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2016 Acura TLX Review

The 2016 Acura TLX has a comfortable interior, crisp handling, and good safety scores. However, it ranks in the middle of the competitive luxury midsize car class due to its frustrating infotainment system and below-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Fuel-efficient engines
  • Quiet, roomy cabin
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Handsome interior, but not luxurious




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.4
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2016 Acura TLX Overview

Is the 2016 Acura TLX a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Acura TLX is a decent used luxury midsize car. It pleases with its agile handling, comfortable ride quality, and hushed interior. It also returns high fuel economy and offers a long list of advanced safety features. The TLX is a good value; used models are typically thousands of dollars less expensive than rivals from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. That said, the TLX isn’t perfect. Competitors like the 2016 Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES offer higher quality interiors and have better reliability scores.

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How Much Is the 2016 Acura TLX?

You can expect to pay between $21,000 and $33,000 for a used 2016 TLX. These figures are based on 330 listings for the 2016 Acura TLX our site. The average price is $26,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Acura TLX Cost to Own?

The TLX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $23,900 – or about $4,800 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New TLX?

The 2018 Acura TLX starts at $33,000. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used TLX, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are a few major benefits to buying new. The 2018 TLX received new exterior styling, plus an updated infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Acura also equipped all 2018 TLX models with its AcuraWatch package. This means all 2018 models come standard with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, you may prefer the new model.

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On the other hand, you can save money while still buying new – if you’re willing to shift to an affordable class vehicle. The 2018 Honda Civic Si sedan starts at just $24,100. This compact car is about as roomy inside as the midsize TLX, and it offers even sharper handling and better fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Acura TLX?

The TLX has a reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is below average for the industry.

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2016 Acura TLX Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 TLX.

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Which Model Year of the Acura TLX Is Best?

The 2016 TLX marks the second model year of the sports sedan’s first generation. The TLX debuted in 2015 as a successor of the compact Acura TSX and midsize Acura TL sedans. There were no major changes to the TLX over its first three model years. This means you can save money by shopping for 2015 models, without sacrificing the features and performance of the 2016 and 2017 models.

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Which Used TLX Model Is Right for Me?

Acura offers the 2016 TLX in three trims: TLX, TLX V6, and TLX V6 SH-AWD. The Acura TLX base model comes standard with a 206-horsepower engine, all-wheel steering, a rearview camera, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a moonroof, and alloy wheels.

The TLX V6 trim adds a 290-horsepower engine. The TLX V6 SH-AWD trim adds all-wheel drive and the Technology package (optional in the other trims), which includes a navigation system, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. The Advance package (optional in V6 models only) adds heated and ventilated front seats, remote start, parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

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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 TLX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Acura TLX a perfect five-star safety rating in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TLX the top rating of Good in four out of five categories, but only a Marginal rating (the second lowest) in the small overlap front crash test.

All 2016 TLX sedans come standard with a rearview camera. The available Technology package adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Advance package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and parking sensors (front and rear).

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2016 Acura TLX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Acura TLX or 2016 Lexus ES?

If you want a sedan that puts an emphasis on driving enjoyment, stick with the TLX. But if you’re okay with more sedate handling, the 2016 Lexus ES is the better buy. The ES outshines the TLX with higher-quality cabin materials, a roomier back seat, a silky smooth ride quality, and class-leading reliability.

Which Is Better: 2016 Acura TLX or 2016 Honda Accord?

The 2016 Honda Accord is built on the same vehicle platform as the TLX. It’s not quite as agile as its Acura sibling, nor is it offered with all-wheel drive like the TLX. Even so, the Accord offers Acura-like quality at a much lower price point, making it tough to pass up. Notably, both vehicles offer the same advanced safety features, but only the Accord supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2016 TLX Performance

How Does the 2016 Acura TLX Drive?

The Acura TLX has two engine options: a four-cylinder with 206 horsepower and a V6 with 290 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration and its eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivers quick, smooth shifts. However, it feels underwhelming for a sports sedan. The V6 is a better option. It accelerates more assertively and yields superior passing power – and all without much of a drop in fuel economy. That said, its nine-speed automatic transmission has a tendency to up- and downshift too often. Front-wheel drive is standard with both engines; all-wheel drive is available only with the V6.

Regardless of the powertrain, the TLX succeeds in providing refined handling. The sedan feels stable through turns, and its suspension soaks up road bumps and dips nicely. The front-wheel-drive TLX models feature an all-wheel steering system (P-AWS), which gives the car a light and responsive steering feel, as well as better maneuverability at low speeds. All-wheel-drive TLX models offer similar agility, but they achieve this by sending more power to the car’s outside wheels when turning (known as “torque vectoring”).

Does the 2016 Acura TLX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The TLX’s four-cylinder engine earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is good for the luxury midsize car class. The V6 gets 21/34 mpg city/highway when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 21/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.

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2016 TLX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 TLX Seat?

The Acura TLX has five seats. Its front seats are comfy and supportive, and they offer generous head- and legroom. Rear legroom is ample for even adults, though rear headroom is a bit tight for taller passengers. Heated seats are standard; ventilated and leather seats are available. The TLX's cabin is quiet and its dashboard is handsomely designed. Most interior materials are of good quality as well, though there are a few lower-quality plastics in some areas.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Acura TLX?

The TLX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The IIHS gave the vehicle’s LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for ease of use, because some of the anchors are hard to access.

2016 Acura TLX Features

All 2016 TLX models come standard with dual 7- and 8-inch infotainment screens, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a rearview camera, satellite radio, seven speakers, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include a navigation system and a 10-speaker audio system.

Unfortunately, the dual-screen infotainment system can be frustrating to use. Some functions are duplicated between the lower 7-inch touch screen and the upper 8-inch display. Additional audio and climate control buttons are located beneath the touch screen, but they tend to complicate the system’s interface rather than help.

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2016 Acura TLX Dimensions

Acura TLX Cargo Space

The Acura TLX has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for a luxury midsize car. The rear seats can fold, allowing longer items to fit in the trunk.

2016 TLX Length and Weight

The Acura TLX is 15.9 feet long and has a curb weight of between 3,483 and 3,774 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Acura TLX Built?

The 2016 Acura TLX sedan was built in Ohio.

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