2021 Acura TLX

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2021 Acura TLX Review
  • Many standard safety features and driver aids
  • Optional ELS audio system is excellent
  • Roomy and comfortable front seats
  • Rear seats can feel cramped
  • Handling isn't as athletic as the styling suggests
  • Not as fuel-efficient as German rivals
  • Less-than-smooth power delivery
  • Fully redesigned for 2021
  • Improved interior materials
  • Longer and wider than predecessor
  • Kicks off the second TLX generation for 2021
What is the TLX?

The Acura TLX is a small luxury sedan that competes with the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. While older Acura sedans have developed something of a cult status, more recent four-door models have fallen short in terms of both performance and luxury. With a full redesign, Acura plans to fix that with the 2021 Acura TLX.

This new Acura has been built from the ground up on a new platform to improve every facet of the TLX experience. Outside, it's longer and wider, with a longer hood and more aggressive proportions. In person, the TLX certainly looks the part. It gets new engines, Acura's latest tech features and higher-quality materials in the cabin.

All these changes add up to the best Acura sedan in years. But is that enough to make you want to buy one instead of the typical Audi, BMW or Mercedes?

What's under the TLX's hood?

The 2021 Acura TLX gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That's slightly less horsepower but more torque compared to the first-generation's V6 engine upgrade. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels by default, and all-wheel drive is available as an option.

The performance-oriented TLX Type S will bow in the spring of 2021, swapping out the four-cylinder for a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. It develops 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to what you get from the upgraded six-cylinder engines in the 3 Series and C-Class. The Type S will also benefit from upgraded Brembo brakes.

How does the Acura TLX drive?

I drove the TLX in both A-Spec (the second-highest trim, complete with a sporty appearance package) and Advanced (the top-tier trim, which includes an adaptive suspension with different driving modes) guises and came away with a mixed impression.

Power from the new four-cylinder engine is strong in the middle of the rev range thanks to all that beefy torque, and the engine makes an excellent, throaty growl when pushed. The new 10-speed automatic is smarter and better behaved in every way than the old nine-speed as well.

Unfortunately, the engine's power delivery isn't linear and starts to drop off after you pass 4,500 rpm. The 10-speed's first few gears are aggressively short, which takes better advantage of the engine's torque and makes the powertrain feel more responsive at lower speeds. But after those first few gears, Acura has made the gear ratios a lot taller. At that point the engine's nonlinear power delivery becomes much more apparent. All of this is to say that Acura's gearing choices have resulted in a less sporty acceleration feeling than I would have expected.

As for the brakes, they work smoothly if you're taking it easy. But push down harder and the response gets very aggressive very quickly. It adds to the sporty feel of the car, and braking behavior is predictable, but I'm not sure every driver will find this quick response agreeable.

Our bigger issue is with the car's handling. In long sweepers and gentler corners, the base TLX feels respectably athletic and quick. But push it harder on narrower or twistier routes and some limitations arise. Tire grip is modest (you'll hear the tires howling early) and the car feels nose-heavy. The all-wheel-drive system can dish out power to help balance out the car, but only to a point. Ultimately, the TLX isn't balanced or controlled in corners as its wide, sporty packaging suggests.

The TLX Advanced, with its adaptive suspension, fares better. Set in Sport, this model has a firmer ride than the A-Spec, which helps keep body motion under control and increases your confidence, letting you lean on the AWD system a little more.

There's no question that the TLX is a sporty sedan, especially considering how much power you get standard. But our initial impressions left us feeling like the TLX lacks some of the poise of top rivals. Hopefully the upcoming V6-powered Type S can address some of these issues.

How comfortable is the Acura TLX?

Like Acura's RDX and MDX SUVs, the TLX is quite comfortable. The ride is forgiving when you're driving over bumps and ruts. Our guess is that Acura's engineers prioritized ride comfort over outright performance. Opt for the TLX Advanced, and the suspension is downright soft when you have the car in its Comfort drive mode.

The front seats are accommodating, with good heating and ventilation to help keep you comfortable. Overall the TLX gives a solid showing for front-seat comfort and compares favorably with competitors. I did have one very specific complaint: The driver's center console vent is positioned so that it basically either blew onto my hand or through the wheel and onto my legs. That positioning is just not quite ideal.

How's the Acura TLX's interior?

