Acura sticks with polarizing "power plenum" grille design, which 6-year-old TL also wears.
TLX's overall shape and lines similar to outgoing TL, barring flowing character line running below door handles into taillight.
TLX interior clean, cool with metal accents, soft-touch instrument panel.
Traditional shifter replaced by series of buttons on console. Glossy wood a bit overdone.
Door stitching, with two pieces of leather joined, very similar to that in '14 BMW 328xi.
TLX rear seat roomy for adults, although legroom down almost 2 ins. from '14 TL.
Acura claims 2.4L 4-cyl. is new engine in TLX due to direct injection, higher compression ratio, more horsepower and torque.
3.5L V-6 in TLX same mill as in new MDX, with 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque.
'14 Acura TL SH-AWD.
On the outside, Acura's new midsize TLX sedan bears too close of a resemblance to the model it replaces. Inside, the brand did a fine job on fit-and-finish but the car has some inspired cues. (See related story: The TLX: Acura’s New-Old Car.)
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