Take one part entry-level luxury sedan, mixed with two engine choices, sprinkle in nine snappy gears, and a dash of precision handling, and you’ve got the 2016 Acura TLX. The outgoing model, the Acura TL was always the kid in the class with a big nose that no one wanted to play with. Friends were hard to find simply because of appearance. Sure, that kid had the excellent grades in both functional capabilities and bang for your buck, but it was still a hard sell. The Acura TLX is the classmate everyone wants to be like. TLX doesn’t brag about itself; the reports do that just fine. From the luxurious interior amenities like an intelligent Multi-Use Display to the available navigation with voice command and AcuraLink technologies, high praise comes from every angle. Performance is ridiculous from the 290-horsepower V6 and is adequate with the 206-horsepower 4-cylinder as well. The standard equipment transmission is Acura’s go-to 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, though the V6 receives an upgrade to the 9-Speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters. Any which way you pair it, you’ve got a spicy little combination. Handling is crisp and responsive, and you’d never suspect the steering on the front-wheel drive models was actually all-wheel steering. The Precision All-Wheel Steering system is so precise that, unless you knew what to look for, you would never know TLX is equipped with it. What you do know is that TLX goes wherever you point the steering wheel without hesitation. If you opt for the top-end TLX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), don’t feel like you’re giving up the all-wheel steering. The incredible control AWD provides for TLX more than makes up for it. When you drive TLX, you’ll find yourself taking the long way home. You’ll feel yourself pressing the throttle a little more assertively. And you’ll feel the vigor that Acura intended with the new TLX. Experience the 2016 Acura TLX for yourself at Jay Wolfe Acura. The knowledgeable sales staff will set you up with the right TLX for your needs.