The refreshed 2021 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan sits between the Acura ILX compact sport sedan and larger Acura RLX luxury flagship sedan in the premium Japanese automaker’s lineup.
The 2021 TLX’s standard engine produces 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to an eight-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Lead-footed drivers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 hp and 267 lb-ft coupled to a nine-speed automatic.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the base four-cylinder is 23/33 mpg city/highway in the standard car or 23/32 mpg for the A-Spec model. The V-6 engine is rated at 20/31 mpg in for front-wheel drive or 20/29 mpg for both all-wheel-drive models. The front-drive V-6-powered A-Spec model, like its front-drive four-cylinder counterpart, takes a slight hit in the fuel economy department at 20/30 mpg.
The 2021 Acura TLX received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The 2021 TLX received a Good score on all crashworthiness tests except for the driver-side small front overlap test, where it received an Average score. It received an Average rating on the IIHS’ headlights test.
In the IIHS’ front crash prevention, the 2021 TLX received a Superior rating after it avoided collisions in 12- and 25-mph crash tests (Superior is the highest possible score). The AcuraWatch suite of active driver assistance features comes standard on all TLX models and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard on the A-Spec models or as part of the Technology and Advance packages.