2021 Acura TLX | Review & Road Test

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The latest TLX is not showy. Instead, it has a tasteful shape with just enough visual interest to looks special.
More than that, the low, wide stance implies sporty potential.

And I’m pleased to announce that the implication is true.

The TLX has a spirited side waiting to be unlocked. From a power perspective, the base turbocharged 2-liter engine has plenty of hutzpah (272hp, 280 lb-ft). Choose the Type S and the numbers look even better (355hp, 354 lb-ft). But power is only part of the equation.
What really works for me is how the TLX steers. The ratio feels slow on-center but the further you turn the wheel, the quicker it steers.

The result is a car that’s both stable and playful. Ride quality is also outstanding, especially on our Advance model test car with its adaptive dampers.

Meanwhile, the 10-speed automatic transmission does a fine job delivering smooth shifts while responding quickly to driver inputs. If I have a dynamic complaint it’s the brake pedal.
I like the firm feel but changes in pressure don’t lead to fully predictable changes in deceleration.


Unlike many of its rear-drive luxury car competitors, the TLX comes standard with front-wheel drive. However, Acura’s super handling all-wheel drive is available for $2,000. The system can send up to 70% of the engine's power to the rear tires and 100% of that power to either rear tire.
By overdriving the outside rear tire Super Handling all-wheel drive can help rotate the car in corners. And where cars are concerned, rotation often equals fun.

And if you’re curious, here are some fuel economy numbers. (FWD 22city/31hwy) (AWD 21city/29hwy)


A base 2021 Acura TLX runs about $38,500 including destination charges. That’s a big jump versus the previous TLX but it is a much better car and that sum includes a moonroof, heated power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access with pushbutton start, LED lighting, various drive modes, and a largely inoffensive automatic engine start-stop system that saves fuel when stopped.


Also standard is Acurawatch, a suite of safety and convenience tech.



And now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the TLX’s cabin, which channels elements from Acura’s NSX supercar. The center stack and hooded gauge cluster arrangement jump out first.
But it’s the NSX-style steering wheel I love the most. The ergonomics when held in the correct 9 & 3 positions are outstanding.

Elsewhere the interior matches the exterior’s understated initial impression but, the more time you spend inside, the more the TLX charms. It also feels more luxurious than the previous TLX.
I’ll also praise the front seats. They’re firm and supportive but with a pleasing layer of cushiness on top.

Trunk space lands at a middling 13.5 cu-ft, though a wide passthrough and easy-to-drop rear seats make it easy to carry larger loads.

Glance at the instrument panel and you’ll find super intuitive climate and seat controls. You might also recall that Acura’s previous 2-screen solution infotainment solution is gone. Now there’s a single 10.2-inch screen controlled by Acura’s True Touchpad Interface.


In simplest terms, where you touch on the pad correlates with what is highlighted on the screen. Upper right, upper right.

If you’ve used competitive cursor-style touchpads, this will take some getting used to. Especially since that True Touchpad philosophy doesn’t apply to Apple CarPlay, which you navigate like a traditional cursor. Just know, if this seems odd at first, time will help. Plus, it’s got this beefy hand rest for comfortable inputs. Another TLX ergonomic win! Oh, and one weird observation. The system’s page swap sound reminds me of a shaker sample from a 1980s Casio keyboard.



If you’d like the fanciest of fancy TLXs, that’ll cost you roughly $50k but you’ll enjoy leather seating, blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera system, natural wood trim, heated rear seats, and a 17-speaker ELS audio system that some folks love but, to my ears, sounds just OK.

There’s also an A-Spec package which imparts the TLX with racy vibes inside and out.

Obvious alternatives to the Acura TLX include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. That Genesis G70 is awfully tempting, what with its slight price advantage and rear-drive chassis. Even so, the TLX has a lot going for it.

Composed road manners, compelling value, strong resale figures, and its new-found spirit of excitement. You know, among luxury cars there are plenty of predictable choices that can help tell the world you’ve “made it”.

The Acura TLX is different. It’s a subtler version of luxury. And the longer I live, the better that sounds.

00:00 2021 Acura TLX
0:05 Exterior
0:25 Driving Impressions & Engine
2:00 Price
3:13 Interior
5:45 Trim Levels

6:10 Competitors

Comments: 365 

  1. Atmosphere Realm

    Atmosphere Realm

    Month ago

    Very nice car but, only takes premium fuel. That's a deal breaker for me when it only gets about 25mpg between city/hwy to begin with

  2. Hugo Rodriguez

    Hugo Rodriguez

    Month ago

    Me when I click on these videos 🤞 *Please be Micah, please be micah* Yes!

  3. Brian Madison

    Brian Madison

    2 months ago

    Almost perfect, but it wouldn't be a modern Honda/Acura without some odd quirks. Please replace that annoying push-button gear selector with a real gear shift lever.... this supposed to be a sports sedan, not a luxury cruiser. Also, ditch that odd, cumbersome touch-pad selector. Just redesign the entire center console.

