The 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec is an Impressive New Japanese Luxury Sedan

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The Acura TL and TSX were two loved sporty sedans that were combined into one car back in 2015. The was designed to blend the strengths of both cars but unfortunately didn’t really do it, harmoniously. For 2021, the all-new sees one of the most comprehensive redesigns in Acura’s history and while a is on the way next year, this offers a lot of bang for your buck and should give luxury sedan buyers a genuinely good alternative to European offerings.


  1. Redline Reviews

    Redline Reviews

    Year ago

    The wait is over! You guys have been requesting a full review on the new Acura TLX all summer long and here it is! It gets us excited for the upcoming Type S, as the base engine is more luxury sedan versus sport sedan.

    • Maggie M

      Maggie M

      4 months ago

      @iishyxvietxboyii1 is it still

    • Nick Manning

      Nick Manning

      8 months ago

      Great car but short on power and it does sound like a 4 cylinder

    • D H

      D H

      9 months ago

      You guys are way too hung up on where a car model is manufactured. It's about the brand. Acura is a Japanese company, Ford is an American company, etc. That's what he means when he says "new Japanese luxury sedan".

    • Erik Wilson

      Erik Wilson

      9 months ago

      The TLX was manufactured and designed by USA not Japanese, in essence it is an American car

    • Chuck Simonds

      Chuck Simonds

      9 months ago

      The don't offer a panoramic sunroof because it compromises rigidity.



    8 days ago


  3. Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez

    13 days ago

    What kind of fucking horror movie is this intro from lmao

  4. Bharat Darjipati

    Bharat Darjipati

    22 days ago

    Bought a white TLX A-spec on Labor day. Absolutely loving the drive. Finding reasons to drive the car.

  5. 有时真忍不住笑


    Month ago

    2 litre with turbo, thank you. 3.5 litre with or without turbo should be better,

  6. Mike A

    Mike A

    2 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.



    2 months ago

    I'd get a v6 v4 just sounds raspy in some cars

  8. Parth Jain

    Parth Jain

    3 months ago

    Let's suddenly merge on the highway and do a 0-60....good road sense😃

  9. Michael Morales

    Michael Morales

    3 months ago

    what are the dimension of the TLX?

  10. CB L

    CB L

    3 months ago

    Type S is awesome. It’s hard to just look at the cars while the reviewers pick it apart for their personal tastes. I guess the A-Spec is the best alternative to spending thousands more.

  11. Tim of free thought

    Tim of free thought

    4 months ago

    All manufacturers can take all that tech and stick it in a dark place ! Give up on a ridiculous sunroof that opens to the outside and give me a killer stereo that will play 70's and 80's rock like I'm at a concert and make it easy to use ! NO F' ing menu's. Keep it light and put serious (not ridiculous) brakes on it !

  12. Don Finkey

    Don Finkey

    4 months ago

    Some folks like me…. Could care less if you can’t get a pano roof. I don’t even care if it has a hole in the roof or not. I know, I’m in the minority. 👍

  13. Viet Tommy

    Viet Tommy

    4 months ago

    Honda Accord 2.0 or Acura TLX A-Spec?

  14. RedmanLS3


    4 months ago

    Nope. Because infiniti q50/60 will eat that acura all day

  15. Norm T

    Norm T

    4 months ago

    Someone gets walked?! That was a run! That had to +10 mph more at the end of the quarter mile for Guilia 2.0T than the Honda+ single turbo V6.

  16. Rakhsi Prayogo

    Rakhsi Prayogo

    4 months ago

    is Faster Than a 2021 Infiniti Q50

  17. oldsnwbrdr


    5 months ago

    My wish list… mild hybrid power train, more sound insulation, massaging seats, mp3 audio (this is the only car that doesn’t play my usb music)

  18. G.D. Man

    G.D. Man

    5 months ago

    Excellent information 😎

  19. Jacob Estrada

    Jacob Estrada

    5 months ago

    My 1994 Acura Integra (manual) was the best car I ever owned and it was so fun to drive. I haven't seen another Acura that I've really liked until now.

  20. John Watson

    John Watson

    5 months ago

    The Type R has a larger turbo, different internals and a different engine management system. Larger turbo = more power at higher rpm. This engine is more like the Accords than the Type R's

  21. ugotserved911


    5 months ago

    This guy talks with no pauses. No periods. Just one long sentence that lasts 27 minutes. I bet her shaved off 5-8 minutes of what would’ve been a 35 min video. I always try to catch his brain jumping to the next thing he decides to talk about in the car but he’s just so quick. I thought I almost caught the pause at reverse camera stuff but he transitioned so fast. It’s like he has a 3s crossfade setting for his speech. #shutupimapisces

  22. Stephen Long

    Stephen Long

    5 months ago

    The Honda Accord with the 2.0T would smoke this thing....

