2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD Review – A Peculiar Combination of Bad and Good

The 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD with all-wheel drive is supposed to be Acura’s top end sedan with the performance to rival big racing icons in the motoring industry. Acura decided to join the Pirelli World Challenge racing series and the rules state that a marquee must enter a race variant of their road going vehicles and compete against other names; names that might ring a bell such as the Nissan GTR, and Ferrari 458 just to name a few. With this in mind, you might think the road going variant of the TLX is a performance beast, well yes and no; the quick answer is, it’s neutered by a lot of wrong decisions.

2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD Review - A Peculiar Combination of Bad and Good

The 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD Needs to be a Sporty Machine But There’s a Lot of Boring Choices Going on

Exterior-wise the 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD has little to show for when compared to its GTR and 458 rivals in the racing series, but on its own, the TLX combines a classy, sleek look that makes it appear to have a wide stance thanks to narrow design cues such as the headlights, and lower air dam and the chrome accent above it just adds to the overall effect. The side’s long and low profile make it look more fitting of a luxury sedan than a performance car and the rear of the car is just huge-looking. Under the hood is a 3.5liter V6 putting out a rather low 290hp and is mated to a 9 speed automatic that is powering all four wheels via an intelligent torque splitting system providing four wheel steering when cornering.

On the inside, the 2015 TLX V6 SH-AWD looks continue and it is apparent that the road going variant of the TLX is more for luxury than performance. Wood accents, brown leather, and brightwork for trim, the interior truly feels premium but as a performance car, all these just means dead weight, even the seats lack the side bolstering needed for attacking corners.

The performance bits of the TLX is dampened by everything Acura put into the road going variant. The low hp engine is hindered by the sheer weight of the body, the impressive potential of the all-wheel steering is defeated by the less grippy economy tires that come stock with the car, and the 9 speed gearbox is like Elmer Fudd always hunting for Bugs and Daffy; always searching, always struggling.

The 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD actually shows a lot of potential as a performance car but not in its stock configuration. Luxury car-wise the TLX hits all the right spots. However, everything that neutered the supposed sportiness of the TLX: the gearbox, the tires, even the push button gear selector, seriously Acura, buttons? Why? Overall, It would have seemed better for Acura to market the TLX V6 SH-AWD as a luxury sedan with potential than a race car first with luxury features.


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