Acura TLX update doesn’t fix the one thing we hate about this car
But hey, at least Acura’s midsize sedan still looks great
As far as facelifts go, the Acura TLX’s is super subtle. There are a couple of teensy tiny design updates, including a tweaked front grille, new rear spoiler and some spiffy new wheels and colors. But the big change is the previously optional Technology Package is now standard, giving the TLX 19-inch wheels, a premium sound system and nicer leather upholstery. Awesome.
The TLX has some meaningful tech hardware changes too, with all cars now getting a 12.3-inch central infotainment display and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, but unfortunately, the one thing we absolutely hate about the TLX – its touchpad interface – remains.
What makes this system so awful? The absolute positioning technology, where the placement of your finger on the pad aligns with the cursor’s location on the screen. It makes this multimedia system incredibly frustrating to use while driving. Our kingdom for a simple touchscreen, Acura.
The base and A-Spec models continue to be powered by a 272hp 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine, and the A-Spec now comes standard with all-wheel drive. Acura will continue to sell the TLX Type S, too, with its awesome 355hp turbo V6 and 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Despite the additional standard equipment, we don’t expect the TLX’s pricing structure to change too much. The base version should start just above $40,000, while the Type S will likely command around $57,000. Look for the ever-so-slightly facelifted TLX to hit Acura dealers later this month.
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