2019 Acura TLX vs. Lexus ES vs. Lincoln MKZ vs. Buick Regal vs. Cadillac ATS

2019 Acura TLX vs. Lexus ES vs Lincoln MKZ vs Buick Regal vs Cadillac ATS

Drivers searching for a premium midsize luxury sedan now have more choices than ever before as the segment continues to expand. Fortunately, Motorcars Acura is here to help clear up the confusion and make your buying decision simple. We’ve assembled this insightful comparison which compares the striking Acura TLX against its biggest rivals including the Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Buick Regal, and Cadillac ATS. Once you see how the TLX measures up against the competition, you’ll realize why buyers across the country continue to choose Acura.

Acura TLX vs The Competition - Quick Comparison

2019 Acura TLX

VS

2019 Lexus ES

2019 Lincoln MKZ

2019 Buick Regal

2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

$33,995*

Base MSRP*

$39,500

$35,995

$24,990

$35,495

Standard

Power Sunroof

Standard

Optional

Optional

Optional

23** ✓

City MPG**

22

21

22

22

Collision Mitigation Braking System

Adaptive Cruise Control

Standard

Requires Higher Trim Level

Optional

Not Available

17.2 gallons ✓

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.9 gallons

16.5 gallons

16.3 gallons

16 gallons


Acura TLX vs Lexus ES

2019 Acura TLX
 
2019 Lexus ES

2019 Acura TLX Base

VS

2019 Lexus ES 350 Premium

$33,995* ✓

MSRP*

$39,500

23** ✓

City MPG**

22

33**

Highway MPG**

33

27** ✓

Combined MPG**

26

Standard ✓

Heated Exterior Mirrors

Requires Higher Trim Level

Standard ✓

Heated Front Seats

Optional

60/40 ✓

Folding Rear Seat

Not Available

17.2 gallons ✓

Fuel Tank Capacity

16 gallons

42.6 inches ✓

Front Leg Room

42.4 inches

57.5 inches ✓

Front Shoulder Room

55.9 inches

55.4 inches ✓

Rear Shoulder Room

54.3 inches

From the start, drivers will immediately notice the tremendous value found on the Acura TLX. Comparing base trim levels, the TLX offers a $6,500 lower starting MSRP than the Lexus ES. You would think that for paying such a premium for the Lexus that you will receive superior fuel economy numbers. Sadly, for ES drivers this is not the case.

While both vehicles share identical highway ratings, the TLX delivers superior fuel economy in city and combined categories. Going further on a tank of gas in the TLX is not only a result greater MPG numbers. The Acura also has a larger fuel tank capacity than the Lexus ES, leading to less frequent stops on extended road trips.

Standard features found on the Acura TLX continue to illustrate why it’s the better choice than the Lexus ES. Heated exterior mirrors and heated front seats are included as standard on the TLX. Lexus shoppers will have to shell out additional cash for costly options or step up to a higher trim level.

Inside the TLX, drivers can enjoy 60/40 folding rear seats to help accommodate longer cargo such as a pair of skis or a snowboard. The rear seat of the Lexus ES cannot fold down. There’s also greater front leg room, front shoulder room, and rear shoulder room inside the Acura TLX to help all passengers get comfortable.


Acura TLX vs Lincoln MKZ

2019 Acura TLX
 
2019 Lincoln MKZ

2019 Acura TLX FWD V6

VS

2019 Lincoln MKZ FWD

$36,200*

MSRP*

$35,995

3.5-Liter V6 ✓

Engine

2.0L I4

290 ✓

Horsepower

245

9-Speed Automatic ✓

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

20 / 31 / 24**

MPG** (city/hwy/combined)

21 / 31 / 24

17.2 gallons ✓

Fuel Tank Capacity

16.5 gallons

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Requires Higher Trim Level

Standard ✓

Sunroof

Requires Higher Trim Level

The next challenger to face off against the Acura TLX is the Lincoln MKZ. Looking at the TLX V6 FWD and the MKZ FWD, both share almost identical starting MSRPs. That’s where the similarities end.

While the Lincoln only offers a tiny 2.0L I4 engine, the Acura TLX is powered by a muscular 3.5-liter V6 which produces 290 horsepower. This 45 horsepower advantage translates to more thrills and potent acceleration behind the wheel of the TLX. A standard 9-speed automatic transmission offers greater response and efficiency than the 6-speed automatic included on the MKZ.

Better still, this significant power advantage comes with virtually no sacrifices on fuel economy. Despite the brawnier V6, the sophisticated engineering of the Acura TLX enables it to match the highway and combined fuel economy ratings of the less-powerful Lincoln MKZ. A larger fuel tank capacity also helps the TLX go further on extended road trips.