  4. Mike A

    Mike A

    3 months ago

    Hello everyone! So i have some bad news for everyone that has a TLX, ILX and RDX. Not sure about the MDX but i am 100 percent sure almost all if not all of these models Re leaking from rear main seal! My new 19 ILX did and now my new 21 TLX does. Also had an RDX for a month it suffered from same problem this is not a coincidence. But... guess what heres the sad and toxic part. All of these cars had a slight smell coming through vents. Mostly when fan is on without AC. When motor is started and idling,etc.... get check asap. Look for small amounts of oil near fly wheel cover. And if youve been smelling oil fumes your not going crazy. The first vehicle this happened on was my new 19 ILX from the start,new. I had it upto 16,000km. Brought in for warranty rear main seal. They have to take tranny out to do. And change motor oil. Well... i got home the head mechanic didnt tighten motor oil drain plug! Oil all over lol. I do all of my own maintenence so this broke my heart,and if this wasnt bad enough. Then wife driving it home from work. Massive transmission failure she lost power when driving home from work. They put transmission in wrong. Traded it in for new 21 TLX. Exact same problem. :( pretty sad. What happens next we will see. This is real. Check it out everyone now. That being said if this wasnt a problem i would love the car. These are toxic fumes though. Your welcome. Please let me know what you find.

  5. Edysin Simon

    Edysin Simon

    3 months ago

    Too bad we cannot get this interior on the type S model!

  6. MICHAEL Donnally

    MICHAEL Donnally

    5 months ago

    My 2 days review: BATTERY IN THE Trunk. No spare tire and no room for spare. Near the soles indicator, a road speed limit icons does report falsely for about a mile when changing into different zones. (Could cause headaches for young drivers and tickets) . Spam on the dash computer and needs updating. Antivirus? IT Problems? Hacking?

  7. the truth

    the truth

    5 months ago

    Convertible...please

  8. the truth

    the truth

    5 months ago

    Do they come in a convertible

  9. chesspro22k

    chesspro22k

    6 months ago

    I like how KBB keeps it short. I don’t need a 30 minute Video to review a car

  10. Zach Backar

    Zach Backar

    6 months ago

    I just test drove the A-Spec SH-AWD model in black with red stitching and swapped it for my BMW. I drive very well and will cost so much less on servicing.

  11. Connor McNicol-Day

    Connor McNicol-Day

    6 months ago

    Great car! Really wish we had Acura in the UK and Europe!

  12. Evan

    Evan

    6 months ago

    I didn't need to own/lease this car to know very quickly what I would be in for in the long haul: The steering is ridiculously sharp and responsive (especially on the SH-AWD), the powertrain delivers quick and strong acceleration, the driving position is good, and the craftsmanship is far superior to the 1st-Gen TLX. However, and a BIG HOWEVER, for a (now) Acura flagship sports sedan, the ride is unbearable (at least on the TLX Tech Package without the Adaptive Dampers that come only on Advance Package models). On New England city roads, the new TLX rode so stiff, I thought I was in my colleagues Ford Mustang (minus the refinement)... that's how rough the ride was. Having lease a 1st-Gen TLX, and know how refined (albeit, less sporty) the ride was, Acura hit no middle-ground here. In comparison, I drove an Audi A5 Sportback prior to the new TLX and that was the kind of ride-quality I was expecting out of this new TLX: tight but with some dampening, and certainly never jarring. Considering how much bigger the TLX is compared to the A5 (it's closer to the A7 in dimensions), I'm amazed at how much worse the ride was. Another side note: the road noise from the tires was also very intrusive. I'm highly disappointed, as I had an amazing lease deal on the table and I just couldn't pull the trigger. It was a car I wanted to love and I couldn't. PLEASE... if you're considering it, make sure your test drive isn't just on freshly-paved highways... request a back-road route as well!

  13. mfmf100

    mfmf100

    7 months ago

    Nice but lot of nice cars ~50.

  14. chuck mak

    chuck mak

    8 months ago

    I bet mid cycle refresh going to happen in 2 years

  15. Sarea Fancy

    Sarea Fancy

    8 months ago

    Great video, great ACURAr. Do you know hqreps? People around me are always talk about it. Really great products and lowest price I have ever seen. Just share to you all

  16. gemcan54

    gemcan54

    8 months ago

    TLX Bitch Good. :D

  17. Barkies The Dog

    Barkies The Dog

    9 months ago

    Does it have a voce activation system?

  18. Erik Wilson

    Erik Wilson

    9 months ago

    idk why but the front end reminds me of a mustang sometimes

  19. kingdele01

    kingdele01

    9 months ago

    Not too impressed! They missed a chance to move their interior design over to a more modern one pioneered by Tesla model S. I don't think the TLX brand will survive!

  20. GSPA100

    GSPA100

    9 months ago

    Over priced.

  21. RageCannon5311

    RageCannon5311

    9 months ago

    Nice shirt.

  22. Brian

    Brian

    10 months ago

    The Acura TLX is now in its 3rd generation not 2nd. Still love your videos. Keep up the good work.

    • Honda Kid

      Honda Kid

      9 months ago

      I believe this is 2nd gen; first gen was from 2015 to 2020

  23. Project.D Films

    Project.D Films

    10 months ago

    Acura is back 👍🏻

  24. Kawasaki Ninja

    Kawasaki Ninja

    10 months ago

    On numara makine 😀👍♥️

  25. morris f

    morris f

    10 months ago

    almost looks like a mazda 6

  26. Josh L McCall

    Josh L McCall

    10 months ago

    Really love this vehicle! The long front forehead kind of grew on me but it looks gorgeous as well as sporty!

