TLX a little TLC and find the one that's just right for you.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago
      Most reviews praise the base engine. So the base model with the only package - the Tech one which adds a ton of stuff - comes in at $36k. That is an excellent deal. A base Lexus ES starts at $37k. You want Nav and you are looking at $44k. Sure the Lexus has a V6 but most buyers won't care if they can save $8k and get more equipment and a car that is more fun to drive. I know many people are not thrilled with the design, but I think this will be a hit for Acura.
      sstowes
      • 4 Months Ago
      I just priced one last night for my fiance' and the value proposition is pretty tough to beat. I know people don't much like Acura's shield but this is easily the best version so far. The entire car seems design around it. I'm not a fan of the rounded C-pillar (I liked the edgy bulldog stance of the 3rd gen) nor a fan of the superfluous character line over the rear quarters. It doesn't serve any purpose whatsoever and looks odd and unclean, but minor gripes aside, the pricing is right for the standard features. So far the first drives indicate a fun to drive 2.4L and V6 SHAWD, with a consensus Acura should kill the FWD V6.
        Herman
        • 4 Months Ago
        @sstowes
        The new Lexus grill is by far the worst offender currently.
      IBx27
      • 4 Months Ago
      The more I look at it, the cleaner the design gets. I wish there were a manual option though.
        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @IBx27

        You should have bought a manual TSX or TL SH-AWD then.  They dropped it because of low sales.  Why is this such a hard thing for people to understand?

          me
          • 4 Months Ago
          @carguy1701

          What is there to understand.....he wished there was one. Damn what's another persons wish to you? Sheesh sad day when a person can't simply say they wish....

          i64X
          • 4 Months Ago
          @carguy1701

          I did buy a TL SH-AWD, and I wish there was a manual version of the TLX. Before that I had a manual TSX (07). What's your point?

          Sales on all manuals are low in this segment (in the US) Hell -  our local BMW and Audi lots don't even keep manuals on the lot. Yet, both of those manufacturers still offer the option.

          I've owned over 40 cars, almost all of them having been manuals, and almost all of them having been Hondas or Acuras. Acura lost me as soon as I heard there was no manual version of this. When it was time to upgrade the '12 TL 6MT, I went elsewhere.

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Quite a nice car from Acura.

      Joey Franklin
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm actually going to go test drive one of these in a couple months, i've got my eye on the new GTI with performance pack but willing to give Acura another shot. The base model with accessory LED fog lights and remote start for under $33k msrp is a pretty nice deal. I know they are completely different types of cars but i want to see how good they have done with the 8 speed DCT mainly.
        Herman
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        I too was looking at the new GTI two weeks ago, and when I saw they were all 30K plus, I decided to wait on this TLX. Plus, VW reliability scares me.
          Joey Franklin
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Herman
          They must have been Autobahns, i think the sweet spot on the GTI is the lower models with the lighting pack added and the Performance Pack when it comes available.
        Karfreek
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        I agree. The base in white with the LED fogs and wing and you have a nice little sedan just a little more than a 4cyl EX-L Accord. White over Expresso, please.
      Herman
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm trying to decide between a white or blue base 4 cylinder. Looked at a GTI and they get as expensive as this, and forget a 3-series. A base 180hp 3-series with sunroof, seat heaters, usb, camera....stuff standard on the base TLX, and the 3-series is like $42,000. How do people justify paying $10,000 more
      Gator
      • 4 Months Ago

      To bad no AWD with I4 DSG. Would have been a killer car.

