9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters

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The V-6 models’ 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters is extraordinarily smooth, just like the 3.5-liter V-6 to which it’s partnered. In automatic mode, the TLX driver can choose between economical or sport shifting. Paddle shifters put full manual control right at your fingertips.


  • The Electronic Gear Selector offers intuitive, one-touch gear engagement and increases access to the center stack and center console.
  • Pushing “Drive” delivers smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. Selecting Sport+ Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) mode brings on quicker downshifts and higher RPMs before upshifts.
  • Tapping a paddle shifter in Normal, Economy or Sport IDS driving mode engages a manual gear change. Thus, quick gear changes are always available without switching in and out of manual mode. Automatic shifting returns when the TLX reaches a steady speed.
  • Using a paddle shifter in Sport+ puts the transmission in full manual mode, greatly enhancing control for high-performance or hilly driving.
  • Grade Logic Control instructs the transmission to hold a gear at higher rpm on a steep uphill or downhill grade.
  • To avoid disrupting the chassis or power delivery, Shift Hold Control delays up-shifting when the driver accelerates through a curve.
  • Hill Start Assist eases starts on inclines. Sensing an uphill grade, the system holds brake pressure momentarily while foot moves from the brake pedal to gas pedal.