STATUS: Hand-built PMC Edition added for 2020 - The midsize TLX sedan's styling update for the 2018 model year included an angular-shaped "diamond pentagon" grille, restyled headlights, aggressive lower air intakes in front and twin exhaust outlets below the rear bumper. For 2020, there's a new $51,000 TLX PMC Edition - built at the same Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio that assembles the NSX sports car - which is loaded with just about every option and comes in a unique shade of red. Just 360 are available. The base TLX uses a snappy 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but you can order a 3.5-liter V-6. The 2.4 is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.5 gets nine speeds. Four-cylinder models get all-wheel steering (P-AWS). When cornering, the rear wheels pivot slightly in the opposite direction to the front wheels for greater steering precision, but when braking, the wheels point inward (called toe-in) to improve stability. V-6 models don't get P-AWS, but they can be optioned with Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) with torque vectoring, whereby the outside wheel spins faster when turning, which allows the TLX to corner more precisely. The available A-Spec trim comes with a unique bumper design, gloss-black rear spoiler and exterior trim, up-level interior finish and unique 19-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard).
Base price (incl. destination): $35,000
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.4-liter DOHC I-4 (206); 3.5-liter V-6 (290)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automated manual (2.4); nine-speed automatic (3.5)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 23/33/27 (2.4)
Base weight (lb.): 3,505