2020 Acura TLX

Buyer's Guide

History/Overview

Acura's TLX mid-size sedan has been around since 2015, when it replaced the TL. The TLX was (and is) the first mid-range Acura with four-cylinder power. In 2018, the TLX benefited from a refresh that brough the brand's handsome five-point grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights.

What's New / Key Changes from Last Year

For 2020, Acura adds a PMC package to the TLX range, named for the Performance Manufacturing Centre that builds the NSX supercar. Acura technicians install the powertrain, electronics and trim-specific interior and exterior components by hand, just as they do with the NSX.

The rest of the TLX range is carried over from 2019, including the standard assembly-line manufacturing process used to build other TLX trims.

Available Trims

Four-cylinder, front-wheel drive TLX trims include A-Spec and Tech A-Spec. There's more variety with the impressive V6/AWD combo, where trims are A-Spec, Tech, A-Spec Tech, Elite, and Elite A-Spec.

The four-cylinder engine is a 2.4L, and the V6 displaces 3.5L. The well-done SH-AWD system standard with the V6 can split power between the front and rear axles, and can move torque between the left and right wheels to improve handling. Four-cylinder cars use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and V6 models get a nine-speed automatic.

Standard Features

All TLX models come with forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, tire pressure monitoring, 19-inch wheels, automatic high beams, windshield de-icer, heated side mirrors, LED fog lights, sunroof, LED jewel-eye headlights, adaptive cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, electric parking brake, multi-angle backup camera, seven-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, four-way power front passenger seat and front-seat electric thigh extension.

A-Spec Tech adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, 10-speaker stereo with hard-drive storage, heated rear seats, and steering wheel.

SH-AWD A-Spec trim features are largely the same as the base A-Spec, but adds engine idle stop/start, an electronic shifter and an eight-way power front passenger seat.

SH-AWD Tech trim downsizes to 18-inch wheels and adds headlight washers and perforated Milano leather upholstery.

SH-AWD Tech A-Spec gets back its 19-inch wheels and gives up the previous trim's perforated leather.

SH-AWD Elite adds auto-dimming side mirrors, chrome side sill garnish, puddle lights, front and rear parking sensors, surround-view exterior cameras, wireless smartphone charging and ventilated front seats.

SH-AWD Elite A-Spec builds on SH-AWD Elite and adds back the A-Spec's cosmetic upgrades.

Fuel economy

Acura's fuel consumption estimates for the TLX are 10.0/7.1 (city/highway) for the base trim and 10.2/7.4 for A-Spec models. The SH-AWD model and its V6 is rated 11.4/7.7, and the SH-AWD A-Spec's figures are 12.0/8.2 L/100 km.

Competition

With the TLX, Acura aims to lure buyers away from cars like the BMW 3 and 5 Series, Audi A4 and A6, Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class, Lexus ES, Infiniti Q50, Volvo S60 and Volkswagen Arteon.

2020 Acura TLX Specifications

There are 10 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $36,990 MSRP
8.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
206 hp @6800 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
A-Spec Sedan $36,990 5 Sedan
A-Spec Sedan 206 hp @6800 rpm 182 ft-lb @4500 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
A-Spec Sedan 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
A-Spec Sedan
A-Spec Sedan N/A
A-Spec Sedan
A-Spec Sedan
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather $40,490 5 Sedan
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 206 hp @6800 rpm 182 ft-lb @4500 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather Leather Seats
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
Tech A-Spec Sedan $40,490 5 Sedan
Tech A-Spec Sedan 206 hp @6800 rpm 182 ft-lb @4500 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Tech A-Spec Sedan 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
Tech A-Spec Sedan
Tech A-Spec Sedan N/A
Tech A-Spec Sedan
Tech A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan $41,990 5 Sedan
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan N/A
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Tech Sedan $43,190 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Tech Sedan 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Tech Sedan 190.7" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Tech Sedan
SH-AWD Tech Sedan Leather Seats
SH-AWD Tech Sedan
SH-AWD Tech Sedan
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather $45,690 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather Leather Seats
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan $45,690 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan N/A
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Elite Sedan $46,790 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Elite Sedan 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Elite Sedan 190.7" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Elite Sedan
SH-AWD Elite Sedan Leather Seats
SH-AWD Elite Sedan
SH-AWD Elite Sedan
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather $49,290 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather Leather Seats
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan w/Red Leather
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan $49,290 5 Sedan
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan 290 hp @6200 rpm 267 ft-lb @4500 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan 191" 73" 57" 109.3"
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan N/A
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan
SH-AWD Elite A-Spec Sedan

Owner Reviews: 2020 Acura / TLX

Average Rating

2015 Acura TLX

Trim: 2.4L TECH
by Mike4232 on 07-09-2015
Great ride! great car!
After a few months of ownership I am truly pleased with my TLX
It performs better than expected for a 2.4L 4 cylinder, it may not pull you out of your seat but it never feels underpowered. The 8 speed duel clutch transmission is refined and gear shift are ultra-quick. Fuel economy on the highway is in low 6s cruising at 115 – 120 kmh.
Overall this is a truly refined automobile, comfortable and quite for cruising, fun to drive if you push it.
Some of my favorite features - sending locations to the car’s navigation system, remote start, auto brake hold, heated steering, awesome ELS sound system.


Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
Is this review useful?
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2015 Acura TLX

Trim: 2.4L TECH
by Mike4232 on 07-09-2015
Great ride! great car!
After a few months of ownership I am truly pleased with my TLX
It performs better than expected for a 2.4L 4 cylinder, it may not pull you out of your seat but it never feels underpowered. The 8 speed duel clutch transmission is refined and gear shift are ultra-quick. Fuel economy on the highway is in low 6s cruising at 115 – 120 kmh.
Overall this is a truly refined automobile, comfortable and quite for cruising, fun to drive if you push it.
Some of my favorite features - sending locations to the car’s navigation system, remote start, auto brake hold, heated steering, awesome ELS sound system.


Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2015 Acura TLX

Trim: Tech
by JRM1955 on 06-26-2015
Acura has hit a homerun with this one !
We bought our car only a couple of months ago and have enjoyed every minute spent driving it since. We find the size inside and out to be a great choice for commuting and highway driving with excellent performance and gas mileage from the 2.4 litre and a smooth quiet ride. Heightened performance and handling is just the push of a button away when the mood and road beg for some spirited driving. Exterior styling is very pleasing, the interior is beautifully finished and loaded with all the tech that is the current rage, and the stereo is excellent. In my humble opinion, this is a lot of car for the money.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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