2021 Acura TLX First Drive Review: Making Strides Toward Excellence


The 2021 Acura TLX is the latest luxury sedan from the company once known for the legendary Legend and its justified “Precision Crafted Performance” tagline. Keen to recapture some of that 1990s magic, everyone at Acura – from brand chief Jon Ikeda down – is focused on returning sportiness to the luxury automaker, one new product at a time. In the case of the TLX, has that effort paid off?

Numbers-wise, that appears likely. Underpinning every 2021 TLX is an Acura-exclusive platform, and each trim level (save the high-performance Type S) gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Shared with the RDX, the engine produces a stout 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet, beating the old base 2.4-liter four by 66 and 98, respectively. It’s also got more twist – though a bit less power – than the formerly optional 3.5-liter V6, which made 290 hp and…

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