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Which 2021 Acura TLX is Right for You?

Find out which trim level of Acura’s redesigned luxury sport sedan is the perfect pick as your next new vehicle.


The 2021 Acura TLX is all new and marks the 2nd-generation of this sedan by Honda’s luxury brand. Whereas the outgoing model was a competent entry-level premium sedan with a great value story, Acura has gone all-in with the latest TLX. The result is a laudable and highly recommendable luxury sports sedan. 

One trait the new TLX retains is its value proposition. The 2021 TLX has grown larger and is now nearly the size of a mid-size BMW 5 Series, yet its $44,605 starting price in Canadian dollars undercuts compact luxury sedans such as Audi A4, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And that includes Acura’s excellent Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) as standard fare.

Through its first 4 trim levels, topping out with the Platinum Elite, the TLX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine. This is the same powerplant in the Acura RDX compact luxury compact SUV, and it’s a good one. It makes 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and the standard 10-speed automatic transmission it’s connected to is well matched. The high-performance Type S is the only trim that benefits from a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 making a robust 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

The 2021 TLX sedan’s 5-passenger cabin has had a makeover of its own. Material quality has been dramatically improved. Acura says that if it looks like wood, it’s wood, and if it looks like metal, it’s metal.

To help you make the right call on your next Acura compact luxury sports sedan, here's a breakdown of 2021 TLX trim levels:

2021 Acura TLX - Starting MSRP: $44,605 CAD 

Key standard features include:

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission/paddle shifters
  • SH-AWD
  • Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)
  • AcuraWatch driver-assist safety features
  • AcuraLink Subscription Services
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 10.2-inch High-Definition colour centre display with True Touchpad Interface
  • Remote engine starter with vehicle feedback
  • 12-way power adjustable driver's and front passenger's seat including 4-way power lumbar support


2021 Acura TLX Tech- Starting MSRP: $47,005 CAD 

Includes or replaces TLX features, plus:

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • ELS Studio Premium Audio System with AM/FM/SiriusXM tuner, Windows Media Audio compatibility and 13 speakers including split subwoofer
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Interior accent lighting, white
  • Blind Spot Information system with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers


2021 Acura TLX A-Spec- Starting MSRP: $49,905 CAD 

Includes or replaces TLX Tech features, plus:

  • ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System and 17 speakers including split subwoofer
  • LED fog lights
  • Metallic foot rest pedal
  • Perimeter/approach puddle lights
  • Trunk spoiler
  • Ultrasuede leather-trimmed seating surfaces
  • Interior accent lighting, red
  • Unique A-SPEC exterior and interior styling
  • Ventilated front seats


2021 Acura TLX Platinum Elite- Starting MSRP: $52,305 CAD

Includes or replaces TLX A-Spec features, plus:

  • 16-way power adjustable driver's and front passenger's seat including 4-way power lumbar support
  • Adaptive Damper System
  • Colour head-up display
  • Genuine wood trim
  • Heated rear seats
  • Interior accent lighting,
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces with contrast stitching and seat piping
  • Surround view camera system2
  • Ventilated front seats


2021 Acura TLX Type S- Starting MSRP: $60,000 CAD 

Includes or replaces TLX Platinum Elite features, plus:

  • 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder engine
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive Damper System
  • Brembo front brakes
  • P255/35 R20 97Y Summer-only performance tires
  • Quad-round exhaust tip

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