Acura TLX

Base TLX models come with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine making 206 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which features a torque converter to smooth out any jerkiness in the drivetrain during low speed operation. The optional engine is a 3.5L V6 making 290 hp. Power is sent to either the front, or with Acura's SH-AWD system, all-four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Acura worked to improve the sports credibility of the TLX with the addition of the A-Spec package with a unique suspension and quick ratio steering setup paired with the 4-wheel steering system allowing the TLX to be both nimble and stable when carving up a twisty road.

Acura offers a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines and front-wheel or SH-AWD all-wheel drive, each of which can each be ordered with a Technology Package or Advanced Package. A-Spec is available with both V6 and Technology Package boxes checked.

Standard equipment levels are excellent. The base TLX comes equipped with LED headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, a rearview camera, keyless access, a multi-function display, Siri eyes free functionality and USB and iPod connectivity.

Buyers who opt for the Technology Package get a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a premium audio system with HD radio, a colored display screen, a perforated leather trimmed interior, rain sensing wipers, lane assist and lane departure warning systems as well as blind spot and forward collision warning systems.

The all-new A-Spec package utilizing a quicker steering ratio, sporty suspension, and lower profile tires demonstrates excellent handling ability without compromise of comfort. The A-Spec is available with black or red Alcantara leather interior with contrasting stitching, exclusive Still Night Blue Pearl exterior paint, Shark Gray 19-inch wheels and unique round LED fog lamps.

The V6-powered TLX comes in both front and all-wheel drive configurations, though all-wheel drive versions always come equipped with either the Technology or the Advanced Package.

Safety systems across the TLX line include anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. Front, side, side curtain and driver's knee airbags are all standard.

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Editors' First Take

Spending the last few months with our long-term 2021 Acura TLX has been a mostly pleasant experience, but if anything, it's whetted our appetite for a more powerful, more agile version. Enter the 2021 TLX Type S, the first in what will soon be a whole lineup of Type S models, with 355 horsepower, sharp styling and one of the best all-wheel-drive systems in the business.

Recreated almost perfectly from the 2019 Type S concept, the TLX's more aggressive front and rear fascias certainly catch the eye, especially when its new Tiger Eye Pearl paint is bathed in sunlight. In the shade, the hue loses a bit of its metallic yellow luster, taking on a more mustardlike appearance, but overall, I dig it. A gloss black spoiler and black diffusers round out the sporty aesthetic, though both bits can also be finished in carbon fiber should you desire something a little racier. The sedan's tail is also home to a quad-tip active exhaust that gets louder in the Type S' sportier driving modes.

Milano leather upholstery is standard inside, and it's available in a new Type S-exclusive Orchid White, as well as the red or black colorways found on lesser TLX trims. A flat-bottom steering wheel and Type S badging inside and out serve as reminders of the sedan's performance-oriented mission, and Acura's love-it-or-hate-it True Touchpad tech carries over from the standard TLX, housed in a 10.2-inch touchscreen atop the dash.

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