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Base-price range: $31,890–$45,595
Although the 2015 Acura TLX bumps its head into then crashes through our $35,000 price ceiling, it’s possible to acquire one of these well-equipped premium-midsize sedans for less than that. The entry-level TLX 2.4L, better-equipped 2.4L with Technology Package, and sporty 3.5L check in at a more reasonable $31,890, $35,920, and $36,115, respectively. All those prices are within spitting distance of similarly equipped family sedans from mainstream manufacturers, including the Accord from Acura-parent Honda. This makes the TLX interesting value proposition that affords buyers the perks of owning a car with a premium nameplate. Acura designed the TLX to replace the compact TSX and midsize TL, hoping to add some of the former’s sporty driving dynamics to the latter’s smooth luxury and high-tech gadgetry. Size-wise the TLX basically splits the difference between its predecessors on the outside but has similar passenger room as the larger TL. 2.4L models have front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, and new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that behaves like an automatic. The 3.5L offers front- or all-wheel drive, a V-6 engine, and a nine-speed automatic transmission. All front-drive models receive Acura’s “Precision All-Wheel Steering” (P-AWS), which is designed to improve stability while cornering. Overall, the 2015 Acura TLX is in an interesting position in the marketplace. It’s represents a fine choice for sensible families who enjoy the finer things in life.