2021 Acura TLX | Not What it Seems

We review the brand new 2021 Acura TLX maxed out at $48,000. We discuss the good and bad of the changes that were made including their fresh approach to design. During the video we breakdown the technical information and highlight why the car is different including what makes it more fun to drive compared to the previous generation. When shopping others may consider the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, and, Tesla Model3.
#acura #TLX #Honda
Index:
00:00 - 00:30 Intro
00:30 - 4:22 Interior Impressions and ELS Audio Tests
4:22 - 6:40 Infotainment, Comfort and Rear Seats
6:40 - 11:36 Mechanical Impressions, Front Suspension and Chassis
11:36 - 13:38 Rear Suspension and SH AWD, TVD
13:38 - 15:34 Engine and Transmission
15:34 - 26:29 Driving Impressions and Arguments About German Cars
26:29 Final Thoughts

Comments 

  1. Person .W

    Person .W

    4 months ago

    I've never seen you guys disagree on something so heavily.

    • halflife

      halflife

      3 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš nope just shows you hating on other brands with your alther ego, BMW is no where near quality buddy

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      3 days ago

      @halflife if you didn’t know the brands then you would say the 3 series is better. People are just biased and always want to hate on German cars

    • halflife

      halflife

      13 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš its pure plastic garbage everyone knows that, relax, BMW uses tons of cheap recycled plastic parts, nothing nice inside they all look plain Jane inside, just another lease plastic junker

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      13 days ago

      @halflife plastic legobox 3 series? The 3 series has a way nicer interior than the TLX and has a better infotainment system and is RWD based. In fact, if people didn't know the brand then everyone would agree that the 3 series is better.

    • Aaron Soto

      Aaron Soto

      Month ago

      @HeavyRayne jacob?

  2. Shndon430 Hurtado

    Shndon430 Hurtado

    3 days ago

    Savagegeese is classy and smooth like gran turismo

  3. Carlo Y

    Carlo Y

    4 days ago

    Jack is exhibiting what I call: "POOR SEATBELT HYGIENE" Please address this Jack and don't let me see this behavior again or I'll have to issue a correction for you.!!!!!!!!!!! :):):)

  4. Lee Kyu

    Lee Kyu

    4 days ago

    SO this vs g80? Comparison vizeo?

  5. xgoldenxchildx

    xgoldenxchildx

    5 days ago

    Dana White reviews cars?

  6. Scott Scott

    Scott Scott

    6 days ago

    The Acura TLX still has problems: 1. No gear stick just push buttons 2. Ugly tail lights 3. Ugly vacuum cleaner attachment exhaust tips

  7. Chris Lush

    Chris Lush

    7 days ago

    I love watching couples bicker.

  8. Aaron Derrick

    Aaron Derrick

    7 days ago

    Savage, please be one of the 1st to grab the new Gen '22 WRX/STI...with you/jack/turbowski doin the review...would really put things in perspective

  9. Jerry Barrax

    Jerry Barrax

    7 days ago

    Another excellent review. Love the back and forth and Mark's immunity to the German car fan boy virus.

  10. N N

    N N

    9 days ago

    what vehicle is he sitting in at the end of the vid?

  11. Keyser Söze

    Keyser Söze

    10 days ago

    "Chassis architucture and suspunsion" ~Mr. Geese

  12. David W

    David W

    10 days ago

    I don't know why but I don't like you...but... you have the best car reviews.

  13. Ernest schoenmakers

    Ernest schoenmakers

    11 days ago

    Again this is a Honda Legend and there should be a Honda badge on it.

  14. ChristopherB

    ChristopherB

    12 days ago

    Extremely helpful review for those of us considering the TLX. Very grateful to you both.

  15. spooksmagee

    spooksmagee

    12 days ago

    Just bought one of these. Second car I've purchased based (partially) on your reviews. Love it so far! Keep making good videos.

