2021 Acura TLX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Acura TLX Model Overview - Motorcars Acura

Key Features

  • Starting at $37,500 MSRP*
  • Standard 2.0-liter Turbo (272 horsepower / 282 lb-ft of torque) or available 3.0-liter Turbo (performance TBA) paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Available rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Ultra-rigid new body structure and advanced new chassis with double-wishbone front suspension
  • Standard AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • New, more luxurious interior developed under the theme of “Dual Personal Cockpit”
  • Optional True Touchpad Interface™ featuring a high-mounted 10.2-inch HD display and console-mounted touchpad
  • Available award-winning Acura ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system including four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers and Twin Telford™ subwoofer

About the 2021 Acura TLX

In the legendary heritage of the Acura nameplate, the all-new 2021 TLX will launch as the most athletic, best appointed, and sharpest handling sedan the brand has ever offered. The TLX is back with all-new styling, your choice of two turbocharged engines, a reimagined interior, and a collection of groundbreaking tech features to enhance your drive. In addition, the iconic TLX Type S high-performance model returns after a 10-year hiatus with an exclusive 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine and torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™. Engineered domestic and globally sourced parts, the all-new Acura TLX will be manufactured exclusively at the company’s Marysville, Ohio with engine production happening at the Anna, Ohio engine plant. Expected to cause a stir among the midsize luxury sedan segment, the 2021 TLX will launch as the first Acura sedan fully designed around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance concept. The all-new Acura TLX Type S arrives in Spring 2021.

2021 Acura TLX Features

Acura TLX Design

Stunning Design

With its legendary reputation to precede it, the striking new exterior appearance of the all-new Acura TLX emphasizes both agile handling and potent performance. In comparison to the previous generation, the new model features a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase, a 2.2-inch wider body with wider front and rear tracks (+1.2 inches and +1.6 inches, respectively), and a lower roofline. Other eye-catching aspects of the exterior include new Jewel Eye® LED headlights with four LED elements and bright-white “Chicane” LED daytime running lights. The popular A-Spec sport package is also making its return, offering drivers an assortment of unique sport appearance enhancements inside and out. For a true race-inspired look, the all-new TLX Type S models include a rear decklid spoiler, aggressive front splitter, rear diffuser, and large quad exhaust outlets. The all-new Acura TLX Type S arrives in Spring 2021.

Acura TLX Performance

Thrilling Performance

Drivers can choose between two potent turbocharged engines on the all-new Acura TLX. Standard power comes in the form of a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged engine with VTEC, paired with a responsive 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift. Featuring a total of 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, this new engine represents a sizable gain over the prior-gen naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder. Arriving later in the launch is an all-new 3.0-liter, 24-valve, DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged V6 which will be included on all TLX Type S models. The new body and chassis design has resulted in a 50 percent increase in global torsional stiffness. Thanks to clever engineering cues taken from the NSX supercar, the new TLX also receives a highly advanced electric-servo brake system for maximum stopping power. The all-new Acura TLX Type S arrives in Spring 2021.

Acura TLX Interior

Tech-Focused Interior

Designed with the concept of “Dual Personal Cockpit” in mind, the cabin of the all-new Acura TLX places emphasis on both the driver and front passenger. Examples of premium materials available inside the cabin include real aluminum, open-pore wood, and full-grain Milano leather. In terms of infotainment, the new TLX is offered with an available 10.2-inch HD display and a console-mounted touchpad with “Absolute Position” mapping. Drivers can also access the latest generation of AcuraLink™ with in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi to stay connected throughout their journey. All TLX models also come standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including new features like Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Driver Awareness Monitor, and Traffic Jam Assist (TJA).

Acura TLX Packages

Technology Package

Acura TLX Technology Package

Cutting-edge features deliver a connected experience to fit any digital life. Available on all TLX models. +$4,000 MSRP*


  • 19-Inch Sparkle Silver Wheels
  • Smart Entry on All Doors


  • Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trim with Contrast Stitching
  • 12-Way Power-Adjustable Front Sport Seats
  • Iconic Drive™ Ambient Interior Lighting

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS STUDIO®32 Premium Audio System with 13 Speakers including Subwoofer
  • Acura Navigation System with 3D view10
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™57 with Street and Freeway Conditions
  • Traffic Rerouting™57
  • 7-Inch Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with Turn-by-Turn Guidance
  • AcuraLink® Connected Services62
  • HD Radio®4
  • USB Charge Ports (2) For Rear Seat
  • GPS-linked10 Climate Control

Safety & Driver Awareness

  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors

A-Spec® Package

Acura TLX A-Spec Package

More aggressive exterior and interior styling with choice of Black Alcantara® or Red Leather interior. Requires Technology Package. +$2,750 MSRP*


  • Exclusive 19-in Shark Gray Wheels
  • Dark Chrome Diamond Pentagon Grille and Exterior Trim
  • Dark Chrome Headlight/Taillight Details
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Exclusive A-Spec Piano Black Decklid Spoiler
  • Exclusive A-Spec Piano Black Lower Rear Bumper Trim
  • A-Spec Badging on Front Fenders and Trunk
  • Matte Black Window Trim


  • Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede®-Trim
  • A-Spec Sport Seats with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped Flat-Bottom Sport Steering Wheel
  • Exclusive Red Interior Color Option
  • Ebony Headliner
  • Geometric Brushed Aluminum Trim
  • A-Spec Exclusive Red Instrument Panel Illumination
  • A-Spec Door Sill Garnish
  • Stainless Steel Sport Pedals

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS STUDIO 3D® Premium Audio with 17 Speakers including 4 Highline™ Overhead Speakers
  • Wireless Charger

Safety & Driver Awareness

  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)

Advance Package

Acura TLX Advance Package

A sophisticated suite of human-centric enhancements elevates comfort and awareness. Requires Technology Package. +$4,800 MSRP*


  • Adaptive Damper System


  • LED Fog Lights
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Acoustic Front Side Glass
  • Windshield De-Icer


  • Natural Wood Trim
  • 16-Way Power-Adjustable Front Sport Seats
  • Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trim with Contrast Stitching and Piping
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 3-Level Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura/ELS STUDIO 3D® Premium Audio with 17 Speakers including 4 Highline™ Overhead Speakers
  • Wireless Charger
  • Near-Field Communication
  • 10.5-Inch Head-Up Display (HUD)

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Surround-View Camera System

TLX Pricing

2021 TLX


Technology Package

A-Spec® Package

Advance Package

Starting MSRP*
Inline-4 FWD $37,500* $41,500* $44,250* $46,300*
Inline-4 SH-AWD® $39,500* $43,500* $46,250* $48,300*

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.