The 2019 Acura TLX luxury mid-size sedan was lightly updated this past year and it retains the near-luxury nature of its predecessor after having a comprehensive model refresh last year. The TLX stays a balanced driver with intriguing standard technology and comfort features.
In 2019, the Acura TLX catches a 6.5 on our scale thanks to its comfortable ride along with impressive standard features, though styling leaves somewhat to be desired. (Read more about how we speed automobiles.)
Overall, the TLX design is really a carry-over out of 2018, after that model year’s toning-down of contentious styling attributes. Acura’s grille”shield” was removed in favor of a much more subdued design and staged headlights. Changes back consist of visible exhaust tips for the first time on the car. Interior upgrades include new ambient lighting piping and new seat designs.
A-Spec trimming can be obtained on 4-cylinder TLX versions now, and it offers a plethora of exclusive design features that give the bundle a sportier and more aggressive feel than other TLX models. A blacked-out grille, sportier body work, along with LED fog lights provide the A-Spec a sinister appearance. This”dark-mode” motif continues from there, where 19-inch brakes are completed in Shark Gray paint, and LED taillight covers are tinted, and also the rear decklid spoiler is gloss-black.
Both the 2.4-liter inline-4 along with 3.5-liter V-6 return, today having powered the TLX across two generations. Base 4-cylinder models are front-wheel drive with all-wheel steering. V-6 models can be found with electrical drive. An 8-speed automatic transmission is typical for inline-4 models, using a slick a torque converter and also paddle-shifters. V-6-equipped TLX models receive a 9-speed car, also armed with paddle shifters.
Elsewhere, the TLX includes standard with LED headlights, heated front seats, keyless ignition, and Apple CarPlay/Android car integration. Essential choices include a surround-view camera system, heated steering wheel, and updated Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio.
Despite a cleaner look and elegant interior, some might find the 2019 TLX a bit dull.
There isn’t anything especially wrong with the TLX design, but there is not anything particularly exciting about any of this, either. As competitors’ sedans add dash with every new model, the TLX feels anonymous and obsolete by comparison.
We have rated the 2019 TLX a 5 out of 10 for the inoffensive and pedestrian design. (Read about how we speed automobiles.)
Acura’s choice to take out the TLX’s contentious chrome shield-grille at 2018 was a welcome shift that thankfully carried forward. Cleaning the front look farther, larger LED headlights and a redesigned reduced bumper take on the refined appearance.
The rear end features a more conservative look, with vulnerable dual-exhausts, diffuser-style bumper valance, and LED taillights. A-Spec versions get a set of eye-catching 4-inch exhaust tricks and tinted taillights.
Insidethe TLX’s design is attractive and refined, with Acura’s dual-screen infotainment system based in the dash and broad, supportive seats.Higher trimming levels receive contrast piping and stitching on the leather seats together with four normal interior color motifs, in addition to with the all-black leather/Alcantara and Full Red upholstery choices. Ambient lighting rounds outside a cabin that feels modern yet comfortable. A-Spec versions add more heavily bolstered chairs to get a sportier, supportive feel.
Even following the redesign cleaned up things this past year, the TLX still feels too tame in contrast to other Western premium-label sedans such as Infiniti and Lexus. Buyers searching for a cutting edge design will likely find the TLX’s styling to be a bit light in comparison to other offerings.