Is the NEW 2021 Acura TLX Type S a performance sedan worth the price?

The ALL NEW TLX Type S is here and Acura is ready for competition like the Audi S4, BMW M340i, and Cadillac CT5-V. Under the hood is a new 3.0L turbocharged V6 pumping out 355HP & mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power gets to the ground through Acura's SH-AWD system. On the outside you will see the unique front fascia, rear bumper, quad-tip exhaust and option performance 20in wheels. On the side you will get a choice of interior colors including Type S specific Orchid white, update infotainment, and unique steering wheel. Is the NEW 2021 Acura TLX Type S a performance sedan worth the price?
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  1. J dub

    J dub

    18 days ago

    Great review as always thank you. I do have to say though I'm sure this was great engineering and a quality machine but I am just not seeing over 52000 for this car. When we are talking these kind of numbers I would have to go next door and sit in a C8 first. I could be completely wrong as I have never driven one personally but I have to see a lower price before I drop that kind of money on this. Does look like a nice car regardless of the price

  2. lxr

    lxr

    20 days ago

    All it needs is the back light assembly to be blacked out and dammm 🔥😻

  3. Paul I

    Paul I

    22 days ago

    Great review Joe! I've sold my 2010 Acura TSX and I'm taking delivery of my new 2021 Acura TLX Type S in Apex Blue/Orchid interior and Shark Gray Y-Spoke wheels today! I'm very excited. I've had an inspirational poster of the concept car above my desk at work for over a year now. Your A+ review (especially your track drive) was really the driving force behind my final buying decision!

  4. Emma White

    Emma White

    23 days ago

    The price is $52,300, so no it’s not worth the price when buying brand new.

  5. Dev Loper

    Dev Loper

    25 days ago

    FORGET ACURA. GET A REAL MANS CAR. GET A PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S YOULL BE HAPPY UNTIL YOU GET YOUR FIRST SOCIAL.SECURITY CHECK 😎😘🤐 PORSCHE. THERES IS NO SUBSTITUTE!

  6. K C

    K C

    26 days ago

    Lol. The NSX driver was probably talking to his kids, having a latte, and posting selfies.

  7. gelin fils

    gelin fils

    27 days ago

    What's up with that wrist band. Did you get discharged from the hospital for stomachche from Twinkies 🤣😂🤪

  8. Paul Dack

    Paul Dack

    27 days ago

    OH MY GOD , not everyone gives a F about GLOSS BLACK, dude. Get over it. Good review otherwise.

  9. Jack

    Jack

    29 days ago

    If they made this in 6spd, I’d actually consider it. Other than the M3, there’s not a lot to pick from for sport sedans anymore w a manual

  10. CT Chief02

    CT Chief02

    Month ago

    You do the best reviews. I can tell that NSX was slowing you down, u could’ve smoked him. Love your energy and enthusiasm. 👍

  11. Dave D'Video Maker

    Dave D'Video Maker

    Month ago

    I think the engine would have to be different for the European market, cos it emits more carbon dioxide than an M340i.

  12. Vin

    Vin

    Month ago

    Kia stinger gt2 is the better buy!!!!!

  13. John Louis Valdez

    John Louis Valdez

    Month ago

    It would be a hard pick between this and the coming 11th gen Type R

  14. Paul Blank

    Paul Blank

    Month ago

    This might be my next car!!!

    • Paul Blank

      Paul Blank

      Month ago

      @Raiti's Rides problem is ...every car u review I want!!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      You have very good taste Paul!

  15. Fire Nguyen

    Fire Nguyen

    Month ago

    Joe, can you please pass that yellow car in front of you?

  16. Ren B

    Ren B

    Month ago

    Thanks Laura!! watching that got me hyped!!

  17. Rui Pinhal

    Rui Pinhal

    Month ago

    Kudos for honda for no messing around this time with a car a gave what we want!!!!!

  18. Restless Youth Productions

    Restless Youth Productions

    Month ago

    VERY impressive engineering into this TLX

  19. Daniel Borst

    Daniel Borst

    Month ago

    Overpriced honestly. Makes no sense to get over the ASpec.

