I have been waiting quite a long time to sample the all new Acura TLX and recently a got a chance to sample the vehicle in top level trim with SH-AWD (Super Handling-All wheel drive) plus the Technology and Advance packages. This is one loaded test vehicle and just the way I like to sample test vehicles.

The thing that makes the TLX interesting is it is now Acura top end sedan it is 2015 Acura TLX is all new, replacing the TSX and TL sedans. It shares the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the larger TL, but is 3.7 inches shorter overall while retaining the same cabin space.

Rows of LED headlights flanking the “mail slot” grille on the 2015 Acura TLX, it is the most distinguishing design cue, the face of the vehicle is similar to that of the upcoming highly anticipated 2016 Acura NSX supercar. This is a handsome 4-door sedan but still not quite the look that many, including myself had hoped for this flagship sedan.

Inside you will find lots of standard equipment including keyless entry and start, heated power front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moon roof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, high-gloss Zebra wood accents, a tilt/telescope steering column, a 355-watt 7-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, electronic cruise control, and automatic headlights.

My test vehicle has both two major option packages, named Technology and Advance. The Technology Package ($4,030) includes navigation with real-time traffic, an upgraded 490-watt 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio sound system with hard-disk drive designed so well by my friend recording engineer/producer extraordinaire Elliot Scheiner. The package also includes forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot information, rear cross-traffic monitor, a leather-trimmed interior, rain-sensing wipers, and a frameless rearview mirror.

The $3,250 Advance Package includes collision-mitigation braking with head-up warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, road-departure mitigation and heated/ventilated front seats.

The center console brings a number of driver oriented features including The Integrated Dynamics System allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four driver-selectable modes via a button, located near the console-mounted shifter. The modes are ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. This is very well done and cool feature.

My top line Acura TLX V6 model equipped with SH-AWD is the best of both worlds: the safety of all-wheel-drive traction on slippery roads and sticky handling featuring sharp turn-in when pushed to the limits on dry pavement. I experienced this first hand when driving on one of my favorite twisty back roads in a very quiet part of Orlando. I was driving too fast on a rain slicked road surface and could feel the SH-AWD keep me out of trouble, in an front drive vehicle I would have spun off the road.

Under the hood the 3.5-liter V6 puts out 290 HP and 267 lb-ft of torque mated to 9 speed automatic. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 21 city and 31 highway, not bad at all for a performance driven luxury offering. My loaded test vehicle came in at around 45K, which puts right in line with many similar luxury sedans.

I love technology at the 2015 TLX SH-AWD model has that it droves, it is also a very comfortable vehicle. The only place in my opinion it could use improvement is in the design department, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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