  27. Anthony Mindel

    Anthony Mindel

    10 months ago

    Goregous car ,which is better ,this or the Lexus IS

  28. Striker 50

    Striker 50

    10 months ago

    This car is mediocre unfortunately The Accord is better in almost every way

    • Mashfiq Alam

      Mashfiq Alam

      10 months ago

      @Yankee Verse why does Honda engineers engineer Honda vehicles? Cause they love Honda! Honda engineering department and Acura engineering department is completley different! I myself prefer the Honda Accord cause I can save more money purchasing or leasing + maintaining ❤ The new civic PROTOTYPE design looks awesome!!!!!

    • Yankee Verse

      Yankee Verse

      10 months ago

      BTW... Accords are GGREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. Insecure people like you... not so much! LOL "you spent 50k..." yea cuz I can and you can't... You're the type of guy to be in a restaurant and when you see people ordering steak... you are like "steak? No thanks... I will leave and get a big mac from the drive-thru in my Accord." LOL and you think that makes the person eating the steak look bad LMFAO the definition of delusional.

    • Striker 50

      Striker 50

      10 months ago

      @Yankee Verse Yeah bud almost as embarrassing as the guy that dropped 50k on a slower, less leg room, more expensive gas, smaller trunk premium Accord. I'll buy your lease in 3 years when it drops 50% in price thanks

    • Yankee Verse

      Yankee Verse

      10 months ago

      Lemme take a wild wild guess... You drive an Accord? LMFAO man... the things people tell themselves to feel better, is astonishing. But... hey COOL STORY BRO!

  29. YS C

    YS C

    10 months ago

    38k? lol interior remind me boxy 90s Sony audio set

  30. Ike Phipps

    Ike Phipps

    10 months ago

    I've never seen the squirrel that happy 🐿️

  31. Randall Stewart

    Randall Stewart

    10 months ago

    Honda builds the best engines. I've driven a Honda or Acura since 1980. That said, a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine putting out 272 or 345 HP is going to end up on the floor of your garage or some repair shop within 75k miles, less if you don't maintain it. Honda and Acura can do far better for engines, but they do not do so for CAFE reasons. Anyone who buys one of these babies should treat it like a Mini-Cooper: drive it for 75K, then dump it before it comes apart. Two years ago, I looked at an RDX, then waited to loose the 2.0 liter clockwork engine in favor of a Passport with the well proven V-6 drive train: Advantage Honda!

  32. Sporty Huntley

    Sporty Huntley

    10 months ago

    It looks like a giant ILX

  33. John Ward

    John Ward

    10 months ago

    Every other comment: wait till Type-S.

    • Erik Wilson

      Erik Wilson

      7 months ago

      @John Franklin these things happen

    • John Franklin

      John Franklin

      7 months ago

      Wait till you see what the insurance companies will charge to cover the TYPE S. especially if your under 35, and have any negatives on your driving record. They know what happens to expensive high performance cars, most often than not. Figure that in on top of your 6, 7, 800 dollar a month payments!

    • Erik Wilson

      Erik Wilson

      9 months ago

      granted of course

  34. Zak

    Zak

    10 months ago

    The exterior styling just isn’t for me, especially the grill. Love the interior though.

    • john smith

      john smith

      10 months ago

      yup. that grill is the worst thing about an Acura. that said, couldn't possible be a killer, no way. the back is awesome, interior's great, reliability, etc. it's just a grill

  35. James

    James

    10 months ago

    Can you do a video on the 2021 Kia Sorento.

  36. Sabroso Lopez

    Sabroso Lopez

    10 months ago

    I love my Acura! 2011 TL with a manual transmission. This one is beautiful too!

  37. iSina93

    iSina93

    10 months ago

    It should have standard sh AWD. Otherwise, I’ll get an accord

  38. abcdLeeXY

    abcdLeeXY

    10 months ago

    This car looks great in person. One of the best styling in its class. Also, spotted a "new" lexus IS and the TLX looks way newer and proportional.

  39. juan lee

    juan lee

    10 months ago

    Acura Type S or Gensis G70

    • Justin Adejobi

      Justin Adejobi

      8 months ago

      Take both for a drive and then decide.

  40. trollsRtrix

    trollsRtrix

    10 months ago

    Dude you literally praised that car lol. Love the review as always😎👍🏼

  41. Jeff Loudy

    Jeff Loudy

    10 months ago

    "the correct 9 and 3 position"? 8 and 4 would like a word, Mr. Muzio

    • gav com

      gav com

      6 months ago

      Outdated hand position

  42. Ghost Geist

    Ghost Geist

    10 months ago

    Personally like the look of the 2020 ver. To narrow as well as to many curves, especially in the front. If I was to get this, I'd just get it the nee design in the type s model.

  43. Eli Schwartz

    Eli Schwartz

    10 months ago

    Micha I love your quick reviews I wish u can figure out to monetize it even more you’re the only reason I watch these reviews there a real breath of fresh air fun interesting and to the point

  44. Eli Schwartz

    Eli Schwartz

    10 months ago

    Plenty of chutzpah lol

  45. Kiss Kiss

    Kiss Kiss

    10 months ago

    I enjoyed this video, because it brought me back to 1989. And the days of my Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R (Like the one on, Micah's shirt).

  46. Michael Henville

    Michael Henville

    10 months ago

    I'll buy this just for the Kush on the seats.

  47. Zach G

    Zach G

    10 months ago

    This is the best Acura in years!

