The short story
2015 Acura TLX, on the market for less than 6 months, has moved into the top sales spot for Acura performance sedans. Granted, Acura doesn't produce a wide lineup of sedan variants; but, what they do design and manufacture is now smoking all comers in the domestically produced metric compact executive and mid size premium performance sedan class.
While the premium luxo-cruiser RLX is missing somewhere between here and Japan, the first year 2015 TLX and now “substantially refreshed” 2016 ILX grab the ring and run for the finish line. We've spent much seat time in TLX and agree with the journalist that voted it one of the “Best Cars for the Money,” in North America, along with the best selling 3 row SUV, MDX and RDX, the best selling premium 2 row. How did U.S. News and World Report measure overall value in a vehicle selected for consideration?
The who, how and why of the “Best Car for the Money” award
While we don’t tend to read too much into automotive related industry accolades, we like this one. The award results, generated through the answers of seasoned, road hard, seat-time- weary journalist are based on the selected car or truck’s overall performance, interior features, comfort, reliability and safety rating; 2015 Acura TLX excels in all categories.
According to U.S.N.: “The U.S. News 2015 "Best Cars for the Money" awards help take the guesswork out of car shopping by highlighting the cars, trucks and SUVs with the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in 21 different automotive classes.”
“To find the award winners, we combined the average price paid from TrueCar, Inc. and five-year total cost of ownership data from Vincentric, LLC with the U.S. News Best Cars rankings data. The U.S. News rankings are based on the opinion of the automotive press about a car's performance, interior features and interior comfort, along with reliability and safety ratings.”
Fair enough! In looking to the results we discover that 2015 TLX took Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES Hybrid for top honors; both exceptional cars presenting their own take on comfort and premium performance. However, when looking to the $ bottom line and superior standard features, Acura TLX takes the podium with exceptional initial purchase value, anticipated Acura reliability and future high residual resale value. Congratulations Acura.