  20. Paul O

    Paul O

    Month ago

    Hey Joe! I test drove one today. It was off the hook in Sports + mode. Stupid fast from a dead stop. Engine sounds amazing and shifts are lightning fast if you allow it to do it for you. Best handling car I ever drove hands down. I found the ride to be quite soft, not stiff or bumpy at all. However, I was told by the dealer it would be 6 to 8 months to get one so I wound up buying a 2021 TLX A-Spec with SH-AWD instead. I just didn't want to wait that long plus I got 60 months at 0.9% financing which I never could have done with the Type S. 75 months was maybe best I could have hoped for. So, I am not sad at all. Finally, the market adjustments are real on the Type S. One dealer, I spoke to had one advertised at a $53,825 MSRP and after two days of talking finally decided to tell me they marked it up $5,000 and added an $1800 ceramic coat job. Final price was $60,970!🙄 I told them they were misleading potential customers by advertising it at MSRP while marking it up. I told them I wasn't interested and would not pay over MSRP So, I walked away from them.

  21. Jason Dp

    Jason Dp

    Month ago

    Love love love this! Excellent review!

  22. M R

    M R

    Month ago

    Maaaaan, I want to pull the trigger..... but I'm gonna pray to the Honda gods for a manual version. Would remind me so much of my old Tyse S RSX. The gauges even match the old style!

  23. Adnan Javed

    Adnan Javed

    Month ago

    would be fine if it sold for just around MSRP, but dealers are marking it way up

  24. Alboqami

    Alboqami

    Month ago

    Man that car is gorgeous what a performance and Thanks sir for giving us a hit I really do appreciate it

  25. Tom Brady

    Tom Brady

    Month ago

    Ok dude, how much is Acura paying you for the hype? Cause I just pick one up last month. Didn’t like it, and trading in for a 2021 Toyota Supra.

  26. Miguelon88888

    Miguelon88888

    Month ago

    I love this car, Great review.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      I am so glad that you like this one.

  27. pokerfred68

    pokerfred68

    Month ago

    Why no digital cockpit like in the new MDX? The entertainment screen is too small and should have touch screen option. 2023 should be better.

  28. cherisse harris

    cherisse harris

    Month ago

    I am underwhelmed with the acura tlx type s. They could have done so much more with this car. The interior of the car is ok but the exterior of the car could use some work. The exterior has that ugly small fake spoiler and that does not make the car look aggressive nor sporty. There are much better options out there for the money. The tlx type s lacks power and features and at that price point that is a major zonk especially not having a touch screen. I have a 2013 sonata limited and I even have a touch screen in that car 🤦‍♀️. I have seen both kia stingers and the acura tlx type s in my area on the roads. The stinger is a car that makes people turn heads. I see a stinger on the road and I have to take a second look because that car is beautiful and has the sporty looks. The tlk type s I have seen them and I do not get the same feeling. That car is just basic and doesn't make me turn my head like the stinger does 🤷‍♀️

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      Wait to drive one.

  29. Sterling Archer

    Sterling Archer

    Month ago

    Torn between an SUV like a 4runner, or maybe a tundra truck, ooor a fast fun sport sedan/coupe. Really thought BMW or audi were my only options for an AWD vehicle (still live in a very snowy icy climate, so RWD or FWD isn’t even an option.) this car looks DAMN good. I just found a A spec trim with the badass red leather for 46k. WOOF.

  30. Barry Hamilton

    Barry Hamilton

    Month ago

    Type S or the new Stinger??

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      Type S

  31. Wata Flics

    Wata Flics

    Month ago

    Way cheaper than the qx 55 and you get more suv vs car. Plus, it sounds like a beast 💪 I like the fact it looks like a futuristic Integra in the rear.

  32. Charles b

    Charles b

    Month ago

    This or is 350 f sport?

    • Paul O

      Paul O

      Month ago

      Type S. Type S beats an IS350 F-Sport hands down.

  33. SSDxGrey

    SSDxGrey

    Month ago

    Looks just like the AEGAN blue (Si Blue) to me. it may be a slightly different shade but its aegan blue to me.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      You need to see it in person.

  34. jo

    jo

    Month ago

    Best guy on youtube

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      Month ago

      Thanks for saying that and being so supportive!

  35. Michael Waldrep

    Michael Waldrep

    Month ago

    The Acura salesman just put my order into corporate. I'll be one of three people who'll be getting their first batch of cars. I can't wait!

    • JoAnn S.

      JoAnn S.

      Month ago

      Congrats!!!

  36. PNW Sportbike Life

    PNW Sportbike Life

    Month ago

    Acura's SH-AWD is something else

  37. logikgr

    logikgr

    Month ago

    " To the (f'ng) door panels!" The best line in auto reviews today.

