2019 Acura TLX V-6 SH-AWD A-Spec First Drive

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Acura likes to tout tech as the selling point of its models, so the TLX offers front-wheel drive with rear-wheel steering or torque-vectoring all-wheel drive to enhance its agility. The base powertrain is a 206-hp 2.4-liter inline-four with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic while a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with a nine-speed automatic is optional. The TLX has LED headlamps and electronic driving assistants such as road-departure mitigation, collision-mitigation braking, and lane-keeping assist.

When Acura’s TLX arrived for 2015 as the dual replacement for the discontinued TSX and TL sedans, it was a decent entry-luxury machine, albeit one whose best attributes were its relative affordability and its nice interior. Alas, there were numerous better, sportier, and more exciting sedans in its competitive set.

2019 Acura TLX V-6 SH-AWD A-Spec Release date and Specs

For 2018, Acura wants to shoulder the TLX into consideration alongside that stronger company (read: rear-wheel-drive four-doors such as BMW’s 3-series and Infiniti’s Q50) with a new $2900 A-Spec sport trim. Designed to buff up the TLX’s handling, the kit differs slightly depending on which drivetrain is ordered. On the top-of-the-line TLX V-6 with Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, as tested here, the A-Spec gains firmer dampers and springs, a larger-diameter rear anti-roll bar, retuned electric power steering, and Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires in place of the regular model’s taller-sidewall Goodyear Eagle LS-2 rubber. Front-drive A-Spec TLXs lack the stiffer rear anti-roll bar and the firmer springs.

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