2021 Acura TLX Type S - POV First Impressions

355 HP, 354 TQ
10-Speed Automatic
True Torque Vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
Advanced Safety Suite
Adaptive Dampers
Electro-Servo Brembo 4-Piston Front Calipers
20x9 Multi-Spoke Light Weight Wheels
255/35R20 All Seasons or available Summer Tires
Heated + Ventilated Seats with 16-way power adjustments
ELS Premium Audio
Fuel Economy: 19 City / 25 Hwy / 21 Combined
TLX Type S SH-AWD® $52,300
With High Performance Wheel and Summer Tire Option: $53,100

0:00 Intro, walkaround, features & specs
5:00 POV Driving Impressions
14:44 Final Thoughts
17:36 b-roll

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Comments 

  1. TheTopher

    TheTopher

    2 months ago

    Here's the link to the track drive if you haven't seen it already: acura-video.info/name/video/nnWdypiCpo_Il4M.html

    • 18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

      18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

      Month ago

      Any idea on the quarter mile on this? Must be similar to C43 AMG. I appreciate Acura finally getting rid of that annoying BMW 3 spoke steering wheel!

    • mr08tsx

      mr08tsx

      Month ago

      Where is this road? Thanks

    • Luis Paniagua

      Luis Paniagua

      2 months ago

      Keep the good work. Best video I have ever seen 👍👍👍

    • SSaini

      SSaini

      2 months ago

      @Ricardo Machuca Agreed, though an amazing effort by Acura the TLX Type S is a solid car. My Local dealer has a 2021 CT4-V loaded for $45K. I know the 2.7L engine is a 4 pot but its very very capable for the street.

    • Ricardo Machuca

      Ricardo Machuca

      2 months ago

      @SSaini By FAR the ct4v has the acura beat, I'm willing to bet that the weight distribution of the new type S is like 60\40, instead of almost 50\50 for the true drivers car, the ct4v. The typeS is geared more towards the generation that grew up watching fast and the furious, who know nothing about real driving dynamics.

  2. John P Rosas

    John P Rosas

    9 days ago

    I test dove this cause I need to find a new car to replace my Accord V6 6 speed Coupe. But the most important part of the car, the transmission, just doesn’t work. There is no manual mode, so even when you’re using the paddles the car shifts how it wants. You can’t just hold a gear and listen to the exhaust sound. If you’re not accelerating then the trans will just upshift. I can understand if it auto shifts at redline, but why is it shifting at 3k rpm when I’m cruising and want to hear the engine and exhaust sound? What’s the point of the paddles if there’s no manual mode?

  3. Marvin Rodriguez

    Marvin Rodriguez

    10 days ago

    I'm firm on purchasing one. Any suggestions on modifications?

  4. wes wilson

    wes wilson

    15 days ago

    The gear selector and the fact that there are ten gears are my only issues lol

  5. MeikaiBry

    MeikaiBry

    16 days ago

    Still underwhelmed for the interior design and tech. It looks 10 years old.

  6. Alex

    Alex

    16 days ago

    Can’t really knock those white faced gauges with the red text. It’s a call back to the gauges they had in the RSX Type-S.

  7. Harrison Wagenschutz

    Harrison Wagenschutz

    20 days ago

    thank you for always talking about the way the car actually drives and how it performs and not just being opinionated and douchey like doug demuro

  8. Stinky Sundae

    Stinky Sundae

    21 day ago

    Interior looks 10 years old.

  9. Andrew Somma

    Andrew Somma

    21 day ago

    Beautiful car, it really is perfect.

  10. WaKai

    WaKai

    22 days ago

    does 3.0 L turbo use timing belt or chain?

  11. Joskj j

    Joskj j

    22 days ago

    Acura is back

  12. Ross lightfoot

    Ross lightfoot

    23 days ago

    I’ve got a 07 tl type s, love the car

  13. Brandon

    Brandon

    23 days ago

    Sounds amazing kinda Nissan vq’ish

  14. Madraco

    Madraco

    23 days ago

    5:29 nice video game sound effect

  15. Terrell Cole

    Terrell Cole

    25 days ago

    I want one so bad.

  16. Sterling Carra

    Sterling Carra

    26 days ago

    So topher do you have a property out here ?