  38. Oba Ayodele

    Oba Ayodele

    Month ago

    under 60 grand that is killing the competition.

  39. ShaneOxO

    ShaneOxO

    Month ago

    For the price. No full digital display? Hell....the sonata has one lol.

  40. Mattniificent

    Mattniificent

    Month ago

    acura > bmw

  41. Clark Kyle

    Clark Kyle

    Month ago

    1 burrito, hold the guac!

  42. Steve V.

    Steve V.

    Month ago

    #onthrottle should be a t-shirt lol

  43. cypresschino

    cypresschino

    Month ago

    The best thing about this car is that no one will buy it and in about 3 years I will be able to buy it for about 1/2 of what it cost new and tune it to a Honda reliable 400+hp.

  44. Mr. Grinch

    Mr. Grinch

    2 months ago

    Maaan I wanted to like this 😞

  45. Yassine Djiwa

    Yassine Djiwa

    2 months ago

    If you can look pass the brand it’s a pretty nice car for the money. Tons of power. Comes with all the tech you need!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I totally agree with you!

  46. Dwayne yoseph

    Dwayne yoseph

    2 months ago

    Soooooo we're just gonna ignore the k5 headlights?

  47. Garrett Anderson

    Garrett Anderson

    2 months ago

    Was shock when the type s took the audi s4 from a dig

    • Garrett Anderson

      Garrett Anderson

      2 months ago

      @phedeks The one I would be concerned about that dame 340im

    • Garrett Anderson

      Garrett Anderson

      2 months ago

      @phedeks that would be hard to tell s4 got balls. I know but audi are starting to change there engines to as well.and some of the audi suffer from heat soak

    • phedeks

      phedeks

      2 months ago

      Nonsense . The S4 is faster, they purposely let the TLX win to avoid embarrassment

  48. Superdimensional

    Superdimensional

    2 months ago

    I’m gonna zonk you for saying zonk lol

  49. Lambros Stamos

    Lambros Stamos

    2 months ago

    I would like a Spoon Sports treatment, engine cover included. No sunroof, yes to a carbon one.

  50. Tywan James

    Tywan James

    2 months ago

    That active exhaust sounds like sh-t.

  51. Triple P

    Triple P

    2 months ago

    Wow this car is keeping up with an NSX! I'm really interested now!

  52. Pure Organic Love

    Pure Organic Love

    2 months ago

    This was awesome! Thanks for that POV. I had the last Type S and I can’t WAIT to drive/own this one!! Same color 😍

  53. Dennis Ellis

    Dennis Ellis

    2 months ago

    I'm new to your videos. I like that you bring humor to your videos. It's never a dull moment with you. I also see you know your cars.. If Toyota can bring back the classic Supra then why can't Acura bring back the following cars.. The Acura Legend Gs, Vigor.. CL, TL, RL , RSX... The Acura Legend has one of the coolest name for an automobile. To discontinue the Legend by Acura was a unwise decision. The Legend was killing the competition.. A luxury car from the land of the rising Sun was unlike no other car at that time.. Lexus and Infiniti can thank Acura. If it wasn't for the existence of Acura there would have been no luxury car company such as Lexus and Infiniti. Acura started it. The other two follow.. Acura came first and has been around since 1986 . Honda, Toyota, Nissan. Acura, Lexus, Infiniti..

  54. Felix engine

    Felix engine

    2 months ago

    Acura can move chess pieces around in their board room all they want. Nobody I know would cross shop this against any of the German cars, its just a different prestige level. The real competition here is going to be the G70? Those red guages look terrible and the mousepad needs to go but the screen is to far for touch? Why no HUD?

  55. CAPITIS -

    CAPITIS -

    2 months ago

    That exhaust note is amazing.. being biased toward German cars, recently all of them haven’t been feeling “special” enough. This NEEDS to be in my driveway.

  56. RockGod333

    RockGod333

    2 months ago

    The numbers for manual transmissions all across the board have dropped significantly over the past 5 to 10 years. The auto manufacturers have to take into account how many are actually sold and go from there. Besides, with the new technology put into todays auto trans, there's no need for manuals. That's my honest opinion.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      This is very true!

  57. MJ Zoom

    MJ Zoom

    2 months ago

    As long as the roof is, they coulda put a bigger sunroof in there, one that goes over the top since the roof is low

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      So true!

