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Quirky TLX shows Acura's new chapter (pictures)

The new TLX models embodies a new era in Acura engineering and technology, displaying a few unique features while remaining a sensible and economical sedan.

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Acura introduced the TLX earlier this year, combining its previous  TSX and TL models.

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The TLX employs many new standard Acura features, such as LED headlights.

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The top trim version makes use of a direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

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The TLX is designed to carry five passengers in comfort.

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The modern design lacks ostentation.

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This example includes Acura's SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system, which employs torque vectoring across the rear wheels to aid handling.

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In another recent Acura styling cue, the exhaust tips are hidden behind the rear fascia.

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Oddly, models equipped with Acura's Advance package get 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, a full cubic foot more than models without.

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The cabin features premium sedan quality.

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As a midsize sedan, the rear-seat legroom is not particularly expansive.

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The navigation system comes in models with either the Technology or Advance packages.

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Electric power steering is tuned for a light, easy turning feel.

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The instrument cluster shows the car's four different Integrated Dynamics System modes.

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The collection of buttons controls the nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The rear-view camera includes trajectory lines.

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Acura has added a perspective view to its maps, and includes extensive live traffic coverage.

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There is odd duplication between the touchscreen and the jog-dial controls on the center stack.

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The upper LCD shows the destination menu options.

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The touchscreen can be programmed with a variety of shortcuts.

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The touchscreen shows the TLX's audio sources.

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Instead of a full music library screen, this touchscreen interface merely lets you select albums sequentially.

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The upper LCD, controllable with the jog-dial, also shows audio sources.

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The HD Radio screen is duplicated, in slightly different formats, on the upper and lower screens.

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The TLX comes with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system which syncs up with a paired phone's contact list.

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