2019 TLX New Car Test Drive
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..
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..