2015 Acura TLX: Up Close


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.

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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.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Acura TLX Photo Gallery (19 Photos)


Although the production version of Acura's new sedan looks like a near copy of the prototype we saw earlier in the year, there's still plenty to look at on the 2015 TLX's front end.

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Its sculpted hood, new interpretation of Acura's beak-like shield grille and what the automaker calls "jewel-eye" LED headlights give it an upscale look. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Acura TLX: First Look


Competes with: Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60

Looks like: Surprise, surprise — it looks like the prototype unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show

Drivetrain: 206-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic; front- and all-wheel drive 

Hits dealerships: Later this year

There were no surprises at the Acura press conference during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The automaker's new sedan looks nearly identical to the prototype that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit.

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Today, however, Acura released more details and specs of the new-for-2015 TLX sedan and showed off the production version. The 2015 sedan launches with familiar styling, new powertrains and a host of additional safety features.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (16)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014


Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (11)

2015 Acura TLX to Debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show


Honda is not one for surprising auto show debuts; the automaker displayed the TLX prototype (pictured) at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and now plans to unveil the production version of the sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in April.

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We already know a lot about the sedan, which will go on sale this summer and replace the TL and TSX in the automaker's lineup. Powering the five-passenger sedan will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic, a first for Honda. All-wheel drive will be available on V-6 models.

What we didn't get to see at the Detroit Auto Show was the sedan's interior, and we'll have to wait until New York for the details. The 2015 TLX will be on the Acura stand April 16. Check back with us for more details. 

Cars.com photos by Steven Pham

By Jennifer Geiger | March 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Acura TLX Video

Acura's new sedan has to fill some big shoes; the 2015 TLX replaces the TL and TSX in Acura's lineup. At this year's Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got a closer look at the prototype version that debuted at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Mays said Acura played it safe with the car's styling, including using a toned-down version of the brand's shield grille. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (10)

Honda Is a Net Exporter, Sort Of


You might have heard that Honda is a net U.S. exporter, sending more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imports into the U.S. for sale. But don't take the news at face value.

Here's why. The automaker, which includes the Honda brand and its Acura luxury division, declared itself a "net exporter in the U.S. for the first time" on Tuesday by virtue of shipping more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imported to the U.S. in 2013. 

But it only counts imports from Japan — which accounted for 88,537 cars in 2013 — in that tally. Those Japan imports fell below the 108,705 cars that Honda shipped out of the U.S. in 2013, excluding cars sent to Canada. The infographic above is provided by Honda and the line "Honda exported more cars from the U.S. than it imported from Japan" is correct.

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That means Honda exported more cars from the U.S., excluding exports to Canada, than it imported from Japan alone in 2013. Did it export more cars from the U.S. than it imported from all countries? Honda won't say, but it's unlikely.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX


Vehicles affected: About 7,387 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans manufactured between Aug. 7, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2013.

The problem: The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the subframe of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships. This could reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The fix: The brand's parent, Honda, will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts for free.

What owners should do: Call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype Wisely Plays It Safe


Acura may not have gone back to the drawing board when designing the 2015 TLX Prototype's exterior, but what it ended up with is no doubt a much-needed evolution. The TLX's front styling is a blend of the 2014 MDX SUV and RLX sedan, while the profile is lean and mean with pronounced curves that pop on the red TLX Prototype shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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A replacement for the midsize TL, the TLX has less fat around the outside and appears more taut, fit and athletic. It's the awkward kid who bulked up at the gym. The TLX is tidier around the nose and trunk with shorter overhangs on both sides, bringing the proportions into a more athletic shape. Overall length is shortened 3.8 inches compared to the current TL, and interior room is said to remain relatively unchanged. The interior, however, won't be shown until later.

By Joe Bruzek | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


The 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sports a cleaner, tamer look with a shorter nose than its predecessor’s beaklike styling; it falls between the compact ILX and the full-size RLX in size and seats five. Acura is only showing us the midsize luxury sedan’s exterior this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so we’ll have to wait until closer to its summer launch to show you what’s in the cabin.

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We do, however, know what’s under the hood: a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter V-6, also direct-injected. Moreover, a new body construction is said to reduce interior noise. Safety equipment includes collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a low-speed follow feature, and a blind spot warning system. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2014 | Comments (5)

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