New for 2015
The entire car! The 2015 Acura TLX is a new model that replaces both the 2014 Acura TL and TSX sedans.
A New Contender Emerges
It’s not often that a carmaker replaces not one but two models with a clean-sheet design, but that’s exactly what Acura did with the 2015 TLX. Yet this new sport sedan has the style, technology, and performance to fill the tire tracks of both the departed TL and TSX sedans. Powerful yet efficient engines paired with advanced chassis technologies and a luxurious cabin make for premium car like no other.
Powertrains and Performance
With two engines, two transmissions, and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, there’s a 2015 Acura TLX to fit virtually every driver’s preference.
Base models get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, which is transmitted to the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There’s also a 3.5-liter V6 that brings 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque to the party, along with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both four- and six-cylinder front-wheel drive models also feature Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer rear-wheel steering system for better handling.
For those who have to deal with unpleasant weather, the V6 can also be paired with Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, a sophisticated system that vectors torque to individual wheels to really put the “sport” in this sport sedan.
Fuel-economy ratings for the four-cylinder model to return an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway),* while the front-wheel drive V6 gets 25 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway).* Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive TLX losses three mpg in the highway category.
Features and Trims
That abundance of powertrain tech is packaged in the same five-seat, four-door sedan body, starting at $30,995** for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder model. Upgrading to the 3.5-liter V6 brings an entry price of $35,220, ** while the all-wheel drive model starts at $41,450.**
Each of those models includes all the luxury and convenience features one would expect of a car with a premium badge. These include heated and ventilated front seats, a seven-inch center-stack touchscreen, and an available 10-speaker audio system designed specifically for the TLX by Elliott Scheiner.
To keep the driver connected, Acura offers Bluetooth®, a navigation system with real-time traffic information, and Siri Eyes Free, which allows iPhone® users to control certain phone functions through the TLX’s voice-command interface.
Acura has been steadily refining its styling over the past few years, and the 2015 TLX takes those familial aesthetics to a new level.
The TLX takes styling cues from other Acura models, including the “Jewel Eye” LED headlights and shield-shaped grille, and applies them to a sleeker, tighter package that’s actually a bit smaller than the outgoing TL.
The tidier proportions make the TLX look nicely athletic, while the details convey the cutting-edge technology that’s under the skin with a design that pays no attention to tradition.
On the inside, the TLX greets its driver with copious alloy and wood trim, a soft-touch instrument panel cover, and available Milano leather seating surfaces and trim. The main touchscreen is centrally located, with a second display for navigation maps above it, while the three-spoke steering wheel invites the driver to test the TLX’s handling limits.
V6 models also get the Electronic Gear Selector, which substitutes an array of push buttons for the traditional shift lever to free up space on the center console.
The 2015 Acura TLX doesn’t just use technology to improve the driving (and riding) experience for the people inside it. There are numerous safety and driver-aid features available as well.
A new cooperative monocular camera and millimeter-wave radar enable several systems, including the available Collision Mitigation Braking System, Active Cruise Control, and Road Departure Mitigation.
These intelligent features are teamed with blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and front, side, side-curtain, and driver’s knee airbags. The 2015 TLX also features Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
The 2015 Acura TLX uses Star Trek-levels of technology to recast the traditional luxury sport sedan.
Four-wheel steering and optional all-wheel drive make the most of the lightened chassis and reworked engines and transmissions to maximize driving fun. This sporty feel is paired with an upscale cabin that features all of the latest connectivity tech. What more could you want?
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
**MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $895.00. Dealer prices may vary.
"The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award is significant to the brand as it is combines both expert evaluations and comprehensive data, reaffirming the MDX as a clear sales leader in its segment and the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV of all time," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura division. "MDX is the benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after."
The 2015 Acura MDX delivers an exceptional blend of luxury, technology, performance and advanced safety. Designed and developed in America for three generations, the third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company's Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
"The 2015 Acura MDX is loaded with virtually everything buyers seek in a contemporary luxury SUV, and the MDX is a true standout when it comes to value-for-the-money," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.
