2015 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX

Episode 3401
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Out with the old, in with the new… and so goes it in the automotive world. And one of the latest to do so is Acura with the 2015 TLX.

Partially an exercise in consolidation, the TLX enters the Acura lineup as both the TL and TSX depart. Wheelbase measures the same as the TL-just over 109 inches—though the chassis is different with four-wheel steering on most models.

While the bodywork is still conservative, there are cues that lend aggression: short front and rear overhangs, sweeping profile with a teardrop like greenhouse, and optional larger wheels. Acura’s jeweled LED headlights make an appearance here, as well.

But to us it is the interior that really shines. The TLX rivals some of the best for comfort, with great seats and materials. Technology is always an Acura focus and there is quite a lot of it inside. The dual screen center stack is an evolution of the Honda trademark setup. Again true to Acura form, the overall looks is certainly premium but not over the top.

Power is by way of a 206 horsepower 2.4 liter inline 4 with an in house designed 8-speed dual clutch automatic, or a 290 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 with a 9-speed ZF box that includes push button gear selection. Front wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive an option for the V6.

Neither engine felt particularly sporty, but the IDS drive mode selector can spice things up.

So with plenty that’s new for Acura this year, the TLX is on sale now, starting at around $32,000.

Specifications

  • Engine: 2.4 liter/ 3.5 liter
  • Horsepower: 206/ 290
  • Price: starting around $32,000
2025 Subaru Forester

2025 Subaru Forester

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Embedded in a crowd of industry friends and colleagues, we watched Subaru roll the all-new 2025 Forester onto their stage at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Now half a year or so later and this sixth-gen Forester is arriving on dealer lots; so, ahead of our official Road Test, we figured it was best to give you the cliff notes in a MotorWeek First Look.

Of course, a next-gen model means updated styling, self-described by Subaru as “sleek and contemporary.” Beauty is up for you to decide, but what’s objective is the cold, calculating truth of mathematics and press release spec decks.

Overall, the Forester hasn’t changed much dimensionally, still a 105-inch wheelbase, with the body itself having grown less than an inch in length. Underneath is a 10-percent stiffer chassis, an updated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, and the dual-pinion electronic steering rack from the WRX.

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The Forester’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER remains, now producing 180 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque; and it’s all delivered through a standard continuously variable transmission.

Not standard, but available for the first time on a Forester, is Subaru’s 11.6-inch Starlink touchscreen, an upgrade over the dual 7-inch units. All new Foresters come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assistance suite, with more safety and convenience features available at higher trims.

Assembled in their Gunma facility in Japan, the 2025 Subaru Forester starts at $31,090 with delivery, working up to $41,390 for a top-trim Touring. No word on a new Wilderness trim yet, but we’re sure Subaru has something in the works, along with a confirmed hybrid model arriving in the not-so-distant future.

And that’s the short of it; we’ll have plenty more to share soon enough but until then, drive safe and stay tuned to MotorWeek.