Conventional wisdow says that luxury cars need rear-wheel drive, as a matter of both performance credibility and styling. Acura understands this, but Honda's luxury brand sticks with front-drive platforms as part of its strategy, zigging when everyone else zags. Its new TLX has other tricks to win your attention.

The base 206-horsepower four-cylinder model, for instance, uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that also incorporates a torque converter. This helps solve the riddle that plagues dual-clutch transmissions indecisive low-speed behavior. A 290-horsepower V-6 is optional, and all V-6 models are available with all-wheel drive.

2015 Acura TLX
  • Price: $31,915
  • Available: Now
  • Mpg: 24/35

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