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2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-Spec: Sharper performance and looks

Acura packs heaps of style, performance and standard technology into the 2021 TLX.

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An all-new second-generation Acura TLX arrives for the 2021 model year featuring more aggressive styling and improved performance. 

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To punch up styling, the 2021 TLX is lower, wider and longer than the outgoing car and boasts a faster roofline. 

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A-Spec versions of the 2021 TLX feature 19-inch wheels, a black Diamond Pentagon Grille, foglights and a decklid spoiler.

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The cabin of the TLX A-Spec features a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, Milano leather sport seats with suede inserts and stainless steel pedals. 

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Power for the TLX A-Spec comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. 

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Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2021 TLX, but Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system is available for an additional $2,000.

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Routing power to the TLX's wheels is a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

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This TLX SH-AWD A-Spec test car returns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. 

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On the handling front, the TLX's chassis gains a double wishbone front suspension in place of the previous cars MacPherson strut setup. 

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The 2021 Acura TLX starts at $38,525, which includes $1,025 for destination.

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