2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan

MSRP $48,000

Ranked #12 in Sedan

7.4

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Over the years, the Acura TLX has been the rightful sedan in serving as a dependable ferrying option with an affordable price tag. And just when we are awaiting the sporty side of the TLX, Acura brought in the all-new 2021 Acura TLX Type S. And for those of you baffled with the Type S name, the Acura CL with the Type S badge was one of the first cars to showcase the stellar capabilities that a Front-Wheel-Drive car could offer to the US Automotive market in the year 2001. It holds a strong legacy.

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Pros

Sleek and Ravishing design

Vigorous V6 

Crisp Handling

Capacious cabin

A pool of standard features and advanced safety tech

Cons

Limited build options

Mediocre fuel efficiency

Feels beefy at times

What's New?

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is an all-new nameplate in Acura’s inventory.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48000

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$48,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan in Lunar Silver Metallic color
Lunar Silver Metallic

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

Engine and Performace

7.0

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


For the 2021 Acura TLX Type S, it isn't just a mere revival of the badge, but the resurgence of the soul to deliver a Cutting-edge performance. With an MSRP of $52,300, the TLX Type S comes well equipped with many cheerful and athletic features on board. All that said, this Sport sedan looks definitive in taking on the German luminaries, the Audi S4, Mercedes-AMG C 43, and BMW M340i.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan front angle view
2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan rear angle view

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Features

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will be offered in a feature-packed sole trim with an MSRP of $52,300. The Acura TLX Type S is the highest spec variant in the Acura TLX family as this is a track-oriented performance option. This sport sedan comes loaded with an abundance of comfort, infotainment, safety, and driver-assistive features. 

It comes equipped with standard features like the Push Button Ignition, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity and Air Filtration, Leather-Wrapped Tilt and Telescopic Flat-bottom Sport Steering Wheel, 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display, Front 16-way Power seats with Power Lumbar Support, Thigh Extension and Side Bolsters, Heated and ventilated front seats to name just a few. Additionally, we have two packages namely the A-Spec package and HP Wheel & Tire Package that offer minor cosmetic upgrades to the already stuffed Type S. 

Trims

Long Range

MSRP

$52,300

Key Features

Keyless Access System with Acura Personalized Settings

 

Push Button Ignition

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity and Air Filtration

 

Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede

 

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

 

Leather-Wrapped Tilt and Telescopic Flat-bottom Sport Steering Wheel

 

Front 16-way Power seats with Power Lumbar Support, Thigh Extension, and Side Bolsters

 

60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback

 

Ambient LED Cabin Lighting

 

Auto-Dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror

 

Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Function

 

Jewel Eye LED Headlights

 

LED Fog Lights

 

Chicane LED Taillights

 

20-inch NSX design alloy wheels with summer tires

 

Blind-Spot Monitoring System

 

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 

Heated Side Mirrors with Reverse Gear Tilt-Down

 

7-inch Color Multi-Information Display

 

10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display

 

17-Speaker ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System

Which Trim should you buy? 

At a starting price tag of $52,300, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S packs a lot of features and muscle that offer a great value for the 50 grand you spend. Although there were a couple of additional packages available, we recommend the basic factory bundled TLX Type S only which would certainly cater to all your performance needs and creature comforts. 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is powered by a potent 3.0-liter V6 backed by a turbocharger to churn out 355 horses and 354 pounds of power and torque respectively. This grunt is routed to the wheels via a 10-speed sport-tuned automatic transmission. As standard, we have Acura’s popular and patented SH-AWD system that sends power to either of the rear wheels when required, thus enabling excellent traction and control. 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan driving view

On the performance front, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S does a 0-69 sprint in 4.5 seconds and could reach a quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds while attaining a top speed of 151 mph. However, these figures can’t smash its competitors off the line as all of its rivals are pretty quicker by a sloping margin. Quite surprisingly, the BMW M340i with its Inline-6 turns out to be the fastest in the segment, taking just 3.8 seconds to hit the 60 mph mark.

