Acura brought the TLX to this extremely competitive segment dominated by the Germans to win it for them, but things were not the same. Instead of being famous and selling in more numbers, the Acura TLX got a terrible reputation for a traditional luxury sports sedan. Let's see how the 2021 avatar changes that perception

Acura has brought the new updated 2021 Acura TLX to take on heavyweights in the luxury sports sedan segment, which is dominated all these years by the mighty germans. Established rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes - Benz C - Class have been the favorites in this segment for a very long time, and there were no real opponents for these three german sedans except for each other. 

With the 2021 model, Acura is also bringing back the Type S line

Also, the customers who bought the TLX were a little bit skeptical with Acura's badge as some preferred the more premium, tried and tested German tags on their bonnet. But still, the Acura TLX offered performance that was equal to that on German cars along with technological features, safety, and luxury, which made it an outstanding value for money choice in the segment. 

What are the changes in the 2021 Acura TLX?

Acura now has updated the TLX for the 2021 model, and this new model promises to do a lot more cranking up its desirability up a notch compared to the German rivals. But Acura stays true to its roots. They are still offering lots of tech and features for less the money, making it the value for money option it always was. The latest Acura TLX looks striking, aggressive, and stunning on pictures, which may be more than enough for some customers to get the 2021 TLX.

With the 2021 model, Acura is also bringing back the Type S line, and it not only bring cosmetic changes but also gets improved mechanicals and technological features, helping it to increase its levels much higher than what it is. This Type-S now gets a 3.0 - liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces well more than 300 hp and gets mated to a 10 - speed automatic transmission.

2021 Acura TLX A-Spec

The TLX Type S also gets Acura's Super - Handling All-Wheel - Drive tech, which improves the overall driving experience like never seen before in an Acura. It also receives some unique suspension setup, which differs from the regular TLX and larger Brembo disc brakes, helping in the braking performance by providing additional stopping power as it has more horsepower than the usual model.

What is the price of 2021 Acura TLX?

The 2021 Acura TLX is expected to hit the market this fall, and Acura says that the pricing for the TLX will start in the mid $30,000 range. In contrast, the Type S line pricing has not yet been revealed but will inevitably undercut the German rivals like the Audi S4, BMW M340i, and Mercedes - AMG C43.

2021 Acura TLX: Engine and Performance

The regular 2021 Acura TLX is now powered by a 2.0 - liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which is the same as found on the RDX crossover and gets mounted to 10 - speed automatic gearbox. This 2.0 - liter unit produces 272 hp and has 280 lb-ft of torque on offer, which perfectly stacks it against its German competitors, which also offers the same power and torque figures.

This engine replaces the old 2.4 - liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and adds 66 hp extra along with 98 lb-ft of torque, which is hugely thanks to the turbocharging technology in the new 2.0 - liter unit. The power figures of the 2.0 - liter unit might seem less than the 2020 TLX's 3.5 - liter V6 engine, but it has more torque, which is delivered lower in the rev range offering better start and drivability. 

Models

Acura TLX FWD

Infiniti Q50 3.0t LUXE RWD

Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring FWD

Toyota Avalon XSE FWD

MSRP

$37,195

$39,595

$40,295

$36,580

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain FWD RWD FWD FWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

206hp@6,800rpm

300hp@6,400rpm

310hp@6,800rpm

301hp@6,600rpm

Torque

182lb-ft@4,500rpm

295lb-ft@1,500rpm

268lb-ft@5,200rpm

267lb-ft@4,700rpm

The fuel - efficiency figures are not yet officially released by Acura, but it well expected to do a lot better than the previous 3.5 - liter V6 unit which offered 20 miles per gallon in the city, 29 miles per gallon in the highway, and had a combined 23 miles per gallon.

Model

Acura TLX FWD

Infiniti Q50 3.0t LUXE RWD

Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring FWD

Toyota Avalon XSE FWD

MPG (City)

23

23

20

22

MPG (Highway)

33

30

30

32

MPG (Combined)

27

25

24

26

Fuel Capacity 17.2 gallons 20.0 gallons 15.8 gallons 15.8 gallons

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

7.7

8.0

7.4

7.1

For the suspension setup, Acura has ditched the previous-generation car's MacPherson strut setup and has gone with the more complicated and expensive double-wishbone setup for the front suspension. This setup for the front suspension occupies less space the MacPherson strut setup, and Acura tells that this should provide the 2021 TLX with better cornering grip and integrates well with the multilink rear suspension geometry.