  48. John Robertson

    John Robertson

    10 months ago

    All that well and great but they make most not suv sport cars these days for small people at 6 ft 3 270 lbs no headroom legs cramped especially knee with center console 🙄

  49. Billy Enyart

    Billy Enyart

    10 months ago

    Good looking car, Good review, good looking reviewer.

  50. Oscar Lee

    Oscar Lee

    10 months ago

    Wait, there's no touchscreen for Apple CarPlay? That's horrible.

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      10 months ago

      @mastertiago BMW has touchscreens.

    • mastertiago

      mastertiago

      10 months ago

      Everyone is fine with no touchscreen on the e class but apparently not the acura tlx

  51. Kyle R

    Kyle R

    10 months ago

    Eh I’d still rather have an S60 T6 AWD

  52. B Blackwell

    B Blackwell

    10 months ago

    Same size as an accord with none of the space

  53. Evan

    Evan

    10 months ago

    Another great review, but I have to disagree with the competition... for a vehicle that is nearly identical in the dimensional specs as the Audi A7, I just can't put this in the C-Class/3 Series/A4 class of vehicle. To me, this competes more with the E-Class/5 Series/A6.

  54. Vio SeVen

    Vio SeVen

    10 months ago

    Honda group cars disappointed me. I'll pass...

  55. Holt 0216

    Holt 0216

    10 months ago

    0:45 the more you turn it, the quicker it steers...... What a joke.... NEXXXXXT

  56. Eugenio Vaccari

    Eugenio Vaccari

    10 months ago

    One of the closest competitors to this car is the AR Giulia. Why didn`t you mention it?

  57. Braulio R.

    Braulio R.

    10 months ago

    Love the turnaround Acura is on.

  58. Faust Tsui

    Faust Tsui

    10 months ago

    man, that steering wheel looks great

  59. Cole Willig

    Cole Willig

    10 months ago

    @micahmuzio Micah’s observation about the Casio shaker sample is SO ACCURATE!

  60. Mike

    Mike

    10 months ago

    The color on this tester is perfect for the TLX, and the car looks great in motion. Much better than in it does in still photos. What do you think? Please let me know in the comment section below. 😁 Haha! That's my imitation of the one, the only, MICAH MUZIO! 👏

  61. attcenter

    attcenter

    10 months ago

    Looks like an older Infinity lol

  62. Ryan Frisby

    Ryan Frisby

    10 months ago

    Great review Micah!😸😸

  63. Fadi

    Fadi

    10 months ago

    What a great vehicle with a nice interior, very excited for the Type S, Acura has been killing it lately. The RDX, TLX and the upcoming MDX. they’re on a roll.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      6 months ago

      You mean Type-S like single turbo V6 Saab?

  64. Chris Tudor

    Chris Tudor

    10 months ago

    Thank God they put the volume knob next to the touchpad and didn't put it under the screen like they did in the RDX.

  65. Pei Wu

    Pei Wu

    10 months ago

    Lets see, $38,500 base price? By the time you get out the dealer door, you are looking at $45k. Sure, it has all the high tech stuff with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. Everyone can afford one right? As soon as you drive it out the door, the value drops down to $32k before you reach your drive way! No thanks! Just a different looking Honda to me!

  66. oldtwins na

    oldtwins na

    10 months ago

    This platform should be all AWD standard. The SH-AWD is the huge strength of Honda that other competitor's don't have since the torque vectoring system works so well and very efficient. Yet, you get none of that benefit with FWD, so your're back to equal footing as what an Accord 2.0t offers. Plus, for the consumer the problem is that the dealer lot has 18 of the FWD cars and only 2 AWD cars so your ability to wheel and deal on the AWD is nill at best.

  67. A Yates

    A Yates

    10 months ago

    Change the DRL's. Reminds me of a Kia K5.

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      10 months ago

      @Maticalise Music Master The K5 was released in Korea before the TLX was ever shown. Kia isn't copying anyone.

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      Kia stole the design as they always do. Also the k5 was developed AFTER the TLX

    • vsrap71

      vsrap71

      10 months ago

      or you mean the K5 remind you of this

  68. Duncan McLellan

    Duncan McLellan

    10 months ago

    The longer I live the better that sounds. It sure does, Micah. It sure does.

  69. Ben O

    Ben O

    10 months ago

    Pretty bad fuel economy numbers

  70. orlandocfi

    orlandocfi

    10 months ago

    Sorry but this “new” design is already outclassed by the first gen genesis g70. The next gen g70 will blow Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti out of the water. I don’t know what their strategy is, but it’s not a winning one thus far.

    • mitch20003

      mitch20003

      8 months ago

      Yeah , acura/lexus guy here. G70 is a better car for the money compared to pretty much every luxury brand But brand , reliability and resale value are important to people. Genesis has at least 10+ years before they get that brand recognition. Their sales reflect that. Hyundais are selling fairly well now, still no where near hondas.

    • AFCompany

      AFCompany

      10 months ago

      Too bad Genesis can’t get anywhere close to their sales numbers. Genesis has years before it even catches INFINITI let alone Acura and Lexus.

  71. Miguel Ircontar

    Miguel Ircontar

    10 months ago

    Think I still would prefer the 2021 Honda Accord 2.0 Turbo

    • John Franklin

      John Franklin

      7 months ago

      But that car is just ugly, great car, but, nope, inside ok, exterior. Can't do it. Looking forward to an all new redesign.

