2020 Acura TLX

MSRP $33,000

Ranked #12 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Acura TLX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 11, 2021

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Acura TLX may look like a sportscar, but in actuality it has no attributes of one. All sporty nature has been left out in favor of comfort and practicality. Of course, you could argue that this was due to price concerns, and that for a starting price of $33,000, you can really ask for more. Then again, when you compare the spec sheet to its competition, you realize that this car is in fact giving you more, more than the other at least. Even when you take the top-of-the-line Advance Package V6 with all-wheel drive, the near $46,000 price is still a bargain compared to similarly equipped Mercedes or Audi cars.

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Pros

Refined and reliable engine

Comfortable interiors

Great exterior design

Cons

Infotainment needs an upgrade

Quite a few noises creep into the cabin

Not as powerful as the competitors

What's New?

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33000

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

206 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

182 ft-lb. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

8 speed auto shift manual w/OD and auto manual

capacity

passenger volume

93.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

185 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$33,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Acura TLX in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

8.8

Competition

9.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


Acura is a Japanese Luxury brand, and is a subdivision of the ultra-successful Auto Giant Honda. You, of course, know Honda as the maker of inexpensive family cars. You might also know Honda from those sporty turbocharged cars (probably Civics) that make much more power than their innocent looks suggest. Of course, if you are the latter kind, you won’t be interested in any Acura except the NSX coupe. If you are the former kind though, well, Honda has a whole lineup of cars waiting to be discovered by you.

Acura TLX is a very simple sedan; not too expensive, but good looking, comfy, and has great practicality. It isn’t very engaging to drive, and the base engine is a lot less powerful than other cars in this class. If you upgrade to the V6 though, you won’t complain about the power, only the handling. You get a lot of different trims and options to choose from, which helps consumers set their own budgets.

2020 Acura TLX Sedan front view
2020 Acura TLX Sedan rear view

7.0/10
Features

6.8/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

8.8/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Acura TLX Features

7.0/10

"Comfortable ride, top-notch seat comfort, choice standard features." - Car and Driver

The 2020 Acura TLX is offered with 4 choice of trims: Standard (base), Technology Package, A-spec, and Advance Package. Then you have a choice of engines as well, coupled with a choice of drivetrain (front-wheel or all-wheel drive) in a few, making the total possible choices up to 14. No other manufacturer currently offers 14 different choices in a family sedan, which makes the TLX a winner in this regard.

Trim

Standard

Technology Package

A-Spec

Advance Package

MSRPI-4 FWD

$33,000

$36,700

$39,400

-

MSRP V6 FWD

$36,200

$40,100

$42,800

$43,950

MSRP V6 AWD

$38,200

$42,100

$44,800

$45,950
Key Features

Integrated Dynamics System

Same features as Standard with following additions

Same features as Technology Package with following additions

Same features as A-Spec with following additions
 

Sport seats with leatherette-trimmed interior

Sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior

Dark Chrome grill and lighting details

Auto dimming side mirrors
 

Rear wheel steering

(FWD only)

 

Rear Decklid Spoiler

Puddle lights - welcome lighting
 

Electronic Power-assisted rack and pinion steering

 

Round LED fog lights

Rectangular LED fog lights
 

Power Moonroof

     
 

Remote-operated windows and moonroof-open function

     
 

Jewel Eye LED headlights

     

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There is a TLX for every budget! Still, does it make sense to go for the higher variants, when you can find a perfectly functional Mercedes for the same price? If you want more features, well then it does. If you want to flaunt your possession to your friends and family, then it doesn’t. With that in mind, its the Standard (base trim) that makes the most sense.

2020 Acura TLX Engine and Performance

6.8/10

Sport-minded drivers may not like the sluggish downshifts and inability to fully disable stability control. City drivers may not like the heavier steering and stiffer suspension.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission of the 2020 Acura TLX

Sitting under the long hood is a smooth 2.4-Liter turbocharged 4-cylinders engine, which produces a generous 206 horsepower. Maximum torque is rated at 182 pound-feet, which is strong enough to pull the car out of any and every situation. The engine is mated to a brilliant 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The gearbox feels like it operates butter instead of gears. Power is transferred to the front wheels, or all the wheels if you opt for the all-wheel-drive V6 model.

2019 Acura TLX engine bay

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

MSRP

$34,900

$31,900

$34,900

Engine

2.4-Liter Inline-4 turbocharged

2.0-Liter Inline-4 turbocharged

2.0-Liter Inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic Transmission

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

206 hp @ 6800 RPM

255 hp @ 6200 RPM

252 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

182 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

260 lb.-ft. @ 1400 RPM

260 lb.-ft @ 1,400-4,000 RPM

The closest competition to the Acura comes in the form of Infiniti Q50, at least in terms of engine. The Infiniti is just 2 hp ahead of the Acura in terms of power, but offers one gear less on the transmission front. Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger are also close competition to the TLX. Other than that, you have the Premium performance brands such as Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, and Mercedes trying their hand in the affordable luxury segment.

