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A spirited luxury sedan brimming with technology.

2019 Acura TLX Review | CarMax

Luxury is more than just a category—it's having everything you need right at your fingertips without having to ask for it. That's the experience the 2019 Acura TLX offers you. It's a well-equipped premium sedan for value-minded drivers that appreciate precision engineering and sharply sculpted exterior styling. In addition to fantastic performance and handling, this roomy five-seater comes packed with advanced technology features that will elevate your daily commute to executive-class "me time."

Interested to know more? Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Acura TLX review.

Key Features

  • Two engine options: a 206-horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder or 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine
  • Standard eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission or nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard FWD and available AWD drivetrain on V6 models
  • All-wheel steering on every trim
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and highway combined in models equipped with the 2.4L engine and eight-speed automatic transmission1

5 Reasons to Buy

1. A sleek, evocative interior

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Open the door of this premium midsize sedan and you'll find luxury in practically every corner. The 2019 TLX's smartly styled interior includes a standard moonroof, ambient cabin lighting, and a premium seven-speaker audio system. Slide into the cabin to enjoy the standard heated 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar support or heated four-way power front passenger seat trimmed in leatherette. High-end touches surround you, which, in the base model, include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood finishings, and brushed metal trim, to deliver a driving experience cloaked in comfort.

2. Generous standard technology features

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Many advanced driver-assistance features that are optional equipment on luxury marques come standard in the 2019 Acura TLX. Included in every model is forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control to give you confidence on the road. When parking or backing up, a multi-view rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is designed to help you maneuver in and out of tight spaces.

3. Easy connectivity

The infotainment platform has integrated many of the latest technology features to facilitate a seamless transition from work and home to the car. Standard on the 2019 Acura TLX is Bluetooth® audio capability, Siri® Eyes Free voice commands with compatible devices, Apple CarPlay®, Google Android Auto™ and many other tools to help you stay connected on the go. For a more personal level of assistance, the TLX offers an available Live Concierge Link subscription service that connects you to live operators to help with travel plans or answer questions. Models equipped with the available Advance Package feature a wireless charge pad to charge Qi-enabled devices without cluttering up the streamlined design of the cabin with USB cords.

4. Nimble is an understatement

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The 2019 Acura TLX offers exceptional stability and control because every model is equipped with Precision All-Wheel Steer™—a system that allows the vehicle to independently turn the front and rear wheels. This vehicle is designed for superior maneuverability at low and high speeds — just enough to help you maneuver in and out of tight spots.

5. You'll be seeing red

Borrowing some of the styling cues from the legendary NSX sports car, the available A-SPEC package endows this already nimble luxury ride with racing spirit. Included with this package are red-on-black instrument gauges and red interior accent lighting that may inspire you to take nighttime drives. The interior is transformed with either all-black ebony Alcantara or red perforated Milano leather seats and accent panels. Other race-inspired features include 19-inch wheels, re-tuned steering and upgraded suspension, a gloss black rear spoiler, and more.


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What You Need to Know

Trims

TLX 2.4 P-AWS - The base trim includes 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Precision All-Wheel Steer system, a moonroof, heated power driver and front-passenger seat, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration, and many advanced driver-assistance features.

TLX 3.5 P-AWS - This trim upgrades the powertrain to a 3.5L V6 engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission and adds to the 2.4 P-AWS trim's standard features with 18-inch wheels, dual trapezoid exhaust outlets, an eight-way power front-passenger seat, and more.

TLX 3.5 SH AWD - Includes everything in the 3.5 P-AWS while adding idle stop and replacing the Precision All-Wheel Steer system with the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

Interior

The 2019 Acura TLX offers an elegant and upscale interior with standard leatherette-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood finishes, and a standard seven-speaker audio system. The spacious cabin offers seating for five and up to 42.6 inches of legroom in the front row. The rear seats are a little tighter with only 34.5 inches of legroom, but optional heated outboard seats will keep passengers cozy and warm.

2019 Acura TLX Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

With 14.3 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capacity, the 2019 TLX offers a generous storage area to transport luggage and sports gear. Rear 60/40-split-folding seats open up that space to accommodate larger items, such as snowboards or bikes.

Colors

  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Fathom Blue Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • San Marino Red
  • Still Night Pearl

Similar Vehicles

Nissan Maxima

This midsize performance-oriented sedan received a refresh in 2019. It's available with a standard 300-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine producing 261 lb.-ft. of torque and capable of achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 24 mpg city and highway combined on 2019 models.1 Its steering, braking, and suspension have been sport-tuned for better performance and handling and is available in trims: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. Even on the base model, you'll find lots of great features, including automatic emergency braking, power driver and front-passenger seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and keyless entry with push-button start. Standard connectivity features are also robust and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth audio streaming, voice-recognition operation, and a seven-inch display in the instrument cluster. Interior cabin dimensions are a bit more spacious, with up to 45 inches of legroom in the front seats, but only 34.2 in the rear. However, it offers the same 14.3 cubic feet of cargo storage to support your active lifestyle.

Honda Accord

Under the hood of this roomy 2019 midsize sedan, you'll find a 192-horsepower four-cylinder paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission or a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine available with either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. Eco-conscious buyers may also appreciate that this midsize sedan is available in a hybrid variant that adds a 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery to the powertrain to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 48 mpg.1 The 2019 Accord also features standard automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver-assistance features. The Accord seats five and offers 42.3 inches of legroom for the driver and front-seat passengers, with a roomy second row that offers a generous 40.4 inches of space in which rear occupants can stretch their legs. Its large trunk space can fit up to 16.7 cubic feet of sports equipment, luggage, and groceries, making it a popular choice for active or growing families.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Acura TLX is the whole package. It earns its place in the luxury class by including a wealth of premium engineering technology and leading connectivity features in every car. High-performance and handling combined with sharp exterior styling and a smart interior give you a lot to like in this car.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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