Aided by its sport-tuned suspension, willing engines, excellent fuel economy and precise steering, the 2016 Acura TLX is a strong contender among luxury midsize cars. Created to replace both the bulky TL and the softer TSX, the TLX is in many ways the automotive sports-sedan equivalent of a Swiss army knife.
The 2016 Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five passengers. Additional features are offered with Technology and Advance packages.
The base powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Acura’s legendary 3.5-liter V6 is available, and paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder versions are front-wheel drive, while the V6-powered TLX is available with all-wheel drive.
Apart from its aggressive front fascia, the TLX is arguably one of the more subdued sport sedans on the market today. Acura’s formula combines classic lines and a small serving of statement-making cosmetic touches. The TLX’s sculpted nose houses futuristic “Jewel-Eye” LED headlamps, and its chiseled hood gives way to a smooth roofline and trunk. Soft lines flow from the arrow-like grille down the length of the car, terminating at the rear bumper. The longer you spend staring at the sedan, the more you realize Acura’s approach is to quietly lull you into a sense of calm. The car boasts some assertive flourishes, but they never overpower the overall tranquility of the design.
Four-cylinder models arrive with 17-inch alloy wheels, while V6 models get 18-inch wheels. High-performance all-season tires are included on all trim levels.
Much like the relatively subdued exterior styling, the TLX’s cabin is an exercise in restrained luxury. Seating is comfortable and supportive, making this Acura an excellent choice for long daily commutes or cross-country adventures. The 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat makes it easy to get comfortable behind the wheel, and thanks to the cabin’s driver-centric interior design, the TLX’s controls are all accessed without fuss. The sedan’s three-spoke steering wheel feels great in your hands and is replete with all the controls you expect in a midsize luxury car.
For the most part, the TLX’s interior is sedate and refined, but Acura slipped in some performance-themed touches to complement the leather-appointed interior. The red aluminum start/stop button almost looks like it belongs in a race car, and the twin-screen infotainment system is modern and attractive. The bottom touch screen includes redundant tactile buttons to aid in keeping the otherwise busy system simple.
The center console includes deep cup holders and makes a nice table for tablet computers. The rear seats are spacious and comfortable, and they feature 60/40 fold-down seat backs that add to the TLX’s 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Opting for the Advance package adds bin storage under the trunk floor that increases total cargo capacity to 14.3 cubic feet.
The base TLX is powered by a capable 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is attached to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine provides excellent acceleration and almost immediately presents its full 182 pound-feet of torque.
The optional 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. V6 models are fitted with a nine-speed automatic transmission that uses a push-button gear selector instead of a mechanical lever. All-wheel drive is optional, and it transforms the car into an all-weather machine that truly hugs the road.
The 2016 TLX is equipped with a system that allows the driver to select Economy, Normal, Sport and Sport+ driving modes. This system can adjust steering effort, throttle response, active sound management and shift patterns to vary the driving experience. Slipping the car into Sport+ mode gives the sedate TLX a performance-oriented makeover. The transmission holds each gear longer, the exhaust growls and the car’s steering reflexes are sharpened.
Four-cylinder models are rated at 24/35 mpg city/highway and V6 versions achieve 21/34 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive V6 models are rated at 21/31 mpg city/highway.
A true luxury car, the TLX includes a wealth of technology features. Standard features include a premium seven-speaker audio system with satellite radio. USB connectivity with iPod integration and Bluetooth allow the system to become an extension of your smartphone. Keyless entry, push-button ignition and a rearview camera come with every TLX. A dual-screen infotainment system with an upper 8-inch screen and a lower 7-inch touch screen is also included.
The optional Technology package piles on some incredible features at a reasonable cost. This package adds Acura’s latest navigation system, which includes real-time traffic information and can reroute directions accordingly. Aha compatibility and a great-sounding 10-speaker ELS audio system are also included with the Technology package.
Our TLX included the Technology and Advance packages. The Advance package includes a unique key fob remote that allows you to lock or remote-start the vehicle from up to 330 feet away. You can also use the key fob to confirm that the engine is running or that the doors are locked. The system is impressive and easy to use, and it makes you wonder why every company isn’t offering a similar system.
The 2016 TLX earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The TLX earned top scores of Good in most crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The only exception was the small overlap front crash test, where it received the second-lowest score of Marginal. When equipped with an available forward collision warning system, the TLX earned a top Superior rating from the IIHS for front crash prevention.
Every 2016 TLX comes standard with a rearview camera. Driver assistance features such as forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are available by opting for the Technology package. Choose the Advance package, and adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and collision mitigation braking are also included.
The base front-wheel-drive 2016 TLX arrives with a high level of standard features, including dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a premium audio system, a power moonroof, LED lighting and much more for $31,695 plus a $940 destination charge.
The V6-powered TLX starts at $35,320 and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, an electric gear selector and an eight-way power passenger’s seat to the list of standard equipment.
Acura keeps pricing fairly simple by offering packages of features rather than a la carte offerings. Our review vehicle was a fully loaded all-wheel drive model that carried a suggested price of $45,720 (including destination).
The entry-level TLX carries a lower starting price than much of its competition, including the Lincoln MKZ, Infiniti Q50 and Lexus ES. Even in the top trim, the TLX represents strong value in the segment.
Whether you are investigating the least expensive TLX, or test driving a fully loaded all-wheel drive model, you will likely find that its thrilling driving dynamics complement the value-packed interior. The end result is a sedan that is both comfortable to experience and fun to drive.
We’d recommend sticking with the four-cylinder model if you don’t need all-wheel drive. Strong performance and good fuel economy make the four-cylinder TLX a great daily driver. Even with the Technology package added, this model remains a value leader. However, enthusiasts will want the V6 variant, which is also competitively priced. Opting for the all-wheel drive system is well worth the extra expense if you need all-weather capability.
By Chris Brewer (Last Updated 12/19/2017)
Chris Brewer is an automotive writer and photographer from Northeast Florida. Chris is a regular contributor to numerous automotive magazines and runs Jacksonville’s Cars & Coffee. Brewer also works as the director of communications for The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, a world-renown automotive event and two-time winner of the International Historic Motoring Event of the Year.
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User Reviews for 2016 Acura TLX
by Chuck on April 19, 2020
Best Performance car i ever bought
"This is the smoothest and most comfortable car i ever owned. The pros and cons i have also is the gas milage is vey impressive on the highway for a 6 cylinder where you can bump it down. The cons i can say you have a lot of maintenance to keep it running to its capability."
Lots of room
Beautiful White Pearl that keeps the car much cooler in the summer.
Very Smooth ride
Lot of room in the back seats.
Lot of maintenance to keep for top performance and must use the high grade fuel.
"I choose this car to replace my 2007 Acura and it’s a great feature packed car compared to my old one! I love the All Wheel Steering. Handles very well. I think the 9 speed transmission is really slow and could have been much better"
I hate the two screens. But the espresso interior makes up for it
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