2019 Acura TLX vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

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Safety

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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 Continental doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 3 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

TLX

Continental

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

23 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto A-Spec

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/Auto

20 city/31 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

V6/Auto A-Spec

20 city/30 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

2.7 Twin Turbo V6/Auto

AWD

V6/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/25 hwy

2.7 Twin Turbo V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

3.0 Twin Turbo V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The Continental doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Continental doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Continental doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The TLX handles at .84 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the TLX V6’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The TLX SH-AWD’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (39.5 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Acura TLX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The TLX is 10.7 inches shorter than the Continental, making the TLX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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The TLX has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The TLX’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

When the TLX is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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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 $760 to $5745 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

The TLX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TLX will retain 43.93% to 47.86% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 39.71% to 42.52%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the TLX than the Continental, including $871 less for a water pump, $27 less for front brake pads, $28 less for fuel injection, $41 less for a fuel pump and $575 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura TLX will be $15080 to $20944 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Acura TLX outsold the Lincoln Continental by almost three to one during 2017.

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