2016 Acura TLX

2016 Acura TLX
2016 Acura TLX

2016 Acura TLX


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Premium Unleaded V-6, 290 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The TLX represents an excellent value. Competitors include the Lexus ES350, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series. The TLX, with its strong feature set and low price of entry, undercuts many of its rivals, while still offering plenty of space, sophisticated drivetrains and a modern chassis.

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What's New For 2016

The Acura TLX returns largely unchanged for 2016, having been introduced last year.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Acura TLX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    • Forward Collision and Rear Collision
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Acuralink Real-Time Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Acura/Els Surround Speakers
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and 16 Gb Internal Memory
    • Radio: Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System -inc: 10 speakers, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free, SMS, MMS text message and email capability, Song By Voice, Aha compatibility, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, USB audio interface w/iPod integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/Auxiliary input jack and speed-sensitive volume compensation (SVC)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" x 7.5" Aluminum-Alloy
    • Tires: P225/50R18 High Performance All Season
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Programmable Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Seats -inc: 10-way power adjustment driver's seat w/power lumbar support and 4-way power adjustment passenger's seat
    • 4-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Height Adjustment and Cushion Tilt
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • AcuraLink Selective Service Internet Access
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather Door Trim Insert
    • Premium Milano Perforated Leather Trimmed Seats
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat, Door Mirrors and HVAC
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Tracker System
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L SOHC 24-Valve VTEC V6
    • Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic w/Paddle Shifters
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
    • Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 3.52 Axle Ratio
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Automatic Ride Control Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
    • Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.2
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/212
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 290 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 267 @ 4500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 190.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 93.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Acura TLX
    • Body Style - SH-AWD Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/50VR18
    • Front Tire Size - 50R18
    • Front Tire Size - 245/40R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/50VR18
    • Rear Tire Size - 50R18
    • Rear Tire Size - 245/40R19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 9
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.71
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.84
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.38
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.83
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.52
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.70
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.58
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3748
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Acura TLX Photos & Colors


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  • Basque Red Pearl II Bellanova White Pearl Bellanova White Pearl Bellanova White Pearl Black Copper Pearl Black Copper Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Fathom Blue Pearl Graphite Luster Metallic Graphite Luster Metallic Slate Silver Metallic Slate Silver Metallic
  • Basque Red Pearl II
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Black Copper Pearl
  • Black Copper Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Fathom Blue Pearl
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Slate Silver Metallic
  • Slate Silver Metallic

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Launched as a 2015 model, the Acura TLX was created out of the departed TL and TSX, taking the wheelbase and interior space of the TL while cutting four inches off its length. It takes design cues from the full-size RLX sedan, namely the distinctively cool LED headlamps and amber line on the sideview mirrors. The 2016 TLX offers many new technology features, with an available Tech package.

The TLX comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 206 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed twin-clutch transmission with a torque converter that tries to smooth out the snaps. It’s front-wheel drive only and is the sportiest version. The TLX is EPA-rated at 28 miles per gallon Combined, or 24/35 City/Highway with the four-cylinder.

Two TLX models use a 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve timing (same as the four-cylinder), making 290 horsepower. V6 models with front-wheel drive are EPA-rated at 25 mpg Combined. We find the V6 less sporty than the four-cylinder.

However, with the V6 you can get Acura’s all-wheel drive, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to be precise, using torque vectoring at the front wheels to sharpen cornering.

All front-wheel-drive TLX models use Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), a system that slightly turns the rear wheels, for stability and response in quick maneuvers.

Using a four-mode system that comes on all TLX models, the driver can adjust steering effort, throttle response, and transmission programming.

The four-cylinder TLX was by far sweeter for us, as we flung it through the curves and twists of our favorite two-lane roads. It’s lighter and beautifully balanced, one of the best handling front-wheel-drive cars we’ve driven.

In crash tests, the TLX scores perfect with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, five stars in every category. However like every car, it seems, it misses the top score with the IIHS small-overlap frontal impact (telephone pole) test.


The 2016 Acura TLX ($31,695) comes standard with leatherette upholstery, Siri Eyes Free interface, Bluetooth, streaming audio with seven speakers, text and email. The Technology Package ($35,750) upgrades with leather, navigation and other features.

TLX V6 ($35,320) is similarly equipped and available with the Technology Package ($39,375), while the all-wheel-drive V6 only comes with the Tech Package ($41,575). There’s also a fully loaded Advance Package ($44,800).


The TLX is handsome while still being an everyday sedan, with bold fenders and an arching roofline to suggest coupe. The Acura emblem grille, sort of a dull chrome beak, is flanked by LED headlamps, with LED running lights low in the bumper.

Flared rear fenders use character lines, maybe to suggest sport. A curvy rear hides a trunk spoiler, over inconspicuous twin tailpipes.


The driver gets to look at an attractive instrument panel that’s easy to read, and a high-tech center stack. Too high tech. Satellite radio is a distracting and infuriating puzzle to tune (in not just this Acura, but also the MDX we recently drove). Climate control isn’t much better. It’s just not simple, as it should be.

The front passenger gets to look at a dark and bleak expanse of dashboard that extends from the windshield all the way down. The upside is that it houses a large glove compartment.

Seats offers a choice of premium leatherette (vinyl) or quality leather.

Active noise cancellation is standard, resulting in a silent cabin up to 70 mph.

Driving Impressions

We found the Acura TLX with the four-cylinder engine to be the best balanced, even without the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive of the top V6. It’s easy to toss around, while being comfortable enough for your mother-in-law or boss to ride along.

The 2.4-liter engine makes a healthy but hardly awesome 206 horsepower, but it likes to rev and sounds great along the way. It’s well matched with the 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that works best when you run it hard, with crisp upshifts and rev-matching downshifts. The added torque converter helps reduce snatches during casual running, but there’s still occasional tugging and lurching at speeds under 10 mph.

And the programming, as with other Acuras (even the Honda Pilot), makes it impossible to coast, for example down a slight grade at 25 mph. The transmission slows the car down aggressively, against your wishes, so you find yourself having to accelerate to maintain the casual slow pace. You speed up to 28, the transmission slows you down to 22; and again. You can’t just coast smoothly at 25.

Of course there’s always Sport Plus mode, with tidy paddles at the steering wheel. It’s a driver’s transmission, then. Even in Sport Plus it shifts at redline, and won’t let you hit a rev limiter.

But all is forgiven when you get in the corners. The steering is taut and precise, and a beautiful suspension keeps the car composed over bumps and flat in apexes. The Precision All-Wheel Steer helps make the car nimble at low speeds and stable at high speeds.

In the V6 models, the lovely lightweight handling is lost, and it doesn’t feel that much faster than the four. Meanwhile, the 9-speed automatic transmission throws in vagaries. The extra gear doesn’t do much, it’s mostly about fuel mileage which still won’t match the four-cylinder; and the transmission programming is a mess: hesitant, jerky and pokey, lacking zing. And annoying; you can wait a long time for it to switch from reverse into drive.

The torque of the V6 stirs up some bad behavior from the front-wheel-drive TLX. The SH-AWD model with its torque vectoring doesn’t have that same tug at the front wheels, but it weighs a whopping 300 pounds more, and is noticeably slower.


The less expensive four-cylinder model is beautifully balanced and fast enough, while it gets better fuel mileage than the V6. The 8-speed twin-clutch transmission works best when the car is driven hard. If you’re looking at the V6, look at midsize competitors.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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