The All-New 2015 Acura TLX vs. The Competition

Acura TLX vs Competition

If you’ve been following our blog for a little while, you know that we’ve been talking about the new Acura TLX for a while now. A new car may be impressive when it stands alone, but there’s something to be said, a lot to be said in fact, for how it compares to other models in its segment. To that end, we want to use today’s post to compare the 2015 Acura TLX 9-spd AT to the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Base and the 2014 BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i. We’re going to give you some of the most important highlights, but of course you can check out the full comparison in-depth on the Acura website.

Pricing and Warranty

When it comes to pricing and warranty specs, there a few “biggies” worth pointing out:

  • The Acura TLX has both a lower base MSRP and destination charge than the other two models.
  • Even when all three models are comparably equipped, the TLX is still the better price point.
  • All three models have the same basic warranty, but the TLX has a better powertrain warranty for both months and miles than the Infiniti or BMW models.

Comfort and Convenience

Here are the features these models have in common when it comes to comfort and convenience (except where noted):

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard remote door unlock
  • Standard power windows and door locks
  • Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control
  • Tilting and telescopic steering column
  • Front adjustable seats
  • Power driver and passenger seats
  • Standard fold-down rear seatback (except for Infiniti)
  • Remote keyless access
  • Remote trunk release
  • Multi-function remotes
  • Push start ignition

Here is where the TLX has some advantages in making the vehicle more comfortable and/or convenient compared to the competition:

  • The TLX offers more driver-side memory adjustments than the BMW.
  • The TLX comes with a standard moonroof.
  • Unlike the Infiniti, the TLX has a standard universal garage door opener.
  • TLX_MultiViewRCamUnlike the BMW, the TLX has a standard rearview camera.
  • Unlike the Infiniti, the TLX offers dual adjustable seat height.
  • The TLX has standard heated front seats, which are not available in the Infiniti and just optional with the BMW.
  • The TLX offers standard access to satellite radio which is an option in the BMW. Also, surround sound, not available in the Infiniti and optional in the BMW, is standard for the TLX.
  • TLX_HeadlightsThe TLX trumps the BMW for standard LED headlights and the Infiniti for standard perimeter/exterior lighting activated via remote.
  • While all three models have storage features such as cargo area tiedown, seatback storage, and beverage holders, the TLX also has armrest storage.

Performance and Engineering

When it comes to performance and engineering, the mechanics of a vehicle can sometimes be a little more technical than customers care to know about. So again, here are some highlights.

All three models offer:

  • Automatic transmission
  • Front power ventilated disc and rear power disc brakes
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels

The models vary in terms of liter size, front vs. rear wheel drive, valve configuration, direct injection vs. sequential electronic fuel injected, and turning diameter. However, the TLX has a few advantages:

  • The TLX is outfitted with a 6-cylinder engine compared to the 4-cylinder BMW. [find photo of TLX engine]
  • The TLX has both more horsepower and torque than the BMW.
  • Paddle shifters are standard on the TLX, but are optional on the BMW and not available for the Infiniti.
  • The TLX has standard hill start assist, which is not available for the Infiniti.
  • The TLX has bigger wheels than both competitors’ models (18 inches vs. 17 inches).

Safety

Safety is an area where car manufacturers don’t like to mess around, so it should be no surprise that these three models feature very similar safety features such as:

  • TLX_PerfBrakingAnti-lock brakes
  • Vehicle stability control
  • Traction control
  • Brake assistance
  • Placement and number of airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Child-proof rear door locks
  • Vehicle theft deterrent system

The difference in this area is that the TLX and BMW also have a radio theft deterrent system, which is not available in the Infiniti.

Dimensions and Capacities

Finally, let’s get an overview of the size of these models. These models vary greatly in terms of the size of their wheelbase, height, curb weight, and maximum passenger volume. The only thing they seem to have in common in this department is that all three models offer seating for five.

