The 2017 Acura TLX is a luxury mid-sized car with a quiet ride and well designed interior cabin. It has a low starting price with an MSRP of $31,900 for the base trim. This is well below the class average and is a cheap option for anyone looking for a luxury vehicle.

The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 206 horsepower. You have the option of upgrading to the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 290 horsepower. The ride is stable and the TLX has good handling.

There have been no major changes for the 2017 model of the Acura TLX. It comes as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and seating for 5 people. The base engine does feel underpowered but you always have the option of upgrading to the more powerful engine.

Performance

The Acura TLX comes with a rather mundane base engine, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 206 horsepower. It’s adequate but can hardly be described as thrilling. For an engine with much more punch you’ll want to upgrade to the 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower.

“The smaller four-cylinder is good for 206 horsepower. That’s enough for typical driving. But for aggressive highway and the like, you might prefer the more authoritative power of many turbocharged competitors. The larger, smooth-revving V6 is more performance-oriented and is a better match for the TLX’s character. This is our pick.” – Edmunds.

The V6 is certainly the more potent engine and gives the TLX that upscale feel to it. However, the smaller engine is fine for daily city driving. The TLX comes with a number of different driving modes. These include Normal, Econ, Sport and Sport+.

As for fuel economy the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine gets 24/35 mpg for city/hwy driving. The V6 with all-wheel drive has an EPA estimate of 21/34 mpg for city/hwy.

The TLX feels quite sporty and nimble on the road. The steering is precise but all-wheel drive is recommended for extra traction on the road and slippery surfaces.

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Interior

While the TLX is one of the cheapest luxury mid-sized cars on the market you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the interior. The cabin looks elegant with most surfaces being soft to the touch. It includes accents such as wood or polished metals that make the cabin look much more upscale.

Leather seating is an upgradable option and all the seats have plenty of legroom. The cabin stays quiet even at highway speeds as the TLX seems to block out road and wind noise effectively.

Price

The 2017 Acura TLX has a starting price for the base trim of $31,900. This is vastly cheaper than any rivals on the market. The base trim uses the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 206 horsepower. It also comes as front-wheel drive and uses an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Upgrading to the 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower will cost you an extra $3,450. Adding all-wheel drive will cost an additional $2,200.

Alternatives

The 2017 Acura TLX sits in the middle of the luxury midcar pack. Many of the top luxury cars have a better performing engine then the TLX. Some of them include the 2017 Cadillac CTS, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the 2017 Genesis G80.