The Acura TLX didn't have what it takes to play in the big leagues. While it is a good overall performer, this version of the mid-sized Acura lacks the engaging performance and panache found in other upscale sedans.
Measured against its European and Japanese rivals, the TLX's handling falls short and its ride isn't as comfortable. While the cabin was quieter than any Acura sedan to date, it is not as hushed, well finished, or luxurious as other models in this aspirational category. Some common features, like a power-adjustable steering wheel, weren't even available. And, Acura's clunky dash setup is distracting and annoying, with two screens and an awkward mix of hard and virtual controls.
Like most competitors, this version of the TLX was available with either a four- or six-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive was offered with the V6. Four-cylinder models get an eight-speed automatic transmission with quick and direct shifts. This gearbox also helps accomplish very good fuel economy at 27 mpg overall. The six-cylinder engine is a gem, with plenty of refined power, but its nine-speed automatic transmission shifts with a bump, spoiling the otherwise calm powertrain.