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2015 Acura TLX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Acura TLX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Most critics say the all-new 2015 Acura TLX’s interior design is simple, with upscale materials like premium faux wood and metal, as well as attractive textured plastic. However, a few say that some cheaper plastic trim is noticeable in out-of-reach areas. Test drivers write that the TLX’s cabin is exceptionally quiet for the class, and they are pleased with its comfortable front seats. However, they say its rear seats lack headroom, and many dislike the TLX’s confusing dual-screen infotainment system.

  • "The interior similarly plays it safe. There aren't any experimental interior materials or wild colors, just nicely grained plastics, wood and silver trim, and muted leather (leatherette is standard)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The aesthetic is pure Honda in the best way possible, an impression carried further by the clean dashboard design, low cowl, and wide, comfortable seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "Modern and functional best describe the Acura TLX interior. … The interior features soft-touch materials, wood and aluminum accents that add to the upscale feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is trimmed nicely, using mostly high-quality materials. Faux wood and metal are convincing enough for the price point and segment, though it's easy to spot the out-of-the-way areas covered in cheaper plastic." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The 2015 Acura TLX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat. Perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat are available in higher trims. Test drivers report that the TLX has one of the quietest cabins in its class, and they say its front seats are roomy and quite comfortable. Reviewers write that the TLX’s rear seats have plenty of legroom but very little headroom, especially for taller occupants.

  • "The front seats are some of the most comfortable I've sat in recently, and are covered in leather that looks premium and feels that way, too. Rear cabin room is a mixed bag, with plenty of leg- and shoulder room but slightly disappointing headroom for passengers 6 feet or taller." -- Motor Trend
  • "Rear-seat headroom is surprisingly tight, though legroom is good. Front headroom and elbow room are decent, so the two front occupants won't feel cramped in this car at all." -- Edmunds
  • "Extensive efforts were made to make the new car quieter, including pumping foam into the spaces behind the exterior body panels. This has resulted in as quiet a ride as you're likely to get in the class." -- AutoWeek
  • "The Acura is remarkably quiet for a vehicle in this segment." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Acura TLX include a moonroof, a rearview camera, proximity key, push-button start, a voice-activated Siri Eyes Free iPhone interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, smartphone app integration (including Pandora), a dual-screen infotainment system (with a touch screen and a display-only screen) and a seven-speaker audio system. The Technology Package adds navigation, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, HD Radio, a GPS-linked climate control system that can make adjustments based on the position of the sun, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic monitoring. The Advance Package adds adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, pre-collision braking and remote start.

Many test drivers think the infotainment system’s dual-screen layout is confusing. They complain that the two screens needlessly duplicate functions and make it difficult to figure out which buttons control which screen. They add that the touch screen requires multiple presses to perform simple tasks. However, the TLX’s wide array of high-tech driver assistance features do impress some critics.

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  • "Two large color screens dominate the center stack, along with a multifunction controller. They look like three different systems thrown into one car, and sometimes work like that, too. We spent a lot of time deciphering which control directs what function on what screen." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The dual central display arrangement is bizarre, just as it is in a rash of recent Honda/Acura products. The lower touch screen handles audio and some climate-control functions, while the upper, non-touch screen (controlled by a knob and hard buttons located under the lower display) manages the same stuff, plus navigation. The graphics and resolutions of the displays don't quite match; one screen would do the job just fine." -- Car and Driver
  • "Acura has also upped its game on the tech forefront. While the infotainment screen graphics look somewhat dated (and I'm still not a fan of the dual-screen layout), Acura has added plenty of safety tech to the TLX." -- Motor Trend
  • "… although we still find Acura's infotainment/climate control touchscreen tedious (it forces a minimum of two presses for certain functions that should take just one), overall this is a higher-level cabin than before." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2015 Acura TLX comes with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is about average for an upscale midsize car. Models with the Advance Package have a larger 14.3-cubic-foot trunk.

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