Acura's latest luxury sedan, the TLX, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award, Top Safety Pick Plus. The TLX earned top scores of good in IIHS' roof-strength, side, moderate-overlap front and head restraint/seat evaluations. It earned an acceptable rating in IIHS' small-overlap frontal crash test, which simulates hitting an object from the front-left corner of the car. (IIHS scores are good, acceptable, marginal and poor.)
Small and midsize luxury cars have mixed results in IIHS' small-overlap test — the safety group's latest and most challenging test. The TLX replaces the TSX and TL; it improves on the TSX's marginal score in the small-overlap but falls short of the TL's good small-overlap rating. Still, the TLX's collision-mitigation technology dwarfs that of the TL. Optional features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning with steering assist and two collision-warning systems. The TL had just the blind spot warning system.
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 200 model-year 2015 Acura TLX sedans manufactured between Aug. 26 and Sept. 20, and equipped with all-wheel drive
The Problem: Incorrect values for the gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight rating, front and rear, may be printed on the safety certification label. If the vehicle is loaded to the specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners on Tuesday, and dealers will install the correct certification label for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura manufacturer Honda at 800-382-2238, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.
For years the TL sedan was Acura's bread-and-butter sedan. It was a strong seller until a radical redesign in 2009. The brand has been trying to recover ever since and hopes an all-new version with an all-new name will return the brand to luxury-sedan success.
Related: 2015 Acura TLX: First Look
The TLX not only replaces the TL, but also the smaller TSX sedan — which was less controversial but didn't fit properly in the brand's lineup, which also now includes the even smaller ILX.
After spending a day driving the TLX in northern Michigan at an Acura event, the TLX might indeed cover all those bases and runs gamut with an entry-level four-cylinder to a fully loaded all-wheel-drive V-6.
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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.
No surprises here: The 2015 TLX is nearly identical to the prototype Acura showed earlier this year. That's a good thing, though, as this is Acura's most cohesive car design in years.
The chrome bar in the shield grille still doesn't look quite right to my eye, but I like how Acura has evolved its multi-element LED headlights; they're thinner and sleeker than the ones on the Acura RLX flagship sedan.
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