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Acura TLX (Type S) Compact Executive Sedan (2nd-gen)

NEX score 80%

Product Overview

The 2nd-generation Acura TLX wears an athletic design with enhanced interior comfort and is powered by new, all-turbocharged engine lineup that deliver superior performance.
Honda engineered the 2nd-gen Acura TLX to be the best-handling sedan in the brand's history. The 2.0L turbocharged VTEC combined with the 4th-generation SH-AWD system as well as rigid body structure and re-tuned suspensions deliver the desired characteristics.
The standard TLX features more dynamic design than its predecessor. The A-Spec sport package adds more sporting appearance upgrades.
The high-performance TLX Type S builds on the styling of A-Spec and adds the all-new turbocharged V6 developed for Acura Type S models.
Acura's 4th-gen SH-AWD has 40% more rear torque capacity and 30% quicker front-to-tear torque transfer than its predecessor. It transfers up to 70% of the torque to the rear axle during normal driving and continuously apportioning up to 100% of the rear-axle torque between the two wheels. The rear axle is also continuously overdriven by 2.9% to amplify handling.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous all-wheel drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of fun to drive
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Stylish interior
  • Powerful V6 engine
Cons
  • Lack of standard tech
  • Not as fun as rivals
  • No adaptive cruise control
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Specifications

Variants:
TLX
TLX Type S

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
13.5 cu ft

Chassis

Brakes
Electro-Servo Brakes
Power Steering
Electric w/ variable ratio
Suspension | Front
Double wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link

Dimensions

Size | Height
1433 mm / 56.4"
Size | Length
4943 mm / 194.6"
Size | Width
1911 mm / 75.2"
Track Width | Front
64"
Track Width | Rear
64.6"
Wheelbase
2870 mm / 113"

Powertrain

TLXDrivetrain Layout
FWD / Super Handling AWD (SH-AWD)
TLX Type SDrivetrain Layout
Super Handling AWD (SH-AWD)
TLXEngine | Displacement
2.0 L
TLX Type SEngine | Displacement
3.0 L
TLXEngine | Power
272 hp
TLX Type SEngine | Power
355 hp
TLXEngine | Torque
280 lb-ft
TLX Type SEngine | Torque
354 lb-ft
TLXEngine | Type
K20C4 turbo I4
TLX Type SEngine | Type
J30AT turbo V6 (single twin-scroll turbo)
Transmission | Gears
10-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

Availability
2020 Q3
TLX Type SAvailability
2021-06
Debut
2020-05-28
Made In
USA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
, Advance and Technology packages offered on lesser models. You'll find heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors. This might not be a brand-new sedan, but it certainly does not want for features. Overall, despite its tech shortcomings, I like the TLX's interior.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Not as fun as rivals
  • Not as efficient as rivals

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2021 Acura TLX starts at $38,525, including $1,025 for destination. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive is standard on the TLX, but you can add Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful turbo I4
  • Excellent all-wheel drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of standard tech
  • No adaptive cruise control

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The 2021 Acura TLX is Acura's strongest effort yet to recapture the magic of its early days. It's not perfect — the Genesis G70 offers better driving dynamics, the BMW 3 Series has a better infotainment system. The TLX offers a good combination of sporty driving dynamics and high-end features.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Unique styling
  • Unique infotainment system
  • Stylish interior
Cons
  • Lack of tech features

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition review: More than meets the eye. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2020-acura-tlx-3-5l-sh-awd-pmc-edition-review/. 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-Spec review: Return to form. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-acura-tlx-sh-awd-review/. 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD review: Recapturing the Golden Age. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/car-reviews/2021-acura-tlx-review/. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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