Can The Acura TLX Make BMW 3 Series Buyers Think Twice?


Is the TLX good enough to take on the best in its segment?

Acura has been having a hard time over the past several years. It just can’t find an identity. The new NSX supercar will help with that, but the rest of the (mainstream) lineup, such as the 2017 TLX, needs an over dosage of adrenaline. Stat. The TLX debuted for the 2015 model year as a replacement for both the TL and TSX. It’s a mid-size luxury sedan that’s built on the same platform as the current Honda Accord. Heck, it’s even built in the same Ohio factory.

Our tester was equipped with the base 2.4-liter inline-four with 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, with power going to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch. Does that inline-four sound familiar? It should, because it’s also used for the Accord. Go figure.

You Might Also Like
Everything You Need To Know To Understand The Porsche 911 Model Range
Everything You Need To Know To Understand The Porsche 911 Model Range
12-Cylinder SUVs We Should Cherish Forever
12-Cylinder SUVs We Should Cherish Forever

Because it requires premium fuel for the TLX, however, it does produce an extra 17 ponies over the Accord. So there’s that. The optional engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 hp that comes paired to a nine-speed slushbox, but we’d honestly prefer the cheaper and more fun-to-drive four pot. Interestingly, Acura is trying to lure away BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 buyers with the TLX, but we think that’s a bit of a stretch. Isn’t the TLX more of a top-trim Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKX fighter? Just a thought. Special thanks to Marin Acura for letting us film the car.

This Twin-Turbo Dodge Demon Has 1,400 HP And A Carbon Fiber Body

And it will debut at SEMA next month.

Ford Shifts Marketing Focus To Keep Customers From Leaving

Some customers are upset over the decision to kill off sedans and hatchbacks.

Ford Mustang Splits In Half In Illegal Street Race

This is the best example of dumb luck you'll ever see.

The World's Weirdest Wheel Designs

Sometimes the most basic customization tool goes drastically wrong...

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

LEAKED: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed At Private Event

This is the first pic we have seen of the supercharged range-topper

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.