January 22, 2021
The new 2021 Acura TLX seeks to reacquire the performance image it once held and made Honda’s luxury brand stand out against the likes of BMW, Mercedes, & Audi. Armed with a turbocharged four-cylinder to start, the 2021 TLX will also feature a beastly turbo V-6 engine for all of you wanting a little more get up and go for the road. Also, Acura has equipped every model with its effective Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, SH-AWD for those of you who like acronyms, which is a company trademark. On the interior, you will find a much more sophisticated design that also gives rival brands a run for their money.
For the 2021 model year, the Acura TLX has undergone a full redesign and was given a company nickname of “Seven-Second Knockout” during development as the team looked to make the TLX considerably more exhilarating than the version it replaces. The sedan makes itself stand out with wider, longer, and lower proportions embodying a much sportier profile.
In addition to the more powerful engines and an updated version of the SH-AWD, it adds enhanced chassis components and for the first time since the 2008 TLX version, you will see the Type S model on the road. Performance is definitely the name of the game for Acura this year and in coming years.
All trim levels sport the Turbo Aluminum-Alloy 2.0L 4-Cylinder which achieves 272-horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque. Side note, the upcoming Type S will most likely boost the Turbo 3-liter V-6 that generates about 355-hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. No matter the model, every TLX features a 10-speed automatic transmission although it does have a slight delay when using the paddle-shifters. According to Car and Driver, the 2021 TLX achieved 60mph in 5.9 seconds on their test drive, so the power is there but it may be just a little slower than some of its rivals. It will be interesting to see what the Type S will be able to do once we are able to get behind the wheel.
Fuel economy-wise, the Acura TLX will achieve up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway according to the EPA. If you decide to go with the SH-AWD you’ll see those numbers drop just a little bit to 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
The 2021 TLX’s sporty yet stylish character continues to the interior with striking analog gauges and a rotary drive-selector in the middle of the dash. Acura continues its commitment to luxury by upgrading the interior from prior model years including higher-quality cabin materials, open-pore wood, and real aluminum. The 2021 TLX also has a myriad of different colors you can choose from to match your style as well as beautifully accented leather upholstery. The TLX has a very spacious feel in the cabin, but the back seat might feel a bit small for anyone who is on the tall side or has a wider frame.
On the tech front, the 2021 TLX includes a 10.5-in heads-up display and ambient lighting you can adjust to match the mood of the cabin. Also standard is the usual entertainment features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a WiFi hotspot. If you want all the bells and whistles which include a premium ELS sound system and a wireless charging pad you will have to go with the Advance package.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety haven’t been able to crash-test the 2021 TLX yet but Acura has armed it with a slew of driver-assistance tech, including some new features like traffic-sign recognition and driver-awareness monitoring.
Acura has one of the longer powertrain warranties in the industry, and its limited warranty keeps up with rivals like Mercedes. One drawback is Acura does not offer any kind of complimentary maintenance package that is becoming more common with other manufacturers.
The 2021 Acura TLX has achieved its goal of combining luxury and performance to put it on the same playing field as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and other high-performance brands. Overall the design and style changes Acura has made coupled with the turbocharged engine you’ll find under the hood, perfectly embody the company’s own description of the TLX as a “Premium Sport Sedan.”
Check out our selection of new TLX cars online, visit our dealership conveniently located in the Portland Area, or call us at (503) 252-2872 to set up your test drive.