When it comes to standard features, the clear choice remains the Acura TLX. Enjoy a standard power sunroof to let fresh air and natural lighting inside the cabin. Perfect for stop-and-go traffic, standard Adaptive Cruise Control maintains your speed and following distance and has the ability to take corrective action in the event of a potential collision. Both of these useful features require a higher and more expensive trim level on the Lincoln MKZ.


Acura TLX vs Buick Regal Sportback

2019 Acura TLX A-SPEC Package
 
2019 Buick Regal Sportback

2019 Acura TLX Base w/Performance Package

VS

2019 Buick Regal Sportback Avenir

23** ✓

City MPG**

22

33** ✓

Highway MPG**

32

27** ✓

Combined MPG**

26

Standard ✓

Sunroof

Optional

10 ✓

Number of Speakers

8

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Optional

Standard ✓

Voice-Activated A/C

Not Available

Power ✓

Front Passenger Seat Adjustability

Manual

Collision Mitigation Braking System ✓

Intelligent Brake Assist

Optional

Standard ✓

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

Optional

Let’s see how the Buick Regal Sportback can contend with the Acura TLX. In this matchup, we’ll look at the TLX Base with Performance Package against a fully-loaded Regal Avenir.

In terms of fuel economy, the Buick Regal is no match for the Acura TLX. Across city, highway, and combined MPG ratings the TLX outperforms the Regal. If you’re concerned with saving money at the pump, the clear favorite is the Acura TLX.

Turning our attention to standard amenities, the TLX continues to shine. As we’ve mentioned previously, the standard sunroof of the TLX allows fresh air to circulate throughout the cabin along with natural lighting. This feature is a costly option at Buick. Both the driver and front passenger inside the TLX will have the ability to fine-tune their comfort position thanks to power-adjustable seats. Laughably, the Buick Regal only offers a manually-adjustable front passenger seat.

Technology remains a key strength of the Acura TLX. In this comparison, the TLX comes standard with voice-activated air conditioning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 10-speaker ELS Studio audio system. Furthermore, driver-assistive technologies included as standard on the TLX are Adaptive Cruise Control and Intelligent Brake Assist. Both offer a helping hand when you need it most to keep you protected from the unexpected. All features listed above are either not available or costly extras on the Buick Regal Sportback.


Acura TLX vs Cadillac ATS

2019 Acura TLX
 
2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

2019 Acura TLX Base

VS

2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan Base

$33,000* ✓

MSRP*

$35,495

23 / 33 / 27** ✓

MPG** (city/hwy/combined)

22 / 31 / 23

Standard ✓

Power Sunroof

Optional

Jewel Eye LED ✓

Headlamp Type

Halogen

Standard ✓

Adaptive Cruise Control

Not Available

Standard HomeLink ✓

Garage Door Transmitter

Not Available

Standard ✓

Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror

Not Available

Driver / Passenger ✓

Heated Front Seats

Optional

Standard ✓

Memory Seats

Not Available

Split 60/40 ✓

Folding Rear Seat

Requires Higher Trim Level

Collision Mitigation Braking System ✓

Intelligent Brake Assist

Not Available

14.3 cubic feet ✓

Maximum Cargo Volume

10.4 cubic feet

The final challenger to go up against the Acura TLX is the Cadillac ATS Sedan. Comparing both vehicles in base trims, once again the Acura TLX begins with a $2,485 price advantage over the ATS. Exceptional value comes standard on the TLX. The savings continue when filling up at the pump. The Cadillac ATS is not able to compete across all three measurements of fuel economy.

Superior technology is another reason to choose the TLX over the ATS. Features like Jewel Eye LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Collision Mitigation Braking system each provide confidence and improved safety when behind the wheel of the Acura TLX. Additional standard features like a HomeLink garage door transmitter and auto-dimming rear view mirror add even more convenience on the TLX.

Shifting our attention inside of both vehicles, there are several key differences worth noting. Highlighting the superior refinement found inside the TLX, the front seats come standard with both heating and memory functions to allow drivers to personalize their comfort preferences. A standard power sunroof and 60/40 split folding rear seats are two additional examples of features the Cadillac ATS cannot match. Superior cargo volume makes the Acura TLX the better option for those living active lifestyles.


Winner -- Acura TLX

Now that we’ve finally reached the end of this competitive comparison, it’s clear that the competition from Lexus, Lincoln, Buick, and Cadillac are no match for the impressive Acura TLX. From value and efficiency to premium standard equipment and cutting-edge safety features -- Motorcars Acura invites you to come experience the Acura TLX in person.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and include destination and handling charge but do not include taxes or license. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2019 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.