2015 Acura TLX beats BMW, Infiniti and Lexus in road handling and comfort

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In a recent 280 mile real road conditions driving trial through the wine country of West Virginia, we determined that Acura’s latest offering has a measurable advantage over BMW, Lexus and Infiniti in handling and superior ergonomics driven 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.


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I think a lot of people underestimate just how good, and just how fast, the Acura V6 sedan can be. I'd say the same for the Accord V6, particularly the Coupe manual.
This sounds like PR piece by Acura. Where is the '' measurable " data? It is one man's opinion with no facts to back it up.
Well William, as noted in the last paragraph of the article. Look for part 2, Tuesday. Thanks.
Test drive it yourself? good option to make lol
I agree that the Acura is well designed, smooth and quiet with an interior that you would expect in an up market car. The dual screens is unconventional, not bad but unusual. The push button transmission is to me more acceptable than the electronic gear shits in others. The drive is solid with DNA that is different than BMW or Mercedes, not a bad thing but just different when comparing cars. The car in some respects reminds me of the SAAB 9-5 again not a bad thing, understated and excellent. I never understood the Acura front end and glad they toned that down. In short the TLX is in my opinion a major improvement over prior models. I did not think we would seriously consider a Acura but we now are but we are.
Driver Acura's since 1998 Acura CL, in 2000 I got update to new Acura CL-S 150K had a transmission issues but all repaired and covered by Acura, 2006 Acura TL drove 60K miles no issue ,only oil change that's it! 2012 TSX 70K miles only oil change! Acura TLX beats expectation . V6 35MpG, 0-60 ,5.5 sec. Amazing cornering ,braking, acceleration, sound system like a life orchestra, wish to see a rear muffler pipes as on previous models, but this is not an issue. Price is affordable and car is reliable.
Welcome Dany. Agreed! Thanks for dropping in.