Why is it slow? 2021 Acura TLX AWD Aspec / Review

This 2021 Acura TLX AWD Aspec in Acura's flagship sedan with a 4 pot engine. It is a nice car to handle, but it is slower than the 2-liter Honda Accord, Infiniti Q50, and Lexus ES350. My best advice is to wait for the V6 TLX. If you can't wait, get the RDX.

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  1. K E

    K E

    23 days ago

    I had a 2020 TLX V6 Aspec and I just switched to the 2021 Tlx aspec 2.0 turbo. Big mistake. Unfortunately to enjoy the redesigned interior and exterior i had to trade comfort, power, and Build quality. The 2021 Tlx feels almost like a Hyundai, the seats are less comfortable, the engine is an absolute JOKE. I like the new interior, but its not even a WOW. They still have an analog display, when even Honda Civic have full digital display. The 2020 v6 Tlx aspec had a DATED interior looked like something from 2010, but offered a beautiful V6 engine with power available on demand, great suspension, and the most comfortable seats out of all the competitors. Its almost as if the old version has what the new one doesn’t and the new version has what the old one doesn’t. Acura likes to pretend they’re a sport luxury brand but they offer a mediocre cheap quality car. Im a long time acura customer and im really disappointed and actually disgusted with the new TLX. And btw the TLX TYPE S, gets SMOKED by an audi S4 or bmw 340I any day of the week. Waste of money. For a difference of 100-200$ a month i can get a German car that actually delivers on luxury and performance. Get better Acura.

  2. Brian Madison

    Brian Madison

    22 days ago

    Acura.... ditch the push button gear selector (and the touch pad) and replace with a real shifter lever. This is supposed to be a sports sedan. Something about a push button gear selector that portrays delicate and flimsy..... This is not a mini-van! Also, great review. I really appreciate the POV footage from behind the wheel showing the actual driving experience! I wish more car reviewers would do that.

  3. Zach G

    Zach G

    Month ago

    ES350 can only be had with AWD with the 201hp 4 cyl. The 3.5 V6 is only FWD.

    • Zach G

      Zach G

      Month ago

      @New Car Spin that is painfully slow.

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      Month ago

      The ES250 then....

  4. Michael Blizzard

    Michael Blizzard

    2 months ago

    The idea that the new TLX is so slow its a driving hazard is ridiculous. It is plenty quick has great driving dynamics in its SH-AWD form has a great interior. Comparing Acura to Bentley....lol. You cant be expected to be taken seriously.

    • Michael Blizzard

      Michael Blizzard

      2 months ago

      @New Car Spin ok well I haven't been in any hazardous traffic incidents because my TLX is too slow but if I do Ill be sure to let you know.

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      2 months ago

      I will have you eat your words. That's a secret pleasure of mine.

  5. Jason Jasniewski

    Jason Jasniewski

    4 months ago

    I heard they arent even stocking any Acura S type until late this year and no orders being fulfilled until later in 2022. BTW thank-you for this review. I was thinking of a TLX A spec but I was concerned about the power from the 4 cylinder. When I saw the 0-60 time I laughed a little. So many other cars in the same class can get to 60 in less than 5 seconds fairly easily with many doing it in the mid 4s.

  6. Cool Squad

    Cool Squad

    4 months ago

    Thats sad that a chrysler 300s v6 has more power then this slow sedan.

    • Cool Squad

      Cool Squad

      4 months ago

      @New Car Spin should I get the new sadona n line as my first car

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      4 months ago

      Very good point!

  7. Backtoshallabal

    Backtoshallabal

    5 months ago

    I think a Type R would smoke this Acura.

  8. jdog1988x

    jdog1988x

    5 months ago

    I usually really enjoy your videos and look forward to your commentary on vehicles, but not this one so much. Don't take this offensively but I just don't see the logic in the hate of the vehicle. The entire video felt like a rant complaining about the acceleration for the TLX. I watched your volvo s60 t5 road trip video a few months back and you never complained about the acceleration of that car. If your biggest concern is the acceleration of the vehicle, than I don't understand the praise for the RDX when it's a slower vehicle than the TLX. The TLX (5.8sec 0-60) is objectively quicker than the volvo s60 t5 (6.1sec 0-60) and the RDX (6.5 sec 0-60).

    • John Watson

      John Watson

      5 months ago

      @New Car Spin You know nothing of the first Gen TLX do you? The Type-S is coming and it is THE FLAGSHIP. You speak nonsense. Car and Driver says this TLX is faster than the ES350 5.9 vs 6.1 0-60 btw. Calling it dangerous because in Texas you need to floor it everywhere??? It gets you in trouble everywhere??? I feel like you are trying to appear "cool" but you just arent'. You need to learn what objectivity is. It's something reviewers need a lot of.