Here’s where the TLX differs:

  • tlx exteriorThe TLX has both a greater length and width than both competitors’ models.
  • Both the front and rear tracks are bigger on the TLX.
  • While the ground clearance for the Infiniti is not listed, the TLX has a better ground clearance than the BMW.
  • In terms of maximum and total cargo volume, the TLX trumps the BMW.
  • The TLX has more fuel tank capacity than the BMW.
  • The TLX offers more front legroom and rear shoulder room than the BMW, and more front shoulder room than both the Infiniti and the BMW.

If the specs you’ve read about today for the 2015 Acura TLX sound like a good fit for your lifestyle needs and you’re in the market for a sports-sedan, we invite you to come down and check out the TLX for yourself. For your convenience, we’ve even made it possible for you to schedule a test drive simply by clicking on the button below.

2015 TLX test drive

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The All-New 2015 Acura TLX Has Arrived at Tischer Auto! – Here are the Features You Need to Know

2015 Acura TLX

We at Tischer are very excited to announce the much-anticipated 2015 Acura TLX has finally arrived at our dealership. After several days of being able to check out this premier vehicle both inside and out, we’re more than thrilled with what we’ve seen. This model is already being hailed as “an attractive, technologically-advanced package that’s a compelling alternative to the segment stalwarts” by auto industry experts. Indeed, Acura set out to create a sports-sedan that would set an industry benchmark in the sports-sedan segment, and they have definitely accomplished that goal with the TLX! With a host of new features and technologies, and many returning exceptional Acura features, we think this latest model has something Acura enthusiasts will be thrilled with, too.

Here are some of the newest details, features, and technologies in the 2015 TLX you’ll want to know about:

  • The TLX is the successor to the TL.
  • The TLX is the newest member of Acura’s re-envisioned performance-luxury sedan lineup.
  • Acura’s mission with the TLX is “designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium (red-carpet) luxury refinement, while delivering on Acura’s ‘Synergy Between Man and Machine’ product direction – characterized by vehicles that perform ‘at the will of the driver’ with intuitive, exhilarating and confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”
  • Available trims include the TLX, TLX V-6, and TLX SH-AWD with available Technology and/or Advanced packages.
  • 2015 TLX engineThe TLX features two new, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC engines and two advanced new transmissions including the world’s first Dual Clutch Transmission with torque converter.
  • The TLX features the latest versions of Acura’s precision-handling technologies.
  • 2015 TLX bodyThe TLX has an all-new body and chassis design featuring the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
  • The TLX is built from advanced lightweight materials that reduce weight while maintaining performance and safety.
  • The TLX is the most dynamically advanced Acura ever.
  • All three trims carry a long list of standard and available features.
  • The TLX features tighter and sportier proportions than its TL predecessor: 3.7 inches shorter, and the front and rear overhand are shortened by 1.1 inches and 2.7 inches (respectively)
  • 2015 TLX interiorThe TLX has a new 60/40-split folding rear seatback and a new trunk design that has a wider and deeper opening, lower lift-over height, fully flat cargo floor, and two new optional under floor storage compartments—all of which lend to improved cargo capacity!
  • 2015 TLX technologyThe TLX offers the next-generation of AcuraLink® technology (Acura’s cloud-based and car-embedded connected car system) such as Siri Eyes-Free technology that when paired with a compatible iPhone, allows the driver to use the features of Siri using familiar voice commands.
  • 2015 TLX gear selectorThe TLX 3.5 liter V-6 trim has the all-new Electronic Gear Selector which utilizes an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear lever.
  • The TLX SH-AWD trim has a model-exclusive idle-stop capability for improved fuel efficiency.
  • All TLX models incorporate the latest development of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) which allows drivers to customize their driving through four modes—ECON, Normal, Sport, and Sport+. (The Sport+ mode is a first for Acura!)
  • New camera and radar technologies are used in the TLX to advance Acura’s safety systems.
  • A new Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system in the TLX (available in the Advance Package) uses the new camera and radar technology to recognize painted lines, Botts’ Dots, and Cat Eye markers to determine lane boundaries when driving.
  • New Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering technology in the TLX assists with more precise driving and responsiveness.
  • To significantly reduce the intrusion of wind, road and engine noise into the cabin, air paths were reduced by a whopping 50% in the TLX (compared to the TL) via special attention and detail paid to TLX body sealing.
  • The TLX is the first Acura model to utilize acoustic spray foam.

