The 2016 Acura TLX is a mid-size luxury sedan made by Acura. The 2016 Acura TLX is a mid-size luxury sedan offered in three main trim levels: Basic, Technology, and Progress. Technology and Progress are essentially options packages available on both front and all-wheel drive TLX models, but Progress requires the V6 engine.
Upgrade to the tech package and get a handful of electronic safety features plus automatic wipers, leather upholstery, color trip computer, voice controls, navigation system, and Acura/ELS 10 speaker sound system with HD radio. The Advanced package adds 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, remote ignition, LED fog lights, auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation with automatic brakes.
The Acura TLX base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel steering, LED headlights and taillights, sunroof, heated side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, vinyl upholstery, and heated front. seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, driver memory settings, a four-way power front passenger seat, 60/40 folding rear backrests, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also standard are Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free functionality, 7-speaker audio system with two screens and CD player, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, auxiliary input jack, and USB audio interface.
2016 Acura TLX : Interior
All 2016 TLX models come standard with dual 7- and 8-inch infotainment displays, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, rear-view camera, satellite radio, seven speakers, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Unfortunately, using a dual-screen infotainment system can be frustrating. Some functions are duplicated between the lower 7-inch touchscreen and the upper 8-inch display. Below the touchscreen is additional volume and climate control buttons, but these tend to complicate the system’s interface rather than be helpful.
The Acura TLX has five seats. Its front seats are comfortable and supportive and offer generous head and leg room. Rear legroom is adequate even for adults, but rear headroom is a bit tight for taller passengers. Heated seats are standard; ventilated and leather seats are available. The TLX’s cabin is quiet and the instrument panel is elegantly designed. Most interior materials are also of good quality, although there are lower quality plastics in some areas. TLX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. IIHS gave the vehicle’s LATCH system a Marginal score for ease of use, as some anchors are difficult to access.
2016 Acura TLX : Engine
The Acura TLX has two engine options: a 206-horsepower four-cylinder and a 290-hp V6. The four-cylinder engine provides ample acceleration, and its eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission provides fast, smooth gear changes. However, it feels overwhelming for a sports sedan. V6 is a better option. It accelerates more assertively and delivers superior passing power – without much reduction in fuel economy. However, its nine-speed automatic transmission tends to upshift and downshift very frequently. Front-wheel drive is standard on both engines; all-wheel drive is only available with the V6. The TLX’s four-cylinder engine gains an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is good for the luxury mid-range class. The V6 gets 21/34 mpg city/highway when equipped with front-wheel drive and 21/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.
2016 Acura TLX Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2016 Acura TLX an excellent five-star safety rating in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TLX the highest grade of Good in four of the five categories but only gave it a Marginal rating in the small-overlap front crash test. All 2016 TLX sedans feature a rear-view camera as standard. The current Technology package adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The advanced package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and parking sensors.