It was my first long haul behind the wheel of our long-term 2021 Acura TLX, and past experience with the brand (and Honda in general) has led me to believe that if I can overcome any seat comfort issues, the TLX And I’ll be fine with you. As it turned out, I had no reason to worry at first. The TLX’s seats are comfortable and supportive enough for my typical driving situation – and look great in red to boot. After a solid few hours on the highway without worrying about yelling at my back, I was able to turn my attention elsewhere, and the reports are largely positive.
To me, the most impressive thing about the TLX is how little it feels behind the wheel. I’ve had it in my driveway for about two months (for various reasons, none of them are good; see more in a future update) and despite driving it over and over again, I often forget that it’s a Is midsize.
How did Acura accomplish this? It’s all in the feedback. The steering is very well dialed in and lacks the artificial and distant sensations present in Audi’s FWD-based luxury sedan, for example. I would even put the TLX ahead of BMW’s K2 Series Gran Coupe in this department. Sure, they’re very different vehicles, but can Acura make it as big as the TLX while also disappointing BMW’s compact? Well, that says something.
And although it may sound small, it is not. The TLX accommodated enough luggage for two people traveling at a Lake Michigan wedding over a long weekend, and apart from the comment about red leather, shuttle duty throughout the celebration without a peek from rear-seat passengers. It’s a little polarizing, I’ll admit, but I think it looks great against the blue exterior.
In the 500-mile round trip, the TLX averaged just a hair under 30 mpg (29 mpg against the highway’s EPA rating, a score for number geeks) at cruising speeds of 75-80. Michigan highways aren’t known for top-notch surfaces, but even on the curvy pavement found on many of its interstates and other rural expressways, the tires we’ve never been able to maneuver. Present? Sure, just obnoxiously not like that.
I have less hold. I for one wish the cruise control would be a little more aggressive in accelerating to a set speed on resume; It seems downright lazy under certain conditions. I could also do without the totally silly touchpad-like infotainment interface. This is useful with practice, but seems to be easily accomplished using traditional control schemes.
The wireless charging cube on the center console is also a bit of a mixed bag. It’s handy, but I found that smaller phones (of which my Samsung Galaxy S10 is apparently one) can easily move away from the ideal contact point for the charging coil, turning it off completely until The phone does not come back on. My phone still charges during a drive, but not as much as I would like.
I added what appears to be a new Gremlin to the TLX’s powertrain controls this time. When seated at a light or stop sign with auto stop/start disabled, the TLX sometimes shifts itself into park, chimes pleasantly, then unlocks the doors to allow the passenger to exit . It’s all very pleasant-sounding, but I don’t want that reaction when I try to step into congested traffic.
With the TLX reaching 10,000 miles under our leadership, we are approaching its next service appointment. We’ll take a look at the transmission when we take it in for its oil change and tire rotation and report back when we know more. stay tuned.