Acceleration of the 2020 Acura TLX

The 2.4-Liter turbo engine isn’t the most powerful motor around, and the performance reflects that. The base engine powered TLX takes a weak 7.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH. The V6 engine utilizes the extra power to reach 60 MPH in a significantly better time of 5.7 seconds.

2019 Acura tlx acceleration

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

0-60 MPH

7.1 sec

6.0 sec

6.0 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

14.6 sec @ 96 mph

14.6 sec

Engine

2.4-Liter

2.0-Liter

2.0-Liter

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.6

N/A

N/A

The Alfa Romeo Giulia runs from naught to 60 mph in an impressive 5.5 seconds. The Mercedes C300 stands neck to neck with this Italian stallion in terms of performance. The rest of 2 liters in the competition take a fair bit longer to gain speed.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Acura TLX

The all-wheel-drive variant is the best handler without a doubt. It offers great traction, owing to the brilliant Acura SH-AWD system, which sends power to all wheels independent of other wheels. This maintains tractions on all four anchor points, without losing control even when not on tarmac. The front-wheel-drive variants are fun to drive too, but are simply outpaced by other cars in the segment, especially the German and Italian rivals. Other than that, the handling isn’t particularly exciting.

Ride quality is fine, and the TLX balances the suppleness of ride and stiffness under cornering well. If the weather is pleasant, and you have no plans for the weekend, throw in your bags and set out on a road trip. Smiles are guaranteed here.

Braking of the 2020 Acura TLX

The 2020 Acura TLX uses disc brakes on both the front and the rear wheels. These bring all 3500 pounds of this tame beast to a standstill in a hurry. While the exact braking performance isn't known at this point, the brakes work well in real-world conditions. The pedal feels precise and the brakes themselves are very responsive. You also get automatic emergency braking, which is great for distracted drivers.

2019 Acura TLX braking

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12.6

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

12.4

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,505

3649

3516

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

185ft (70-0)

N/A

All the cars in this segment come fitted with discs on all four wheels, which aids braking a lot. Under panic braking situation, you could simply bury the pedal into the floor, and the electronics will make sure you safely come to a halt. Braking safety in this segment is simply astounding.

2020 Acura TLX Fuel Economy

5.0/10

"The TLX is available with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or a more powerful, less frugal V-6." - Car and Driver

The Acura motor isn’t the most powerful, as discussed earlier. What it is, is an extremely frugal commuter. You could ferry your entire family around all day and still the fuel bills won’t hurt your pockets. You get a brilliant gas mileage of 23 MPG in the city and 33 on the highways, figures good enough to stay at the top of the segment.

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

MPG (city)

23

22

22

MPG (highway)

33

29

30

MPG (combined)

27

25

25

Balancing fuel efficiency with performance sees the Jaguar lead the competition; drinking a super frugal 29 miles per gallon. The rest follow closely, and none of cars here disappoint on the economy front.

2020 Acura TLX Interior

8.0/10

Understated quality is better than low-grade ostentation. This point is proved inside the TLX's cabin, with its quality materials and comfortable seats.-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 Acura TLX

Unsurprisingly, this Acura sedan has a lot of space on offer on the inside. You can easily seat 4 or even 5 people on the inside, which is quite wonderful. The space is actually the best in this segment, and taller passengers would be the most comfortable in the Acura.

 2019 acura tlx seats

The interiors quality leaves you somewhat dissatisfied though. You will notice road and wind noise creeping into the cabin at speed, and prolonged use may also bring forth squeaks and rattles, especially in the rear armrest. This annoying niggle is shared by the Honda Accord too, although the lower price tag of the latter forces you to look the other way.

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front Head room (cu. ft.) 

N/A

37.2

38.2

Shoulder room

57.5

55.9

56.3

Leg room

42.6

44.8

42.6

Rear Head room (cu. ft.)

N/A

36.7

36.9

Shoulder room

55.4

53.4

54.6

Leg room

34.5

32.2

34.8

The Genesis G80, Infiniti Q50, and Kia Stinger offer quite an impressive interior space as well but fall behind where it matters, i.e., the rear head and legroom. Lexus IS sedan makes a good case for itself with plenty of space all around, and to be honest, it bests the Acura in rear cabin space, which makes it the best pick in terms of space.

