The Acura TLX arrived on the market with the goal of replacing two models; both the TSX and the larger TL were going away. Acura chose to fill the shoes by developing an all-new model that would carry the nimble and sporty nature of the TSX, but also be large and comfortable enough to replace the more grown-up TL.
Naturally, Acura enthusiasts have lots of question concerning the TLX. We are here to answer them.
Here are seven of the most often asked questions about our midsize sedan.
Does it have remote start?
Yes! Every single 2018 Acura TLX comes standard with a remote engine starter. This, coupled with the also-standard heated seats (and the optional heated steering), make the TLX pretty well-equipped to handle our cold Canadian winters.
Is the Acura TLX AWD?
All-wheel-drive is definitely an option for the TLX. If you choose to equip your TLX with the 3.5-litre V6 engine, you get the Super Handling-All-Wheel Drive system as standard, as well as a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Does it take regular gas?
Acura recommends that you use premium fuel with a grade of 91 octane or better. While you technically can use regular gas if there is nothing else available, doing so will actually lower performance and diminish fuel economy, so you’ll end up paying more money for that “cheaper” fuel.
Does the Acura TLX feature Apple CarPlay?
Yes. When the TLX was redesigned for 2018, it gained a few interesting tricks like the AcuraWatch (a suite of safety technologies including lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning/mitigation) and the highly useful Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. You simply have to plug in your phone to use your own map apps, music apps and phone.
What is the TLX technology package?
The TLX Tech is a trim level that includes a few nifty features for those who want to get the most out of their sedan. It includes an ELS Premium audio system, heated rear seats and steering wheel, AcuraLink as well as GPS navigation. Furthermore, the whole interior is covered in perforated Milano leather.
What’s the difference between TLX and ILX?
Simply put, the TLX is the ILX’s bigger brother. It is larger, has an available V6 that offers more performance as well as an AWD system and can be equipped with more options. It also has a higher price point; the TLX starts at $37,891, while the ILX is $31,891.
Does the Acura TLX come with a manual transmission?
Sadly, manual transmissions went extinct in this vehicle when the TSX was replaced by the TLX. However, to replace it, Acura equipped the four-cylinder variants of its new car with a dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox that comes standard with paddle shifters, giving you more control. On the V6 models, a nine-speed automatic transmission is offered, which also features paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.
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