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2015 Acura TLX Review

The 2015 Acura TLX ranks in the middle third of the luxury midsize car class. It offers peppy engine performance, a comfortable ride, and composed handling, but its confusing infotainment system and an awful reliability rating hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Lithe handling
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Poor reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.4
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2015 Acura TLX Overview

Is the 2015 Acura TLX a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Acura TLX is an OK luxury midsize car. The TLX has two punchy yet fuel-efficient engine options, and it rewards drivers with agile handling and a cushioned ride. Inside, the TLX offers an upscale cabin with supportive seats and decent passenger space. It’s available with many active safety features as well. That said, the TLX rates poorly for reliability, and its dual-screen infotainment system is frustrating to use. Consider other cars in this segment first.

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We’ve analyzed 25 Acura TLX reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Acura TLX?

Based on about 2,190 listings for the 2015 Acura TLX on our site, the average price is $21,400. Prices range from $17,600 to $25,600 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Acura TLX Cost to Own?

The TLX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be about $28,360, or $5,672 per year. That's slightly below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New TLX?

The 2020 TLX starts at $33,000, well above the average price of a 2015 TLX, but it offers a bit more as well. The AcuraWatch suite of active safety features comes standard in the new TLX, as does Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the TLX's exterior has been refreshed since 2015, and the A-Spec package is available for the 2020 TLX but not the 2015 model. If the new standard features or the A-Spec package interest you, the new TLX is worth considering. If not, save some money and stick with the 2015 model.

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You likely won’t find any new luxury midsize cars for the average price of a 2015 Acura TLX.

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Which Model Year of the Acura TLX Is Best?

The TLX debuted for the 2015 model year, and the 2020 TLX is a part of this generation. For 2018, Acura refreshed the TLX's exterior styling, added support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, made the AcuraWatch suite of active safety features standard, and debuted the A-Spec package. The 2018 TLX is nearly identical to the 2019 and 2020 models, but it's likely less expensive. The 2018 model is the TLX to shop for.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Acura TLX?

The 2015 Acura TLX has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Two is the lowest rating J.D. Power assigns.

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2015 Acura TLX Recalls

At the time of writing, there are four recalls for the 2015 TLX. One recall deals with reduced fuel pump performance that may cause the engine to stall. There are two recalls involving the transmission: One is to correct the transmission unexpectedly shifting to neutral, and another addresses the automatic transmission not shifting into park in some models. There is also a recall that involves incorrect weight values on the certification label.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Acura TLX Is Right for Me?

The TLX comes in one trim, and it has plenty of features. These include a dual-screen infotainment system with seven speakers, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Also included are a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated front seats.

When the TLX was new, a couple packages were available, so you may find models with heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and navigation.

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What Does Acura's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for cars six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles get a limited warranty that is good for up to two years or 100,000 miles after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty has expired. Acura covers the powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles. These CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits are available, including roadside assistance and the first scheduled maintenance, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Acura’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Lexus, Tesla, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the Acura?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the TLX a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the organization's highest award. The TLX earned the top rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the TLX an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The TLX comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Acura TLX Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Honda Accord sedan is an affordable midsize car worth considering. Like the TLX, it has a powerful, fuel-efficient base engine, nimble handling, and an upscale interior. Plus, the Accord has roomy seating in both rows, which you can't quite say about the TLX. While the Accord's steering feels numb, the TLX's steering is direct. The TLX has more luxury features like leather upholstery and ventilated seats, but both vehicles have fussy infotainment systems. Choosing between these two may come down to preference.

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

The 2015 Lexus ES is a more well-rounded luxury midsize car than the TLX. It has a superb reliability rating, a potent standard V6-powered engine, and spacious rear seats. It also has a cushioned ride and a refined interior. The TLX offers more engaging performance and a lower average list price, but the ES is the superior choice.

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2015 TLX Performance

How Does the 2015 Acura TLX Drive?

Lithe handling and a composed ride make the base TLX an enjoyable vehicle to drive. It features a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers speedy acceleration, and the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission offers quick shifts. A 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is available and paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2015 Acura TLX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard 2015 TLX gets 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. These are good fuel economy figures for the luxury midsize car class. Models with the upgraded engine and front-wheel drive get 21 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while those with all-wheel drive get 21/31 mpg city/highway.

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2015 TLX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 TLX Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the TLX's hushed cabin. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats and genuine leather upholstery.

The front-row seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats have a good amount of legroom. Rear-seat headroom is a bit snug for tall occupants, however.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Acura TLX?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 Acura TLX Features

The TLX comes standard with a dual-screen infotainment system with seven speakers, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include navigation and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

The infotainment system’s confusing layout requires too much bouncing around between displays. Technology standards change, so make sure that your mobile device can connect to the TLX’s Bluetooth system.

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2015 Acura TLX Dimensions

Acura TLX Cargo Space

The base 2015 TLX has 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is decent for the luxury midsize car class. The TLX also comes with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

2015 TLX Length and Weight

The 2015 TLX is about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,480 to 3,775 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Acura TLX Built?

Acura built the 2015 TLX in Ohio.


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