Infotainment System of the 2020 Acura TLX

The TLX utilizes a twin display setup on the dashboard, one of which is a touchscreen display while the other isn’t. The latter screen is controlled via a knob on the center console. There are plenty of features on offer like:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth Hands free Phone and Audio
  • AM/FM Radio
  • 8-Speaker Audio System

Cargo Volume of the 2020 Acura TLX

Acura engineers did a lot of good on the TLX, but designing a large trunk was not one of them. The boot space is quite small compared to the Kia Stinger, which utilizes its hatchback design to incorporate more space in the back. Still, the Acura is better than average, with more than 14 cubic feet on offer. You could easily stuff two big backpacks in the back easily.

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.3

23.3

10.5

2020 Acura TLX Exterior

5.0/10

With last year’s significant update, the Acura TLX entry-level luxury sedan finally has the styling that gets it noticed.-Kelley Blue Book

Weight and Measurements of the 2020 Acura TLX

The 2020 Acura TLX is a heavy car, at over 3 and a half thousand pounds. This isn’t uncommon though, as other cars in this segment weigh the same. This, however, means that the ride and handling aren’t too great. You can feel the weight when driving around.

2019 Acura tlx 

Models

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,505

3649

3516

Length(in)

191.7

190.2

184.4 in

Width(in)

73.0

73.6

72.8 in

Height(in)

57.0

55.1

55.1 in

Ground clearance (in)

5.8

N/A

5.1 in

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

114.4

111.6 

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/63.1

62.8/64.8

N/A

Acura is the longest car here, with the stinger following closely behind. The rest of the cars are comfortably smaller, with their dimensions ranging from 190 inches on the upper side to 180 inches on the lower side

Design and Styling of the 2020 Acura TLX

Japanese cars offer magnificent engineering, but their designs are best described as low on the priority list. Usually, the Japs either nail it or try too hard and fail miserably. The Acura however, doesn’t believe in both those extremes. It is a moderately good-looking car, but that isn’t a bad thing. The design language is quite subtle. The LED strips in the headlamps and taillamps are brilliant.

2020 Acura TLX Safety

8.8/10

There are plenty of safety features on offer in the 2020 Acura TLX. The most important ones are listed below:

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
2019 Acura TLX safety

2020 Acura TLX Competition

9.0/10

Acura TLX vs Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX and Infiniti Q50 are two of the most practical, affordable, and easy-to-live-with cars in this segment. They’re built by two premium Japanese manufacturers, which is actually the reason for all those things. Japs have consistently built good and affordable cars. You can’t go wrong with any of these sedans. If you were looking for a little more interior space and slightly more compact dimensions, the Infiniti makes a stronger point. In terms of looks, efficiency, and trunk space, the Acura takes the lead.

2019 infiniti q50

Acura TLX vs Mercedes C-class

While both these sedans represent the affordable luxury bracket, you could easily figure out the more expensive one simply by looking at them. With a more powerful engine, better interiors, and most importantly, the premium brand image, the Mercedes C300 is simply the better car here. The Germans take the cake here until you consider the price. The Merc is easily a few grand more expensive than the base TLX, and even the highest trim is comparable to the base C-class. From a practical, real-world point of view, the Benz doesn’t hold much appeal.

2019 Mercedes Benz C-class

Acura TLX vs Kia Stinger

While the Kia Stinger is a fairly new sedan to the market, it has lovely performance, great interior, and is extremely practical. It also has a lot of safety features, as well as a comfortable ride. The Acura is much less a driver’s car, especially compared to the Stinger. Its base variant is also cheaper, which tilts the scale in its favor. The Infiniti only takes the lead in terms of rear passenger space which, although important, doesn’t make the strongest case for the TLX.

2019 Kia Stinger

2020 Acura TLX Final Verdict

To conclude, it’s safe to say the 2020 Acura TLX is a great car for your average car needs. It doesn’t offer much excitement but is a strong contender for as impressive since the previous year. The sedan combines beauty, drivability and power, and a little bit of practicality while remaining kind on fuel economy. If your primary use for the car is family duties, this is the car for you.

FAQs about the 2020 Acura TLX.

Let's go through some of the most frequently asked questions about the 2020 Acura TLX.

What is the difference between the 2019 and 2020 Acura TLX?

The 2020 Acura TLX is equipped with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Whereas, the last year's model missed out on both. 

Is the 2020 Acura TLX AWD?

The 2020 Acura TLX is available with an all-wheel-drive system with the V6 engine option. 

Is the 2020 Acura TLX bigger than the 2020 Acura ILX?

The TLX is much bigger when compared to the ILX. The ILX is a compact sedan whereas the TLX is a full-size sedan. 

2020 Acura TLX FAQs

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