Sports Sedan – In the past, the Acura TLX lacked the performance and overall refinement to keep pace with its German competitors. However, that’s no longer the case. Driving enthusiasts in the Piedmont Triad will love what the all-new 2021 Acura TLX brings to the table. Let’s take a closer look at this dynamic sports sedan’s pros and cons.
A More Formidable Punch Under the Hood
Acura decided to do away with the previous generation’s powertrain options. A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard on the 2021 model. It’s rated to crank out an enjoyable 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. As expected, you can look forward to experiencing more aggressive acceleration than before. Later in the model year, a turbocharged V6 engine with 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque will hit the lineup.
All versions of the TLX use a new 10-speed automatic transmission. However, the high-performance Type S model’s gearbox is tuned to shift even quicker. Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System is found on every trim level, which allows drivers to adjust the sedan’s level of responsiveness. You can choose from multiple driving modes.
Much-Improved Road Handling
The previous-generation TLX handled okay. However, it didn’t really feel like a serious sports sedan. Acura was clearly committed to improving the car’s driving dynamics. A stiffer structure and new double-wishbone suspension help the TLX to attack corners like never before. Upgraded performance tires also help improve grip.
A Super-Handling AWD system is also an option. Acura tweaked the system to send up to 40 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. This means the TLX will be even more fun to drive on twisty roads.
Striking Exterior Design
The new 2021 Acura TLX will definitely turn heads this year. Although the TLX still uses Acura’s popular Diamond Pentagon grille, it looks a bit bolder than before. Jeweled LED headlights also enable the front fascia to make a powerful statement. This sedan’s long hood and sleek body help create a seductive look. Some of the most striking paint colors include Apex Blue Pearl, Performance Red Peal, and Phantom Violet Pearl.
While the new TLX looks great right out of the box, some cool styling enhancements are available. Acura expects many buyers to choose the optional A-Spec package, which adds wider 19-wheels for a more muscular stance.
More Appealing Interior Design
Modern interior styling adds to the appeal of the new TLX. A flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum racing pedals ensure an exciting atmosphere for drivers. Available red leather upholstery makes the entire cabin stand out. All of today’s most sought-after amenities are offered, including heated and cooled sport sears. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enable drivers to connect their smartphone to the sedan’s 10.2-inch HD display.
Perhaps the new TLX’s biggest highlight is its improved passenger space. No longer will tall people feel confined when sitting in the car’s backseat. Families shouldn’t hesitate to take the TLX on a long road trip.
Valuable Safety Features
Safety is a big emphasis for the TLX. Acura has introduced new triple-chamber airbag technology. This feature is to limit head injuries sustained during a frontal collision. AcuraWatch will also come standard on every new TLX. The system equips the sedan with several accident-avoidance technologies, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist.
What are the New TLX’s Potential Setbacks?
A big change for 2021 is the TLX’s new turbocharge engines. While there’s more power on tap, the sedan’s previous engines were virtually bulletproof. Mechanics rarely encountered any major issues. Only time will tell if the new engines prove to be as dependable.
It’s also important to note that Acura has increased the TLX’s MSRP for 2021. Prices start at an estimated $37,500, which is around $4,500 more than last year’s model.
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