The Acura TLX is a tiny luxury vehicle that competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class among others. While previous Acura sedans have acquired a devoted following, more recent four-door models have disappointed in terms of both performance and luxury. With the completely redesigned 2021 Acura TLX, Acura is attempting to repair misperceptions.
The Acura TLX has been completely redesigned on a new platform to enhance every element of the TLX experience. Outside, it’s longer and wider, with a longer hood and more assertive proportions. The TLX looks at the part in person. It gets fresh engines, cutting-edge technologies, and superior materials in the cabin. The new performance-oriented Acura TLX Type S is powered by a turbocharged V6 that produces 355 horsepower.
All of these modifications together produce the finest Acura sedan in years. Is that enough to persuade you to purchase one rather than a normal Audi, BMW, or Mercedes? Read our Expert Review below to find out how the TLX compares against other vehicles on the market.
The 2021 TLX offers terrific value versus luxury rivals, which is one of the finest aspects of it. We’d go with the base model to take advantage of this. This means we’ll be stuck with 18-inch wheels and will miss out on many of the more advanced features that come with the Advance and A-Spec packages. Choosing one entails selecting the other, however, which boosts costs by $7550.
Although the Technology package includes 19-inch wheels, genuine leather upholstery, several driver assists, and a variety of infotainment features, we don’t believe it’s worth $4000. Instead, we’d choose the $2000 SH-AWD system that will improve traction in all conditions.
The standard TLX is powered by a 272-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Acura’s all-wheel-drive system, known as SH-AWD and which shuffles power from one wheel to the next in order to enhance agility and traction, is available as an option. Unfortunately, because of its two-ton curb weight, our test car’s acceleration times were harmed.
The TLX recorded a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds, which was slower than similar models in this class and even the less powerful Honda Accord 2.0T we tested. Even so, the TLX’s excellent chassis tuning made it extremely enjoyable to drive, demonstrating that Acura can still build a sports sedan.
A rear-wheel-drive compact sedan is typically designed with entry-level drivers in mind. This view is especially accurate of the high-performance Type S, which offers a 355-hp turbo 3.0-liter V-6, a quick 10-speed automatic transmission, SH-AWD, and a sportier suspension setup in comparison to the regular TLX. It’s offered with stickier summer tires on lighter 20in wheels rather than standard alloys on the TLX.
The vehicle’s powerful engine, lively steering, excellent body control, and responsive brakes were all on display. It does have a harsh ride that doesn’t hide potholes, and it didn’t feel as nimble as shorter sporty cars like the Audi S4.