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The redesigned 2021 TLX is an aggressively-styled sedan that aims to bring excitement to Acura's lineup. Most versions will use a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, while the high-performance Type S gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6.
Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic. Regular versions are front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional; the Type S only gets AWD. This Acura moved to an all new platform with a more sophisticated front suspension in order to improve handling over the outgoing model. The interior has a wide center console dividing the passenger and driver. Drivers interact with the 10.2-inch infotainment display via a touchpad. We found this system distracting and unintuitive to use in the RDX SUV. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance are standard.
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2020
The TLX has potential but lacks panache, ultimately falling short of the best luxury compact sedans. It's available with a four- or six-cylinder engine, but AWD is available only with the V6.
The 2.4-liter Four uses an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers quick, direct shifts and contributes to the very good 27 mpg overall. The V6 is a gem, with plenty of power, but it's paired with a nine-speed automatic that isn't all that smooth or responsive. We found the ride to be quite comfortable and handling to be responsive though not sporty. The cabin is quiet, but the infotainment system is distracting and awkward to use. Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
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2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
The TLX is Acura's best sedan, but it still doesn't quite measure up to the competition. It's available with either a four- or a six-cylinder engine; all-wheel drive is only available with the V6.
The 2.4-liter uses an eight-speed automatic that delivers quick, direct shifts and contributes to the very good 27 mpg overall. The V6 is a gem, with plenty of power, but its nine-speed automatic shifts roughly and uses an annoying pushbutton shifter. Handling is responsive, but not sporty, although the ride is quite comfortable. The cabin is quiet, but rear-seat room is so-so. Featuring two different screens, the infotainment system is unintuitive to use. A generous roster of advanced safety systems includes front-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. A 2018 update makes the AcuraWatch suite of safety equipment standard, as well as adding luxury features and tweaking the suspension and steering.
$27,850 - $37,075
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$24,450 - $33,975
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$20,175 - $26,050
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$17,725 - $22,500
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$16,175 - $20,375
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