The 2015 Acura TLX is a surprising car in many ways. Rising out of the near-premium or entry-luxury segment to prove itself more than just another mid-level manager’s car, the Acura TLX offers a well-tuned chassis and suspension, innovative drivetrain features, and impressive value.

As we noted in our first drive of the TLX:

“It has, hands down, the best-tuned suspension you can buy for the money, especially in the entry premium/luxury segment, and that includes stalwarts like the BMW 3-Series and newcomers like the Cadillac ATS. It’s really that good.”

That statement is made, primarily, about the entry-level model. Perhaps that’s surprising to some, but the four-cylinder engine and torque converter/dual-clutch transmission come together in remarkable harmony with the brilliantly tuned suspension, four-wheel steering, and stiff chassis to produce a driving experience that truly is comparable to much more expensive and widely recognized sport sedans.

2015 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX

At a nicely configured price of about $35,000, that entry-level TLX doesn’t feel so entry level. The cabin is spacious and attractive, there’s a fair amount of modern safety and infotainment gear, and there’s even a rather good EPA gas mileage rating of 24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.

While there are faster, more luxurious, and more attractive cars in the nominees list for Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2015 award, the TLX makes its presence known by combining a remarkable set of features and abilities with an approachable price tag.

Again referring to our first drive review:

“…at the entry point, even with all of the available option packages, the roughly $35,000 you’ll spend on a four-cylinder TLX feels like a remarkable bargain, particularly if you like driving a good car quickly.”

That bargain status makes it a car more people can buy, and its value and wide appeal make it a car that deserves a shot at this year’s Best Car To Buy award.

Which will win? Stay tuned to our Best Car To Buy page as we run through all of the nominees’ strengths en route to our November 10th announcement of the winner.

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