Source: Boston Herald
Some things never change.
Acura occupies an exalted spot in Grasso’s Garage. Its redesigned TLX provides an ultra sporty option to the luxury market.
Acura, the upscale brand for Honda, is known for manufacturing great-looking automobiles that are ultra-techy.
In the 2021 Acura TLX, there are a bunch of changes, all for the good. We notice a significant upgrade to the exterior with some sleek additions confirming Acura’s emphasis on the sporty side of things. A weight balance adjustment in the TLX includes the aluminum fenders, damper mounts and relocation of the battery to the trunk. This move reduces body roll.
The TLX has an all-new platform, and all versions can have Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It seems slightly stiffer than its predecessor, but is still a nice ride for the luxury sport sedan compared to the BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4; the TLX comes in with a lower suggested retail price than all of them. The fourth generation SH-AWD system provides a class-leading torque-vectoring system that is one of the best. Acura kicks the 3.5L V-6 engine aside and implements a torquey 2.0L turbo four-cylinder providing 48 more ft.-lb. over the last generation. This brings it to 280 ft.-lb. and 272 horsepower and a nicely equipped 10-speed automatic.
The TLX gains a new True Touchpad interface like Lexus but lightyears ahead in the technology department. A palm rest and real volume knob exists to avoid the touch screen type infotainment system. This infotainment system takes some getting used to but once familiar, it is absolutely great, just like historical Acura models. The new ELS Studio Premium Audio system is like a recording studio with its dual force subwoofers and four premium slim speakers overhead and 17 speakers throughout the vehicle. Advance, A-Spec, Tech and base packages are still available and our Platinum White Pearl tester came with a Parchment interior. Eight exterior colors and six interior options are available depending on what package you choose.
It’s evident that Acura knows how to manufacture a great all around automobile. For the TLX it’s just another great example of why Acura tops the charts in this market all while maintaining a reasonable price.
If the sedan market is your category of choice, you better get down to see the TLX, because it’s the hottest looking, most realistic sporty automobile in the market today.