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Acura TLX owners

Post by A440 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am

I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

We don't get too much snow and I don't have lots of twisty highway roads to really appreciate the AWD torque-vectoring.

Any current TLX owners care to chime in with their experiences and suggestions as to which model to purchase?
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by mhalley » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:56 pm

I don't have a TLX, but a 2012 TL SHO. I got it at the time because we get a fair amount of snow and it was imperative that I be able to get to work, and often would be going to work at 9pm at night, or getting off work at 3 am. Best car I ever owned. Currently 60k miles with nary a mechanical issue.
I think the question is whether an awd car is worth it in your situation, and not specifically a tlx question. This article suggests avoiding awd unless you have a real need. So I would vote for the fwd.
https://www.autotrader.com/car-tips/why ... -it-226433

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Helo80 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:58 pm

A440 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am
I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting until the last day of the year? There's a decent chance they will be sold by then.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by z91 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:30 pm

Helo80 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:58 pm
A440 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am
I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting until the last day of the year? There's a decent chance they will be sold by then.
Not to mention the mileage on each one of these is something to take into consideration (and prior ownership/maintenance etc etc since they are all CPO). Cars usually leave the lot in 30 days, there's a strong chance these will all be gone by then.

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Post by GrowthSeeker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:46 pm

I previously had an Acura TL which was so good that when it got old, I got another one: this was about 2014. I think at some point the TLX replaced the TL model. Anyway, I got that 2014 TL without all wheel drive, and it handled absolutely horribly in even the slightest amount of snow. I think the tires were very wide which somehow translated into good traction on dry pavement or rain, but terrible in snow.

I quickly replaced it with an Acura MDX (minivan), AWD or whatever they call it.

But that was 5 years ago, a lot may have changed.
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Sealion » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:56 pm

For our basic transportation needs we purchased the 4 cyl base model in October 2014. It has adequate power, handling and comfort for our needs (my other car is a Camaro SS so the power itch gets scratched there). This has not been a problem for us there are a couple things to watch out for on the base model which I assume still holds true on the 2018/2019 - the seats are vinyl, not leather (I believe the models you are looking at are leather); the tire compound is a little hard to get a little increase in mpg. It has been a flawless car, we don't regret getting the base model. We have owned Honda Accords, we think the quality of paint and interior of the TLX is worth the extra cost over the Accord.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by atikovi » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:33 pm

Helo80 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:58 pm
A440 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am
I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting until the last day of the year? There's a decent chance they will be sold by then.
OP must have read on the internet that you get the best deal on a car on the last day of the year.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by stats99 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:39 pm

Checkout the Acurazine forum for fifth generation TL

https://acurazine.com/forums/fifth-gene ... -2015-415/

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Post by corn18 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:01 pm

I bought a new 2016 TLX Advance AWD. It was between that and a new Accord with everything. The Accord was $10k less, so it was winning, but I couldn't get it in AWD (MI winters). So the TLX won out. It has been flawless as far as reliability. Rides great. All the driver assistance stuff works great. The only complaint I had is the stupid lag in throttle response. Turning left from a stop resulted in many near death experiences as the computers sat there and decided what to do about the throttle on the floor. I fixed that by adding a pedal box to tune the throttle input to the ECU. Now the car is a lot more fun to drive. But this is not a performance sedan. It's a Honda Accord. Which is nice but not like a BMW (but a lot cheaper and less expensive to drive and maintain). We have a BMW Z4 for sports car fun.
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by A440 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:26 am

z91 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:30 pm
Helo80 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:58 pm
A440 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am
I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting until the last day of the year? There's a decent chance they will be sold by then.
Not to mention the mileage on each one of these is something to take into consideration (and prior ownership/maintenance etc etc since they are all CPO). Cars usually leave the lot in 30 days, there's a strong chance these will all be gone by then.
Maybe, maybe not. All 3 have been on the lot since the start of September. If they go, they may likely be replaced by other CPO's that were also used as loaner vehicles when the mileage hits 5,000. I'm just trying to decide between AWD vs. A-spec FWD vs. A-spec AWD. Yes, I was told by the dealership that the last week of December is the best opportunity for deals, but it is chaotic.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by wander » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:23 am

If you don't have to deal with snow, then you can skip the AWD.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by stoptothink » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:34 am

wander wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:23 am
If you don't have to deal with snow, then you can skip the AWD.
Even if you do, snow tires are likely cheaper (and more effective) than AWD.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Helo80 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:47 am

z91 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:30 pm
Not to mention the mileage on each one of these is something to take into consideration (and prior ownership/maintenance etc etc since they are all CPO). Cars usually leave the lot in 30 days, there's a strong chance these will all be gone by then.

So, there is no hard and fast rule about how long any dealership will keep a used vehicle on the lot before giving up and sending it to auction. Since it's already CPO, I am inclined to think they'll keep it around longer since they forked up some money to Acura for the certification process.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Helo80 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:49 am

A440 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:26 am
Yes, I was told by the dealership that the last week of December is the best opportunity for deals, but it is chaotic.
Thanks for the suggestions.


............... yes......... but that's for the new side. The factories usually have monthly/quarterly/annual sales goals for new cars at all of the different dealerships. Used cars are not part of this equation. The dealership knows what they paid for the car (from a trade in or auction) and the prepping costs to get it ready for sale (like CPO, cleaning it up, fixing paint damage if warranted).... those costs are fixed and set in stone at this point. That vehicle is taking up space on the lot though.

Keep in mind though, the used car market is constantly evolving ---- something even newer/better for you could come in. Or, something you really liked could be sold. It's one of the downsides of used car sales.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by A440 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:29 am

stoptothink wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:34 am
wander wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:23 am
If you don't have to deal with snow, then you can skip the AWD.
Even if you do, snow tires are likely cheaper (and more effective) than AWD.
Good point.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/22/benefit ... r-awd.html and this: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mag ... /index.htm
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Fishing50 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:47 am

We’re extremely satisfied with our 2016 V6 FWD TLX purchased this year from VROOM for $19K.
I like the power, and we don’t miss the tech package because Bluetooth & backup camera are included.
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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by Helo80 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:09 pm

atikovi wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:33 pm
Helo80 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:58 pm
A440 wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:37 am
I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000).

I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting until the last day of the year? There's a decent chance they will be sold by then.
OP must have read on the internet that you get the best deal on a car on the last day of the year.

Yup --- I am coming to realize that a lot of the car "advice" on this forum is second-hand knowledge that people relay from somebody they respect, but generally does not make any sense for the actual situation at hand. I think everybody means well.... but the advice is so bad at times.

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Re: Acura TLX owners

Post by msi » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Thought about getting the TLX, but you should know this from the IIHS https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/ac ... sedan/2019 re
"Small overlap front: driver-side":
Although intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, forces on the dummy's legs were high enough to indicate a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg and a moderate risk to the left foot and right lower leg.

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