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2017 Acura TLX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Acura TLX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

Test drivers generally appreciate the 2017 Acura TLX’s interior, noting that it offers an upscale feeling and materials of decent quality. The cabin also stays quiet from road and exterior noise. Seating is a positive factor overall, with comfortable and roomy front seats. The back seat offers ample legroom but headroom is tight for taller passengers. Reviewers find both positive and negative aspects to the vehicle’s infotainment system.

  • The TLX cabin is similar in appearance to that of the larger flagship RLX sedan, featuring a sleek dashboard with swoopy lines that flow continuously into the door panels. The majority of materials are of good quality with the exception of a few trim pieces that aren't quite as substantial as what you'll find in an Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "Historically, Acura interiors are precisely tailored, closely detailed and intuitively user-friendly, and the 2016 TLX maintains that appreciated tradition." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Interiors, too, manage to provide a premium feel. This is harder to do now than it used to be, as ‘regular’ cars have significantly raised the bar in recent years. Acura does it here with a stately yet modern design backed by wood and matte-silver trim accenting available two-toned interiors with numerous padded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (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’s seat. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat are optional.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the TLX has a few problems with its LATCH system. Only the two outboard rear seats have lower anchors, and they are too deep in the seat and require some force to attach the cables. Overall, the TLX’s LATCH system gets a grade of Marginal, which is the second lowest.

Seats in the TLX are extremely comfortable and provide good support. The optional leather upholstery adds another premium dimension. The two front seats offer plenty of room, and the back seat is mostly accommodating as well. Legroom is good overall, though headroom is insufficient for taller adults.

  • "The front seats in the TLX have thick, supple padding and decent lateral support, creating a sporty yet cushy feel. The rear seat is quite plush, too, with a comfortable seatback angle and relatively generous legroom, though headroom might be lacking for tall passengers." -- Edmunds
  • There's plenty of room in front for tall drivers. Rear head and leg room are adequate for 6-footers as long as the front seats aren't pushed far back, and egress is fairly easy. Visibility is good to the front corners but is somewhat restricted to the sides due to thickish roof pillars. It's worse to the rear corners and straight back." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • “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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 TLX are a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, proximity key entry, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, a dual-screen infotainment system, smartphone app integration, voice command activation, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Optional features include LED fog lights, remote engine start, HD Radio, a 10-speaker premium sound system, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, collision mitigation braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Reviews of the TLX’s infotainment system are mixed, with some saying it’s easier to use than some German rivals’ systems and others noting that its graphics pale in comparison. Journalists are also split on the functionality and necessity of the two-screen setup; some think the touch-screen commands and main control knob are hard to reach, while others are more impressed.

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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 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 such as BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI." -- Edmunds
  • "In the center stack an 8-inch information screen is positioned where it's easy to see; below that, a 7-inch touch screen is where it's easy to operate. There are switches for the climate control and a big knob allows scrolling through the sound system or navigation." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The infotainment connectivity is on par with the best in the class, the 10-speaker ELS Studio Premium Audio or even the 7-speaker premium audio is superbly distinct and there are zillions of ways to get music into them. The NAV and audio systems are a lot easier and more intuitive to use than BMW's or Mercedes'. And the styling, while not being overly distinctive, is not as far-fetched as some earlier Acura offerings" -- AutoWeek (2015)

Cargo

The TLX has a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly below average for the class. Models with the Advance package have 14.3 cubic feet of room through the addition of a storage bin under the trunk floor. Though the trunk itself is shaped well, design elements like large hinges and a small opening hurt its usefulness.

  • Trunk space, at 13.2 cubic feet, is about average for this class." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunklid has covered, sickle-shaped hinges that eat up a bit of space, and the trunk opening is rather small, but the trunk itself is wide at the rear with a flat floor. The rear seat backs fold nearly flat and level with the load floor, but the opening is rather restricted.” -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The extra structural bracing behind the rear seat also eats into the space available in the trunk pass-through area. With the rear seats folded down, the throughway is more oval-shaped than square." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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