From the MDX to the 2015 TLX- Acura has been making some seriously aggressive moves in the market and we’re excited to have been invited for the ride. This time I hit the back-roads of Virginia where I had the opportunity to take the TLX on a 430km “test drive”. Though the drive was long it was nothing short of spectacular as you can see in the video above. From open highways to winding back-roads, the test drive offered a wide array of driving conditions that gave me the opportunity to put the car through its paces and really get a sense of what the 2015 TLX was capable off.
The 2015 Acura TLX comes totally tricked out with all the usual bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from a car in it’s category- driver assistance, collision/road departure mitigation system, multi-view rear camera… down to its patented jewel eye LED headlights (click here for a full spec sheet). So what makes it different than the rest?
- For starters, as the official replacement of the TL and the TSX, the TLX bring you the best of both worlds by offering an affordable luxury vehicle that still maintains a strong youthful spirit.
- It isn’t ageist- this car was built for the car enthusiast first and demographic second. Which means anyone from their 20’s to 50’s would look good driving this car
- It is spacious, without being intimidating. Standing tall at 5’6 I’ve driven cars that look great on the outside but once you get in you either feel like you’re swimming in your seat or worse that you can’t accurately judge the space around your car. This is where the TLX excels, as the cabin design is one my favourite features. It is spacious without being overwhelming and the synergy of design and technology gave me the confidence in knowing that I was in control. A 430 km test drive ain’t a joke, a lot can go wrong if you don’t feel confident behind the wheel.
- Power- I’ve been known to have a lead foot, and if you do too I’d recommend trying out the Sport+ mode. You can thank me later.
- Great handling- Virginia’s country side is riddled with winding roads which make for great “test driving” conditions. The TLX was great at handling sharp turns, quick accelerations and eminent breaking. Don’t worry no animals, pedestrians or camera men were hurt in this test drive.
There you have it, the car is great to drive- but is that enough? While on the trip I was chatting with some of the other editors and one of them quite boldly & poignantly stated that- no one really makes “bad cars” today. Now I know some of you may vehemently disagree with that statement, but let’s think about it. With the incredible advancements in technology, no car is really unsafe, structurally unsound, or built of parts that could jeopardize one’s life. So, if no one makes visibly obvious “bad cars” then what is it that drives us to choose one brand, model above another? The answer, personality and lifestyle. See, in my opinion cars are no different than clothes. They are a reflection of one’s personality and quite often speak volumes about us before we ever utters a word. Now I can’t profess to tell you what you should think of the TLX or the Acura brand in general but I do hope that this article/video give you a sense for what the brand is about and the people behind the technology.
If I can let you in on a little secret, my appreciation for the 2015 Acura TLX didn’t just come from the physical car itself but also from engaging with the very engineers that conceived and built it. Hearing them talk honestly about their baby was not only refreshing but inspiring. Because if you think about it, much like an artisan or bespoke tailor these men and women are artists in their own right and to have them share their craft first hand without all the PR jargon was amazing.