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2016 Acura TLX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Acura TLX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

Most reviewers think the 2016 Acura TLX's interior is exceptionally quiet. They find the cabin’s layout attractive and comprised of good-quality materials, but others say some competitors deliver more-upscale spaces. Test drivers say the TLX's front seats are roomy and comfortable. Its back seats have good legroom, but headroom is limited for tall occupants, they add. Auto writers complain that the infotainment system's dual screens make it frustrating to use.

  • "The TLX's cabin is similar in appearance to that of the flagship RLX sedan or MDX crossover, featuring a sleek dashboard with dynamic lines that flow attractively into the door panels. While materials quality is generally good, a few of the trim pieces aren't quite as rich as what you'll find in an A4, for instance." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Seating

The 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 front passenger seat. Perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are optional in upper trims. Test drivers agree that the 2016 TLX has an exceptionally quiet interior, and its front seats are spacious and very comfortable. The rear seats have good legroom, reviewers say, but they are short on headroom for taller passengers.

  • "It's a bit on the small side for the premium midsize class, but in many ways its relatively trim footprint is an asset-and it doesn't give up that much in interior or cargo space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats in the TLX have thick, supple padding and decent lateral support, creating a sporty, intimate feel. The rear seat is quite plush, too, with a comfortable seatback angle and relatively generous legroom, though headroom may be at a premium for tall passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The Acura is remarkably quiet for a vehicle in this segment." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Acura TLX comes equipped with a moonroof, a rearview camera, proximity key, push-button start, voice-activated Siri Eyes Free for iPhone, 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 stereo. Available features include navigation, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, pre-collision braking, remote start and a GPS-connected climate control system that can make adjustments based on the position of the sun.

Critics think the TLX's dual-screen infotainment layout is complicated and confusing. They point out that the two screens have duplicate functions, making it hard to decipher which controls work with each screen. A few test drivers also point out that the control knob beneath the touch screen can be hard to reach while driving. Still, some auto writers are pleased with the amount of advanced driver assistance features available with the TLX.

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  • "The TLX's standard dual-screen infotainment setup is an oddity in this segment. The lower screen is a touchscreen that handles functions like radio and climate controls, while the upper screen displays the navigation map or other status screens on demand. The learning curve for this interface isn't that steep, but some of the touchscreen controls are tedious to use, and the control knob below the touchscreen can be challenging to reach and manipulate on the move. The graphics are also underwhelming compared to class standouts like BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Acura TLX's trunk has 13.2 cubic feet of space and comes with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. That's just a tad below average for the class. TLX models with the Advance Package have a larger 14.3-cubic-foot trunk.

  • "Trunk space, at 13.2 cubic feet, is about average for this class." -- Edmunds

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