  16. Andrew Davison

    Andrew Davison

    13 days ago

    Just so wrong about the 3 series. It's more expensive but its also more car, and it shows in every way. It is *definitely* more fun, shifts better, has a better interior (without fake wood and plastic everywhere), and perhaps the elephant in the room, it just handles and drives better. For fucks sake, this car takes a whopping 7 seconds to get to 60; Camary's will be passing you. For comparison, the 4 cylinder 330 (with 38 horsepower less) can do the sprint in only 5.4 seconds and it also gets better fuel economy. With literally any metric you can think of, the 3 series is objectively better as a luxury sport sedan. If you want a 4 door econobox-like cruiser with a slightly better interior than an accord, then sure. This makes sense. But if you want a luxury sport sedan with even a mild sense sportiness and refinement, the 3 series is the winner, hands down. And for mark to heavily downplay that one IS significantly better than the other, and pretend as though Acura isn't trying to be a 3 series (it is; they have multiple ACURA ads comparing the two (disguised as actual reviews to fool people)) reeks a bit like a hipster who just hates something that's extremely popular without any valid reasons to do so. Still love the videos Mark, i just think you've got some contrarian bias or what have you because of some hype around the 3 series over the years. Yes, it can be overplayed but for the most part, the fundamentals of the hype are true. The 3 series is the class leading benchmark and has been since it's release, which is why every modern compact luxury sports car (including this one) develops and tests against it, similar to how every modern sports car is tested against a damn 911 in development, since it too is the benchmark for a sports car; perhaps not coincidentally, you're not a huge fan of the 911 either for the very same hipster bias you have going on with the 3 series. It's a theme that could be done without. Just review a car like the 3 series without thinking anything about the hype or the brand, and I have no doubt you wouldn't bash it so much if you can praise this average machine so much.

  17. D Harr

    D Harr

    14 days ago

    Guess this is the luxury version of the Accord huh smh. You gotta do better Acura

  18. David E

    David E

    20 days ago

    This was so entertaining.. Jack "says anything about German cars" Savagegeese "I completely disagree with you" Savage indeed

  19. Fry 18

    Fry 18

    20 days ago

    I really like this car. It's sexy 😍

  20. Jay Smith

    Jay Smith

    21 day ago

    No shit, Acura blew it. No touchscreen

  21. Hojat Mahdavi

    Hojat Mahdavi

    23 days ago

    This is very better than older version awd and double wishbone worth every penny as well as body rigidly

  22. Robert Bryant

    Robert Bryant

    23 days ago

    Front wheel drive is just fine in the Midwest. I've not experienced any time where I wanted AWD. I'd rather save my money and get slightly better fuel economy.

  23. Mike Payne

    Mike Payne

    24 days ago

    I wonder what the cost to own comparison of a 3 series bmw to the tlx over 5 years would be?

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      13 days ago

      just get a warranty

  24. Omair Sheikh

    Omair Sheikh

    25 days ago

    I'm really happy Acura's back in the right direction. Every review I see of this further tempts me to get this in the future. I think it looks amazing, especially the A-Spec

  25. nfrancis11

    nfrancis11

    25 days ago

    Interesting debate in this video. How does this car compare to the first gen G35x sedan?

  26. Alvin Mercado

    Alvin Mercado

    28 days ago

    But kids born today have touch screen controls baked into them too... dunno I don’t like it either but it’s just a generational thinf

  27. victimoffame23

    victimoffame23

    29 days ago

    Abysmal Gas mileage

  28. fred flame

    fred flame

    Month ago

    GDI plus turbo = can you say "oil dilution"?

  29. Gabriel Martinez

    Gabriel Martinez

    Month ago

    Trying to decide between this more practical choice or a used Volvo S90 T6 AWD.

  30. ABAP Nation

    ABAP Nation

    Month ago

    I love seeing you guys get into such a heated argument

  31. Alexander Khlapov

    Alexander Khlapov

    Month ago

    This is like the red wedding episode 👌

  32. Stewart Starling

    Stewart Starling

    Month ago

    He’s needs to give it up BMW fan boy!!! He was killing me!!! I’m a Acura RDX SH-AWD TURBO owner and it’s one of the SUVS in years from any brand.

