2021 Acura TLX Review with Photos & Specs
About the 2021 Acura TLX
In the storied history of the Acura nameplate, the all-new 2021 TLX will debut as the most agile, best appointed, and sharpest handling sedan the brand has ever offered. The TLX returns with all-new styling, your choice of two turbocharged engines, a re-inspired interior, and an array of innovative new tech features to enhance your drive. In other exciting news, the legendary TLX Type S high-performance model returns after a 10-year hiatus with an exclusive 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine and torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, the all-new Acura TLX will be manufactured exclusively at the company’s Marysville, Ohio with engine production happening at the Anna, Ohio engine plant. Expected to arrive in early fall 2020, the 2021 TLX will launch as the first Acura sedan fully designed around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance ethos.
2021 Acura TLX Features
Bold New Design
True to its iconic heritage, the bold new exterior appearance of the all-new Acura TLX emphasizes both athletic handling and powerful performance. Compared to the prior generation, the new model features a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase, a 2.2-inch wider body with wider front and rear tracks (+1.2 inches and +1.6 inches, respectively), and a lower roofline. Other striking characteristics of the exterior include new Jewel Eye® LED headlights with four LED elements and bright-white “Chicane” LED daytime running lights. The popular A-Spec sport package returns as well, offering drivers a collection of distinctive sport appearance upgrades inside and out. For a truly track-inspired look, the all-new TLX Type S models include a rear decklid spoiler, aggressive front splitter, rear diffuser, and large quad exhaust outlets.
Drivers will have their choice of two potent turbocharged engines on the all-new Acura TLX. Standard power comes from a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged engine with VTEC, paired with a responsive 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift. Delivering a total of 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, this new engine represents a sizable gain over the prior-gen naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder. Arriving later in the launch is an all-new 3.0-liter, 24-valve, DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged V6 which will be found on all Type S variants. The new body and chassis design has resulted in a 50 percent increase in global torsional stiffness. With engineering taken from the NSX supercar, the new TLX also receives a highly sophisticated electric-servo brake system for maximum stopping power.
Crafted with the concept of “Dual Personal Cockpit” in mind, the interior of the all-new Acura TLX places emphasis on both the driver and front passenger. Examples of premium materials available inside the cabin include real aluminum, open-pore wood, and full-grain Milano leather. In terms of infotainment, the new TLX is offered with an available 10.2-inch HD display and a console-mounted touchpad with “Absolute Position” mapping. Drivers can also access the latest generation of AcuraLink™ with in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi to stay connected throughout the trip. Every TLX also comes standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including new features like Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Driver Awareness Monitor, and Traffic Jam Assist (TJA).