Models

2021 Acura TLX Type S

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 

2021 BMW M340i

MSRP

$52,300

$49,900

$55,950

$54,700

Engine

3.0-Liter Turbocharged V6

3.0-Liter Turbocharged V6

3.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic Tiptronic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

355 hp @6,200 rpm

349 hp @5,400 rpm

385 hp @6,100 rpm

382 hp @5,800 rpm

Torque 

354 lb-ft @2,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @1,370 rpm

384 lb-ft @2,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @1,800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

4.5 seconds

4.2 seconds

4.1 seconds

3.8 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.7 seconds

12.8 seconds

12.6 seconds

12.3 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

151 mph

155 mph

155 mph

155 mph

In the battle of the muscle, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 is the clear winner making 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, followed by the BMW M340i that makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Audi S4 is commendable in attaining 369 pounds of Torque while revving just 1,370 rpm. However, the Acura TLX Type S offers a composed and refined driving experience.

How well does the 2021 Acura TLX Type S handle?

As mentioned, the ride quality and handling on the 2021 Acura TLX Type S are well composed and refined. Its strong chassis and SH-AWD platform make for exceptional handling and it feels more comfortable especially at the lower rpm and tight corners where the SH-AWD comes into action. 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan ride and handling

But at times, its heavyweight can be felt as we feel a kind of drag in turning directions but thanks to its SH-AWD that senses the slow revs and instantly sends the power to the required rear wheel that provides great traction and control. 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Quite recently, the EPA ratings of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S were revealed and they are just okayish. It delivers 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highways, and 21 mpg in combined usage. Although these figures might seem lesser than its traditional TLX siblings that offer 25 mpg combined, these are pretty decent for a car with 355 hp. 

Models

2021 Acura TLX Type S

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 

2021 BMW M340i

MPG (City)

19

20

19

22

MPG (Highway)

25

27

27

30

MPG (Combined)

21

23

22

25

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.9 gal.

15.3 gal.

17.4 gal.

15.8 gal.

Range (city/highway/combined)

302.1/397.5/333.9

306/413/352

331/470/383

348/474/395

While all the rivals of the Acura TLX Type S offer a better fuel economy, the BMW M340i tops the table with an impressive 25 mpg combined and a range of 395 miles on a full tank. The Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 features the largest fuel tank with 17.4 gallons capacity, followed by the TLX Type S with 15.9 gallons.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Interior

9.0/10

The superior performance of the Acura TLX Type S needs to be poised with a soothing and refreshing cabin experience and we get that in abundance. The TLX Types S interior features a very well-thought-out design blended with practicality. On a welcome note, we have a 7-inch Color Multi-Information driver Display accompanied by a Heated Leather-Wrapped Flat-bottom Sport Steering Wheel with various controls mounted on it. There is no shortage of technology in the cabin with every convenience comfort being a click away.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan cockpit area

The TLX Type S can seat 5 people in well-designed Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede of which the front seats have heating and ventilation comforts. We have Front 16-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support which can handle your Tantrums well. We see genuine and soft-touch leather running all through the dash, center console, and door accents that look so premium. 

Models

2021 Acura TLX Type S

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 

2021 BMW M340i

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.2/57.5/42.6

38.9/55.9/41.3

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.7/56/42

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.7/55.4/34.5

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.1/55/35.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

13.5 cu-ft.

12 cu-ft.

12.6 cu-ft.

13 cu-ft.

Although Acura appears to be a large car from the exterior standpoint, it really isn’t. The front row is spacious while the rear row is squeezed. The Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 outshines the TLX Type S and the whole competition, in fact. While the BMW M340i offers a balanced room to seat 5 people comfortably with a generous luggage room of 13 cu-ft. Nonetheless, the TLX Type S stands out with 13.5 cu-ft of cargo space. Some of the noteworthy interior features of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S include:

  • Heated and Ventilated front seats
  • 7-inch Driver Multi-information-Display
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
  • Power windows
  • Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede
  • 16-way front power seats with power lumbar support
  • Heated Leather Wrapped, Flat-bottom Sport Steering Wheel
  • Heated Steering wheel
  • Ambient LED Cabin Lighting
  • Active Sound Control

How intuitive is the 2021 Acura TLX Type S’s Infotainment System?

