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Today, the TL has been replaced by this new TLX– and in tested SH-AWD Elite grade, the two models are similar in a number of ways, and different in others.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