Acura's new TLX luxury sedan will cost thousands less than BMW and Mercedes-Benz's closest competitors — take a look at the redesigned 2021 model

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.
  • Acura just unveiled the new 2021 TLX sports sedan, along with the much-anticipated, performance-oriented TLX Type S.
  • The TLX will be available in early fall; the Type S will be available in spring 2021.
  • The base model will start “in the mid-$US30,000 range,” according to Acura.
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As Honda’s luxury arm, Acura hasn’t recently offered anything that would give a Lexus, Jaguar, or Volvo buyer serious pause. That might change with the new 2021 Acura TLX, however.

First introduced in 2014 and subsequently facelifted in 2017, the TLX succeeded the Acura TL and TSX. The new TLX marks the sedan’s second generation and keeps with the idea of a stylish and sporty four-door.

The standard TLX will come with a 2.0-litre, turbocharged engine that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power comes to a claimed 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, according to a press release. All-wheel drive will also be optional.

The cabin is now more premium than before, using luxury-grade materials such as aluminium, open-pore wood, and full-grain Milano leather. There’s an emphasis on driver and front-passenger comfort because the car’s wider body now offers extra hip and shoulder room.

But that’s not all. The new TLX also marks the return of the Type S moniker – Acura’s performance-oriented badge that’s seen about a 10-year hiatus. And the car looks good. Great, even.

Seeing companies such as BMW and Acura still investing in their sedans should be heartening to buyers who prefer them over crossovers and SUVs.

The new TLXs should hit dealerships early this fall and will start “in the mid-$US30,000 range,” according to Acura, which would slot it at thousands less than its closest competition at BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Both the 3 Series and the C-Class start above $US40,000 for the cheapest model.

The highly anticipated TLX Type S won’t be available until spring 2021.

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Acura first teased the new, second-generation 2021 TLX sedan on May 26.

AcuraAcura chassis teaser.

The teaser photo showed off a sedan platform that had a high-performance, double-wishbone front suspension setup in order to improve handling and cornering grip. It’s technology that’s found in the current NSX supercar and Acura’s past sports cars, including the Legend, Integra, TL, TL Type S, and first-generation NSX.

The new TLX is built on an all-new sports sedan platform that’s exclusive to Acura. It’s supposedly highly rigid and the chassis is performance-focused.


The base TLX will have a 2.0-litre, turbocharged engine, and a 10-speed automatic transmission

Acura2021 Acura TLX A-Spec.

Prices will start in the “mid-$US30,000 range,” according to Acura. Nothing more specific was offered at this time.

Acura2021 Acura TLX A-Spec.

The A-Spec is a sport package that adds Shark Grey 19-inch wheels.

Acura2021 Acura TLX A-Spec.

There are also darkened headlights and taillights.

Acura2021 Acura TLX A-Spec.

And a sporty rear decklid spoiler.

Acura2021 Acura TLX A-Spec.

As compared to the outgoing TLX, the 2021 TLX is bigger.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

It is 3.7 inches longer, 2.2 inches wider, but 0.6 inches shorter.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

Inside, Acura says the new TLX is considerably more upmarket.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

It uses far more luxury materials.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

Materials such as aluminium, open-pore wood, and full-grain Milano leather.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

The design idea is clear: It’s a sporty but stylish sedan.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

Front-to-rear weight balance has also been improved through extensive aluminium usage.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Advance.

For lightness, obviously.


We also see the return of the Type S moniker with the 2021 TLX Type S.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

It’s a highly anticipated return after a 10-year hiatus.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

The Type S is the performance variant of the TLX and will have all-wheel drive as standard.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

It takes the A-Spec’s already sporty looks and makes them even sportier.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

Visually, you’ll be able to distinguish the Type S with its unique, open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille and bigger side air intakes

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

There’s also a rear decklid spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser, and quad tailpipes, just like the beloved 2007 to 2008 TL Type S did.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

There will also be two, 20-inch wheel options, exclusive to the Type S.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

The engine will be a 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6, also exclusive to Acura.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

It will be hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

Acura didn’t release further specs or pricing on the TLX Type S at this time.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

But it has got to be one of the best-looking new Acuras in recent memory.

Acura2021 Acura TLX Type S.

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