  72. Levi Thomson

    Levi Thomson

    10 months ago

    $50K for an adequate and nice but not exciting car? For that money, I need to be excited about having a car in my garage, not just satisfied with it.

  73. Ansar Muhammad

    Ansar Muhammad

    10 months ago

    Yes Acura did a good job 👏 👍

  74. Jon McCargar

    Jon McCargar

    10 months ago

    Largely inoffensive auto start stop mode. Otherwise known as, a totally worthless distraction.

  75. Gregory Clarke

    Gregory Clarke

    10 months ago

    Ok, so I had to watch this video more than once to find out if I missed out on 'what doesn't work'. What I heard instead were: perfect, outstanding, excellent, win and other similar adjectives. In other words this seems to be fantastic car! I agree! It is really nice!

    • Azee Ze

      Azee Ze

      10 months ago

      50k. No tri zone climate. Under powered. No true AWD. Rear cabin has no open pour wood trim

  76. bassandtrebleclef

    bassandtrebleclef

    10 months ago

    If the driver cannot rely on the LKA system working, why include it? These half baked 'safety' systems all need a 2 page, 16 point font disclaimer explaining they might not work. Carbuyers/leasees need to understand the nature of these systems.

  77. David Kay

    David Kay

    10 months ago

    After 10 years of trying to make it work, Lexus finally threw in the towel and gave the people what they wanted, A TOUCH SCREEN. NO ONE LIKES TOUCHPADS. Acura is now the ONLY lux brand not to offer a touch screen in its cars. The Germans all do it, Volvo does it, Cadillac does it, Lincoln does it, Genesis does it, and now Lexus as well. Acura is the only one to not get that, and think that this mess of a system where you put your finger relative to where you want to be on the screen is a good idea, unless you're using CP or AA in which case it DOESN'T do that, because that would be too sensible. Let's have it work two different ways! What could go wrong!?

  78. Izzy heyizzyhey

    Izzy heyizzyhey

    10 months ago

    Subtle, yet present! I like that!

  79. sportsMike87

    sportsMike87

    10 months ago

    I’m not sure what auto brands are thinking. you don’t need to operate a mouse while moving.

  80. Aequitas

    Aequitas

    10 months ago

    Hybrid option?

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      Yes, where is hybrid or PHEV version? Since we know GM Ultium platform will be under thr Acura EV built in Tennessee.

  81. Madison 3

    Madison 3

    10 months ago

    Acura knocked the interior out of the park. The exterior though? Not so much. Despite the long hood, the TLX still looks obviously FWD thanks to it long overhangs. Why Acura decided to spend millions on a FWD platform is beyond me. They might as well had used the Honda Accord’s platform. I would take it over a Q50. But not over an IS, 3 Series, A4, or C Classe.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      @Norm T You get what you pay for, do you want a nice driving vehicle with a GM parts bin interior or do you want a car that drives nicely and has a unique higher quality interior....? let me guess, you being a GM salesman, you can use your discount and get the CT4 but not everyone can do that :/ which is why the CT4 will fail and it will barely sell even with higher than industry average incentives.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Fadi the CT4 is down to 28K on autotrader. You cannot find a TLX under $30K and that is 2020. The 2021 TLX is almost $40K!

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Fadi actually all GM vehicles have about $8,000-15,000 off MSRP whether it is high volume or low volume, sedans, suvs, or trucks. The large truck and SUV profits make Arlington, TX, facility the most profitable in the world today. This is how they can pass the profits to other models. Where Honda just sold 1.2m economy branded cars and Acura sold 100,000 small suvs and 40K sedans their margins are no where near GM nor are their transaction prices. HMC only averages a couple of thousand on average more than Nissan. Acura is more of a Buick competitor than Cadillac. Because Honda does not have a full luxury division and are more near luxury, they like Genesis, Infiniti, Lexus...as most of those brands are not sold around the world.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T they offer high incentives for their sedans because of the low sales, not because of the profit of other vehicles lol. You’re making it sound like they’ll offer high incentives of those Cadillacs were actually selling. The ATS won car and driver because of the great chassis, that doesn’t change the fact that it has by far one of the cheapest feeling interiors in the class and as I stated in the other comment, the ATS never had an issue with how it drove, it was the interior that was lackluster, the CT4 does not fix that issue at all, it still drives great with a lackluster interior for the price. You keep focusing on one aspect and ignore the overall package when you look at a car...

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Fadi no one pays MSRP for GM as they make so much money selling trucks and suvs they can offset the discounting. The CT4-V 2.7T can be had for $45K and although probably smaller than TLX it won Car & Driver comparison over the German's.

  82. Eric Hampton

    Eric Hampton

    10 months ago

    IDK about the center stack, but I would hold out for the S-Type.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Maticalise Music Master someone is missing something. You'll have your time

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      @Norm T so you hate women? That explains so much

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      Reminds of me a woman...

  83. Blake

    Blake

    10 months ago

    Genesis G70 3.3T for less money would be my pick. Acura input method is annoying to use when in motion and needs a touchscreen for Apple Carplay/Android Auto. The shiney black plastic with a gigantic mode nob doesn't look luxurious. Im sad Acura took all this time and didn't design a proper rwd based luxury platform.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T what if you actually want a luxury car interior?