  17. Moises Lugardo

    Moises Lugardo

    26 days ago

    10:38 3rd Gen Acura TL. I wish mine was a Type-S but my base 2006 is still going strong. Just added the Tanabe Medallion Exhaust, too

  18. Nathan Bearden

    Nathan Bearden

    28 days ago

    Was going to order the is500, but I went with the tlx type S! Went to My local dealer and the inside of the tlx sold me.. I work for Lexus and love their cars but geez the tlx type s is just an unbelievable daily.. so comfy and such a huge range of driving differences with the different modes!

    • wongchai807

      wongchai807

      2 days ago

      @Nathan Bearden yeah can't go wrong, I think the type s has a ton potential with the aftermarket.

    • Nathan Bearden

      Nathan Bearden

      3 days ago

      @wongchai807 Yeah I feel so too! And for me I just like the more updated interior, the Lexus IS beautiful but the type s interior is just something else..

    • wongchai807

      wongchai807

      11 days ago

      Wow...congratulations. for me the tlx type s and is500 are the two top sport sedans. It just depends what you want. I feel like the is500 will be 65k, great refresh.

  19. JR killed1

    JR killed1

    28 days ago

    Funny 😆 part check the time on 6:52 :)

  20. rrange

    rrange

    Month ago

    Acura needs help on this red instrument cluster they’re using on lots of models, it’s just hard to see and not clean..too busy. Especially at night..just doesn’t look nice.

  21. James C

    James C

    Month ago

    That is a badass ride. I need one.

  22. Larry Lampshade

    Larry Lampshade

    Month ago

    Man that color is great!

  23. Jafar Beiram

    Jafar Beiram

    Month ago

    This has got to be the most hideous interior in a car 🤢

  24. 18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    Month ago

    12:36 WRONG, You and Acura/Honda should know how people are gonna be driving this car. I wanted it until you said that shit, now I'm grabbing a new Vette or an AMG

  25. 18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    Month ago

    6:20 You got that right! The shifting isn't like the DCT RLX and NSX

  26. 18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    18 RLX Vibrant 7 DCT

    Month ago

    Bring back the RLX Hybrid, with even more power, please, Acura 🙏

  27. Streetslovekidd

    Streetslovekidd

    Month ago

    Muffler delete on this would sound 🔥🔥

  28. Timothy Weatherspoon

    Timothy Weatherspoon

    Month ago

    The steering wheel and instrument cluster looks like its smiling... I can't unseen it

  29. Tony Stank

    Tony Stank

    Month ago

    2 more years and im trading my 21 TLX for this beast 💪💪💪

  30. Cheng Nick

    Cheng Nick

    Month ago

    Really curious if this can handle better than a M340i.

  31. M R

    M R

    Month ago

    They killed it with that transmission. Shifts super quick.

  32. Peter Clarke

    Peter Clarke

    Month ago

    MACHINE !!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  33. Christian Derrer

    Christian Derrer

    Month ago

    I dont understand why acura didnt put an electric motor in there, at its price point bmw has offerings that beat it in every category.

  34. Nathan Howe

    Nathan Howe

    Month ago

    such a nice car ive always wanted one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Sean Sewell

    Sean Sewell

    Month ago

    6:15 10 speed wtf 🤬

  36. Wonka

    Wonka

    Month ago

    It’s a nice car but I think is overpriced I rather get a scat pack

    • wongchai807

      wongchai807

      11 days ago

      This is a bargin my friend. A sact pack is nice but thats a muscle car this is a refined sports sedan lol. Acura is a much better built vehicle top to bottom.

  37. CheapSpeed Media

    CheapSpeed Media

    Month ago

    I think 500 to 550hp will make this car crazy if it's tuned correct

    • wongchai807

      wongchai807

      11 days ago

      Definitely feel like it will get there with the tuning. 400whp reflash 500plus with a full tune. This thing will be reliable as well, forged internals.

  38. Marshal Losàntos

    Marshal Losàntos

    Month ago

    Just add a panoramic sunroof and I’m sold.

  39. Muny_Man

    Muny_Man

    Month ago

    This interior is horrendous. Very ugly and old looking.

