Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia VS 2017 Acura TLX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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2017 Acura TLX

Safety Comparison

Both the Giulia and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

The camshaft in the Giulia’s engine is driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TLX 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TLX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (280 vs. 206) and 124 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Giulia gets better fuel mileage than the TLX:

 

 

Giulia

TLX

 

2WD

2.0 Turbo/Auto

24 city/33 hwy

21 city/34 hwy

V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 Turbo/Auto

23 city/31 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Giulia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the TLX:

 

Giulia

TLX

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.2 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Giulia’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX’s standard 55 series tires. The Giulia’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the TLX V-6’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Giulia offers optional 19-inch wheels. The TLX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Giulia offers has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The TLX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Giulia’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the TLX (111 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Giulia is 7.7 inches shorter than the TLX, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Giulia is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Giulia has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (100 vs. 93.3).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Giulia and the TLX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Giulia is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The TLX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Giulia’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The TLX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Giulia offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The TLX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Giulia’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TLX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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