That certainly is an impressive list of new technologies and Acura “firsts”! If you’d like more in-depth reports, Acura has provided extensive details on the 2015 TLX powertrain, body, chassis, and interior.

Don’t forget to check out the thrilling photos of the 2015 Acura TLX in this special e-brochure.

If you like what you’ve read and seen in the photos, we invite you to come down to the dealership and test drive the all-new 2015 TLX sports-sedan. We’re confident you’ll love the combination of sport handling and luxurious refinement!

2015 TLX test drive

Why You Should Consider the Acura Advantage Program

2015 Acura TLX

The Acura world is abuzz with excitement! Already in production for a slated August release is the 2015 Acura TLX, Acura’s new performance luxury sedan. Just because this vehicle hasn’t hit the showroom floor yet doesn’t mean Acura lovers should be sitting idly by. On the contrary, we think this is the perfect time to consider the Acura Advantage Program.

Acura is confident drivers will love the new TLX! According to Acura,

“The all-new 2015 TLX delivers on its advertising tagline of “It’s that kind of thrill” combining incredible sports-sedan athleticism with premium luxury-sedan refinement. The new TLX is a technological powerhouse, featuring two advanced new powertrains and two next-generation Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) – all delivered in a sophisticated and dynamic new exterior package.”

To that end, Acura has made it beneficial for Acura and would-be Acura lovers to get in on the ground floor with the Acura Advantage Program. The Acura Advantage Program is a pre-sale program offering introductory lease and/or finance offers from Acura Financial services.

The terms of the pre-sale program require that customers order a 2015 TLX by September 2, 2014, and take delivery by October 31, 2014, in order to qualify for the following TLX Acura Advantage benefits:

  • TLX customers have the opportunity to take advantage of introductory lease and finance offers from Acura Financial Services, including a monthly lease payment of $299 for the 2.4-liter model and $349 for the 3.5-liter model for 36 months with a $2,499 down payment – or APR financing of 1.9% for 24-36 months or 2.9% for 37-60 months.
  • New clients and existing owners of a 2004 or newer Acura vehicle who commit with a Buyer’s Order from July 7, 2014 to September 2, 2014, and take delivery by October 31, 2014, are eligible for a $500 Personalization Allowance for Acura Genuine Accessories (at MSRP), with which they are able to choose from a list of 2015 TLX Accessories or a special Acura Accessory Value Package associated with the program.
  • Current Acura lessees may be eligible for a lease extension from Acura Financial Services of up to three months to allow for the arrival of an advance-purchased TLX.

You can get even more details about the program on the Tischer Acura website, and of course we encourage you to do so.

Because the 2015 TLX is still in production, there are few live photographs of this model. However, for those considering the TLX, there’s an awesome online e-brochure to peruse. There’s also a TLX-dedicated site on the Acura website that showcases interactive displays about some of the innovative all-new TLX features, such as the electric gear selector, On Demand Multi-Use Display™, and even some of the new TLX accessories.

We think the 2015 Acura TLX will truly be a luxury sedan that will both set a standard in its segment and make Acura drivers and enthusiasts determined to own this car. To that end, we encourage you to consider the Acura Advantage program to not only put you in the Acura of your dreams, but to help you to do so affordably.

You can reserve your TLX with us today! Simply click here:

2015 Acura TLX button

As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, or, in this case, a brand-spanking-new TLX!

*header image courtesy of Acura