2017 Acura TLX Sedan

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2017 Acura TLX Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Acura TLX Base include 2.4L I-4 206hp engine, 8-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability.

2017 Acura
TLX Sedan

Starting at: $32,000

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • HVAC memory
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 7
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 206hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 182 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.0mm x 99.0mm (3.43" x 3.90")
  • Compression ratio - 11.60 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,834mm (190.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,776mm (109.3")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,082mm (42.6")
  • Rear legroom - 876mm (34.5")
  • Front headroom - 945mm (37.2")
  • Rear headroom - 932mm (36.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,407mm (55.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,642L (93.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 374 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 374 L (13 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 206hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Torque - 182 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sequential SportShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 35mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Tires - performance
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
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$32,000   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  24 / 35  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS
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$35,450   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 34  
TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS with Technology Package 2017 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS with Technology Package Search New $36,050   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  24 / 35  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Technology Package
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$39,500   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 34  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Technology Package
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$41,700   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 31  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Advance Package
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$42,700   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 34  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Advance Package
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$44,900   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 31  


Driving Impression

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With either engine, the TLX rides and handles better than average. Yet, the difference between the two is quite dramatic.

We found the four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive has crisper, sharper responses. Not only is the engine eager to rev, but the brilliantly refined 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a gem. Its torque converter eliminates jerky shifts, so it feels like a conventional automatic.

The 3.5-liter V6 is bogged down by its transmission, a regular 9-speed automatic. Indecisive and hesitant, its shifts are sluggish and jerky. Downshifts, in particular, are lackluster. When shifting from Reverse to Drive, you can wait an agonizingly long time for anything to happen.

Partly because it weighs about 500 pounds less, the four-cylinder base model feels lighter overall. Superior suspension tuning complements taut, precise steering. A base TLX stays nicely composed over lumpy surfaces. Nimble low-speed behavior and on-highway stability are helped by Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which is standard with the 2.4-liter model.

Wind and road sounds barely exist. You can expect a serene experience, which allows passengers to converse without shouting.

Fuel-efficiency is good on the highway, but not so thrifty in the city. The four-cylinder TLX is EPA-rated at 24/35 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. The front-drive V6 model is EPA-rated at 21/34 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. SH-AWD sinks the highway figure to 31 mpg.

Walk Around

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Not distinctive in appearance, the TLX falls behind the related Honda Accord, which displays a significantly more upscale demeanor. Despite an arched silhouette that seems close to coupe-like, the TLX looks nondescript from the side.

In addition, the front end hasn’t yet lost all remnants of Acura’s old shield-style, beak-like grille. Running lights sit low in the front bumper, above air intakes that manage to add a sense of depth. Narrow LED headlights flank the grille.

Flared back fenders and a lip-style trunk spoiler suggest sportiness. The center portion of the body appears long, and does in fact enclose a roomy cabin.

Interior Overview

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Efficiency highlights the TLX interior. Materials convey a premium feel, even if it’s plain and ordinary. Though the cabin generally trails other sedans in the TLX class, it’s comparatively large for a car with a compact footprint.

Seats are comfortable enough, but not especially noteworthy. The driver faces an attractive, easy-to-read instrument group. Twin display screens are mounted on the center stack. On the passenger side, the view sinks to bleak. That rider sees an awkward expanse of empty black dashboard.

Plainness extends into the rear of the cabin. Back-seat passengers have slightly less legroom than those in major European competitors. On the plus side, a blissfully quiet ride helps make up for that modest loss of space. Interior storage is good, including door bins, a big central console, and sizable glovebox.


New Car Test Drive

Acura’s near-luxury sedan competes against a flock of compelling cars from European manufacturers, but costs less than most rivals. Road behavior excels with the four-cylinder engine, but few sedans deliver such a quiet, calmly composed ride. Watch for the option packages, which can add quite a bit to the TLX price.

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

Model Lineup

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The 2017 Acura TLX offers a choice of powertrains and option packages:

TLX 2.4L ($31,900) comes with the four-cylinder engine, moonroof, seven-speaker audio with satellite radio, hill start assist. TLX 2.4L with Technology Package ($35,950) adds navigation, AcuraLink infotainment, perforated leather upholstery, and a premium 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system. Safety features include forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

TLX 3.5L ($35,350) gets the V6 engine, with equipment similar to the TLX 2.4L, with 18-inch wheels. It’s available with the Technology Package ($39,400). TLX 3.5L with Advance Package ($42,600) adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors; and heated/ventilated front seats.

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package ($41,600) features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Based on 2008 -2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.