The TLX Type S’s Infotainment System looks almost similar to that of q typical Acura sedan out there. As usual, the TLX Type S comes with many infotainment and connectivity features. We have a 10.25-inch HD infotainment screen with which we have the Acura Navigation System with 3D View, AcuraLink Connected Services, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. Additionally, we do get a 17-speaker ELS Studio Premium surround sound system with an Active Sound Control for an immersive listening experience.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan infotainment screen

All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 10.25-inch HD Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Compatibility
  • Acura Navigation System with 3D View
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth and AUX connectivity
  • Mobile Hotspot Compatibility
  • ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 17 Speakers
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 2 USB Charge Ports
  • AcuraLink Connected Services

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Exterior

7.0/10

Unlike its TLX siblings, the Type S sports a more radical and aggressive front and rear fascia. The body is chiseled sharply to swift through aerodynamic hindrance, as a result, we have a sleek and stylish sport sedan without any boring curves. On the front, we have the Acura’s signature glossy diamond pentagon grille housing the emblem and lauded Type S badge. 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan

Under the bonnet is the Jewel Eye LED headlights with Chicane DRLs that develop onto the fenders. On the sides, we have black-colored side power mirrors integrated with LED Directional signals and we do have LED Fog lights on the front. To keep us in motion, we have 20-inch shark grey multi-spoke wheels with Pirelli all-season tires. On the rear fascia, it features LED Taillights and quad exhaust outlets.

Models

2021 Acura TLX Type S

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 

2021 BMW M340i

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,221 lbs

3,858 lbs

3,825 lbs

3,849 lbs

Length (inches)

194.6

186.8

185

185.7

Width (inches)

75.2

72.5

71.3

71.9

Height (inches)

56.4

55.3

56.3

56.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.9

5.0

3.5

4.6

Wheelbase (inches)

113.0

111.2

111.8

112.2

When compared, the Acura TLX Type S is larger than all of its competition dimensionally. It is even the heaviest of the lot. The TLX Types S is 194.6-inches long and none of its contenders are even close. It is 75.2-inches wider which is again the highest in the segment, enabling it to sport the best wheelbase in the competition with 113.0-inches. Highlights of 2021 Acura TLX Types S exterior include:

  • Four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • LED Taillamps
  • Chicane LED DRLs
  • Quad Exhaust outlets
  • Brembo Front 4-Piston Braking System
  • 20-inch shark grey Multi-Spoke wheels with summer performance tires
  • LED Fog Lights
  • LED Side Mirror-Integrated Directional Signals
  • Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • Acoustic Glass Windshield
  • Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Function

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Safety

7.0/10

Acura has a vivid history of introducing some of the most influential and effective safety gear as standard in its cars. The 2021 Acura TLX Type S hasn’t been tested by either of the safety agencies yet, although we have safety ratings of its sibling, the 2021 Acura TLX which are second to none. The Acura TLX was awarded the overall 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA while it has bagged the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS, probably the best scores any car could get. Apart from that, the TLX Type S comes loaded with a wealth of safety and driver-assistance stuff like:

  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Lane-Departure warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Driver awareness monitor
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
  • AcuraWatch
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Theft-Deterrent System with Electronic Immobilizer
  • Front and Rear Parking sensors
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Monitoring
  • Auto High-Beam

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Competition

9.0/10

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs 2021 BMW M340i

Truth be told, the BMW M340i is a perfect all-rounder in this segment. It packs more power than any other sedans in this segment and it offers a very smooth driving experience, after all, BMW is known for that. On the whole, it's really tough to draw a conclusion between the two as the TLX Type S shines on the seating space and agility. 

2021 BMW M340i

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs the 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

Yet again this German sedan impresses us on the performance forefront with more muscle and ride quality than the TLX Type S. Also, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 sports a more practical and luxurious cabin than that of the Acura’s. But the Acura TLX Type S is more affordable than the AMG C 43, given that it offers pretty much the same. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs the 2022 Audi S4

 Well, Audi’s superlative performance and driving dynamics are second to none and it's the same with the Audi S4 too. It offers splendid time behind the wheel with no compromises on the performance. But the Acura TLX Type S offers pretty much the same responsiveness and performance as that of the S4. In fact, the TLX Type S handles better than its rivals in tight corners and sleek curves. 

2022 Audi S4

 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Final Verdict

We often notice that premium sedans won’t make up to a good value proposition. But the 2021 Acura TLX Type S is different from the other sport sedans. You can literally see every buck you invested returning back in the form of a heart-thumping performance and a class-leading feature set. Despite the fact that it is the first generation in the TLX high-performance lineup, it gives a near edge to the German adversaries and in some cases, it outperformed them. All in all, the Acura TLX Type S would be a true performance sedan with track-based DNA.