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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Acura TLX Review

The 2015 Acura TLX feels quick off the line and on the highway, offering impressive fuel economy to boot. Still, its rivals have more rear-seat headroom and easier-to-use infotainment systems. These traits contribute to a middling ranking for this Acura.

Pros & Cons


  • Brisk acceleration
  • Great fuel economy
  • Quiet, comfortable ride



  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Limited rear headroom


2015 Acura TLX Overview

Is the 2015 Acura TLX a Good Used Car?

Although it has its imperfections, the Acura TLX makes a good choice among upscale midsize cars, thanks to its admirable performance, quiet cabin, and wealth of standard features. The TLX was our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money.

Used 2015 Acura TLX Performance and Interior

The base TLX has a 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Some models come with a 290-horsepower V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. With this powertrain, you can choose between front- and all-wheel-drive variants. Although V6-powered models have quicker acceleration, four-cylinder models have plenty of pep too. The TLX delivers better fuel economy than many of its classmates: 21-24 mpg in the city and 31-35 mpg on the highway. The TLX has a comfortable ride and maintains its poise around turns. However, many other upscale midsize cars have nimbler handling and stronger brakes.

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The TLX seats five and has a quiet cabin with luxury appointments, including standard leatherette-trimmed seats and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Some models feature leather seats and ventilated front seats. While there’s plenty of room up front, the rear seats don’t have enough headroom for optimal comfort. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof. The TLX’s standard AcuraLink infotainment system employs confusing dual-screen displays. The system requires too much bouncing back and forth between screens, which can be distracting out on the road. However, staying connected is easy, with standard Siri Eyes Free and integration with smartphone apps like Pandora and Aha. Notable upgrades include a navigation system, remote start, and GPS-linked climate control.

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Used 2015 Acura TLX Prices

The price of used 2015 Acura TLX ranges from about $21,075 for the base TLX to around $29,247 for an AWD V6 model with the Advance package. Prices fluctuate with demand and vary based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Acura TLX?

The 2015 Acura TLX has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which J.D. Power considers above average.

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How Safe Is the TLX?

The 2015 Acura TLX has a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned the highest score of Good in four of five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it earned the second-lowest score of Marginal for the IIHS’ small overlap front test, which measures how well a vehicle protects occupants during a front-corner impact.

A rearview camera comes standard, and plenty of other driver assistance features are available. The Technology package adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning with a lane-keeping function, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Advance package adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and road departure mitigation.

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Should I Consider Another Used TLX?

Acura launched the TLX for the 2015 model year, and it remains largely unchanged since its introduction. Try to resist the temptation to buy a newer model, because you’ll just be paying a higher price for similar features.

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Which Used Acura TLX Is Right for Me?

The TLX comes in a single trim with a number of upgrades, including a V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The Technology and Advance packages add advanced safety equipment, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and remote start.

If you’re hesitant to buy a used vehicle, consider a certified pre-owned model. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Acura TLX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura TLX or 2015 Lexus IS?

Like the TLX, the Lexus IS has an above-average predicted reliability rating, a comfortable ride, and two engines with comparable power. However, the IS has sportier handling than its Acura counterpart, which is enough to win over some buyers. On the other hand, the TLX is better for those who want superior fuel economy and more standard features than the IS offers, like a rearview camera and heated front seats.

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura TLX or 2015 Infiniti Q50?

The Infiniti Q50 appeals to those looking for nimbler handling and more power than the TLX offers. However, the Q50 is less fuel-efficient, has a below-average predicted reliability rating, and – like the TLX – has a complicated dual-screen infotainment system. For better value, go for the TLX.

Which Is Better: 2015 Acura TLX or 2015 Honda Accord?

Instead of the TLX, you may want to consider a well-equipped Honda Accord. Both cars have peppy engines with respectable gas mileage, but the Accord makes a better choice for those who want to pay less for roomier rear seats and a larger trunk than the TLX offers. The TLX feels more composed around turns than the Accord, but neither is particularly agile. The Accord does not offer all-wheel drive. Inside, the Accord’s available dual-screen infotainment system is just as distracting as the TLX’s AcuraLink system.

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