Take into account the present Acura TLX a mulligan on the a part of Honda’s luxurious division. Do not get us flawed, as a result of it isn’t as if Acura’s sports activities sedan is especially unhealthy, it is simply not fairly on the similar degree as its competitors. Need a snug sufficient, engaging sufficient, fairly priced luxurious sedan? Then the value-laden TLX does the job. Looking for driving engagement, head-turning seems to be, or model snobbery? Then look previous the 2020 Acura TLX and take a look at one in every of its rivals. Or subsequent yr’s TLX.
The upcoming 2021 Acura TLX may flip issues round, due to its customary turbocharged four-cylinder engine, accessible all-wheel-drive, salacious styling, and newly accessible Kind S trim that features a turbocharged V-6 engine. Certain, it is the second-generation TLX, but when it delivers the chops to correctly compete with the likes of the Alfa Romeo Guilia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Genesis G70, and others, take into account it the TLX’s true take-off second. Here is how the 2021 TLX compares to its predecessor—on paper:
2021 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Acura TLX: Efficiency
Say goodbye to pure aspiration within the TLX, as a result of the brand new TLX is a turbocharged-only affair. A turbo 2.0-liter inline-four replaces the outgoing TLX’s entry-level 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. With 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the 2021 TLX’s forced-induction-four packs 66 extra horses and 98 further lb-ft of twist over the 2020 mannequin’s four-pot engine. Issue within the new TLX’s accessible all-wheel-drive (the four-cylinder 2020 TLX is front-wheel-drive solely) and a brand new 10-speed computerized gearbox rather than the previous eight-speed dual-clutch unit, and the second-generation TLX should haven’t any bother outpacing its four-cylinder forebear.
Likewise, the brand new TLX’s accessible V-6 engine welcomes turbocharging expertise. Acura stays mum on the specs of its new 3.0-liter six that powers the sporty TLX Kind S, nevertheless it’s protected to imagine the engine will higher the 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque put out by the 2020 mannequin’s 3.5-liter V-6. Not like the outgoing TLX, the 2021 mannequin solely pairs its V-6 engine with all-wheel drive. A 10-speed computerized gearbox is the only real transmission on supply and replaces the prior six-cylinder TLX’s nine-speed unit.
2021 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Acura TLX: Measurement
Because the casual alternative to each the long-gone Acura TSX and TL sedans, the 2015 Acura TLX solid a shadow that was bigger than the previous sedan however shorter than the latter. The 2021 TLX, nonetheless, finds itself nearer in dimension to the bigger TL of yore. At 194.6 inches lengthy, the brand new automotive is 0.6 inch longer than the previous TL and a reasonably substantial 2.9 inches longer than the 2020 TLX. Equally, the brand new TLX’s 75.2-inch width bests that of the TL by 1.2 inches and the outgoing TLX by 2.2 inches. In truth, the one exterior measurement of the 2021 TLX that shrinks relative to its 2020 counterpart is its top: At 56.Four inches, the brand new TLX is 0.6 inch decrease than the previous one.
2021 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Acura TLX: Inside and Cargo Capability
Regardless of it benefitting from a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase (now measuring 113.Zero inches), the 2021 Acura TLX is barely any roomier than its predecessor. Blame the mannequin’s engaging wares that commerce area for model. That mentioned, the 2021 TLX nonetheless sees enhancements in its cabin and cargo maintain, and passenger quantity grows from 93.Three cubic ft to 93.4, per the Environmental Safety Company’s measurements. Likewise, cargo quantity expands from 13.2 cubic ft to 13.5 cubes. For those who’re after a extra spacious Acura sedan, then you definately’re SOL, because the Japanese luxurious model’s bigger RLX sedan fails to see the 2021 mannequin yr in the USA.