      neilyadig
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wonder goes through Acura sedan buyers' heads when they make the purchase
        Jake
        • 4 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        Something like: "I am looking for a nice, luxury sedan with strong engines, a decent chassis, really nice interior as well as being a car that will go well over 100k miles with nothing more than maintenance and tires."
          Syracuse123
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jake
          What goes through an Audi A3 buyer's head when he realizes he is buying a higher trim level VW Golf?
          srlalsd1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jake
          @Syracuse123 The audi logo will finally get me laid ...
          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jake
          And several pairs of brake rotors because Honda can't formulate iron worth a damn anymore
        Matt
        • 4 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        They think they are buying a higher-trim Accord (with the reliability and resale value that comes with that). Nothing wrong with that. The TLX pricing/trims pick up right where the Accord tops out. Some delusional Acura owners think they are driving a BMW/Mercedes rival. But I think most rational Acura owners know they just have a fancier Accord; no shame there.
          superchan7
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          A base BMW 3 series is missing stuff that Corollas nowadays have standard. Like Bluetooth, LED headlamps......
          srlalsd1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Have you driven the base 320i and 328i with out the m package. They are not that great. I think the TLX competes with the cla, a3 and base model 3 series and a4.
          Matt
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          I haven't driven the base 320i, but I own a 320i Msport. With the Stage 1, it makes about 260 Hp, has a manual transmission, and I got 44 MPG on my last highway trip (fully loaded car, 5MPH over speed limit). And it leases for $336/month, nothing down. My previous car was an Acura TSX; perfectly reliable and very comfortable. However, as long as BMW continues these cheap leases of efficient turbocharged RWD vehicles with a manual, Acura isn't even on my radar.
          Matt
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Superchan, bluetooth audio is standard on BMWs now with the 2015+ models. It was a "free" feature with coding before anyway (that's what I did). Don't get a BMW if you care about "features per dollar", get a BMW if you want a turbocharged RWD sports sedan/coupe with an available manual transmission and amazing lease deals.
          Matt
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Herman, the $500 is "Enhanced Bluetooth" which is a bunch of Office Apps and voice activation stuff. Regular old "stream your music and talk hands-free on your phone" Bluetooth is standard.
        Fazzster
        • 4 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        Air?
      Carlos Soto
      • 4 Months Ago
      When people want to be idiot, they became hater. What if the TLX is a glorified Accord ?. Whats a M3 , or a GT3 or a AMG arent those glorified series 3 or 911s ??. Theres some test that scare me. Is this car all that good ?
        rsxvue
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        You're comparing apples to oranges here. All those cars you mentioned: 3, C, 911 were purpose built with luxury and sport/sportiness in mind. The M3, C63, and GT3 are SUPPOSED to be glorified versions of those cars because they're taking the base formula and trnsforming them into extreme versions. I have nothing against a TLX but I'm sure it doesn't want to be compared against an econobox Accord..if so, then what's the point of the car in the first place?
          Carlos Soto
          • 4 Months Ago
          @rsxvue
          From the begining all TL were based on Accords and nobody complain about it. 
      nacinla
      • 4 Months Ago
      When is Honda going to take a few styling risks? Or at the least revive a coupe model?
        Syracuse123
        • 4 Months Ago
        @nacinla
        Do you mean like they did with the ZDX? (Praised by designers, but did not sell.) And how about the Power Plenum grille? Noboday liked that, but it was a risk, (rather than what Lexus does by copying Audi's LED headlight eyebrows for years, and now aping their big open mouth grille, but with a Predator-like pinch in the middle. It is widely criticized.) Even BMW is being panned for their recent radical bumpers and air dams. Speaking of Audi, they did some a while back, but where is their risk-taking in recent years? Now they build the same car in different sizes. Apparently risk-taking does not pay off much.
          Syracuse123
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Syracuse123

          It was praised by several automotive designers... Specifically, it won Ward's car interior design of the year award.

          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Syracuse123

          Who, exactly, praised the ZDX?  I don't recall reading ANY praise for it.

      Fazzster
      • 4 Months Ago
      Everybody complains about numb steering and cheap interior trim in the new BMW 3 series but at least they still offer a manual transmission for the enthusiasts. Heck, even the Accord has a manual option.
        Matt
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        Which is why I'd buy an Accord Sport 6MT long before considering the TLX.
          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Why not just buy a Accord EX? The Sport is a rip-off for what you get.
      carguy1701
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nothing red carpet here. When can that 8-speed go into the Accord in place of that dreadful CVT?
        Karfreek
        • 4 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        The CVT that the automotive press claim is the best they have driven? But I agree. The reason I have a Manual 2013 Accord EX is beause you could not give me a CVT car. Put the 8-Speed in it and I would consider it. But, I love the manual.
          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Karfreek
          Having the 'best' CVT is like winning the gold at the Special Olympics.  Sure you won a gold medal, but...
          IBx27
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Karfreek

          The problem with the cvt isn't how it drives; it's how it blows up after 60,000 miles.

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