  58. MJ Zoom

    MJ Zoom

    2 months ago

    Ooohwee, sounds great!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      You know it!

  59. Dayne Rampersad

    Dayne Rampersad

    2 months ago

    hey JOE talk to the acura guys and see if they will make us an NSX- Type-S with 640hp

  60. MrFergilo

    MrFergilo

    2 months ago

    ok this is uuuhhh great, don't know, its either this or a used BMW M3 8 cylinder

  61. RJB

    RJB

    2 months ago

    Joe it’s official, you’re INDYCAR car race certified. I really enjoyed this!!!

  62. Raymond Ibarra

    Raymond Ibarra

    2 months ago

    Price is too high for that

  63. Jim Newcombe

    Jim Newcombe

    2 months ago

    Still driving my 2007 Type S since I bought it off the lot at Hendrick Acura in September 2007. My son is turning 18 this month, he will inherit what is still one of my favorite cars of all time. I put my downpayment on a 2021 back in December 2020. Delivery has been pushed back from May to July 2021 for my Blue/Orchid with NSX rims. There are only going to be 1,800 of these made this with each dealer getting around 10-12 in the US. Hendrick has already sold 8 of their 10 prior to delivery. If you really want one of these, I wouldn't delay your decision. The good news is there will be more in 2022. Personally, I can't wait for this machine to deliver especially after watching all of these Laguna Seka reviews I've been watching online.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      That is so very awesome!

  64. L P

    L P

    2 months ago

    Car is nice but not worth 50k no thanks….pricing is where all these manufacturers drop the ball

    • L P

      L P

      2 months ago

      @Raiti's Rides excellent review btw man i come to your channel for the most info

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  65. ZIPP Mth

    ZIPP Mth

    2 months ago

    I have been waiting for this baby and looks it worth it. However I strongly suggest Acura to rearrange placement of gages. My TL is in the Shop so I have been driving TLX for a week now, that info digital gage right in the middle of your face is not what you want to see when driving performance sedan. Graphics are a decade old and font is small...

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I am so glad that I can share this one with you!

  66. Jeansox

    Jeansox

    2 months ago

    Pano sunroof Acura!!!!! Please!!!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  67. Richard Sandridge

    Richard Sandridge

    2 months ago

    Cheaper than a Supra.

  68. F

    F

    2 months ago

    Nice looking exterior and decent engine but ill have to zonk few things : The front badge with that ugly glossy background The interior design is just unbalanced. I like the seats but other than that its just lacking class The exterior paint on this and the new Hondas is thin and weak The last zonk goes to the price , you can get better motor for the money

  69. Justin Nini

    Justin Nini

    2 months ago

    is this vehicle made in Ohio?

  70. Bruce Sokol

    Bruce Sokol

    2 months ago

    Great Review Joe as usual!!!! as i frantically try to figure out how i can afford this!!! Looks great sounds great! Keep up the good work bud.

  71. LARRY FISHKIND

    LARRY FISHKIND

    2 months ago

    Nice car BUT 50k ! No way ! Much better options out there for that price tag

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Give me some options!

  72. Winn3r

    Winn3r

    2 months ago

    Just built one fully loaded 55k i had a fully loaded 440i and was 63k. Cant beat the price might have to get 1 to own.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I totally agree with you!

  73. David Che

    David Che

    2 months ago

    I had been waiting with bated breath for the new TLX Type S and while it's an amazing performance sedan, I don't feel it's "worth the price" against a Stinger GT2. To use Joe's word, the TLX Type S has NO head up display. ZONK! No 4 camera surround view. ZONK! Both of these are available in the turbo 4 Advance package. The Stinger GT2 also has more HP and torque. Plus you get blind spot imaging AND remote start included in the price. 55 grand gets you everything plus AWD in the Stinger while 55 grand in the TLX does NOT give you a head up display, 4 cameras, blind spot images etc.. I will choose the loaded Stinger GT2 and if the Type S ever has these features at a similar price point later on, we'll see.

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  74. Angelo Solorio

    Angelo Solorio

    2 months ago

    I think it’s a very good car for the price. I know it’s closest powertrain/drivetrain competition is the Audi S4 but I think the best comparison for value, price and size is the Kia Stinger GT 2. They are close to the same price and have a similar near luxury feel. The stinger is actually shorter in length and lighter in weight, but for daily driving it wouldn’t really matter much. Definitely a tough choice between the two if you ask me!

