2021 Acura TLX is more expensive than before but still undercuts competitors – Roadshow

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Acura’s swanky new TLX hits dealerships in late September, boasting extra energy, extra tech and a complete lot extra fashion than its predecessor. Due to that, the 2021 TLX can also be going to price you extra money: $38,525 together with $1,025 for vacation spot, Acura confirmed Thursday.

Sure, that is a $4,500 enhance over the bottom worth of a 2020 TLX, however it’s not an apples-to-apples comparability. The brand new TLX has a way more highly effective base engine — a 2.0-liter turbo I4 with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque — which is definitely nearer to the previous TLX’s optionally available V6. In that case, the brand new TLX is priced $1,300 increased than a 2020 V6 mannequin, which does not appear to be that dangerous of a hike contemplating how a lot prettier and better-equipped this midsize sedan is total.

Acura TLX Pricing: 2020 vs. 2021

Worth (incl. vacation spot)
2020 Acura TLX 2.4L $34,025
2020 Acura TLX V6 $37,225
2020 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD $39,225
2021 Acura TLX 2.0T $38,525
2021 Acura TLX 2.0T SH-AWD $40,525

The TLX 2.0T might be supplied in base, Know-how, A-Spec and Advance trim ranges, all of which can be found with the corporate’s Tremendous-Dealing with All-Wheel Drive for an extra $2,000. In its most costly kind, the 2021 TLX 2.0T Advance SH-AWD prices $49,325 together with vacation spot.

Subsequent spring, Acura will launch the 355-horsepower TLX Kind S. Pricing for this hotter variant is not accessible simply but. For now, Acura says the Kind S will begin within the “low to mid $50,000s.”

Even the non-Kind S TLX seems nice.


The TLX is the second a part of Acura’s technique to maneuver extra upmarket, following the launch of the third-gen RDX crossover, which went on sale in summer time 2018. Acura says the brand new RDX’s common transaction worth is a bit more than $3,000 increased than the previous model, and with the TLX’s large improve in design and know-how, the corporate believes it may well make an identical step up.

But on the identical time, the TLX remains to be priced beneath its predominant rivals, particularly the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. (See how they all stack up in our spec comparison.) The TLX can also be barely bigger than these German rivals, however provides related ranges of luxurious and extra normal gear. To wit: Whereas most driver-assistance applied sciences are optionally available on the Germans, each TLX comes normal with the AcuraWatch suite, which incorporates adaptive cruise management, blind-spot monitoring, visitors signal recognition and the corporate’s Visitors Jam Help, which makes freeway commutes a breeze.

2021 Acura TLX vs. Rivals

2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD 2020 Audi A4 45 Quattro 2020 BMW 330i xDrive 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Energy 272 hp 248 hp 255 hp 255 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft 273 lb-ft 294 lb-ft 273 lb-ft
Transmission 10-speed auto 7-speed DCT 8-speed auto 9-speed auto
Worth (incl. dest.) $40,525 $41,895 $43,745 $44,395

Certainly, the TLX is healthier poised than ever to tackle these rivals, however it’s all about getting individuals into an Acura showroom within the first place. That is the place the automobile’s robust design actually comes into play — “that seven-second knockout,” as Acura VP Jon Ikdea put it throughout an interview. “A automobile that is actually designed properly sort of sells itself.”

The TLX definitely seems nice and appears strong on paper, and we not too long ago had the possibility to take a look at its ELS premium audio system. All that is left to do is drive the TLX, which we’ll be capable to do forward of its on-sale date late subsequent month. Keep tuned.

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Steven Ewing