There are also some other noticeable significant mechanical changes which include the variable-ratio programming for the electrically assisted power steering, and a change from the hydraulic to electro - servo assist system for the brakes which offer better braking performance.

Type S line will get the additional Sport Plus program mode

The 2021 Acura TLX with the Advance and Type S line trims now also gets adaptive dampers, which can be altered depending upon the driving condition or needs, thus enhancing the driving experience. But still, without adaptive dampers, all the TLX models come with Comfort, Normal, Sport drive mode, whereas the Type S line will get the additional Sport Plus program.

There is also a new individual setting option for the driver, which can be accessed by pushing the sizeable Dynamic Mode button in the center console. In this particular setting mode, the drivers can adjust various parameters like throttle response, transmission setting, steering feedback, and adaptive dampers on the models equipped with it.

2021 Acura TLX: Interior

Acura has made many changes on the inside, as this 2021 TLX now feels more premium and plush. There is now real metal on the speakers, open-pore wood surface, and soft-touch leather materials present everywhere in the cabin. But to be honest, there are many happenings in the interior of the cabin, which may or may not be to everyone's liking.

2021 Acura TLX features an advance and upscale Interior

But pieces like the steering wheel, which feels sturdy and great to touch by hands, whereas the thin A-pillars of the TLX also helps in high visibility for the driver.  The center console of the dashboard is similar to the RDX crossover and is good to use even when driving.

Model

Acura TLX FWD

Infiniti Q50 3.0t LUXE RWD

Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring FWD

Toyota Avalon XSE FWD

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/57.5/42.6

38.3/46.4/42.6`

38.4/57.7/42

38.5/58.3/42.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7/55.4/34.5

37/54.8/36.4`

37.2/56.6/38

37.9/57.1/40.3

The rear seats are now large enough to accommodate more significant adults comfortably, and the trunk is also now reasonably spacious at 13.5 cubic feet, which are average and not the best in the segment but still better than the previous generation Acura TLX.

The 10.2 - inch touchscreen infotainment system that houses Acura's new latest multimedia system sits on top of the dashboard and controlled by Acura's True Touch Interface touchpad found on the center console. And thankfully, this time around, Acura has made both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard.

2021 Acura ILX gets an NSX inspired Infotainment System

A 7.0 - inch color display is present for the driver and presents the necessary information to the driver. It is the only aspect that TLX lacks, as some competitors like the Audi offer far more advanced, intuitive, and useful Virtual Cockpit digital display and both BMW and Mercedes have started to offer them across their lineup which makes them a lot more up-to-date in comparison to the Acura's we have seen over the past few years.

2021 Acura TLX: Exterior

Even though it is the Type S line, which looks more striking and appealing, Acura has also made sure that the regular TLX also looks better. It has more gigantic proportions than the previous generation models as it is now longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase. It is heavily inspired by the precision concept design which was introduced in 2016.

With the 2021 model, Acura is also bringing back the Type S line, and it not only bring cosmetic changes but also gets improved mechanicals and technological features, helping it to increase its levels much higher than what it is.

Model

Acura TLX FWD

Infiniti Q50 3.0t LUXE RWD

Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring FWD

Toyota Avalon XSE FWD

Curb Weight

3616 lbs

3730 lbs

3358 lbs

3560 lbs

Length

191.7"

189.6"

197.5"

195.9"

Width

73.0"

71.8"

73.5"

72.8"

Height

57.0"

57.2"

57.5"

56.5"

Ground Clearance

5.8"

5"

N/A

5.3"

Wheelbase

109.3"

112.2"

114.4"

113.0"

Similar to the concept, the design of the TLX features a slanted roofline, large hood, and small boot lid, giving the 2021 Acura TLX a meaner look than its forerunner and makes this one of the best and most futuristic-looking premium sedans in the market.

Safety Features

Driver - assistance features are also improved with the new 2021 TLX, and now every trim in the TLX range gets Acura's AcuraWatch bundle. This bundle includes traffic sign recognition, a driver - awareness monitor system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring system, and so on.

It also now integrates both adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist to provide traffic jam assist in tight traffic conditions. The good thing with the TLX is that all of these are available as standard, which is not the case with its German rivals as you need to pay extra money to get these optional driver - assistance technology features. 

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FAQs:

Does Acura TLX require premium fuel?

Acura does recommend premium fuel for the TLX.

Does Acura TLX hold its value?

Acura is known to hold its value pretty well over a long period of time.

Is Acura better than Lexus?

Acura has a small edge over Lexus in terms of price, performance, interior features, and safety.