2015 Acura TLX Video

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan — not that proximity made things more exciting. "It kind of looks like every other Acura," Mays said. Similar to the TL/TSX replacement's prototype we saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the TLX is shorter than the TL and wears Acura's shield grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights. With a comfortable cabin and roomier trunk, Mays found little to criticize but not much to get excited about either. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Detroit Auto Show: Acura to Unveil TSX, TL Replacement Dubbed TLX

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Acura has announced that it will show a new TLX Prototype, a midlevel performance-oriented luxury sedan concept, at the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit. The production version of the TLX will replace both the TSX and TL sedans in the brand's lineup. It is the next step in creating a three-level sedan lineup, says Acura, with the smaller ILX at the entry level and the larger RLX as the flagship.

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The TLX will feature two new direct-injected engines mated to a new transmission, and will be available in two- or all-wheel drive (Acura has not specified if the car will be front-wheel drive, but seeing as how the brand has no rear-wheel-drive platform, this would be a safe bet).

By Aaron Bragman | December 19, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Acura TL

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What's inside counts for a lot, but in the case of the Acura TL, inelegant exterior styling overshadows the sport sedan's powerful engine, roomy interior and convenience features, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. If you can look past its garish grille, Thomas says, there's a lot to like about the TL, even if it didn't win the Cars.com $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Acura TL, 2003-2007 Honda Accord

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Honda is expanding an earlier recall of more than 56,000 model-year 2007-08 Acura TL sedans and adding 2003-07 Honda Accords to the recall. The automaker is now recalling 625,762 units of the TL and V-6-powered Accords because of a faulty power-steering hose, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, the power-steering hose may deteriorate over time and leak fluid. This could lead to a loss of steering control. If power-steering fluid leaks onto the catalytic converter, it could start a fire.

Owners affected by the first recall were notified in June; Honda will notify owners of the expanded recall starting on Oct. 26. Dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge, but NHTSA is reporting that sufficient parts are not yet available and won't be until early next year. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans — the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 — failed the latest round of IIHS frontal tests.

As we reported Monday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new offset frontal-barrier test simulates a 40-mph collision with a rigid barrier that overlaps just 25% of the car. The test simulates a front-corner collision with a tree, a pole or another vehicle, a scenario that is responsible for almost 25% of front crashes that seriously injure or kill someone in front, IIHS says. The new test will augment the agency's existing frontal test, which crashes a car at 40 mph against a deformable barrier that overlaps 40% of the front.

"Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe," IIHS said in a statement, noting that despite an increasing number of cars that score well in frontal crash tests, some 10,000 highway deaths still come from frontal collisions each year.

By Kelsey Mays | August 14, 2012 | Comments (30)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Acura TL

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Acura is recalling 52,615 TL sedans from the 2007-08 model years because of a faulty hose, the automaker said.

In the affected vehicles, the power-steering hose may deteriorate over time and leak fluid. This could lead to a loss of steering control. If power-steering fluid leaks onto the catalytic converter, it could start a fire. Acura says there have been no crashes, injuries or fires related to the issue.

The recall will begin in mid-June. The power-steering hose will be replaced at no charge. Owners can call Acura at 800-382-2238 for more info.

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By David Thomas | May 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Acura TL

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In past model years, the Acura TL has been known for its polarizing looks, especially its shield grille. For the 2012 model year, the automaker has softened the grille's look in the hopes of appealing to more consumers. It certainly appealed to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey, who found its angular looks and V-6 engine satisfying. She wasn't as impressed with the interior's cheap-looking plastic trim across the dash and center stack, though.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 13, 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 Acura TL Video

Acura took the 2012 model year to address a lot of the issues dragging the TL's sales and image down. There's now less offensive styling and a more fuel-efficient automatic transmission to consider. Also, the automaker has added a voice-activated music search functionality. Too bad Acura couldn’t fix the TL's confusing climate controls, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek.

By Colin Bird | January 4, 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 Acura TL: Car Seat Check

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In a bid to regain its best-seller status, Acura has softened the look of the 2012 TL's polarizing shield grille. Whether it's enough to appeal to consumers remains to be seen. On the inside, the midsize sedan's dimensions remain the same, with seating for five.

By Jennifer Newman | December 6, 2011 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 876,000 Honda and Acura Vehicles

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Honda is expanding earlier recalls to replace the driver-side airbag inflator to include an additional 273,000 Honda and Acura vehicles, the automaker announced. The recall now includes certain 2001-02 Honda Accords, 2001-03 Honda Civics and Odysseys, 2002-03 Honda CR-Vs and Acura 3.2 TLs, and 2003 Honda Pilots and Acura 3.2 CLs. This serious defect has resulted in one fatality since the recall was first announced in 2008. The recall has been expanded in July 2009, February 2010 and May.

The automaker also has determined that 640 recalled driver’s airbag parts, which were used for repairs, have been installed in cars. Honda cannot determine the vehicles that received the parts, so it’s recalling about 603,000 vehicles to inspect the airbag parts and replace the parts if necessary.

In the affected vehicles, the airbag inflators can deploy with too much force, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injury or death.

Affected owners will receive a recall notification from Honda later this month. Honda owners can determine if their vehicle is affected by this recall at www.recalls.honda.com or call 800-999-1009 and select option 4; Acura owners can go to www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-382-2238 and select option 4.

By Jennifer Newman | December 2, 2011 | Comments (2)

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