Acura has seriously stepped up the TLX's materials compared to the last generation. The outgoing TLX had quite a bit of cheap-feeling plastic. Acura's designers proudly told us: "If it looks like metal, it's metal. If it looks like wood, it's wood." There's still a generous amount of plastic, but it's sturdy, textured stuff for the most part, and there's quite a bit of stitched leather and faux leather around to offset it.

But the TLX can't fully escape Acura's association with Honda. Switchgear will be familiar to people who have driven Honda's latest generation of products. None of it is cheap, but it's also not the more bespoke experience of rivals such as Mercedes.

While the construction has improved, the design of the interior may still prove contentious. The dashboard's center stack, built around the focal point of a large, shiny mode select button, is unlike anything else in the class. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends entirely on your tastes.

Front-seat space is excellent. The extra elbow and knee room is apparent, and two adults can share the front of this car with ease. But while the car and wheelbase have grown in overall length, the dash has also been pushed back to lengthen the hood and add to the TLX's dramatic stance. While the exterior has grown to challenge the width of cars like the Porsche Panamera and length of the BMW 5 Series, overall passenger volume remains nearly unchanged. This is still decidedly a small luxury sedan on the inside.

Rear legroom has grown by only about half an inch, and rear headroom has decreased slightly. I'm 6 feet tall and I felt cramped trying to sit behind the driver's seat set in my preferred position. This may be a bigger car, but that hasn't translated into more space for rear passengers.

How's the Acura TLX's tech?

Once again, I came away with mixed feelings about the TLX's technology features. The touchpad-based infotainment system is likely to remain polarizing in this generation, even though it has been improved. I appreciate Acura repositioning the volume knob and seek buttons to the console next to the pad, and Acura's work to improve the responsiveness of the touchpad and handwriting recognition has helped. But for fine control in situations such as manipulating the navigation interface, Acura's touchpad still isn't an ideal system. At least the 10.2-inch screen is crisp and attractive.

There's no fully digital gauge cluster option like you can get in the German sedans, but the TLX's purposeful gauges meant I didn't miss it too much. The Advanced model sports a large 10.5-inch head-up display with basic but clear information displays. Other tech features include a Wi-Fi hotspot and limited remote control and monitoring of the vehicle through a smartphone app.

A full suite of safety features and driver aids is also standard, including adaptive cruise with stop-and-go and even low-speed steering assist, features for which most rivals will charge you extra.

The star of the Acura's cabin technology has to be the new ELS 17-speaker, 710-watt stereo featured in the A-Spec and Advanced trim levels. The clarity and quality of the system may be best in class, doubly impressive considering just how much sound the stereo can pump out.

How's the Acura TLX's storage?

The TLX's official cargo volume has shrunk more than half a cubic foot, but at 13.5 cubic feet it's still doing well for the class. The trunk opening is generous, as is the cargo pass-through with the seats folded down.

Cabin storage isn't bad for a small luxury sedan either. The phone tray (which optionally houses a wireless charging pad) is perfectly placed and big enough for today's large phones. The door pockets are a bit higher than you'd expect, making them easy to access, and reasonably large. The center console box isn't particularly large, but again it's roomier than the ones in some competitors.

There's obviously less space for your stuff than an SUV or a mainstream Honda will provide — it's a small luxury sedan — but for what it is the TLX shows well in terms of storage.

How economical is the Acura TLX?

The good news is that the new four-cylinder engine is more economical than the old V6. Slightly. Acura expects the 2021 TLX will get 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway) with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway) with AWD. That's a gain of 1 mpg over the outgoing V6.

The bad news is that Acura's four-cylinder is less efficient than German rivals. Slightly. Mercedes, BMW and Audi offer a few more mpg, although they also produce less power. Acura also has no plans to offer a hybrid version of the TLX at this time.

What are the Acura TLX's trim levels?

The TLX is available in four trim levels: base, Technology, A-Spec and Advanced. Technically, Acura refers to each as packages, but they're no different than trim levels. A 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard, as is a 10-speed automatic and front-wheel drive in all trims. All-wheel drive is optional across the range.