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      This is so very true!

  75. LiveInside TheMatrix

    LiveInside TheMatrix

    2 months ago

    55k their nuts its still very mundane and basic. I can understand they came out of the woodwork with more horsepower than anybody else but 350 is right at the beginning of the horsepower spec in 2021 for a turbo V6.If they would’ve done it right with 400+ maybe 450 that would’ve been show stopper

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing your input on this one.

  76. Sushi Boyz

    Sushi Boyz

    2 months ago

    Its FWD .... conversation over

  77. George mour

    George mour

    2 months ago

    bring those beasts to Europe

  78. KING DAVID

    KING DAVID

    2 months ago

    Speed Racer!

  79. jay masterflash

    jay masterflash

    2 months ago

    Question. Is the maintenance pricy?

  80. Lue Thao

    Lue Thao

    2 months ago

    Could work more on the exhaust. It’s a type S for a reason! Kinda disappointed on hp. Wishing it could be 400-415. But hey keep it up! You rock!

  81. Jordan Harmon

    Jordan Harmon

    2 months ago

    This car can run

  82. kyledeansgt

    kyledeansgt

    2 months ago

    Another automatic “sports” car 👎🏼

  83. Joskj j

    Joskj j

    2 months ago

    Acura is back

  84. Jared Swisher

    Jared Swisher

    2 months ago

    No manual is 100% the reason I traded my 07 type S for an STI

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I feel your pain!

  85. hitwonda talk di ting dem

    hitwonda talk di ting dem

    2 months ago

    Joe ur killing it on.the track 👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Thanks for taking the ride with me!

  86. hitwonda talk di ting dem

    hitwonda talk di ting dem

    2 months ago

    I love this car it looks dope

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      I know how you feel!

  87. RYE PRODUCTIONS

    RYE PRODUCTIONS

    2 months ago

    This was 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    • Raiti's Rides

      Raiti's Rides

      2 months ago

      Trust me I know how you feel!

  88. gran baron

    gran baron

    2 months ago

    Manuel it will be best cvt sucks

  89. Aj Ah

    Aj Ah

    2 months ago

    I I should have putted the speed number there too

  90. Gjanachannel

    Gjanachannel

    2 months ago

    Theres only one huge problem Kia stinger 😩

  91. coachJ39

    coachJ39

    2 months ago

    no manual tlx. no manual mazda 3 turbo, no manual accord. whole automotive industry gets a FUCKING ZONK from me damnit

  92. Susan C

    Susan C

    2 months ago

    Wow, love the performance on the speedway. I am not a car enthusiast, however, the thrill of travelung super fast, hearing the rev in that powerful engine, speeding on the twisty drive almost makes me want to buy it. The truth is I work mostly from home, go out once a week for errands and shopping locally within 5 mile from home. Thisgorgeous sports car would be wasted on someone like me who works 24/7 at home and drives very little. Thank you for the exciting thrill of a ride. So happy to find your channel, fantastic reviews, very detailed with showing us the specs on thisgorgeous machine!!!! Your awesome, thrilling video made my day, THANK YOU!!!!!☺☺☺

  93. The Niger Room

    The Niger Room

    2 months ago

    You did a great job reviewing this car. I felt like I was on the track. Looks like I'm going Type S once I pay off my 2017 TLX.

  94. Sean Anand

    Sean Anand

    2 months ago

    Its a home run for Acura bout time

  95. dcplatano1

    dcplatano1

    2 months ago

    Lol ill go with lexus this to expensive and no automatic folding mirrors, no automatic steering wheel ect

  96. Mike

    Mike

    2 months ago

    Really want this car, but am a bit frustrated they're still sticking with no touch screen, also still no rear passenger usb, that last part especially is kind of unacceptable for a luxury sedan.

  97. Typicalobserver

    Typicalobserver

    2 months ago

    Nice one Joe, sorry I wasn't here for the celebration of breaking 1/2 a mil subs. Congrats on such a momentous achievement. Keep em coming!

  98. Owen

    Owen

    2 months ago

    Just a fancy civic

  99. Steven Cheng

    Steven Cheng

    2 months ago

    They need to come out with a 6spd manual transmission

  100. Von Tae

    Von Tae

    2 months ago

    Another great review! I even enjoy watching your reviews on cars that I'm not interested in buying. Thanks for the dedication and passion behind all of your reviews.

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