  40. Eric Heng

    Eric Heng

    Month ago

    You mentioned distractions and safety, definitely an aspect of cars that many reviewers don’t mention, yet it’s so important, especially with so many distractions nowadays

  41. Zach Backar

    Zach Backar

    Month ago

    Looks like a confident cruiser.

  42. TROLL

    TROLL

    Month ago

    looks boring

  43. BallistaTheDeer

    BallistaTheDeer

    Month ago

    Sounds like a Supra with that 6 cylinder lol

  44. Zachary Zarko

    Zachary Zarko

    Month ago

    I want one - but Acura is only making 2000 of them for 2021, so I think I'll wait until next spring. Let the early buyers find all the bugs and deal with recalls. In the meantime, I'll keep enjoying my one-owner 2003 Acura TL-S in pearl white with ebony/ash interior and ancient, CD-based GPS navigation system.

  45. Trades46

    Trades46

    Month ago

    I like everything on the new TLX...except its girth. At nearly 4300 lbs as configured on the Type S with the V6 SH-AWD it still is far heavier than a Lexus IS350, Genesis G70 3.3T & BMW M340i. If they put it on a crash diet of even just 200lbs this would be a brilliant car to toss about.

  46. A F A

    A F A

    Month ago

    Too heavy.

  47. Xcuze Spritza

    Xcuze Spritza

    Month ago

    Does it have a HUD? for some reason I can’t get a straight answer on this. Annoying that the Advance has some superior options than Type S :/ The 3G TL type S had EVERYTHING standard, with no options to add or subtract, and no features inferior to any other lesser TL

    • Xcuze Spritza

      Xcuze Spritza

      Month ago

      @KingJaffeJoe thanks! That's too bad though. I really was looking forward to having a HUD, coming from a much older car (TLS actually!) Quite surprised Acura couldn't/didn't make it happen on this. It's halfway there to being a dealbreaker feature. I have a feeling people will expect it, on a brand new LSS at this price point.

    • KingJaffeJoe

      KingJaffeJoe

      Month ago

      No it doesnt have a hud

  48. Daniel Shields

    Daniel Shields

    Month ago

    Am i the only one who hates how ugly the seats are… interior is a meh 😒

  49. mccraejoey82

    mccraejoey82

    Month ago

    I won't one so bad but that price has to drop for me to about 30k so I'll wait it out

  50. Carrera11STi

    Carrera11STi

    Month ago

    It looks pretty good, but I think the Kia Stinger GT does just about everything on par or better than the Type S but cheaper, especially in the used market. You can find low mileage GT2 AWD Stingers for $15-20k below a new Type S 😬

  51. Jay xx

    Jay xx

    Month ago

    I hate that turn signal noise 😒🥴🥴🥴 Sounded like I was in a damn Cobalt 🥴😒

  52. jti107

    jti107

    Month ago

    $50K is too much....at that price point i can get an audi s5 or bmw 3 series. for honda to be able to compete with these guys you need to give a good product at a cheaper price and build up brand loyalty

  53. ueg1974

    ueg1974

    Month ago

    355hp great power but u cant use it other then dragway.....

    • Mr.President sir

      Mr.President sir

      Month ago

      Doubt.

  54. Great Drums

    Great Drums

    Month ago

    The only thing that would stop me from buying this car is the drive-by-wire braking system. Not sure how much I trust it long-term. Otherwise, take my money!

    • Mr.President sir

      Mr.President sir

      Month ago

      It is kind of scary.

  55. 404marc

    404marc

    Month ago

    piped in exhaust?

  56. Stephen G

    Stephen G

    Month ago

    The red gauges really?? Lol

  57. Bergdorf Goodman

    Bergdorf Goodman

    Month ago

    I hate the new gear shifter with the buttons but this car is beautiful

  58. apollo gutierrez

    apollo gutierrez

    Month ago

    idk why but that button gear selector really isn’t for me. beautiful car though

  59. Simon Sparrow

    Simon Sparrow

    Month ago

    Is there a digital speedometer ?

