4. Midsize Luxury Car–Acura TLX
Starting price: $38,000 (estimated)
Fuel-economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 25-28 mpg
Replacing both the TL and TSX sedans in Acura
’s lineup for 2015, the TLX midsize luxury/sports sedan comes wrapped in more refined styling, and packs so much in the way of technology, it just might even impress the grandkids. As in the Honda Accord
with which it shares platforms, power comes from either a 2.4-liter 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automated manual transmission, or a 3.5-liter 290-horsepower V-6 that’s mated to a new nine-speed automatic. The base front-drive model includes a nifty four-wheel steering system that turns the rear wheels slightly (in opposition to the front tires) to quicken the car’s handling, while the V6 version can be equipped with the automaker’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system that boosts traction on both wet and dry roads. The car offers many of the latest collision prevention hardware, including a forward-collision warning system with an auto-braking function.