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Keep your cool on icy roads
When ice covers the neighborhood pond, it makes skaters happy. But when ice covers the roads and highways, drivers feel quite differently about the slippery substance.
Ice is a major cause of winter accidents because it's not always visible. Also, some drivers feel overconfident about driving on ice due to their car's high-tech safety features.
Overconfident drivers may end up ruing their lack of precaution, however, if treacherous ice causes them to slip, slide, skid and spin wildly out of control. These four tips will help you stay on solid ground even if it's a sheet of solid ice.
Buckle up and put on your defroster
You should wear your seat belt at all times, but especially during icy conditions when accidents occur at a greater rate than normal. Put on your defroster, too. Your defroster helps to keep your car windows from forming ice and melts snow if you're facing the double winter whammy of ice and snow.
You always need to keep your visibility clear but especially in bad weather. Prepare for the unexpected and be on high alert for potential dangers like skidding, slipping or stalled cars blocking the road.
Slow it down
Seems like all drivers should know it’s important to reduce their speed when driving on icy pavement, but some drivers think that snow tires, all-wheel drive (AWD) and electronic stability control (ESC) will eliminate slipping and sliding.
Good tires help to grip the pavement, AWD assists in accelerating and staying mobile, and ESC helps to avoid spinouts, but even improved traction won't keep you safe if you're traveling at speeds too high for icy conditions. By reducing your speed, you give yourself a better chance to stop safely, to stay on the road, and to get where you're going in one piece.
Don't stomp on the brakes
When the roads are icy, you have to drive with greater caution and with slower, gentler actions. Brake softly, and try to avoid sudden hard stops which can initiate a spin that you may not recover from. If you do find yourself skidding:
- Immediately, take your foot off the gas pedal or brake
- Let the car naturally slow down and gain traction
- Steer in the direction you want the car to go
- As your traction improves, gently brake or accelerate as needed
- Avoid over steering or sudden sharp turns
If you're walking on ice and quickly twist your feet in another direction, most likely you'll fall. That's why people walk cautiously and prudently on icy patches. Same thing goes for your car. Sudden, quick, steering maneuvers can create skidding just like over braking.
Follow the skidding advice above, because it doesn't' matter how or where you're attempting to steer the car's wheels if they have no traction. Only when the tires are gripping the road and actually rolling can turning the steering wheel alter their direction and yours.
Be aware of road conditions
Check social media, TV or the radio to see what meteorologists are saying about the weather. Low temperatures and even a few droplets of precipitation can make ice. Also, keep in mind, black ice may look like an innocent puddle, but if you know it's 31 degrees outside and there's light rain, you should treat the roads like a sheet of ice whether you can see it or not.
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The holiday season is supposed to be fun, but can easily turn into stressful times. Smooth out the bumps in the road with this handy survival guide for holiday stress.
If you don’t already follow an exercise regimen, you may be wondering why you should start now, when activity levels are higher than usual and holiday schedules are full to bursting. But exercise is one of the body’s best defenses against stress. While walking the malls when shopping sounds like exercise, properly focused activities are required to release the endorphins needed to combat holiday stress. At home, you can dust off the treadmill and get on it while watching your favorite holiday movies, or take a long walk with a friend or relative. Of course, if you already have a regular exercise routine, do your best to stick with it.
Note, too, that a little extra movement can be incorporated into your holiday shopping routine. Instead of stressing out over finding those elusive parking spots at the mall, park in the furthest spot you can find. That little bit of extra walking will not only burn off a few extra calories, but you will already eliminate some holiday stress by not having to swerve around people or fight bigger cars for the same spot.
Avoid Malls Altogether
The frenzied atmosphere of malls contributes to holiday stress. This year, why not try something different? If you live close enough to a neighborhood that has eclectic stores and boutiques, why not give them a try?
Or, make your life even more stress-free by doing your Christmas shopping online. Not only can you find every store in the mall online, but you can also help out small-time artists and craftspeople by buying hand-crafted items from online retailers such as Etsy.com. Gifts from these talented individuals are often made more special because they are all hand-made. In addition, you will be supporting small businesses during tough economic times. Not only will you incorporate the spirit of the season, but you will also feel good about your actions.