    • ZS 5885

      ZS 5885

      3 days ago

      yes

  60. phedeks

    phedeks

    Month ago

    Did Acura invite people and tell them to only give positive reviews? This car is too heavy and underpowered

  61. Th3Hammer

    Th3Hammer

    Month ago

    It's a boat anchor

  62. Alexander Khlapov

    Alexander Khlapov

    Month ago

    There should be a law passed for every single car to have a spare tire standard, whether it fits in the trunk or comes separate i do not care, but this shouldnt even be an issue with car prices these days.

  63. Alexander Khlapov

    Alexander Khlapov

    Month ago

    The amount of exciting cars is unreal at the moment, but This and G70 are fantastic

  64. Shue Vang

    Shue Vang

    Month ago

    To many people say v6 to many problems

  65. Eze Duzzit

    Eze Duzzit

    Month ago

    Can't wait to see it in real action not cruising

  66. Bornfiregaming

    Bornfiregaming

    Month ago

    I hope acura adds software to allow us to hold gears

    • Bornfiregaming

      Bornfiregaming

      Month ago

      @Zachary Zarko does that void warranty ?

    • Zachary Zarko

      Zachary Zarko

      Month ago

      Just get the car tuned by a professional speed shop. They can adjust the shift points, throttle sensitivity, boost, etc.

  67. Angel Gonzalez

    Angel Gonzalez

    Month ago

    to much tech nowadays in these new cars.. that shit looks like a 747 cockpit. heated steering wheel? smh. that feature makes me not even wanna buy the car. id rather trade in all that tech for a third turbo 😂

    • Mr.President sir

      Mr.President sir

      Month ago

      True.

  68. Rossano Evangelista

    Rossano Evangelista

    2 months ago

    Be careful my friend. I'm scared watching you driving. By the way I'm from Michigan. You always provide best reviews...

  69. Ray

    Ray

    2 months ago

    Correct me if I'm wrong. I notice the infotainment system takes a long time to power on?

  70. haseeb ali

    haseeb ali

    2 months ago

    Civic type R better. 🤷🏽‍♂️

    • Omair Sheikh

      Omair Sheikh

      Month ago

      Completely different car. This thing is so much sexier

  71. becker22surfer

    becker22surfer

    2 months ago

    Those look like the civic type r wheels minus the red pin line. Car looks great. No spare? Yikes.. that could make for a bad day.

  72. Anthony Vo

    Anthony Vo

    2 months ago

    A downpipe ,tune and exhausts your getting 4.5 and under

  73. Eric Rejanovinshi

    Eric Rejanovinshi

    2 months ago

    I hate to hate on the new Type S, but Acura can't seriously call this a Type S without a manual transmission. This car would've been 10x better with a manual transmission option!

  74. Blueanimate and bluegaming

    Blueanimate and bluegaming

    2 months ago

    6:00 Tesla

  75. Blueanimate and bluegaming

    Blueanimate and bluegaming

    2 months ago

    0:53 mustang

  76. TheDayisMineTrebeck

    TheDayisMineTrebeck

    2 months ago

    feel like a good tune to push the power over 400 and a CAI would make this a perfect sedan

  77. Eurobeat

    Eurobeat

    2 months ago

    Acura owner’s biggest fear: A Manual Gearbox

    • Eurobeat

      Eurobeat

      Month ago

      @Zachary Zarko I respect that but dude I drive a Type R to work everyday. It’s a joy to drive even on heavy traffic. The transmission is really not inconvenience since the clutch is really light for what it is and the adaptive dampers help if I’m not in the mood to rice it. I would love to own a modern Acura with a powertrain similar to the FK8’s, but people won’t buy them because they have the same concerns that you have and will opt for an Auto instead.

    • Zachary Zarko

      Zachary Zarko

      Month ago

      I don't want a manual in my daily driver. Sitting in traffic jams and constantly shifting is a pain in the ass. When I want to shift my own gears, I'll drive my old Mustang or ride my motorcycle.

  78. Redline Gaming

    Redline Gaming

    2 months ago

    Infotainment took about 25 secs to load to the safety screen.

    • Raj K

      Raj K

      12 days ago

      @dray alec Maybe once they "engineer" a finished product... we don't drive across half-baked bridges or live in half-built houses.