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      5 months ago

      Because Acura is supposed to be a honed, precise, sporty vehicle - that's what separates them from Hondas. And when the Accord is faster, Acura didn't work hard at all in the TLX. Where's the benefit? Why blow the cash on the TLX, supposedly their best effort, when it flops? Nobody expects a T5 S60 Volvo to be a rocket - because it isn't. And when I suggest the RDX, it's because it feels better overall and as it's a CUV, residual value will be much higher than the TLX sedan. These companies spent so much money on CUV development, sedans just fall by the wayside. Take the Infiniti QX30 for instance. It's a collaboration with the old Mercedes GLA, but at $44k, it has an Alcantara headliner. Yet, in the $70k Q70 sedan, you can't get an Alcantara headliner. This is unacceptable.

  9. TheBreakfastLover

    TheBreakfastLover

    5 months ago

    It's not that that slow, 0-60 mph in 5.9 sec (C&D), 5.8 sec (MotorWeek), and 5.7 sec (Alex-on-Auto). That's quicker than the Lexus IS300 which it's priced against. And the TLX Type S will be much much quicker than a Lexus IS350 F-sport 3 package (which costs about the same as the Type S).

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      5 months ago

      It needs a weight reduction.

  10. Eric Lans

    Eric Lans

    5 months ago

    I feel like this review focused way to much on your disappointment with the 2.0T and when you called it so slow it's dangerous that level of exaggeration made it hard to take you seriously from that point on. A car getting to 60 in 6-7s is pretty average and on par with most of everything else on the road, even the 2.0T Accord is only fractions of a second faster to 60 and most of them on the road are probably the 1.5L or Hybrid which are on par or slower even and on top of that most family vehicles are these CUV/SUV's that are getting to 60 in similar amounts of time with similar weights and similar turbo 4's, yeah it's no race car and a performance enthusiast is going to be disappointed but that car isn't for them.

    • TheBreakfastLover

      TheBreakfastLover

      5 months ago

      @New Car Spin I'd say the TLX Type S is the flagship sedan, not the 2.0T. And even Acura calls the MDX their flagship for the brand.

    • Eric Lans

      Eric Lans

      5 months ago

      ​@New Car Spin Almost every car on the planet minus true sports cars, supercars, etc or are under 60k in general come with uninspiring 6-8s 4 bangers these days is all I'm saying, even in much higher end brands than Acura. I mean yeah you buy an Audi A8 for 80k you're gonna get a powerful base engine but if you buy what Acura is realistically thinking they can aim to compete with here like a A3 at best that comes with a turbo 4. Lexus IS? Turbo 4. BMW 3 series? Turbo 4. Accords? Turbo 4. Some of them are going to be faster or slower than each other but nobody gives a shit, nobody gives a shit because if they care about performance they have already excluded everything above and are shopping higher end or at least optioning for the higher engines/trims. People who buy the gas efficient 4 bangers absolutely do not give a shit if it takes half a second more to 60 than an Accord so if you're reviewing cars with turbo 4s focusing on the engine's 0-60 is utterly useless to the viewer.

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      5 months ago

      It's a FLAGSHIP, and it sucks balls like the neutered sedan it is. There's no excuse for it, and I have no sympathy for the dolt who pays $47k for it. It already has a turbo. It already has great brakes. It needs a diet. It needs more power. I can't take this car seriously because they can do better and YOU KNOW IT. So stop apologizing for Acura and stop accepting mediocrity. YOU BUST YOUR BALLS to earn $47k to pay for this car while they make a $2.7B profit and THIS IS ALL YOU GET. Acura is short changing you. They can do better, and it's not like they can't afford it.

  11. Ari Truths

    Ari Truths

    5 months ago

    Its slow and garbage! You will be out ranned, left behind and a accident cause because the power is worthless! Definitely not worth the price at all.

    • Colby Wouters

      Colby Wouters

      3 months ago

      Lmao drive one bud

  12. Clark Gourgue, Jr.

    Clark Gourgue, Jr.

    5 months ago

    Thank you for always keeping it real with your reviews! Liking and commenting to help with the algorithm! I originally considered getting a '21 TLX Advance, but it was a real tough pill to swallow at $50k for a car with that engine! I took your advice from your reply and purchased a new '20 Volvo S90 T6 R-Design with Polestar for $44k in Osmium Gray. Looking back I would have kicked myself for getting the TLX. The Volvo is an astonishing car!!

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      5 months ago

      Great choice! Thanks for being a fan!

  13. Haris M

    Haris M

    5 months ago

    1:16 Did you say gear-gina lol?

    • New Car Spin

      New Car Spin

      5 months ago

      I'm not sold on that design.

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