    • Gina R

      Gina R

      4 months ago

      Agreed. Too bad the accord doesnt look as good as the TLX.

  23. Nick Krikorian

    Nick Krikorian

    5 months ago

    hate the center dash

  24. Raaj M. Parikh

    Raaj M. Parikh

    5 months ago

    Acura nailed it. If only it had a panoramic roof.

  25. Jo Bot

    Jo Bot

    6 months ago

    would you get this or an RDX ? they are darn near the same price. (or a lower trim Audi A4... lol)

  26. Zodiac909


    6 months ago

    The Sythe rims of the Accord Sport, would look so sick on this car.

  27. g robles

    g robles

    6 months ago

    Typical ugly rear end Honda product. Long gone are the days where REAL car enthusiasts only cared about in what was under the hood 😪 I can't care less in how a key fob looks. It is AMAZING how can somebody care about that. 🙄

    • Gina R

      Gina R

      4 months ago

      If you want an old school car with no technology, get a STI. .lol

  28. kingdarius5252


    6 months ago

    How the hell do 16 speakers fit in this car? They must be really tiny. I would make the salesman show me every single one!

  29. mrheisthelogos


    6 months ago

    Sorry but I don't think this can compete with the Genesis g70!

  30. Mr. Oshawott [Ryan A.M.]

    Mr. Oshawott [Ryan A.M.]

    6 months ago

    Surprisingly, I've warmed up to the Acura TLX after watching this video. It seemingly has a slightly higher roof than most modern Sedans. Plus, I find the TLX's fascia more eye-pleasing.

  31. J Z

    J Z

    6 months ago

    It's hard to make a v4 sound good. But this is the way we are headed... *sigh*

  32. Juan Carraballo

    Juan Carraballo

    6 months ago

    digital & analog is the best cluster believe me 💯

  33. Juan Carraballo

    Juan Carraballo

    6 months ago

    acura had hit the nail bullseye seriously & on test drive this beauty soon.

  34. Derick Owens

    Derick Owens

    6 months ago

    Nice looking redesign. Just not impressive. Acura is lagging and doesn’t really feel much more premium than its sister company Honda.

  35. Omair Sheikh

    Omair Sheikh

    6 months ago

    Reviewers keep saying "Japanese Luxury sedan" when these new Acuras are all completely built in the US. More Americans should be proud of the quality in these new Acuras

    • RedmanLS3


      4 months ago

      Still a Japanese brand. No matter what it still Japanese. Should we call GM, chevy and Ford Mexican cars since it was built in Mexico? We need to give them credit too because I own a Mexican truck bruh

  36. cordinate81


    6 months ago

    Japan made in Ohio 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  37. 佐藤順哉


    7 months ago

    Acura, please release it in Japan! I will definitely buy it!

  38. Roll99Tide


    7 months ago

    I like my 2016 TL and my 2019 MDX ASPECT SH AWD , but I’m probably going to be switching to a certified Lexus GS 350 or an Audi S5 Sportback!

  39. william lee

    william lee

    7 months ago

    They made huge improvements but with this being a new generation, they could have done more. 3 series here I come

    • Will B. Smooth

      Will B. Smooth

      7 months ago

      Just wait for the Type comes out this summer.

  40. Bryan Lara

    Bryan Lara

    7 months ago

    you’d think you’d at least have a touch screen with this kind of trim level in 2021 like other car manufacturers 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  41. Tamon Yanagimoto

    Tamon Yanagimoto

    7 months ago

    No backseat USB’s ... ouch

  42. M O

    M O

    7 months ago

    Much better look, love the interior, but those specs!!!! Acura will just never get to that truly sport class. It's a damn shame. I have a 4th gen TLSHAWD and it's the best car I've ever owned. I always thought it should have been faster than the 305 rated hp. Don't even get me started on the lack of a manual. Acura should get back to the old days.

  43. A K

    A K

    7 months ago

    I think Honda (as is usual with them lately) is going about this the wrong way. They should have introduced the TLX Type-S (or even a Type-R) first, which would become a truly halo product, and then after a period, introduce the tamer, regular TLX, whose popularity would reflect off of the TLX Type-S/R. Currently, the TLX gets thrashed from a performance standpoint, by the Accord 2.0 and a variety of other high-performance models, and by the time the Type-S arrives, the damage will be done, and nobody would be buying the TLX anymore.

  44. Peter Tingley

    Peter Tingley

    7 months ago

    It's technically not Japanese, its an American made sedan with the FEEL of a Japanese car.

  45. Ziyi Chen

    Ziyi Chen

    7 months ago

    Dream car no doubt!