  33. duckfield

    duckfield

    Month ago

    I love watching married couples argue.

  34. roflowhale

    roflowhale

    Month ago

    21:05 Maybe it's because I'm literally the same age as Jack but I 100% agree about the old Acura TL. The third-generation Acura TL from 2004 to 2008 was such a huge step over its predecessor and in context was amazing for the time because of how it defined Acura's ethos going forward. If you take a look at Acura's full-line brochure from 2003 and compare it to the Acura full-line brochure from 2004, you'll notice how every single car in the 2003 brochure is parked and staid whereas every car in the 2004 brochure (the year they introduced the TSX and TL sedans) is in motion and feels engaging. www.auto-brochures.com/makes/acura/Acura_US%20Full%20Line_2003.pdf www.auto-brochures.com/makes/acura/Acura_US%20Full%20Line_2004.pdf The new 2021 Acura TLX is obviously a better car, there's no question about that, but it doesn't move Acura forward in the same way the old TL did.

  35. Barry Rhodes Jr

    Barry Rhodes Jr

    Month ago

    What song is this at the beginning?

  36. kwedog2373

    kwedog2373

    Month ago

    I agree with jack.

  37. Loubar Electroplus

    Loubar Electroplus

    Month ago

    Is it the topher's voice ?

  38. sjb2471

    sjb2471

    Month ago

    Honda Australia, why aren’t these brought into Australia?! At a price point under the German compact executive sedans and with more equipment, these would sell buckets, as would the RDX. It’s like you aren’t even trying anymore😞

  39. Snib2987

    Snib2987

    Month ago

    I hate it when mom and dad fight.

  40. KushPizzaSleep

    KushPizzaSleep

    2 months ago

    KB1 Acura RL and First Gen TSX both drive better and have better build quality than this lol

  41. Dai Huynh

    Dai Huynh

    2 months ago

    acura still burn oil

  42. Darko Petrovic

    Darko Petrovic

    2 months ago

    Good video, but why do you guys keep comparing it to the ES, when it's clearly an IS, A4, 3 series competitor?

  43. M Yahtadi S

    M Yahtadi S

    2 months ago

    BWW 3 series aint fun? i know you dont strict as biased-reviewer type but 3 series aint fun? Inline 6 turbo, real wheel drive and stick.. No? Ok, i am questioning your taste here

    • M Yahtadi S

      M Yahtadi S

      16 days ago

      @ervin youre saying you-can-get-latest-3-series-with-a-stick with extra steps

    • ervin

      ervin

      16 days ago

      You can’t get a stick in the new 3 series in the US until the m3 comes out.

  44. Sean H

    Sean H

    2 months ago

    awesome review guys

  45. James

    James

    2 months ago

    As for the toddlers using knobs and buttons and switches comment, sadly these days kids are using more touch screens than anything else. The ipad was released in 2010 which sparked the tablet revolution, so lets say 2013 is when parents started handing their kids tablets rather than toys, and it became mainstream by 2016, that means starting in 2028, kids getting their license will be more comfortable with touch screens and less comfortable with knobs and switches, and by 2031 most new drivers will hate having to use knobs and buttons instead of screens, and I'd say by 2040 new cars having knobs and buttons and switches for basic functions rather than having them in the infotainment would be seen as a reason not to buy a car.

    • savagegeese

      savagegeese

      2 months ago

      @James I think even when cars go full autonomous there will always be a place for true mechanical inputs for certain functions. While the car has become an experimental playground, the same arguement could be made for household functions such as doors cabinets faucets, stove/range/microwaves (which many have backt racked on touch). I think you will see a peak and reversion in touch UI.

    • James

      James

      2 months ago

      @savagegeese I never said it would be for the better of people, if anything it will just cause more accidents, but when you combine consumer demand with driving aids that get better every year, buttons will be phased out

    • savagegeese

      savagegeese

      2 months ago

      The US Navy moved to touchscreen controls. They announced in 2019 they are removing all of them which will take two years and return to physical controls because of so many issues with usability. As long as we have hands and fingers optimized for grabing and feeling, physical controls will always be optimal. Infants and toddlers interact with a physical environment before screens. Milestones are always, figuring out twisting, pushing, pulling, holding things and the biggest thing eating and using spoons and forks. Touchscreen use comes far later.

