Review: 2021 Acura TLX

The Japanese automaker launched the highly anticipated 2021 Acura TLX on 28th September 2020 and recognized it as the quickest, best-handling, and most well-appointed sedan in the brand's 35-year history.

In this blog, we will review the 2021 Acura TLX and discuss in detail this phenomenal sedan’s performance, interior, and exterior profile.


Package Options

The 2021 Acura TLX comes in 5 different package options: 

  • TLX (Base)
  • Technology
  • A-Spec
  • Advance
  • Type S (top of the line)


On the outside 

The 2021 Acura TLX boasts an athletic and sporty persona thanks to its large front diamond-patterned grille which complements the stretched-out hood and the wide front and rear shoulders of the car.


The base model comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels and stylish LED headlights. If you opt for the top-of-the-line Type S model, you get 20-inch wheels, LED puddle lights, Quad exhaust outlets, and more.

 

Interior Impression


On the inside, the 2021 TLX offers synthetic leather in the base model while the higher trim levels feature full leather upholstery. The use of wood and metal trim gives the sedan a premium feel. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient cabin lighting, and generous head and legroom add to the overall luxury persona of the Acura TLX.

 

Interior Technologies

The front dash on the 2021 Acura TLX is fitted with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen with a touchpad controller and features Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integration as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot. The base model gets a 10-speaker sound system while the higher trim levels extend a 17-speaker ELS sound system along with a wireless charging pad as well.


Engine Options

The base model 2021 Acura TLX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 272 horsepower and is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive is standard however you can opt for an all-wheel-drive version as well.

The Type S variant incorporates a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine that churns out a mighty 355 horsepower and is paired to a 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential Sport-Shift Paddle Shifter.


Performance and Handling 

Talking about the drive, the 2021 Acura TLX 2.0-liter turbo engine delivers excellent performance both in the city as well as on the highways. The sturdy double-wishbone suspension system ensures smooth handling and maneuvering on any kind of terrain. Moreover, the available Adaptive Damper System further improves the overall handling and cornering.


With the base model, you can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.0 seconds. If you are someone who desires more speed and acceleration, then opt for the V6 unit which can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The powerful engine inside the 2021 Acura TLX does not compromise the fuel economy. With the 2.0-liter engine, you can expect the fuel economy around 22 / 31 / 25 mpg (city/highway/combined) while the V6 engine offers 19 / 24 / 21 mpg (city/highway/combined).

 

Safety Features

Besides modern interior amenities, the 2021 TLX also offers an array of advanced safety features including a Collision Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Traffic Sign Recognition, Multi-view rare view camera, and more.

The IIHS has also awarded the 2021 Acura TLX with a Top Safety Pick+ rating making it one of the safest sedans to own.


Pricing 

The 2021 Acura TLX base model starts from $37,500 while the AWD model carries a price tag of $39,500. The top-of-the-line Acura Type S variant is priced at $52,300 and it only comes in AWD configuration.

 

Verdict

The new Acura TLX is a premium sedan that is packed with a robust engine and several advanced interior technologies. If you are looking for a reliable sporty sedan then we would recommend you to visit the Acura service center and have a test drive of the TLX before purchasing it.

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