Standard features of the base TLX include:

  • LED headlights
  • 10.2-inch infotainment screen with touchpad controller
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Heated, power-adjustable front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Aluminum interior trim

The TLX also comes standard with these safety features and driver aids:

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the TLX back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the TLX and the car in front)
  • Traffic sign recognition

The Technology package adds, as you might expect, more technology:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Customizable ambient lighting
  • Upgraded 13-speaker sound system

The A-Spec includes more technology and a sportier appearance package:

  • Sporty exterior appearance package available in unique colors
  • Unique brushed aluminum interior trim
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Microsuede seat inserts
  • 17-speaker ELS sound system
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless charging pad

The TLX Advanced adds further tech and comfort features such as:

  • Adaptive suspension (enhances ride comfort and handling stability)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the TLX and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Front-seat bolster and thigh-support adjustments
  • Heated rear seats
  • Head-up display
  • Rain-sensing wipers

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2021 Acura TLX's more aggressive looks, higher-quality interior, improved technology features, and strong engine add up to the best Acura sedan in years. But this still isn't a home run for Acura, with some compromises that seem likely to keep it from claiming the top spot in the class.

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Average user rating: 4.2 stars based on 6 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, Expectations are Key!
E. Lin,
SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

Recently picked up a redesigned AWD TLX w/turbo 4 cyl. in A-Spec trim. Really wanted the Type S but decided that the eventual ramp up in cost and lower fuel economy probably would have been deal breakers. I am very glad the TLX is no longer based on the Accord platform as it looks great and can stand out more from its Honda brethren. Here are my initial impressions. Pros: - Engine has some zip and should be more than adequate for most people (enthusiasts can continue waiting for the Type S) - Looks like a sleek sports car (especially if you choose the red/black interior seating)! - Seats are super comfortable, even more so than the ones on the MDX I was driving. Good support and I can imagine long drives being pleasant. - Suspension has been upgraded to double-wishbone. I don't feel I miss the active-dampening of the Advance trim. - Trunk release button is handy for when your hands are full (just stand there with fob in proximity and push the button!) - Awesome ELS sound system - Wireless phone charging Cons: - There is no spare tire (for additional fuel economy). You'll deal with a compressor and sealant in the trunk. You can always ask roadside assistance to do it for you. - The touchpad takes some getting used to. Unfortunately the method to operate the tactile pad for Acura apps is not the same as for when you use Carplay. I can't comment on the Android version but it may be the same issue. I've gotten used to this but I can see this being a deal breaker for some folks. - Car is marketed to compete with the BMW 3 series, C-Class, etc. and is competitive in price, interior space, trunk space, but not in fuel economy. I believe the exterior being more like the 5-series or E-Class size and the weight has quite a bit to do with it. This oddball combination forces the TLX to be more of a direct competitor with the Kia Stinger GT-Line for these reasons (fuel economy is identical). Speaking of weight, the TLX is only about 250 lb less than the MDX I gave up. Luckily the engine is more than sufficient to power the car on the highway. I always hated how underpowered a 2012 C-Class I owned was similar in weight to this TLX but struggled to accelerate with its underpowered V6. In conclusion, I'll stop short of saying this car is for "Acura fans only" but it is definitely not for everyone. The looks may keep sales high but only time will tell how long-term owners feel. Either way, it is most definitely worth it to get a test drive if you are on the fence after this review!

4 out of 5 stars, Nice overall
Luis De La Cruz,
4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

I just lease a 2022 tlx advance this are my first impressions on the car. Nice looking, from the outside and the inside, the inside side is also beautiful, drives very well and comfortable, very impressive with the sound sistem, i absolutely love it, one of the best in the market, the materials inside are top class, all the safety features are in the car, very satisfied with the car so far. My complaints are for example that it doesn’t have power tilt steering wheel even on the advance, that is a shame for a car that cost almost 48,000 and the it comes with regular floor carpets without the logo, if you want those you have to buy them separately shame on that too, also thee is not an usb charge for the back passengers. It would be nice if Acura offers a better variety of rims. It is a very good looking car.

4 out of 5 stars, Tech errors
Cole104 ,
4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The biggest flaw I found after driving a 2021 TLX advance package was the Acura logo on the grill and all it controls. When this gets dirty or snowy none of your convenience/safety features function at all. Over all this car is absolutely astounding and a blast to drive and the sport mode is a blast, cant wait to see how the Type -S hanldles in comparison

3 out of 5 stars, Better than an Accord, maybe!
SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