Strive for a Balanced Diet
Sure, advice columns are full of tips to avoid the temptations of holiday goodies and spirits. But avoiding all opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry during this time of year is not very practical, especially with many social events on the calendar and new recipes to try out. Deprivation can also lead to holiday stress, just as much as eating and drinking too much of the wrong things can lead to fatigue and weight gain.
Instead, strive for balance and make small, sensible changes to your diet to accommodate those extra goodies--and calories--that beckon on every corner. Even by making small adjustments, you may find you won’t have to make diet-related resolutions come New Year’s. For example, on the day of a party, opt a breakfast of oatmeal with nuts and a piece of fruit rather than a sugar-and-calorie-rich, jumbo-sized muffin from your favorite coffee shop.
Keep Priorities Straight
A major contributor of stress any time of year is money--but this can get only get worse as budgets are stretched to their limits during the gift-giving season. Especially during the holidays, it may be necessary to downsize expectations. If you can’t afford to buy gifts for everyone you normally would, it is okay. Gifts of home-baked goods or special services, like baby sitting or house cleaning, will be just as appreciated.
Notably, take time out for yourself each day, even if it is just a few minutes. Taking a bath, reading a book, and listening to music are all effective stress busters--and most importantly, cost next to nothing.
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but they do come with their stress factors, one of which is dealing with conflict among family members. Issues such as money, politics, divorce, and child rearing can be the fodder for snide comments, heated discussions, and even the source of schisms within the family.
Unfortunately, in many families, the source of these issues often lies in a handful of people, and they make the holidays difficult for everyone. You needn't fall victim to this type of behavior, and you may even be able to aid in controlling some of the negative effects such behavior creates.
The Pre-emptive Approach
Days before the family party, telephone the person with whom you experience conflict, and tell them you want this year to be different, and that you want the conflict resolved before the family gets together. Expect to make concessions, but expect the other person to listen to your side as well. Even if the talks break down, you and your opponent are less likely to bring the conflict to the dinner table.
The No Comment Approach
If you know what's coming, you can deviate from the usual routine to avoid it. If you know your mother is going to comment on your weight the minute you take off your coat, prepare for the hit. Rather than say, "I'm trying to lose weight, Mother, but it's not so easy for some of us," offer to help set the table. Do not respond to the comment. If she continues, continue to change the subject or walk away and talk with someone else.
The Neutralize the Threat Approach
If the conflict between two of your relatives always throws a damper on the holiday dinner, suggest to the host he or she seat the two combatants at opposite ends of the table. If that isn't possible, try to neutralize the ongoing argument as it starts.
When the first comment is thrown out, say, matter-of-factly and with conviction, that if the two of them raise this argument, you will take your plate of food and leave the table, and suggest others do the same. This effectively tells the combatants that you will not break bread with them, even if they are family, if they continue to act in this fashion.
The Peace Treaty Approach
If the conflict between relatives is pitched, and begins before any one even gets to the dinner table, step up and act as mediator. Tell one and all that at this time, you would like to hear both sides of this argument, and then engage in a family discussion as to possible resolutions. You will either be pilloried as a trouble maker or hailed as hero. It's a risk you may feel is worth taking for family peace.
The Get In-Get Out Approach
If you feel you can't take the risk of playing peace maker, or don't have the stamina to stand up to the rigors of nasty comments, petty spats, and verbal assaults, then show up looking tired and slightly ill-kempt. After a few sips of tea from your gracious host, make your excuses and leave.
This may sound like the coward's way out, but being in the presence of such toxic personalities is detrimental to your health. If your family members don't care enough for one another to act respectful to one another, and settle their differences outside the family gatherings, then you shouldn't be obligated to endure the hostilities.