    • dray alec

      dray alec

      Month ago

      @Xcuze Spritza then call them engineers

    • Xcuze Spritza

      Xcuze Spritza

      Month ago

      @Erik Darmawan we need to stop normalizing software developers shipping a half baked product, and assuring us “it will be fixed/updated later”.

    • sleepwell

      sleepwell

      Month ago

      the infotaiment system on new gen honda civics are pretty slow too. cheap cpu most likely

    • Erik Darmawan

      Erik Darmawan

      2 months ago

      it’s a new system so it must be upgrade to make it faster and fluidly

  79. Bornfiregaming

    Bornfiregaming

    2 months ago

    How does this handle compared to the m340i xdrive n m440i xdrive???

  80. Ay yo

    Ay yo

    2 months ago

    I was toe to toe in one in my Camry V6 xse they are nice but not nice enough

  81. Wildman113

    Wildman113

    2 months ago

    LOL...dude...it's a FWD Accord with a made up "A" badge...it means nothing. The "Type S" gets it's ass whooped by SUVs these days that cost the same amount, yet offer tons more passenger and cargo capacity. The Explorer ST wipes the floor with this wanna-be sports sedan, and it's a RWD chassis as all performance vehicles should be. "Acura" is a made up brand to sell Honda junk for higher prices, nothing more. Just like Lexus/Infiniti.

  82. Z Mich

    Z Mich

    2 months ago

    Gotta laugh at how they make a longitudinally shaped engine cover to hide the transversely mounted engine.

  83. Matthew Nelson

    Matthew Nelson

    2 months ago

    355 horsepower @ 4250 lbs doesn’t sound that impressive.

  84. camirocz

    camirocz

    2 months ago

    355 hp a little weak in my view.

  85. Chris Gill

    Chris Gill

    2 months ago

    At 13:33 an almost identical TLX drove by lol

  86. eludethis

    eludethis

    2 months ago

    I tap my boots together outside too before I get all the way in a car.

  87. Tywan James

    Tywan James

    2 months ago

    That front wheel gap and dark boring interior just aren't doing it for me.

  88. Ken Coleman

    Ken Coleman

    2 months ago

    A fan of Type S SH-awd, as well as the power and awesome sound of the V6. I'm not in the majority, but I'd like this engine/suspension set-up in the more luxurious and sleeper Advance Pkg. Just not about metallic trim, spoilers and red guages.

  89. Ken Coleman

    Ken Coleman

    2 months ago

    Really enjoy your videos and your natural, easy going style and insight.

  90. THE NICE ONES

    THE NICE ONES

    2 months ago

    Slower than a stinger and a g70

  91. THE NICE ONES

    THE NICE ONES

    2 months ago

    Jesus that interior looks old

  92. dochollidayda

    dochollidayda

    2 months ago

    I came for the vehicle but admired your wrist watch ;)

  93. Reynaldo Cordero

    Reynaldo Cordero

    2 months ago

    Bare witness to the House of Honda. Their Precision Crafted Performance label Acura. Oh how sweet it is.

    • Omair Sheikh

      Omair Sheikh

      Month ago

      Honda has the best engineers in the aut world imo

  94. MrSchn3ll

    MrSchn3ll

    2 months ago

    I'd love to see them go to a Type-R as well. 440hp and the same engine tuned a bit with maybe a mild hybrid would be a fun car. I like this Type-S, just wish they took it further and gave the option for the tech package.

  95. Alec Melnikoff

    Alec Melnikoff

    2 months ago

    I'm spent *lights a cigarette*

  96. Greg

    Greg

    2 months ago

    The Type S has such a good look. Choosing between this and the G70 will be difficult, for me. I may also need to test drive the IS500

  97. Ben S

    Ben S

    2 months ago

    Nice car, but It is over priced.

  98. Tech Defender

    Tech Defender

    2 months ago

    Wished this came in hatchback or wagon form then I'd definitely buy one

  99. Toran P.

    Toran P.

    2 months ago

    When are they putting this in Forza, that’s the only way I’ll ever be able to drive one 😂

    • Austin C

      Austin C

      2 months ago

      Lots of cool cars coming out lately. Excited for the used market in a few years.

  100. Motivator

    Motivator

    2 months ago

    reminds me of a SABB

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