  46. cancercell1

    cancercell1

    2 months ago

    I like it way more than Lexus ES. if i really wanted "luxury" feel on the budget, then why not go for Genesis G80?

  47. stephen stepanic

    stephen stepanic

    2 months ago

    Sounds like they put a "thrush muffler" on my hoover vac ! Great reliable car though.

  48. Ahmed Ayash

    Ahmed Ayash

    2 months ago

    Great review thx

  49. gene978

    gene978

    2 months ago

    I had to stop watching when they Started Fighting!

  50. Fred Crews

    Fred Crews

    2 months ago

    I think we'd be in a better place if more people were able to debate properly like you two. Enjoyed the video!

  51. POWER

    POWER

    2 months ago

    Exactly who cares about the Germans......well done

    • POWER

      POWER

      13 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš unfortunately my comment is over your head

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      13 days ago

      the Germans make the best cars in the world by far

  52. POWER

    POWER

    2 months ago

    Bmw better gearbox than a honda😂😂

  53. transition lenses

    transition lenses

    2 months ago

    I'd almost just buy a Honda. There's a certain kind of person who buys Acura..

  54. Norm T

    Norm T

    2 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

  55. HBY

    HBY

    2 months ago

    That back seat is atrocious, i saw the car in person and it looks pretty big and now your telling me you cant fit large people back there?

  56. Covid Hoax

    Covid Hoax

    2 months ago

    The car is 100% boring... it’s even more boring than Accord!

  57. Stewart Starling

    Stewart Starling

    2 months ago

    In my mind, having owned a late 3 series and several SH-AWD's. The TLX is a better performing car than the 3 series until I get up the M3's. The Acura is very good with no pretentions. I love it. I love my RDX turbo.

    • Dragos Pahontu

      Dragos Pahontu

      2 months ago

      Maybe Audi is better

  58. Patrick Ventura

    Patrick Ventura

    2 months ago

    Really love the argument. Definitely has great points on either side.

  59. Patrick Ventura

    Patrick Ventura

    2 months ago

    How come everytime Jack says 'REALLY', it feels like he's saying 'i don't even know you anymore'?

  60. David Pereira

    David Pereira

    2 months ago

    Sounds like this car would be so much fun for a normal person like me to drive here in California.

  61. THE

    THE

    2 months ago

    20:35-20:37 Thats a very good point

  62. Серебряный Пла́вник

    Серебряный Пла́вник

    2 months ago

    Intro music is like from 90s German porno

  63. Alex She

    Alex She

    2 months ago

    Engineers: It seems like the goal of getting people confused about this car is accomplished.

  64. Flandre Scarlet

    Flandre Scarlet

    2 months ago

    When you are looking at an Acura, or a Lexus, you probably not looking at German cars. It's so true.

  65. Andrew Bullard

    Andrew Bullard

    2 months ago

    anyone (young enough) to remember Honda /Acura put double wishbone suspension in their cars back in the early 90’s late 80’s

  66. C.H

    C.H

    2 months ago

    Are Acuras a hidden luxury line? I don't see them as much. Seems like theyd be more of a go too than a BMW. More quality in the long term.

    • Dragos Pahontu

      Dragos Pahontu

      13 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš well BMW is known for everything but reliability 😁. I understand your point of view, but the Acura is a real alternative to a 3 Series. You have to understand that engineering wasn't invented in Germany!

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      13 days ago

      @Dragos Pahontu Most people lease new luxury cars so long-term reliability isn't that important. Also how do you know reliability on a new car, just because it's an Acura?

    • Dragos Pahontu

      Dragos Pahontu

      13 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš I'm talking about reliability!!! But this awd system is next level, it's amazing to wrap my head around it. The Acura feels more special to drive.

    • Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      Kristiāns Ozoliņš

      13 days ago

      @Dragos Pahontu well, the 3 series is RWD based, better infoatinemnt system, nicer interior and the engines are both simular (both 2.0 4 cylinder with ~250-270hp)

    • Dragos Pahontu

      Dragos Pahontu

      13 days ago

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš it's about the same, but better engine on the Acura

  67. Nasir Qureshi

    Nasir Qureshi

    2 months ago

    agree to disagree ! great video true to savage geese spirits!

  68. Men Guarding Their Own Wallets

    Men Guarding Their Own Wallets

    2 months ago

    Here is something to know for people who don't know much about cars: The Honda Accord 2.0 Turbo has the exact same engine and transmission as the TLX, except that it does not come with AWD. So if you want a 'cheap' Acura TLX, just go get yourself a Honda Accord 2.0T .

  69. Phill M156

    Phill M156

    2 months ago

    The TLX is a front drive architecture, which by design is space efficient. This has no more room than a Civic. If an average joe doesn’t care about driving dynamics, just get a Honda Accord. I’m disappointed an Acura 196 inch long has given up on its mantle about space efficiency. It does not have space efficiency and tidy overhangs like a 3 series. Turbos will never be as reliable as an NA. Never seen a turbo last 100k miles.

  70. Mohammad Jahangard

    Mohammad Jahangard

    3 months ago

    Excellent review. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I now know which car I will get next once my GS 350 lease is done. Btw, you guys got yourself a new subscriber.

  71. sam712

    sam712

    3 months ago

    i have to side with mr. geese on this one

  72. Aerodynamic

    Aerodynamic

    3 months ago

    This is a great car. the Best Acura in years. One thing is for sure it will last longer than any of the German cars.

  73. C D

    C D

    3 months ago

    I feel like the Type S is never coming out, when is it suppose to launch?

  74. Lu Kha

    Lu Kha

    3 months ago

    Can you guys tell me why on earth do we need 10 speed automatic transmission?!🤔

    • Aerodynamic

      Aerodynamic

      3 months ago

      Fuel economy

  75. washingtoncapitals10

    washingtoncapitals10

    3 months ago

    black label camo canada goose - niiiice

  76. toniepaiva

    toniepaiva

    3 months ago

    Subscribed just for the genuine debate !

  77. M VA

    M VA

    3 months ago

    Fado (opening music), seems so appropriate for Acura.

  78. NoLongerHuman13

    NoLongerHuman13

    3 months ago

    For the first time , SG, we are ok the same page. 3 series “most over rated car “. Good for entry level mundanity.

  79. K H

    K H

    3 months ago

    Hopefully the v6 is as balanced as this?

  80. Hyon Pyon

    Hyon Pyon

    3 months ago

    You two need to hug it out.

  81. Stewart Design Agency

    Stewart Design Agency

    3 months ago

    I will wait for the Type S before I can really know how I feel about this car.

  82. Martin Nery

    Martin Nery

    3 months ago

    Wow! 1,700+ comments. I knew it. "I totally disagree with you!" Luvit! Hahaha

  83. blizzride

    blizzride

    3 months ago

    The way how the passenger here wears his seatbelt bothers the shit outta me:)

  84. K Soman

    K Soman

    3 months ago

    Loved the argument. The honesty in your reviews is what keeps us coming back. As an ex-(multiple)-3 owner, I can tell you the newer 3's feel awful to me. Piggish and ugly. I'm sort of done doing all types of German. I've come close to buying the TL/TLX many times and had it not been fake pride about being in an European car, I'd pick the TL/TLX. Ultimately, I went Alfa and despite all the anecdotal claims of bad reliability, I'm happier in every respect; drive, ownership, uniqueness on road, beauty of the car, the excellent engine & drive, everything.

  85. Aircooled222

    Aircooled222

    3 months ago

    "I don't feel any jerking." Today's Honda.