  46. Mike A

    Mike A

    7 months ago

    I hope that you can also review the redesigned 2021 VW Arteon. The lease on my 2019 Acura TLX A-Spec is coming to an end in 3 months and I am considering the Arteon with the Premium SEL R-Line package and the 2021 Acura TLX with the Advance package. I am curious to see your thoughts on the features, value, and driving dynamics. I think that the TLX looks more sporty/aggressive with the exterior and the Arteon looks more modern with the interior. Keep up the good work. Your reviews are always very thorough and informative.

  47. Jerry Wright

    Jerry Wright

    8 months ago

    They should have throw the V6 3.5 with 290 and not even put in the Honda 2.0T you just lost me Acura

  48. crocop2712


    8 months ago

    Shame we don't get these here in Switzerland

  49. Gipsy Avenger

    Gipsy Avenger

    8 months ago

    10 speed is this cars achilles heel not to mention it is a pig weighing in at @ 2 tons (3990). WTF ? Grab an Accord and be much happier.

  50. Bearded Builder

    Bearded Builder

    8 months ago

    I wonder if Acura will ever build an RSX again with a manual?....

  51. M H

    M H

    8 months ago

    The alloy wheel design is SO underwhelming... such missed opportunity! Come on, Acura! Keep up!

  52. SL


    8 months ago

    Call me old fashioned, but cars have to much tech these days. The segment going over the pad and screen was annoying. I feel these screens are getting out of hand and most of this shit is not necessary. Especially while operating something that could kill others while you look for your favorite song. Just drive the damn thing.

  53. Kritt Masta

    Kritt Masta

    8 months ago

    I think they did a good job didn't go full digital on the gauges. I like some of the classic analog. If they have analog clock like Lexus in the middle would have been even more amazing.

  54. Yashua Mpolokeng

    Yashua Mpolokeng

    8 months ago

    This car doesn't look Japanese at all, it looks American (don't know if that's good or bad). The interior doesn't seem like it will age well and the infotainment tambourine sound would get on my nerves.

  55. N M

    N M

    8 months ago

    This is SOICHIRO HONDA's dream! HEY!HONDA JAPAN's CEO! Why only overseas? Please!please!please bring this to the Japanese market! I'll buy it! Prove that Lexus isn't the only Sports sedan out there!

  56. Norm T

    Norm T

    8 months ago

    Then Cadillac shows up with 472 and 668 hp CT4-V and CT5-V for slight more money than 355hp Type-S!

  57. hmm hmm

    hmm hmm

    8 months ago

    let me save you 27 minutes : get a 3series.

  58. David Gonzalez

    David Gonzalez

    8 months ago

    Really really great review. Loving the new tlx but disliking the weak engine. I wouldnt think twice about this aspec awd if it had about 300 hp and a little but more torque. Great review!

  59. Norm T

    Norm T

    8 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

  60. Javi L

    Javi L

    8 months ago

    Keep up the good work

  61. tonyboy tonyboy

    tonyboy tonyboy

    9 months ago

    No damn way people will pay 50K+ out the door for an Accord+...4 Cylinder just not happening

    • Erick Sanchez

      Erick Sanchez

      6 months ago

      Completely different platform from the accord.

  62. Gerardo V.

    Gerardo V.

    9 months ago

    Nope, the Mazda 3 holds that distinction.

  63. Sergio Ruano

    Sergio Ruano

    9 months ago

    Don’t like it

  64. naywahn


    9 months ago

    9:13 A *LOT* of passengers are going to be changing the drive mode, when their "jam" comes on...

  65. o4komodo


    9 months ago

    I absolutely hate screens that just stick out of the dash like that. Looks tacky and cheap. Looks like someone just placed an ipad on top and called it a day.

  66. George Henry

    George Henry

    9 months ago

    Soyfan Bey i would ask you wich is better Acura Tlx or the new Lexus IS series?

  67. Traveller


    9 months ago

    Absence of touch pad for the screen could be a deal breaker, same with new MDX, it is an evolutionary way to unclutter dash board.

  68. M


    9 months ago

    the exhaust and backend are ugly

  69. Ronald Collins

    Ronald Collins

    9 months ago

    Thanks!!! Can't wait for the Type S review. The TLX is on my List. The Infotainment system has me wary.

  70. BobbyBoom13


    9 months ago

    Where is the V6 turbo?

  71. Pierre


    9 months ago

    Come on Acura too much money not too include simple things like auto start on the remote and power folding mirrors smh otherwise I like my 19 RDX advanced.

  72. N


    9 months ago

    Its nice...but wow...its over $50k with options? Only 270 hp? No thanks..

  73. Chase Visions

    Chase Visions

    9 months ago

    0 to 60 in 6.5 sec? Nah. It needs more power!

