Acura TLX SH-AWD Elite is Ready for Winter

Acura TLX is an understated looker, with great features that shine in winter driving.

But let’s backtrack a little.

I’m a big fan of the Acura TL, which has now been retired. With level-headedness and sensibility and safety largely front and centre, the TL’s potent performance capabilities lived discreetly in the background like a sort of delightful little secret between it and its driver.

The TL was one of those luxury sedans I tried to drive somewhat regularly over the years, since I considered it to be a benchmark vehicle, relative to its market segment and price point.

Today, the TL has been replaced by this new TLX– and in tested SH-AWD Elite grade, the two models are similar in a number of ways, and different in others. Most importantly?

The TLX effectively uses engineering and technology that shine in harsh winter driving. See it in action in the video below.

Acura TLX SH-AWD Elite: The Gist

Engine: 3.5 litre VTEC V6, 290 horsepower

Drivetrain: SH-AWD

Observed Mileage: 12L/100km

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Features: LED lights, climate controlled seats, ELS audio system, push-button shift, navigation, automatic climate control, push-button start, Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) Controller

What’s Hot: Creamy smooth and potent engine, excellent AWD system performance, excellent headlight performance, comfortable and sporty ride, formal interior design, discreet styling

What’s Not: very dated navigation system, may be too discreet looking for some shoppers

Price as Tested: $47,790

Here’s my full review of the Acura TLX, via the Halifax Chronicle Herald