  86. Vanguard

    Vanguard

    3 months ago

    The comparison to BMW stops the moment is takes this trash to hit 60 in 7 seconds. A BMW 330i will do it 5 seconds. 7 seconds in a sporty 50K sedan is unacceptable. I don't care how sporty it feels. Its as slow as a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee I6. Thats amazingly embarrassing.

  87. Jaime

    Jaime

    3 months ago

    Go for the Cadillac CT4-V with the magnaride. More fun.

  88. CMedia production

    CMedia production

    3 months ago

    Exactly BMW is not anymore a remarkable car that feels like a raw sports car, it's become luxury trash with those all electronic problems! All performance and those HIGH numbers BMW gets is all delivered by computer and the comp have more control than you. All friends I know from BMW who fight for this brand for years now share the same opinion... Moreover part of them own KIA Stinger GT2 😄So hey BMW something going wrong up there in schinzel ground

  89. MalteFS

    MalteFS

    3 months ago

    This tlx looks like an old-mans car 😕

  90. Jay Zee

    Jay Zee

    3 months ago

    Beautiful vehicle! ☝️💕💞😎😎😎😎

  91. Robert Borne

    Robert Borne

    3 months ago

    As an owner of a 2003 TL, a 2012 TL (manual black-on-black), and a 2016, I think I have “ a dog in the hunt” with what I’m about to write. I’ve driven the new one and compared it to a 2020 Accord Sport and it is a superior handler to the Accord Sport and quieter. This is to be expected. As far as the handling verses my 2012 with the V-6 and SH-AWD, it probably has less of a plow feeling when you first enter a decreasing radius turn. That being said, once the 2012 shifts it’s weight to the rear, the 2012 actually out handles it. I do run Pilot Sport 3’s A/S which may also play a part. Comparing the handling to the 2016 TLX, again initial bite is a smidge better and there is less roll especially when turning left. Now, if you add the experience of the V-6 in the mix and how refined it sounds when the V-Tech kicks in / comes on cam, the old girl (2012), with the manual is the best of the bunch. Plus she is quieter when going down the road at a steady 82 ( that’s where the speedometer needle is straight up). Our 2016 also sounds much better even with the inferior transmission! Lastly, getting up to triple digits is also a much better experience in the 2012 verses the first gen TLX or this new one. We also own a BMW 330ci, and I think the E46’s, F90’s had a much better initial turn in verses the current 3-series, but the newer ones are much quieter and quicker. That being said, the four cylinder models are less audible than those straight sixes. Honda / Acura, please give is a V-6 Type -S / A-Spec with a manual and SH-AWD!!!

  92. tom smith

    tom smith

    3 months ago

    Copy of Genesis G80 grills. lol

  93. Todd Ullmann

    Todd Ullmann

    3 months ago

    That dialog while driving sold me on this new TLX... I've owned an E class and 5 series in the past.

  94. Zourmous056

    Zourmous056

    3 months ago

    Am I the only one who’s disappointed they didn’t compare the TLX with the IS350?

  95. Larry Smith

    Larry Smith

    3 months ago

    Is "four popper" an Illinois thing or a gay thing?

  96. Gabriel M

    Gabriel M

    3 months ago

    “Mercedes infotainment is a mess”? And you like Acura’s better? Common! It’s a good car for entry level luxury , I get it, but I think you went a little overboard

  97. bodromarsh

    bodromarsh

    3 months ago

    When you are not accelerating, what is the reverberation hum? It tickles my ears. Is it tire noise?

  98. Maxwell Benz

    Maxwell Benz

    3 months ago

    When you're young yes you're used to knobs and buttons, but that's because you're older. The younger generation probably is used to having touch screens. As the cars cater more and more to younger generations, and younger Generations are more involved with the design it's no wonder the cars are moving more towards touch inputs because that's what they are used to

  99. Maxiim

    Maxiim

    3 months ago

    I'll be interested if there is a S version of this...

  100. Jeff A

    Jeff A

    3 months ago

    Wow, it's a *long* way between 2nd and 3rd gear! Sounds like you skipped a gear! With 10 ratios, I wasn't expecting that.

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