  74. MrWing


    9 months ago

    That are is so pretty it’s crazy

  75. Justin Thaw-Bolton

    Justin Thaw-Bolton

    9 months ago

    I like the new Acura TLX awd. But I wish Acura would have kept the 6 cylinder instead of giving the car a 4 cylinder. I am not a fan of the turbo 4 cylinder. I love Acura 6 cylinder engines they sound nice

  76. Cloneufc


    9 months ago

    This thing sucks! For 3.5K my RSX makes 450whp daily on stock internals.

  77. X X

    X X

    9 months ago

    Those dash gauges still suck. Like he said they’ve been around for far too long.

  78. Erwin K

    Erwin K

    9 months ago

    They fucked up the back of it lmao

  79. James Powles

    James Powles

    9 months ago

    I used to own and love the old 3G TL Type S. I had a couple of them actually an auto and a manual. Such a cool car and unfortunately I still just can’t get excited about Acura’s. I will say they’ve got the styling right. It’s a great looking car inside and out, but as a car enthusiast who has owned some impressive cars I can tell by watching the review and reactions it’s not an exciting car. I really hope the new Type S lives up to the hype, but even if it does I’m not sure I’d come back.

  80. Jerod Dawkins

    Jerod Dawkins

    9 months ago

    I live in the Atlanta area (land of cars) and I’m not seeing this car on the road. Why????

  81. Uba Okereke

    Uba Okereke

    9 months ago

    Honda has the same vehicle trim issues with the Accord. You have to step up to the EX trim to get remote start, blind spot monitoring. Can't get it on the sport trim, which is dumb.

  82. warset


    9 months ago

    This is designed and built in the USA. And also the Acura brand is not available for the Japanese market.

  83. Matthau San

    Matthau San

    9 months ago

    I'll save my money and get a 2.0 turbo Accord. Same motor, front wheel drive, and a faster 0-60 time. The Accord probably does 80 plus percent of the TLX on a daily use.

  84. Tiburon Negro y blanco

    Tiburon Negro y blanco

    9 months ago

    The best

  85. JuanitoMaxxCarnaje


    9 months ago

    2022 Genesis G70 is where it will be at

  86. Chris Cole

    Chris Cole

    9 months ago

    Acura hasn't impressed me since the legend over 20yrs ago..They just dont compare to other luxury brands in style & look. They don't have presence.

  87. Maurice Kwurue

    Maurice Kwurue

    9 months ago

    I will take my chances on the Kia Stinger over the Type S

  88. DL ABC

    DL ABC

    9 months ago

    nissan altima is faster then this car

  89. HueTubeR


    10 months ago

    4-cylinder turbo bullshit. Give me back my V6!

  90. BartekPLUS


    10 months ago

    Yeah... no.

  91. The Rookie 7117

    The Rookie 7117

    10 months ago

    I like the front of the car, not really feeling the back of it though

  92. [Blank]


    10 months ago

    The next thing I want Acura to do (after redesigning the ILX) is to wagonify the TLX.

  93. Mikey T

    Mikey T

    10 months ago

    What is the break in period for it? I checked my manual and I can't find anything about it. I've been gentle and haven't wanted to accelerate too fast yet haha. I agree about the ride. I have the Advance and the suspension is insanely comfortable. I hate to say it, but it is actually smoother than my step mom's 2020 Audi A6.

  94. Sohail60659


    10 months ago

    I’ve this same exact car as in the review. They should put the rims from the RDX A-Spec and add better side sills and exhaust tips like the ones from the last generation A-Spec. Other than that the exterior is beautiful. The interior gives you the feel of a sports car, which is very cool compared to the Audis I’ve owned. The engine doesn’t serve the car well. Too coarse and drone-like when pushed harder. Car of this size needs a V6 like the one from the 3rd generation. I feel that Acura purposely held back a few exterior touches and then the engine to make sure that the Type S version is more distinctive and desirable. Acura moving in the right direction though!

  95. Billdolladrmz_ B

    Billdolladrmz_ B

    10 months ago

    When Exactly Is That V6 Actually Coming 🤨

    • Aarush Tripathi

      Aarush Tripathi

      8 months ago

      If you are talking about the Type S model, then it will be Spring of 2021.

  96. Jerry Gartrell

    Jerry Gartrell

    10 months ago

    I can’t believe they didn’t add a panoramic sunroof 🤦🏽‍♂️

    • Shohruh Shamanov

      Shohruh Shamanov

      8 months ago

      and they won't, they only offer it in RDX and MDX, even base models. However, most of the TLX competitors don't have panoramic sunroof either.

  97. dhruv pathak

    dhruv pathak

    10 months ago

    R.I.P. BMW 3 series!

  98. Cooleye 888

    Cooleye 888

    10 months ago

    SO DISSAPOINTED, I love the looks though. Yes the Type S might make up with the power but its still heavy for sure and not nimble. I hope im wrong.

  99. A TLX

    A TLX

    10 months ago

    Thank you :)

  100. BASExKING


    10 months ago

    I thought acura was a car company not a boat company 🤪