The redesigned 2021 Acura TLX is longer, wider, lower and has a added all-embracing awning to accord it the archetypal accommodation of a sports sedan. It echoes the well-received 2019 Type S Concept that was a agilely buried forerunner to the assembly sedan. Acura’s Type S achievement alternative is additionally actuality active on the latest TLX midsize auto afterwards a decadelong hiatus. Mechanically, the adapted archetypal rides on a new belvedere and abeyance architectonics with a double-wishbone advanced suspension, new 10-speed automated chiral and a four-cylinder turbo motor, which is adopted from the RDX and makes 272 hp. We’ve aggregate some highlights of aboriginal TLX reviews from the automotive media.
“The TLX can’t bout the ability of the OG Integra, but those new ascendancy accoutrements kept the advanced end aloof as durably buried through these bumpy, quick-transition turns. Similarly, there’s no analogous the council feel of the midengine NSX, but advancing torque vectoring from the SH-AWD rear arbor faintly alleged to apperception the balmy acquiescent rear council accustomed by the aggressive, tire-consuming rear toe-in on aboriginal NSXs. This arrangement can now accelerate 70 percent of accessible agent torque to the rear — all of which can be beatific to one caster if necessary.”
— Frank Markus, MotorTrend
“The Acura TLX and the TL afore it were carefully accompanying to the Honda Accord. They aggregate platforms and powertrains, and buyers were appropriate to say the Acuras were little added than flush Accords with activity auto aspirations. That’s no allegation because the Accord has been one of the best boilerplate cars on the bazaar for decades, but the TLX now aims to be added than an flush Accord.
The 2021 Acura TLX splits off from the Accord with its own, absolute belvedere and a added adult abeyance design. The new anatomy anatomy boasts 50% added torsional acerbity and it’s about alert as annealed area the abeyance meets the body. The advanced abeyance switches from MacPherson struts to bifold wishbones, which Acura says provides greater annoy acquaintance patch, a lower ride height, and beneath anatomy angular in turns. The rear abeyance continues as an absolute multi-link setup.”
— Kirk Bell, Motor Authority
“As adequate as the new TLX looks, we’ve generally been aghast by agnate efforts that don’t bear on the advertising. That’s not the case here: Acura has done its appointment and delivered a able sports sedan, advised to absorb its disciplinarian through an agreeable active acquaintance (when you appetite it to). The all-embracing faculty is one of smoothness, in aggregate from the ability commitment and anatomy antithesis to the ride affection and amazing quiet in the cabin. Not alone does the new TLX no best attending like a ancient Honda, it no best feels like one, either. The improvements to anatomy acerbity amalgamate with an bigger weight administration and redesigned double-wishbone advanced abeyance to bear a buttoned-down, appropriately exceptional active experience, one that feels amazingly adequate in agreement of ride affection but still delivers bound responses and able anatomy cycle control.
What’s all that mean? It agency that aback you appetite to advance some arced anchorage or artery on-ramps at animated speeds, the TLX responds with eagerness. Aback you appetite to aloof sit aback and cruise in serene, airy comfort, the TLX does that, too.”
— Aaron Bragman, Cars.com
“Forward drive is affluence active with the abounding 280 lb-ft advancing on at 1,600 rpm. The beneath aboriginal accessory arrangement gets you up and affective in a hurry, and we appraisal the 0-60 mph time to be about 5.5-6.0 seconds. It sounds growly and bigger than its 2.0 liters of displacement. That said, Acura does aqueduct some bogus agent babble into the cabin, and it increases in babble akin depending on drive mode.
A 10-speed automated is the alone chiral available. In a vacuum, its about-face acceleration is acceptable, bland and well-optimized. It’s abnormally well-tuned to assignment with you in alternating corners in Activity mode, captivation assimilate apparatus through corners and downshifting on braking. However, its responses are too apathetic in chiral approach and a bright footfall abaft several rivals, including the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Alfa Romeo Giulia. Additionally, Acura won’t let you choke the agent out to the 6,800 rpm redline, automatically alive up about 300-400 rpm afore the tach alcove the red. We ultimately aloof kept the car in automated mode. Acura needs to advance this for the Type S, abnormally because there is no chiral chiral advantage in the cards.”
— Zac Palmer, Autoblog
“This sedan’s council reminds me that Acura and Honda accept consistently been able of arrive this basic band amid car and driver. The TLX’s caster itself is altogether sized and its activity accurately weighted, with brittle turn-in and affluence of advice about what the tires are up to. Overall, the TLX moves with a animation evocative of the brand’s older, added acclaimed products. It’s easy, affable and advantageous to drive.
I’ve consistently admired Acura’s torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and it absolutely helps access the TLX’s activity on ambagious roads. Even in the Normal drive setting, the TLX doesn’t apperception actuality hustled through a alternation of switchbacks in the canyons arctic of Los Angeles, and if you about-face that huge Dynamic Approach bulge to the right, you’ll put the TLX in Sport, area the powertrain livens up a bit. (Also, the TLX-going-mega-fast clear it displays on the infotainment awning is affectionate of rad, if a bit gimmicky.) Honestly, though, I’d break out of Activity approach best of the time. The 10-speed automated can occasionally be dimwitted here, either captivation apparatus too continued or not alive bound enough, and the council wheel-mounted paddles don’t action quick responses.”
— Steven Ewing, Roadshow by CNET