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      The CT4 V-series 2.7T FTW! In the $40's on autotrader and segment best in a recent comparison. www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a34304375/2020-bmw-m235i-gran-coupe-vs-cadillac-ct4-v-mercedes-amg-a35/

  84. Brandan S

    Brandan S

    10 months ago

    I seen this in person, beautiful car. Let's see how the Type S will be like!

    • theory816

      theory816

      10 months ago

      I saw it in person too. Didn't really like it. It looks like a pencil from the side view.

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      @TheBreakfastLover 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • TheBreakfastLover

      TheBreakfastLover

      10 months ago

      @Maticalise Music Master No one: Absolutely no one: Hyundai/Kia fan boys: BUT THE GENESIS THO!

    • Jerome Fernandez

      Jerome Fernandez

      10 months ago

      @jalmonte91 acura-video.info/name/video/oJfQy49osKOaz5U.html Come back when Genesis makes something remotely close to this without the help from the Germans

    • Jerome Fernandez

      Jerome Fernandez

      10 months ago

      @jalmonte91 Wrong, yes good materials is part of luxury but refinement is more important and customer experience is more important

  85. 93455Driver

    93455Driver

    10 months ago

    So far until this video slow gear changing seemed to be the main negative I noted in the TLX reviews.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T the type S will come with a Turbo V6.

    • 93455Driver

      93455Driver

      10 months ago

      @Norm T Think my fave car in this segment is the G70.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @93455Driver Blackwing is limited to 500 orders. But the CT4 V-series 2.7T can be had for $45K www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/820979556/overview/ The CT4-V is a beast! www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a34304375/2020-bmw-m235i-gran-coupe-vs-cadillac-ct4-v-mercedes-amg-a35/

    • 93455Driver

      93455Driver

      10 months ago

      @Norm T Dude, that will cost way more than this.....used CTS-Vs would be an option though.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      CT4/CT5 Blackwing will offer manual transmission. The V8 is included!

  86. Harry li

    Harry li

    10 months ago

    drove the fwd tech version a few days(msrp≈42k)the blind spot monitor is in such an awful spot,accl. is not all that good,also the car just feels too big to be tossed around,yet the inside is small(like a compact sedan)the infotainment is not the most intuitive(obviously). its just a car that contradicts with itself with a not so compelling price tag and lease offers,the only two good models are shawd aspec or advanced,but its gonna be 47-50k,which can also be pretty nice optioned on 330i,and certainly a4 45tfsi. what a confusing car.

    • GhxstedXX

      GhxstedXX

      10 months ago

      Fadic4 fr

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T it’s a great value with a great interior, you’re seriously pushing for the CT4 for 45k with that joke of an interior??? Dude no one bought the ATS for the same exact reasons no one is buying the CT4, they don’t give you the luxury car experience.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T oh yes. How many of those will be made?

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      GhxstedXX he’d a GM salesman who has a lot of free time so he goes on every car video promoting GM even the the CT4 has a GM parts bin interior...literally worst in class. He just wait for customers and in his free time he comments on videos and as you can see, he has a lot of free time..

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @GhxstedXX the GM Ultium battery and platform that will be used on Cadillac Lyric EV will be used in the next Acura SUV EV the middle of this decade.

  87. mrsj1417

    mrsj1417

    10 months ago

    Judging by the sales numbers since it was released, this car is already DOA and yes, I know there's a pandemic going on. Why not just get an RDX if you have to get an Acura.

    • AK

      AK

      4 months ago

      Rdx doesn't drive like this does. And not everyone wants a crossover SUV.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T it’s so funny how you use consumer reports when it suits your narrative and JD power when it suits your narrative lmfoa. Honda went up in consumer reports and you stopped using it lmfao. Buick literally went up because they killed off unreliable models! Consumer reports literally said it in their article lmfaoo

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Fadi Consumer Reports Emergency Lane Change Test, braking from 60 mph. Buick Envision 55.5 mph, 128 ft CX-5(187hp) 54 mph, 133 ft Q5 52.2 mph, 130 ft RDX 52.5, 127 ft X3 53.0 mph, 130 ft Macan 51.5 mph, 130 ft MDX 52.5 mph, 135 ft NX 50 mph, 132 ft QX50 56 mph, 129 ft Stelvio 53 mph, 132 ft C&D has the Envision braking from 70 mph at a segment topping 158 ft. You want to compare Buick to the Acura in reliability? Out of possible 5 Envision- 4 RDX- 1 Q5- 2 X3- 2 Macan- 3 MDX- 4 NX- 5 QX50- 3 Stelvio- 3

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T or one of the best in class vehicles, the RDX with one of the best AWD systems and drivetrain at those prices, not to mention the ELS sound system. The value the RDX offers is better than any of the Germans specially if you’re looking at how much power you get out of the base model.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      Or the better selling Audi Q5?

  88. David Jordi

    David Jordi

    10 months ago

    you forgot to add the lexus IS as a competitor.

