A sleek sedan with more power.

2021 Acura TLX: Reviews, Photos, and More | CarMax

Acura's elegant sedan, the TLX, holds its own in the luxury car segment. The 2021 model includes a slew of upgrades and updates that will catch your eye, including a streamlined longer shape, more powerful engine, and more driver-assist features.

Now equipped with a new 2.0L direct-injected and turbocharged engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2021 TLX will propel you wherever you want to go with 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Acura TLXs on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Acura TLX with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Acura TLXs.1

  • 2015 — Average prices less than $18,0001
  • 2016 — Average prices less than $20,0001
  • 2017 — Average prices less than $21,0001
  • 2018 — Average prices less than $25,5001
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $28,0001
  • 2020 — Average prices less than $32,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Acura TLX review:

Key Specs and Features:


  • The 2021 Acura TLX with FWD and the standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2
  • The AWD version achieves an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

2021 Acura TLX: Trunk | CarMax
  • 13.5 cu-ft of cargo space in the trunk
  • Includes lockable 60/40 split and folding rear seatbacks with a pass-through opening

Seating Capacity:

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  • Five passengers

Engine Options:

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  • All four trim levels include a 272-hp turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • The torque output has been increased significantly for 2021, from 182 to 280 lb-ft with the four-cylinder engine

Tech Features:

Every 2021 Acura TLX is equipped with the following standard:

  • Pedestrian sensing and autonomous emergency braking
  • Driver-attention monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Auto-high beam headlights
  • Auxiliary input jack, two 12-volt power outlets, and two 2.5-amp USB ports


The Acura TLX has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Traffic Jam Assist

One of the new driver-assist features on the 2021 TLX is called Traffic Jam Assist. This technology works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and lane-keeping assist, helping keep the vehicle centered in the lane and at a set interval from a vehicle detected ahead. This is great news if you commute to work in heavy traffic. The 2021 TLX also includes a driver attention monitor to keep you alert on your daily commute and on long drives to see loved ones.

2. Updated Handling

The 2021 Acura TLX is built on an all-new body and chassis architecture, including a double-wishbone front suspension that gives the TLX the curve-hugging ride you're looking for in a sport sedan. At 113 inches long, the wheelbase of the 2021 TLX is 3.7 inches longer than the 2020 model, which adds more passenger volume and rear legroom. The new chassis has an ultra-rigid center tunnel, creating a stiffer vehicle that smooths out any rough edges on your journey as near as the grocery store and as far as a road trip across the country.

3. Dynamic Drive Modes

If you like to have control over the type of ride you have on a day-to-day basis, you'll love the 2021 Acura TLX's new dynamics system that gives you room to personalize your experience. This feature is inspired by Acura's performance-based superstar, the NSX, and gives you a range of choices. On any trip, the Comfort mode creates a calm, quiet ride. Normal mode gives you a firmer steering feel and quicker throttle response. Sport mode offers more aggressive driving and control with the paddle shifters. And the Individual mode can be tailored exactly the way you want it.

4. The Interior is Softly Illuminated by Ambient Light

A grand total of 27 different interior ambient lighting schemes are at your fingertips via the touchpad or integrated dynamics system if you choose the Technology Package or above. The lighting corresponds to the drive mode you've selected (Comfort, Normal, Sport, or Individual) and creates a mood that matches in the footwells and door-pull pockets. Even when it's dark on your drive early in the morning or late at night, the ambient light creates a soothing glow.

5. Shhh… Do You Hear That? The 2021 TLX is Incredibly Quiet

Acura understands that part of a luxury experience is ensuring that being inside a TLX warrants noise and vibration mitigation. The engineers at Acura have worked hard to sew up any potential harshness by applying acoustic spray foam for extra insulation, tightening up the door gaps, and adding thick acoustic glass. To truly appreciate the calm quiet inside the TLX, turn the volume to low on one of three available audio systems and bask in the calmness of the ride.

What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • TLX (base): Includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, heated/power-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition and entry, 10-speaker audio system, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Technology: Adds blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, ambient lighting, upgraded audio system, and front/rear parking sensors.
  • A-Spec: Offers a sportier appearance and flat-bottom steering wheel for a racing feel. An awe-inspiring 17 speakers bolster the premium ELS audio system, and a wireless charging pad ensures you're ready to roll.
  • Advanced: The top-of-the-line trim comes with an informative surround-view camera system, heated rear seats, a head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and adaptive suspension.

Available Colors

  • Apex Blue Pearl (A-Spec only)
  • Fathom Blue Pearl (Technology and Advance only)
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Majestic Black Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Performance Red Pearl (Not available on base TLX)
  • Phantom Violet Pearl (Technology and Advance only)
  • Platinum White Pearl


  • Cargo space specs: 13.5 cu-ft of storage space in the trunk (+ 0.3 cu-ft from the 2020 model)
  • Seating capacity: Five
  • Ambient light settings to match drive modes (Technology package and higher)
  • Three available audio systems
  • 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
2021 Acura TLX: Dashboard | CarMax

Average CarMax Prices1

The 2021 Acura TLX is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Acura TLX.

  • 2015 — Average prices less than $18,0001
  • 2016 — Average prices less than $20,0001
  • 2017 — Average prices less than $21,0001
  • 2018 — Average prices less than $25,5001
  • 2019 — Average prices less than $28,0001
  • 2020 — Average prices less than $32,0001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Acura TLX, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.


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Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Acura TLX, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Acura NSX

Acura's supercar coupe, the NSX, is raw excitement packaged in steel and aluminum, and it's a head-turner on the road. This vehicle is made for two to sit comfortably in the front and can fit two more in the back seat. The NSX came roaring back to Acura's lineup after a 12-year break, and it didn't disappoint its die-hard fans. Standard for 2017–2019 are the following features:

  • 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 engine paired to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear direct-drive electric motor
  • Two USB ports
  • Hill-start assist

Acura RDX

This SUV has been a mainstay for Acura since 2007, and the RDX received a significant overhaul in 2019. It's considered a compact SUV, but it has plenty of family-friendly amenities to make your ride comfortable, like heated and cooled seats — great whether you're travelling with family, other passengers, or just on your own. The adaptive suspension and attention to reducing road noise help to ensure every trip is a great experience. For model years 2017–2019, the Acura RDX includes:

  • 272-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission (2019) or a 279-hp 3.5L V6 (2017-2018)
  • Sunroof
  • Cruise control

Acura MDX

The Acura MDX was restyled in 2017 with a new grille, capless fueling, a surround-view camera, and more. This midsize luxury SUV is powered by a 290-hp 3.5L V6 and available in FWD or AWD; there's more than enough power to propel you to the school pickup line or deep into a national park for a relaxing vacation. Luxury, convenience, and comfort convene in a terrific package for anyone looking for a stellar three-row SUV. These features are standard on the MDX for model years 2017–2019:

  • Four USB charging ports
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated, power front seats

The Bottom Line

If you're in the market for a sedan that not only looks gorgeous in your driveway, but graces any road with its presence, the 2021 Acura TLX is a great choice. The integration of luxurious touches like ambient lighting, plush seats, and modern technology make this vehicle a star.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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