2015 Acura TLX beats BMW, Infiniti and Lexus in road handling and comfort
In fact, Acura TLX will change the way that you measure automotive performance.
While that’s a bold statement for any auto reviewer to make, we believe that after comparing BMW 328 i X-Drive, Infinity Q50 and Lexus IS 250 to the all new TLX, Acura’s newest offering is the winner in several categories.
Superior handling characteristics
2015 Acura TLX is more than a bit impressive in its handling. To date, we’ve yet to drive a stickier entry or mid level premium sport sedan. Offered in 7 models, all standard with superior handling, through (P-AWS) all wheel steering or SH-AWD, new direct injected engine designs, 8 and 9 speed transmissions. Acura has increased performance while improving fuel economy. Granted, BMW, Infiniti and Lexus performed well in most categories, TLX was superior in road control and interior ergonomics. TLX possesses what we’ll refer to as “Flatitude.” While driving TLX, one is in total command of the car and the road of the road.
TLX brings to the mid priced premium sport sedan class( base msrp $30,995.) what had previously been reserved for cars costing twice as much. The road stability and driver-wheel connectivity of this car is impressive. One can truly feel the road through the very smart electric asist rack and pinion linked steering wheel.Fit and finish is impressive, interior space and ergonomics, superior.
How’d Acura perfect handling and torque transference in TLX?
Acura engineering has increased the flex rigidity of the frame, crumple zone, added sound deadening to previously hollow body members while increasing suspension dampening and road noise isolation. They’ve put the development time and cost in the TLX where it most matters, where the tires meet the road. We were duly impressed by the rigidity, quiet and cabin comfort of the TLX.
Acura has reinstated the “door thunk” in the TLX. First impression is one of quality. TLX is measurably superior to the competition in road-bounce recovery, downhill nose dive, braking and acceleration recovery. It swoops out of a turns without noticeable side sway. Suspension dampening eliminates squirreliness, while reducing body mass rebound. Brake fade? none.
We discover that In the 3.5 liter SH-AWD premium sports sedan, Acura engineering has all but eliminated the negative torque steer often associated with front wheel drive. We noted zero torque pull to the right on take off. This is a big deal for drivers that prefer the performance attributes of a rear live axle. In the TLX the difference between the two is negligible.
Acura SH-AWD sends torque transference to the wheel where it’s most needed. Torque sent to a specific wheel in an accelerated turn or down hill effectively aids in the car's steering geometry, bringing the TLX quicker into a turn or exiting a turn on excelleration. You can watch the car do so via dash monitor. However, you won’t sense the change while driving, it's seamless.