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T Honda has made cars based on different platforms on the same line. The 9th Gen Accord and Civic did not share a platform but were made on the same line. Acura has literally come out and said that it’s an exclusive platform lmfao. Dude. Just stop.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Steven only $45K for CT4 V-series with 2.7T. www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/820979556/overview/

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Fadi the 2021 TLX is made on the same line in Anna, Ohio, as the Accord. Even the assembly workers coats say Honda and not Acura. Check the Accord chrome browser in the back ground at 3:45. acura-video.info/name/video/r2bZuo-lxarKw4M.html

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Steven he is a GM salesman who is mad no one buys any of their cars, he sits at his desk waiting for customers so posting ACURA links to a worthless article that even says where CTS4 is behind the competition... and it’s one do the main purchasing decisions for people in the class. The ATS/CT4 since launching have always drove well.. the interior was terrible which is why it never sold. Just as expected, GM continued the trend of focusing on driving and leaving the cheap interior.

    • Steven

      Steven

      10 months ago

      @Norm T Are you getting paid by GM per link posted or something? XD

  89. Norm T

    Norm T

    10 months ago

    According to J.D. Power research data, 65% of TLX buyers are men, matching the average for the Compact Premium Car segment. They are slightly older than average (58 years of age vs. 56), and they're making less money than average...

  90. I'm Pavel

    I'm Pavel

    10 months ago

    So this is accord 2.0 with Acura icon. Same engine, front while drive, same transmission...

    • Shayan

      Shayan

      10 months ago

      @Diass Karibsss the engine is the same as the accord both offer only 2.0 liter inline 4 turbo. Unless we are talking about the 2021 tlx type s with the 3.0 v6 turbo, then its different from the accord

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Idlia Dosai ...than the Accord and it should at $50K!

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @GhxstedXX that CT4 V-series 2.7T is a beast at $45K! www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a34304375/2020-bmw-m235i-gran-coupe-vs-cadillac-ct4-v-mercedes-amg-a35/

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Diass Karibsss Same line makes multiple vehicles. Even Alex from Alex on Autos says no one today can make the business case for for building mainstream models on separate lines. Just like CR-V and RDX. "Honda invested $54 million at East Liberty to build the RDX, where it also builds the larger MDX and the similar Honda CR-V....It took Ruhl and teams of other employees throughout the plant about four years to figure out how to make the RDX while still producing the MDX and the popular CR-V on the same line." The Dispatch

    • GhxstedXX

      GhxstedXX

      10 months ago

      Norm T okay cadillac 🤢

  91. Greg Hamblin

    Greg Hamblin

    10 months ago

    Nobody but nobody does car reviews as great as Micah, no matter the film company/group. Its good to se ya, bro; keep up the good work ❗️ (I like your music too). 🟠🔴🟣🟢 😃

  92. Vin. P

    Vin. P

    10 months ago

    I feel Acura is so underrated. People mostly go for the big 3 and miss out on how fun and advance Acura is.

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš actually that’s not the standard GV80, there are two engine options for the GV80, the 2.5t and the 3.5t. The upgraded engine option (3.5t) will be compatible with the MDX type s with regards to pricing and performance. Genesis just doesn’t have a name for the performance trim yet, same story with the G70 3.3t, it’s a competitor to the Audi S4, bmw M340i, Mercedes C43 AMG, but it doesn’t have a “performance name”

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      10 months ago

      @Maticalise Music Master yes but the GV80 is a standart GV80 wheras the MDX is a “Type S” so it should be sporty, kinda like AMG and M.

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš you don’t know if it will be fast as yet plus 355hp is an estimated figure as stated by Acura, for comparison the GV80 turbo v6 is 375hp only 20hp more. Also the current MDX with 290hp is really quick 0-60 in the low 6 second range, the MDX hybrid with 321hp in less than 6 seconds. I think the upcoming type s will be a properly quick suv. Also the BMW X5 40i makes 335hp on paper, knowing bmw that figure is closer to 360hp in reality so it may be around the same performance as the upcoming type s

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      10 months ago

      @Maticalise Music Master The Type S stuff is a bit disapointing. 355hp in a 7 seater SUV (MDX) just won’t make it fast. I bet a base level X5 40i will be faster 0-60. I think the only problem with Genesis is their dealership network but the cars them selves are amazing. Many people say the GV80 and G80 are on par with the best from Germany while being more affordable.

    • Maticalise Music Master

      Maticalise Music Master

      10 months ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš I can agree with that. They have always been a bit conservative, however they are moving away from that as seen in the 2019 RDX, the 2021 TLX, the 2022 MDX and the upcoming type s performance models of every Acura, also they are working on an ilx replacement very soon. Genesis has hired the Germans and have improved a lot but they have a ways to go still.

  93. Carson Redford

    Carson Redford

    10 months ago

    Acura knocked it out of the park. Love this TLX!

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Carson Redford much better deal at $45K than TLX. www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/820979556/overview/

    • Carson Redford

      Carson Redford

      10 months ago

      @Norm T Go back to school and learn how to punctuate. People will take you seriously.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      Not enough with CT4 V-series priced much lower and segment best in recent Car & Driver comparison. www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a34304375/2020-bmw-m235i-gran-coupe-vs-cadillac-ct4-v-mercedes-amg-a35/

  94. Barsa F

    Barsa F

    10 months ago

    The way you describe the steering kinda scares me. I would have to test drive one to see if I like it. Is it some weird variable steering ratio or something?

    • Dryfter21

      Dryfter21

      9 months ago

      Steering is fantastic on my older '16 Tlx. Take one for a test drive and you'll see. It feels very well connected to the road

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      At low speeds speeds you turn the steering wheel less to get a tighter turn. At highway speeds it slows the ratio down so steering adjustments on the highway are more subtle, I have it in my Civic and it’s great.

