With a quiet interior, value for the money, a responsive handling, generous rear legroom, and a competitive price, the new 2017 Acura TLX is a top choice. In overall, though, the model remains unchanged in most respects. Its release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of next year, at least according to various online sources.
It offers a more athletic stance thanks to the Honda Accord platform which it is based on. The TLX in comparison to the Accord, is wider and slightly shorter that the Accord’s 109.3” wheelbase. It also earns its keep as a luxury-badged vehicle due to the extensive number of upgrades and upscale styling that it offers.
Under the hood, the TLX offers an inline-4 2.4L and a 3.5L V6 engine capable of whipping up a healthy 206- and 290 horsepower respectively. The V6 is more potent, but you’ll have to push up the revs in order to get a serious acceleration. The four, on the other hand, is a perfect family sedan but is overshadowed by its luxury-brand competitors which offer turbocharged fours.
As opposed to full pedal-to-the-metal theatrics, rivals offering super- or turbocharged engines have that one distinct advantage – they generate a quick burst of power which translates to more speed. The solid fuel economy ratings offered on paper for the TLX are hard to deliver in a real-world setting, partly maybe because the TLX’s engines have to work harder to deliver the goods.
But very few people will tell you they’re buying the TLX because of its power, you purchase it mainly because it’s an Acura – the brand that is popular associated with value, nicely furnished interior, and general all-roundedness. You’ll also realize that its European counterparts with similar level of technologies are often expensive, cost more to repair, and they also tend to depreciate faster in value.
In Layman’s language, opting for the TLX can save you lots of money while ensuring a top level luxury and a laudable performance. There are plenty of alternatives which you can check out, if you’re not sold on prudence just yet. They include the oldie-but-goodie 2017 Audi A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the 2017 BMW 3 Series.
Trims Available – Acura TLX
Three main trims – base, Technology, and Advance – are offered for the 2017 Acura TLX midsize luxury sedan. The 2017 Acura TLX Type S is separately reviewed.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Acura TLX Interior Photos
The base TLX offers an eight-way power driver seat, a sunroof, LED taillights and headlights, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, keyless entry and ignition, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, front passenger four-way power seat, a leatherette upholstery, ambient interior lighting, all-wheel steering, 17” alloy wheels, and heated front seats.
Equipment offered include satellite radio, a USB audio interface, smartphone app connectivity, an 8” display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 7-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
Picking the TLX Technology package gets you a leather upholstery, HD radio, a 10-speaker Acura/ELS audio system, a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure intervention system, forward collision alert, automatic wipers, a navigation system, and rear cross traffic alert.
Finally, the V6 Advance package winds up with automatic braking, side auto-dimming mirrors, LED foglights, rear and front parking cameras, additional optional exterior colors, 18” wheels, forward collision mitigation system, and ventilated front seats.
2017 Acura TLX Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2017 Acura TLX is derived through two available engines. The first mill offered is a 2.4L engine good for 206 hp and 182 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes paired with a standard eight-speed automated transmission system and a front-wheel drive. With this mill, Acura says zipping from 0-60 mph only requires 7.4 seconds.
Its top speed, and fuel economy ratings should be expected months leading to its release date, as there are a lot of speculations surrounding the two.
The other engine offered is a 3.5L V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission system. The output stands at about 267 pounds-ft. of torque and 290 ponies. With the V6, expect to zip to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds – a fairly brisk acceleration in a segment where a majority only need about 6.1 seconds.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.3 in. (109.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 10.3 in. (190.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 106.5 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 14 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3763 lbs.
Top Speed: 129 mph
0-60: 6,1 sec
MPG: 24/35 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Basque Red Pearl II, Bellanova White Pearl, Black Copper Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, Graphite Luster Metallic, Slate Silver Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price & 2017 Acura TLX Release Date
The TLX Price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $31,695. You can also opt to lease it before committing fully. It is also hoped that it will be offered for sale sometime in the second quarter of next year.
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