Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Acura TLX VS 2016 Dodge Charger Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Acura TLX

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2016 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX V6 offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Charger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the TLX and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the TLX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Charger has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The TLX comes with a full 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Charger’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Charger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Charger ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The TLX’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Charger runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the TLX have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

TLX

Charger

2WD

3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

21 city/34 hwy

19 city/31 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

AWD

3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

21 city/31 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the TLX V6 SH-AWD’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura TLX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Charger R/T Scat Pack requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the TLX has larger tires than the Charger (225/55R17 vs. 215/65R17).

The TLX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SE’s standard 65 series tires.

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Charger doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

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The Acura TLX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The TLX is 8.1 inches shorter than the Charger, making the TLX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The TLX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Charger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The TLX has .8 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the TLX easier. The TLX’s trunk lift-over height is 28.3 inches, while the Charger’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the TLX offers cargo security. The Charger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Charger, and is not available on all models.

The TLX’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the TLX the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Charger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The TLX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge only offers heated mirrors on the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the TLX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the TLX will cost $900 less than the Charger over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura TLX will be $3780 to $4362 less than for the Dodge Charger.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Acura TLX won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Dodge Charger only won one award.

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