  95. makeupbycarlcapellan

    makeupbycarlcapellan

    10 months ago

    A comparo between Genesis G70 and the TLX please🙏

    • GhxstedXX

      GhxstedXX

      10 months ago

      Norm T don’t care shut up 🤡🤡

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      The CT4 V-series 2.7T FTW for under $50K! www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a34304375/2020-bmw-m235i-gran-coupe-vs-cadillac-ct4-v-mercedes-amg-a35/

  96. MidLifeChrisis

    MidLifeChrisis

    10 months ago

    It does look good but Acura has been quite unremarkable for a few years now...

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Yankee Verse you are wealthier with an Acura these days.

    • Yankee Verse

      Yankee Verse

      10 months ago

      @Norm T Cool story bro... now I definitely feel poor :( Poor me :(

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Yankee Verse According to J.D. Power research data, 65% of TLX buyers are men, matching the average for the Compact Premium Car segment. They are slightly older than average (58 years of age vs. 56), and they're making less money than average

    • Yankee Verse

      Yankee Verse

      10 months ago

      LOL cute

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      ...err...decades...

  97. graced_ steak564

    graced_ steak564

    10 months ago

    Wow, I cannot believe I am saying this but this redesign looks amazing. I dunno why but Acuras these past few years have looked so dull. This is a pretty good return to form for Acura

    • Fadi

      Fadi

      10 months ago

      Norm T no one knows Buick even exists my guy. Outside of China no one is buying them. And Acura’s SH-AWD is still better than the GM version since they’ve been doing it since 2004 and GM very recently started using it. The Acura’s system has a faster response time as well.

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @mrsj1417 more Buick Regal Sportback 2.0T with torque vectoring AWD tailights.

    • graced_ steak564

      graced_ steak564

      10 months ago

      @mrsj1417 oh damn, i haven't even paid enough attention to Acuras to even recognize this lol

    • mrsj1417

      mrsj1417

      10 months ago

      It looks almost identical to the outgoing version, with different taillights.

  98. Jesus H Medrano

    Jesus H Medrano

    10 months ago

    Oh why cant honda make a RwD for crying out Loud! Love My accords but never went for the Acuras since they were still FWD had to go lexus is 350.

    • Jesus H Medrano

      Jesus H Medrano

      10 months ago

      @Norm T ohh u mean a caddi ok, nice! I really did like the ats which am sure this is suppose to be its replacement, i few years when i decided to give motorcycles a break and buy something fun i was debating between a camaro or mustang, ended up getting the mustang so that’s the “toy” or garage queen right now

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Jesus H Medrano cadillacsociety.com/2021/01/07/cadillac-ct4-v-blackwing-ct5-v-blackwing-teaser-to-air-during-rolex-24/

    • Jesus H Medrano

      Jesus H Medrano

      10 months ago

      @Norm T blackwing??

    • Jesus H Medrano

      Jesus H Medrano

      10 months ago

      @Madison 3 i agree,, i just dont get it, i mean is it greed? Cuz we know fwd is cheaper to build..

    • Norm T

      Norm T

      10 months ago

      @Madison 3 they probably didn't spend too much as the Accord line in Anna, Ohio, where both are built had eliminated 2nd shift and Accord sales continue almost double-digit decline since redesigned in 2018. Same line makes multiple vehicles. Even Alex from Alex on Autos says no one today can make the business case for for building mainstream models on separate lines. Similar to CR-V and RDX: "Honda invested $54 million at East Liberty to build the RDX, where it also builds the larger MDX and the similar Honda CR-V....It took Ruhl and teams of other employees throughout the plant about four years to figure out how to make the RDX while still producing the MDX and the popular CR-V on the same line." The Dispatch

  99. Andy Jacobs

    Andy Jacobs

    10 months ago

    Beautiful car! Can't wait to get one. Waiting for the Type S to come out.

    • Sarabjeet Singh

      Sarabjeet Singh

      Month ago

      @Andy Jacobs did you end up getting the TLX-S? Test drove it and really liked it and now waiting to take delivery of mine.

    • Ron David

      Ron David

      2 months ago

      Finally Acura has a very appealing sedan that look way better looking than Lexus which has kept me in my older better shape Lexus

    • Jaxx Gus

      Jaxx Gus

      3 months ago

      @Drew Preston instablaster :)

    • Drew Preston

      Drew Preston

      3 months ago

      I guess im asking the wrong place but does someone know a trick to get back into an Instagram account? I was stupid lost my login password. I would love any help you can offer me!

    • Matthew Liu

      Matthew Liu

      8 months ago

      @Andy Jacobs this norm T guy follows every Acura cars review video and always trash all the Acura cars, thats is his only job, don’t try to talk to him, just ignore him like a housefly

  100. MGP 9

    MGP 9

    10 months ago

    One of the best audio systems in the industry, you find just ok. Micah, your ears my have just had a bad day.

    • John Franklin

      John Franklin

      7 months ago

      Should go into the adjustments and adjust treble, base, and midrange. I've heard expensive car stereos that sounded bad till I made the adjustments, then they sounded excellent!

    • Randall Stewart

      Randall Stewart

      10 months ago

      Is that saying anything? Anyone who buys a car for its stereo system doesn't know anything about either music technology in general or the $30 of LSI chips a car stereo uses to produce it. Think big boom box.

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