2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition review: More than meets the eye

Nancy J. Delong

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This Valencia crimson paint was initially designed for the NSX supercar.

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It’s a tiny bizarre to imagine that this if not everyday Acura TLX will in fact be one particular of the rarest cars and trucks I will push this 12 months. Just 360 examples of this hand-created TLX PMC Version will be marketed, creating it one particular of Acura’s (and Honda’s) smallest-volume cars and trucks yet. But beyond the inherent cool variable of driving something so special, a couple days at the rear of the wheel of this compact-batch sedan reminds me that Acura’s ageing TLX even now has a large amount to give, with or with out that extravagant crimson paint.


  • Clean V6 effectiveness
  • Strong roster of usefulness and tech functions
  • A person of the prettiest paint work offered anyplace

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  • Navigation process is showing its age
  • Sluggish transmission
  • Fairly lousy fuel financial state

If you paused at the phrase “hand-created,” I promise, you read that appropriately. While regular TLX styles roll off the line at Honda’s Marysville Vehicle Plant, this one particular heads to ending university at the nearby Effectiveness Producing Middle — that’s the PMC in PMC Version. There, these particular TLX sedans are hand-assembled on the exact lines wherever expert girls and adult males bolt with each other the Acura NSX, and every single one particular of the PMC Version cars and trucks is painted in the supercar’s formerly special shade of Valencia crimson — a intricate finish that will take five days to entirely implement.

My awful images do not do Valencia crimson justice this is one particular of the richest, most beautiful reds you can ever see on any auto at any price. No matter if it’s sunny, cloudy or wet, this deep crimson hue is actually striking. I have hardly ever seen so many persons accomplishing double will take as a TLX drives by.

In addition to that paint, the PMC Version is set off by its gloss-black roof, doorway handles and 19-inch wheels. A system-coloured grille encompass and larger sized exhaust strategies spherical out the exterior changes, and inside, the PMC will come with black leather seats with Alcantara suede inserts, crimson stitching and a numbered plaque on the centre console.

Sedan system model not your factor? Acura also presents the PMC Version therapy on the MDX crossover, and programs to broaden this sort of package deal to other cars and trucks in its lineup, far too.

I suppose if you will find one particular region wherever the TLX is showing its age, it’s inside. That is just not to say the cabin is a undesirable spot to be — very the reverse, in point. It’s just that some elements of the inside — particularly the multimedia tech — remind you that this sedan is just not the new kid on the block anymore.

The higher exhibit is set deep in the sprint and properties the navigation process, with maps I bear in mind viewing in Honda and Acura items from additional than a ten years in the past. You handle this screen as a result of the massive knob on the centre console, although the secondary exhibit higher than that dial is operated by touch and makes use of a significantly cleaner, superior-seeking interface. At the very least the PMC Version will come with the total kit and caboodle of offered tech niceties, like Apple CarPlay, Android Vehicle, an upgraded ELS Studio audio process, authentic-time targeted visitors data and the firm’s AcuraLink connected-auto providers.

The PMC Version is fundamentally a entirely loaded TLX — it brings together the A-Spec, Progress and Technological know-how deals offered on lesser styles. You may uncover heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, automated weather handle, ambient lighting, a sunroof, memory seats and other functions. This may well not be a brand-new sedan, but it certainly does not want for functions.

The TLX’s inside is certainly relaxed, but its tech is a tiny outdated.

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Over-all, regardless of its tech shortcomings, I like the TLX’s inside. It’s tranquil, the seats are actually comfortable, all of the controls are straightforward to uncover and the audio process is great. As well as, it’s obtained the higher degree of excellent and leading-notch match and finish I have appear to be expecting from Honda and Acura items.

The PMC Version is a lot awesome to push, far too, nevertheless oddly, it looks to have overlooked about the “effectiveness” element of its identify — mechanically, it’s similar to other V6-driven TLX styles. The the natural way aspirated, three.5-liter V6 makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-ft of torque, matched with a 9-pace automated transmission. This powertrain is just not just created for exhilaration, but it’s linear and powerful, and very well-matched to the TLX’s driving model. The transmission is normally sluggish to upshift and downshift, but pop the TLX into its Sport location and things get a little bit snappier with out upsetting that easy demeanor.

The TLX is a great companion for operating errands in the town and cruising extensive distances on the highway — the chassis is nicely tuned for all of these day-to-day-driving responsibilities. Get it out on a winding road and the TLX is additional than ready to keep its own, far too. The steering is comparatively rapid and responsive, and the system motions are nicely controlled although cornering. Acura’s Super-Managing All-Wheel Drive is conventional on the PMC Version, and it performs a large element in this car’s engagement. Thanks to its variable torque distribution, electrical power is normally sent wherever it’s necessary most, enabling me to have additional and additional pace as a result of every single passing corner.

Will the TLX get any effectiveness comparisons against cars and trucks like the BMW three Series or Genesis G70? No. But I also imagine a large amount of folks will in the beginning create the Acura off before giving it a reasonable shake. After a 7 days of driving around the larger Los Angeles region — like some pretty canyon roads — I cannot uncover significantly fault with the TLX. It’s not a thrilling auto, but it doesn’t require to be. It’s every single little bit as competent on-road as a Volvo S60, and I would significantly relatively push the TLX than anything from Cadillac, Infiniti or Lexus.

The TLX’s alternative is correct around the corner, and this PMC Version is one particular pretty swan tune.

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If you will find one particular downside to the V6 motor, it’s that it is just not as successful as turbocharged, 4-cylinder selections uncovered in the TLX’s competitors. The EPA prices the 2020 TLX PMC Version at twenty miles per gallon in the town, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg mixed. Now assess that with a 2020 BMW 330i xDrive, which earns twenty five/34/28 mpg town/highway/mixed scores, and presents 255 hp and 295 lb-ft from its two.-liter turbo-4.

Some folks have balked at the TLX PMC Edition’s almost $50,000 price tag, but I do not imagine it’s very so blasphemous. Sure, $50,945 (like $1,995 for place) seems like a large amount when you take into account the TLX commences at $34,025. Seem at it this way, nevertheless: You cannot get both of those the A-Spec and Progress deals on any other TLX, and if you did, it’d be pushing $49,000. Then, bear in mind that the conventional Valencia crimson paint is generally a $six,000 alternative on the NSX. At last, assess all of this with a BMW 330i xDrive, which optioned up with the exact degree of tools will cost you almost $60,000. Abruptly $50,000 for this particular-edition TLX doesn’t seem so egregious, does it?

Moreover, it’s not like Acura is betting the farm on this one particular particular edition. Only 360 are becoming created, and I have no question they will be scooped up by (1) folks who are fascinated in some other leading-dollar TLX spec or (two) persons who prepare to keep onto the auto for a although. After all, twenty decades from now, when one particular of these demonstrates up on Carry a Trailer or at whichever the 2020s equal of Radwood will be referred to as, you is not going to bear in mind it as just some everyday TLX. The present-day TLX might be reaching the finish of its daily life, but this car’s most important days are yet to appear.

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