TQ Auto Bond: 2016 Acura TLX AWD Elite Continues to Gratify

You have to seriously wonder when buyers are looking to buy a luxury vehicle, why they decide to go high-end BMW or Mercedes-Benz when the 2016 Acura TLX AWD Elite has almost the same type luxury. Mind you the performance is different, if that’s what you are looking for, but has all the sam luxury as those vehicles priced $20-$30,000 more. Food for thought if you ever plan on purchasing a home in Toronto.

The 2016 TLX was designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement, appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers with a wide range of powertrain and drivetrain options. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. All TLX models can be upgraded to the Technology Package and the V-6 models are available with the line-topping Elite Package.

The three model variations feature two Acura-exclusive, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC® engines, two advanced transmissions and two unique dynamic handling systems. 

The 2016 Acura TLX can be specified as a 4-cylinder, front-wheel drive model with a high-revving, 205-horsepower 2.4L VTEC engine and four-wheel steering or with a 3.5L V6 offering 290 horsepower and two-wheel steering, but adding the brand’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. 

Safety is handled by an assortment of the very latest outward-looking radar hazard detection systems available, with features that keep you in your lane, keep you from rear-ending or side-swiping anyone, or even from backing into a laneway while traffic approaches. Winter driving safety was covered nicely in the tester, too, thanks partly to the potent LED headlights and their excellent washer system, and partly to the set of quality winter tires mounted.

A car should put you in touch with the road. But that’s just the beginning. We believe reading the driver is just as important as reading the road. Every TLX—whether the 4-cylinder with Precision All-Wheel Steer™† or the V6 with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™† —is engineered to help anticipate what the driver intends. It is designed to constantly monitor road conditions and driver input to help stay one step ahead. These precise, seamless adjustments bring added confidence and the promise of an immediate thrill around every corner. 

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