New 2020 Acura TLX Model Review

2020 Acura TLX Model Overview at Motorcars Acura in Bedford, OH

Offering a more aggressive, sporty, and alluring appearance – the 2020 Acura TLX includes new premium features and technology enhancements that place it among the most advanced and well-equipped midsize luxury cars in its class. With your choice of an inline 4-cylinder or V6, optional all-wheel drive, and a variety of available packages to choose from – there’s an Acura TLX to suit your individual driving style. Drivers looking for maximum thrills should opt for the available A-SPEC Package. The A-SPEC Package adds more aggressive exterior styling, your choice of Alcantara or Red leather interior, and exclusive styling accents.

Enjoy seamless connectivity with standard Android Auto™ and Apple Carplay™ smartphone integration. The optional Technology Package keeps you in complete command with the Acura Navigation System with 3D view, AcuraLink® The Next Generation featuring Real-Time Traffic™, and GPS-linked climate control settings. The AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies found on every TLX model improves awareness, assists with avoidance, and helps mitigate impact.

2020 Acura TLX A-SPEC

What’s New for 2020

The biggest change to the Acura TLX for the 2020 model year is the availability of new premium exterior paint colors. The four new colors are Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic, and Apex Blue Pearl (exclusive to TLX A-SPEC models). Each of these colors uses cutting-edge pigment technologies such as micas, metal flakes, and nano pigments for exceptional transparency.

What the Critics Say

“Understated quality is better than low-grade ostentation. This point is proved inside the TLX’s cabin, with its quality materials and comfortable seats.” — Car and Driver

“With its quiet interior and isolating ride, the TLX is adept at cruising on the highway, and we like its wide, well-bolstered front seats, which aren’t too firm and come standard with power adjustment. The TLX is ready for a road trip.” — The Car Connection

2020 Acura TLX V6 A-SPEC


With the option of a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6, the TLX provides performance to suit any driving style. Using sensors, the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ not only allocates power from front to rear, but also distributes rear power from side-to-side to help the car rotate into a turn. Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®) found on front-wheel drive models, the world’s first system of its kind on a production car, independently adjusts the rear wheel toe angles for increased agility and stability while cornering. The new Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) provides four unique driving modes: Normal, Economy, Sport, and Sport+.

Advanced Safety

Due in part to our Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, Acura is proud to announce that the 2020 TLX has earned the NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating. Reversing out of the parking space is no longer a daunting task with the Multi-View Rear Camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. Included with the Technology Package, the Blind Spot Information System provides confidence when monitoring what’s in your blind spot. The Acura goal of creating a zero-collision society highlights the progress made by AcuraWatch™ safety technologies.

2020 Acura TLX AcuraWatch Safety

Acura TLX Standard Equipment

2020 Acura TLX Interior


  • Jewel Eye® LED headlights
  • Power Moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Acoustic glass windshield
  • Capless fuel lid


  • 3-level heated front seats
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless Access System with Smart Entry
  • Leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Ambient cabin lighting

Media & Connectivity

  • USB Audio Interface with smartphone integration
  • Bluetooth® streaming audio
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) 2.0
  • Siri® Eyes Free (iPhone only), Android Auto™, and Apple Carplay™

Safety & Driver Assistive Technology

  • Multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control and motion adaptive steering
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation system

Acura TLX Packages

Technology Package

2020 Acura TLX Technology Package

Cutting-edge features deliver a connected experience to fit any digital life. Available on all TLX models. Starting at $36,700* with Inline-4 P-AWS®, $40,100* with V6 P-AWS® or $42,100* with V6 SH-AWD®.


  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers


  • Perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior
  • Unique seat styling with contrast stitching & Piping (V6 only)
  • Front seat thigh extension (V6 only)

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura Navigation System with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with exclusive street and freeway conditions Traffic Rerouting™
  • Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance
  • AcuraLink® The Next Generation
  • ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers
  • Song By Voice® and HD Radio®
  • GPS-linked climate control

Safety & Driver Assistive Technology

  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

A-SPEC Package

2020 Acura TLX A-SPEC Package

More aggressive exterior and interior styling with choice of black Alcantara or Red leather interior. Starting at $39,400* with Inline-4 P-AWS®, $42,800* with V6 P-AWS® or $44,800* with V6 SH-AWD®.


  • Re-styled front bumper & lower intakes
  • Dark Chrome grille and trim
  • Side sill garnish
  • Matte black B&G moldings
  • Dark chrome headlight and taillight details
  • Exclusive 19-inch Shark Gray wheels
  • Revised rear bumper, including round exhaust outlets
  • Round LED fog lights
  • Gloss black rear decklid spoiler
  • Flush front and rear parking sensors
  • Spec badging on fenders and trunk


  • Black Alcantara or red leather seat & door inserts
  • Black Headliner
  • Metallic Footrest Pad
  • Metallic Trim
  • A-SPEC seat w/ contrast stitching & piping
  • Red Accent Lighting
  • Red on Black Gauges
  • Wireless charger
  • 6-Level Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • A-SPEC insignia on Step Garnish and steering wheel

Advance Package

2020 Acura TLX Advance Package

A sophisticated suite of human-centric enhancements elevates comfort and awareness. Requires V6 Engine and Technology Package. Starting at $43,950* with V6 P-AWS® or $45,950* with V6 SH-AWD®.


  • Rectangular LED Fog Lights
  • Decklid Spoiler
  • 18-inch 15-spoke black and machine-finish wheels
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Power Folding Side Mirrors
  • Surround View Camera System


  • White Accent Lighting
  • 6-Level Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 3-Level Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Wireless Charger
  • Heat Element Windshield De-Icer
  • Rear Door SMART Entry

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Remote Engine Start with vehicle feedback
  • Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
  • Front and Rear Flush Parking Sensors

Acura TLX Exterior Colors

Platinum White Pearl

Platinum White Pearl

Lunar Silver Metallic

Lunar Silver Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Modern Steel Metallic

Majestic Black Pearl

Majestic Black Pearl +$400 MSRP*

Performance Red Pearl

Performance Red Pearl +$400 MSRP*

Fathom Blue Pearl

Fathom Blue Pearl

Canyon Bronze Metallic

Canyon Bronze Metallic (requires Technology Package and V6 Engine) +$400 MSRP*

Apex Blue Pearl

Apex Blue Pearl (requires A-SPEC Package) +$400 MSRP*

Pricing & Performance

2020 Acura TLX


Technology Package (+$3,700 MSRP*)

Advance Package (+$3,850 MSRP*)

A-SPEC (+$2,700 MSRP*)

Starting MSRP*

Inline-4 FWD with P-AWS

$33,000 $36,700 $39,400

V6 FWD with P-AWS

$36,200 $40,100 $42,800


$38,200 $42,100 $45,950 $44,800

Engine Type


2.4-liter inline-4 2.4-liter inline-4 3.5-liter V6 2.4-liter inline-4


3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6

Transmission Type


8-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters 8-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters


9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters

Horsepower / Torque (HP / LB FT)


206 HP / 182 LB FT 206 HP / 182 LB FT 290 HP / 267 LB FT 290 HP / 267 LB FT


290 HP / 267 LB FT 290 HP / 267 LB FT

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings** (city / highway / combined)


23 / 33 / 27 23 / 33 / 27 23 / 32 / 26


20 / 31 / 24 20 / 31 / 24 20 / 30 / 23


20 / 29 / 23 20 / 29 / 23 20 / 29 / 23 20 / 29 / 23

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2020 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.

Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)