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2019 Acura TLX Interior Review


Interior: 7.1

The 2019 Acura TLX has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, and its interior quality reflects that. The cabin looks pretty good, though you will find some mid- and low-grade materials sprinkled about. The seats are fairly comfortable and have a decent amount of room, but trunk space is below average. The infotainment system has a bit of a learning curve.

  • "Interior materials fit the price, and though the overall look is fine with an all-black interior – which benefits from nice sculpturing and plenty of silver accents – the available two-tones and wood trim (the latter fitted to a V6 Advance Package car we drove) dress things up considerably." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "From the front or rear seats, you might appreciate the new contrasting seat piping that's offered on most six-cylinder TLX sedans and standard on the TLX A-Spec. The detail is included on a new comfortable seat design and, overall, Acura offers the luxury of choice with six interior colors." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "Cabin quality reflects the TLX's bargain price, with lots of silver plastic and grainy, hard materials below elbow level. Rival sedans from Cadillac, Lexus and Jaguar have similar drop-offs, but others – particularly rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – are more consistent." -- Cars.com (2018)


The TLX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. Milano and Alcantara leather upholstery, front seats with increased adjustability, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The TLX's front seats provide a decent amount of space, and they have plenty of side bolstering, though that may cramp wide-bodied drivers. The rear seats have enough space that two adults can sit comfortably, but putting three people in the back is probably a stretch.

The TLX’s LATCH system includes two sets of lower anchors on the rear outboard seats and three upper tethers for securing child seats. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and require a lot of force to attach straps to.

  • "You never feel as if you're in a big car, and the TLX doesn't make you feel claustrophobic either. The center console armrest and the door armrest are at the same height, and rear kneeroom and toe room are excellent for the segment. The width of the rear seat, though, is marginal." -- Edmunds
  • "As mentioned earlier, the TLX suffers a bit in the passenger-room department, but that's really only an issue for larger folks. There's good (not great) headroom and legroom in front, and we found the seats to be very comfortable. It's a somewhat different in back, where there's only enough headroom for those up to about 5'11, and while my 5'9 frame found barely enough legroom behind a front seat pushed all the way back, foot space was very tight, noticed mostly on attempted exit. The center tunnel is also quite tall and wide, limiting foot space for a center passenger." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Like many cars in this class, rear-seat space is adequate for two passengers in the outboard rear seats, which can now be optioned with heating controls." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the TLX include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker sound system, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free.

Available features include navigation, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, GPS-linked climate control, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, and AcuraLink, which lets you lock or unlock the car from your phone, request roadside assistance, view vehicle data, and track the TLX if it’s stolen.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and AcuraWatch. AcuraWatch is a suite of advanced safety features including lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure warning, and lane departure warning. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and a surround-view camera.

The Acura infotainment system features two screens, one of which is a touch screen. The system can be distracting and takes time to master because you have to learn which screen controls which features. The controls aren't that convenient to use, and the controller knob for the non-touch screen is awkwardly positioned.

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  • "Acura's solution to info overload is to display data on two screens. It's logical, but it causes distraction when interacting with it. The screen that looks as if it's controlled with a knob is actually a touchscreen, while the screen that should be a touchscreen is controlled with a knob." -- Edmunds
  • "TLX's audio and climate systems are controlled by a mix of knobs, buttons, flippers, and upper and lower dash screens, only the lower one being a touchscreen. The arrangement is fairly logical once you get used to it, but the climate controls, especially, aren't the most convenient to use." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "The infotainment still has the potentially confusing dual screens, but the lower, 7.0-inch display now has capacitive-touch operation. Acura claims a 30 percent faster response time, and while we can't verify that stat, it felt subjectively quicker." -- Car and Driver (2018)


The TLX has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less room than class rivals offer. The rear seats fold down, giving you some flexibility for carrying larger items, though the opening is small. The trunk shape is great for long cargo, but not as useful for wide objects. There is an under-floor storage compartment in the trunk that can hold additional stuff.

  • "Trunk space is good for the class, with a deep, low floor. The trunk shape works well for longer pieces of cargo; wide items will have to be Tetrised in. The deep compartment below the trunk floor can hold three to four grocery bags. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down, though the aperture is small." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space – or at least, usefulness – lags just a bit. The area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load area, though they're covered to prevent damage to cargo. The rear seat backs fold, but they leave a restricted opening and a two-step rise that prevents long items from being easily slid forward. On the plus side, there's a good amount of hidden storage under the floor." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Trunk volume, at 14.3 cubic feet, lands roughly between the two groups. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard, but the opening to the backseat is only modest." -- Cars.com (2018)

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