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The redesigned TLX is a sleek sedan that's a bit larger than its competition, but ultimately isn't any roomier. The standard 272-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic make for an energetic pairing, but fuel economy of 23 mpg overall is disappointing.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The ride is comfortable and handling is nimble, but an abundance of road and engine noise undermine the TLX's premium pretense. The front seats are comfortable and supportive but the rear seat is tight, and the car's low stance hurts access. The touchpad-based infotainment system is very distracting and unintuitive to use while driving. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, and LKA are standard. BSW and RCTW require getting the Technology package. A high-performance Type S version with AWD and 355-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine is available.
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2021
2021 Redesign Year
The redesigned for 2021 TLX is an sleek sedan that's larger than the competition but not roomier. The standard 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic and together feel energetic.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional; the more powerful Type S only gets AWD. The ride is quite comfortable and handling is nimble, but the driving experience is underwhelming. Road and engine noise undermine the premium pretense. Drivers interact with the infotainment display via a touchpad. We found this system very distracting and unintuitive to use. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance are standard. Blind spot warning requires getting the Technology package.
$41,600 - $56,125
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2015-2020
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.
$33,125 - $42,975
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$30,050 - $39,825
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$26,700 - $36,625
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$22,600 - $28,650
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$20,175 - $25,275
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$18,550 - $23,175
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