As others have noted the styling is much sportier than the outgoing TLX, but the transmission doesn't live up to those lofty standards. Off the line pep seemed adequate until I drove a neighbor's Accord sport, and it definitely had more get up and go than the TLX. The TLX in lower gears shifts quickly to redline and gets underway, but in highway passing the gears are spaced too for apart (or there are just too many). The interior is nicely laid out and the ELs system is good for a $50k car. For those that think this is a premium sound system, please hop in a Lexus with the Mark Levinson system or a BMW with a Harman Kardon, no comparison. This car isn't a straight line burner, but the new suspension and SH-AWD do wonders keeping the car flat in corners. My review is really based on Acura marketing this car as a sports sedan, which I think is a mistake and why I only give it 3 stars. It isn't a sports sedan. A BMW 340i or even an Alfa Giulia are sports sedans in this class. The new TLX is an entry level sedan and is very good at being that, but if you market a car to me as something else I am going to grade you based on how it was described to me.

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Edmunds gives our first impressions review of the new 2021 Acura TLX and Acura TLX Type S. Check out the specs, 0-60, redesign details, price and more. Is the new Acura TLX a good car? Let’s find out with Mark Takahashi.

SPEAKER 1: In 2015, Acura introduced the TLX, an entry level luxury sports sedan. It replaced two other Acura models, the smaller TSX and the slightly larger TL. We'd liked its for its comfort, its reliability, as well as its value. But it never really was competitive against the established German rivals. I sort of considered it luxury adjacent because it didn't have the performance or excitement and interior quality of what you'd expect from BMW, Audi, or Mercedes. That may change with the all new 2021 Acura TLX when it goes on sale this fall. Prices will start right in the mid $30,000 range for the base TLX. You're going to get a two liter turbocharged four cylinder. That's good for 272 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. It's going to feel more responsive, a lot more exciting. It's going to be mated to a 10 speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Acura's super handling all wheel drive will be available as an option. And it's the new fourth generation SHAWD. That means it'll be able to send up to 70% of available power to the rear wheels, which is an increase of about 40% over last generation. Also, the response between shifting power between front axle and rear axle will also be quickened up in the order of about 30%. The translation? This new TLX will put a lot more power to the pavement. This new TLX is all new from the ground up with a much stiffer platform it's working with. Gone are the front strut suspension replaced by a double wishbone setup for better handling. Sounds good, right? We'll just wait until springtime. That's when the Type S TLX comes out. The TLX type S gets a 3 liter turbocharged V6 with much more power. Acura isn't going into details just yet. But if I were a betting man, I'd say between 350 and 400 horsepower. One can hope. The Type S will be the first Type S from Acura that's eligible for the super handling all four wheel drive. In addition to that, the Type S gets upgraded brakes. You have four brembo calipers with larger rotors. The brake system itself is derived from the NSX and its electoral servo system. It eliminates the mechanical contact between the pedal and the brakes. Its brake by wire, but at least in the NSX, we couldn't tell the difference. And that's a good thing. Sadly, I'm not allowed drive either of these today. So we're going to have to wait a little while to see how all these improvements stack up. We do have plenty of time to talk about everything else. So let's start with exterior styling. Up front is a familiar Acura grill, not far from the 2018 refresh of the last generation TLX. There is an integrated radar emitter here for the frontal collision as well as adaptive cruise control. And to me, it looks a little tacked on, but does make sense because it has one the widest spreads of a radar unit out there. There are also some really nice, deep, sharp creases in the hood that converge all at the top of the grill just like the last generation TLX. The TLX's profile best illustrates what's new with it. Right off the bat, you can see it has a much longer hood. Designers referred to this as the dash-to-axle distance. That's from the bottom of this roof pillar to the center of the front wheel. It's much, much longer than the previous generation TLX. Along the side, we have a lot of creases and surface treatments to break up some of the sheet metal over here. In particular, this crease here starts just behind the front wheel travels all the way down and over these rear haunches with the door handles following them. These rear haunches are also much wider than before. They lend it a much sportier appearance, which I'm all for. Along with all these surface treatments, it's just bigger overall. There's 3.7 inches longer when it comes to wheelbase. That's the distance from the front and rear axle. Also the roofline has been lowered out 6/10 of an inch. Overall, it gives it a sportier, more hunkered down appearance. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the four series Gran Coupe from BMW. And that's a compliment. There are also echoes of BMW in the rear tail lights and fascia. In particularly, I like these cutouts here in the bumper that breakup some of that space. They suggest that they're air extractors but they're just holding reflectors. Now, you get too thin tailpipes on the regular TLX, but on the Type S, you get four round pipes. The width of the car increases by about 2.2 inches, and the wheels are also pushed a little further apart. The result? A slightly bigger trunk at 13 1/2 cubic feet. And it's a very usable space with remote releases for the seat backs. Overall, I think this new TLX is far more attractive than the last generation. It has the right proportions to give the sporty character the designers were going for. But let's see how that translates to the interior. Inside, the TLX gets a major modern makeover. The dash is much deeper with deeper creases with the screen plopped right on top. At the top of the center stack, we have a lot of controls that are logically organized. We have climate control buttons right here at the top of the center stack. Right underneath, a lot of the drive functions. And then the infotainment controller