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It’s almost that time of year again, and before all the holiday gifts and decorations are even put away, the focus turns to the start of a new year, and, inevitably, New Year’s resolutions. According to an article in Time magazine, nearly half of adult Americans were somewhat likely to make New Year’s resolutions in 2010. Top resolution ideas were health-related--losing weight was number one (19 percent), though quitting smoking (12 percent) and exercising more (10 percent) weren’t far behind in popularity. However, this article also noted that 35 percent of people failed to keep their New Year’s resolutions from the previous year, which makes one wonder how many of the respondents actually lost weight, gave up smoking, or exercised more the next year.
These numbers may be a bit discouraging, but keeping a New Year’s resolution isn’t impossible. People break bad habits and create good habits all year round, including overcoming major addictions. These tips for how to make and keep a New Year’s resolution can help you stick to your resolution this year, even if you were one of the 35 percent who didn’t make it out the gate the year before.
Flex your willpower muscles
Many people mistakenly believe that willpower is an inherent trait, something you either have in abundance or lack completely. To the contrary, willpower, like most anything else, is a strength that can be cultivated. Like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger willpower becomes, but it can also weaken when overloaded. Because of this, it’s important that your New Year’s resolution is realistic, moderately difficult, and measurable. Set your sights too high and you’ll become overwhelmed and give up, but make your resolution too easy and you won’t be working those willpower muscles, nor will you feel much of a sense of accomplishment when you reach your goal. And, of course, if your resolution isn’t concrete and measurable, you won’t know whether you’ve actually accomplished it.
Focus on the positive
Nothing sabotages good intentions like negativity. Unfortunately, if you’ve failed at keeping resolutions in the past, your default mode of thinking about resolutions may be negative. Rather than focus on what you’re doing wrong, how far you have to go, or how difficult the task appears, focus on positive thoughts and activities. Surround yourself with positive people, do things that give you pleasure, and reward yourself for all your little accomplishments. Any resolution worth keeping is bound to be challenging, so expect a few roadblocks. If you give up the first time you slip a little, you’re only hurting yourself. Instead, accept the fact that people make mistakes and take steps to get back on track.
Surround yourself with motivation
If your New Year’s resolution is to drink less or quit drinking altogether, you’ll have a tough time if you continue to hang out with your drinking buddies every weekend. While it might strain some friendships, your chances of keeping your resolution increase when you surround yourself with people that personify your desired behavior. For example, if you want to quit smoking, hang out with health-minded friends who don’t smoke and who practice yoga and eat well. In addition to letting your friends be role models, you can also surround yourself with motivation by subscribing to blogs that reinforce your resolution, reading relevant magazines, or leaving yourself little motivational notes. For example, if you want to lose weight, read about others’ weight loss journeys online, pick up some fitness magazines, and post some motivational notes or photos on your fridge.
If you want to make and keep a New Year’s resolution this year, these tips can help you stick to your goal, even when the going gets tough. Realistic goals coupled with positive thoughts and lots of motivation is a recipe for success, and with each success, tackling new resolutions gets easier every year.
From gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies to moist gingerbread cake, gingerbread is a true American favorite around the winter holidays.
In this sophisticated rendition, walnut-and-brown-sugar-encrusted baked pears offset the intense spiciness of the sticky-sweet gingerbread cake to create a memorable dessert. This easy dessert is perfect for Christmas parties or family get-togethers
Sticky-Sweet Pear Gingerbread
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Active time: 30 minutes
Inactive time: 1 hour
Yield: one 8-inch-square cake
For the Pears
4 firm pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 tablespoons unpacked dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
For the Gingerbread
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ cup sugar
½ cup half-and-half
¼ cup molasses
2 tablespoons canola oil
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Arrange the pear slices over the bottom of the prepared baking dish and pour the lemon juice over the sliced pears. Mix the butter, brown sugar, and walnuts together and pour the mixture evenly over the pears. Place the pears in the oven and bake 15 minutes, just until the fruit is tender. Remove from the oven to cool.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, and sugar and stir to mix. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the half-and-half, molasses, and oil to the mixture, stirring just until the gingerbread batter is smooth.
3. Pour the gingerbread batter over the baked pears and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the gingerbread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.