Acura TLX gets speedy 2015 upgrade

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Honda's luxury Acura brand calls the new TLX midsize sedan a "red carpet athlete" for its blend of elegance and sportiness. The TLX -- which replaces the TL and the TSX for the 2015 model year -- has two new engine options. One is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower mated to a new 8-speed transmission. The other is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower that's paired with a 9-speed transmission. Acura estimates the four-cylinder will get up to 35 mpg on the highway, which is 4 mpg better than the TSX. The V6 will get an estimated 34 mpg on the highway, or 5 mpg better than the TL. The TLX has a sharper, sculpted look and Acura's signature jeweled headlights. Acura made the TLX about 4 inches shorter than the TL to give it a tighter, sportier feel.

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