is right where your hand rests on the center console. The big dial in the middle is for drive modes, whether it's comfort, normal, or sport. There's also a new individual mode where you can fine tune it to your particular tastes. That means you can have a softer ride from the available adaptive dampers while still enjoying the response from the engine in sport mode. The Type S will further benefit from a sport plus mode. I've never been a fan of Honda's gear selector, and well it's the same here as it is a Honda. Now it actually is fairly easy to use once you're used to it. I get it. But to me, it takes up just about as much space as a regular lever and it's not quite as attractive either. On top of that, it's the same shifter, or something similar, that you'd get in a Honda Accord. And as much as I liked the Honda Accord, I expect it's something just a little more special in the Acura. It's likely most people will have a bigger problem with the infotainment system though. They're using a touch pad here, much like what Lexus does. And Lexus' system is regarded as one of the worst in the industry. According to our last rating of the Acura RDX though, this does function better than the Lexus, but it does take some time to get used to. And even then, it's more difficult to use than a standard dial or touchscreen. The display is nice and bright and big at 10.2 inches, and it's right in my sightline. That means less distraction. There's also an available head up display right in front of me. Other tech includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and remote monitoring and control over the car through a smartphone app. It also comes with the Acura Watch Suite of advanced safety features. These include frontal collision mitigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign reader, and a drowsy driver monitor. In other news, the TLX debuts a new front passenger airbag with three chambers. When it deploys, it looks a lot like a catcher's mitt and functions much the same. It's able to control the motion of that front passenger just in case things go horribly wrong. We're in the top trim of the TLX, which means it gets this nice leather covered dashboard. Otherwise, it's kind of a vinyl that's well textured. There's also some really nice open pore real wood here on the trim, on the sides. And it's one of my favorites. For me, if it's would trim, it has to be open pore and matte. There's a decent amount of storage too. These cup holders are well-placed, and there's a very smartly located wireless charging pad here. Now, you can put your phone down and still close the lid, and it's still somewhat visible. It will have Apple CarPlay and Android auto as standard. The bin here is pretty well sized, as are the pockets in the doors. So on a long road trip, you're not going to be running out of places to store your personal effects. Of course, we're in a sedan. So I'll have to check up the backseat as well. I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of space I have in the back seat here. And that's impressive for these four door coupes that are permeating the market. My head is just barely brushing the headliner. I don't have that much space under the seat, but my feet are in a good position. And I have tons of knee room. Outward visibility is also good, so you'll never feel claustrophobic back here. The first generation Acura TLX didn't have a shot at taking on BMW or Audi, but the second generation redesign definitely has some strong potential. Of course, we won't know for sure until we get to drive it for ourselves. So keep checking back here for driver impressions over the next couple of months. Until then, for more information on the TLX and all of its competition, head on over to Edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

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SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and Advance Package2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MPG 22 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower272 hp @ 6500 rpm
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4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Technology Package2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MPG 22 city / 31 hwy
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Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
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What are the different models of Acura TLX?

If you're interested in the Acura TLX, the next question is, which TLX model is right for you? TLX variants include SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of TLX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Acura TLX Overview

The 2021 Acura TLX is offered in the following submodels: TLX Sedan. Available styles include SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and Advance Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr Sedan w/2.0T (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and Technology Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2021 Acura TLX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Acura TLX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 TLX 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 TLX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Acura TLX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 TLX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Acura TLX?

2021 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,275. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,349 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,349 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,926.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 270 2021 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,275. The average price paid for a new 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $3,408 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,408 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,867.

The average savings for the 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 220 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD w/2.0T and A-Spec Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Acura TLXES are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Acura TLX for sale near. There are currently 770 new 2021 TLXES listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $37,500 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Acura TLX.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Acura TLX?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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