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2020 Acura TLX

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MSRP Range :
$33,995 - $46,945
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27 MPG
206 HP
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You like the good things in life, but refuse to pay through the nose. The 2020 TLX starts at $33,995. Look at the main rivals, then option them up to the TLX’s level of standard equipment, including a full array of safety features, and the price difference becomes almost unjustifiable.


What’s the point of having a luxury car if there isn’t some prestige attached? Where’s the apparent reward for all that hard work? Acura’s “fly under the radar” demeanor, whether deliberate or not, can deter some buyers just as it may attract others. And if you’re a rear-drive enthusiast, you should probably go straight to the BMW dealership.

What's New For 2020

Apart from expanding the choice of exterior paintwork colors from seven to eight, not much has changed for the 2020 TLX. New premium hues (at $400) include Canyon Bronze Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl and -- exclusive to the TLX A-Spec model -- Apex Blue Pearl.

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2020 Acura TLX Pricing

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$33,995 - $46,945

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2020 Acura TLX Expert Review

The 2020 Acura TLX cuts its own path through the dense jungle of premium-compact sedans. Its formula of impeccable build quality, absolute reliability and generous standard equipment has made an impression on buyers, who keep flocking to the TLX. It doesn’t have German presence like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, nor does it have the European style of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE or the aesthetic impact of the revived Volvo S60. And it starts out as a front-wheel-drive model, displeasing the enthusiasts. However, there’s a large contingent of luxury-car drivers who don’t care which wheels are driven as long as they get them home at night and back to work the next morning.

Driving the 2020 Acura TLX

The entry-level 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine links to an 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission that works fine. The 3.5-liter V6 connects to a 9-speed regular automatic that needs to be in Sport mode to respond as quickly as it should. Front-drive versions enjoy rear-wheel steering that enhances agility and makes parking easier. Having the V6 in this configuration is asking for understeer, where the nose runs wide and any fun evaporates. All-wheel-drive versions are exclusively V6-powered and include SH-AWD. The “SH” part means “Super Handling” and it isn’t Acura being whimsical. By sending power to wheels with the most grip, the ability to maintain tight, fast cornering lines is amplified. A-Spec models ride slightly firmer, pleasantly so, but don’t have any more power.

Favorite Features

Plenty of premium-sporty sedans offer intelligent all-wheel-drive systems, but this one might be able to discuss quantum mechanics with Neil deGrasse Tyson. As well as providing reassurance in bad weather, it engages in torque vectoring, sending power to individual wheels for optimum grip and stability.

The least expensive brand-new Acura TLX comes with integration for both kinds of popular smartphones as standard. This enables hands-free texting, access to personal music libraries and more.

2020 Acura TLX Interior

First impression: an unmistakable air of quality. Fit, finish, seat cushioning and cabin materials are all appropriate for the premium-compact-sedan class. The 2020 TLX offers perforated leather upholstery as a reasonably priced option, but the standard simulated stuff is pretty good. Models with the 4-cylinder engine have a regular gear selector, while V6 versions use a push-button system that takes some familiarization. A stacked double-screen arrangement for the infotainment system sits at the top of the center console. The upper display is for the phone, the lower touch screen for things like climate control and audio, so accessing often-used functions is made simple. Legroom for rear passengers is a little tight at 34.5 inches, but 14 cubic feet of trunk space is generous.

2020 Acura TLX Exterior

The relatively new look for the Acura TLX brings it into line with the marque’s other vehicles. It’s no Audi or Alfa Romeo, no strong styling philosophy or rich heritage in evidence, but it’s an improvement on what came before. Chrome accents front and rear, plus twin tailpipes adorn V6 models. The range-topping Advance package brings LED fog lights and a rear spoiler. A-Spec versions have their own cosmetic touches, like 19-inch alloy wheels with a Shark Gray finish.

2020 Acura TLX Standard Features

Every new TLX comes with an array of driver aids that includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. Automatic brake hold is another convenience that makes life easier for the right foot while waiting at stoplights. The rest of the standard equipment in the 2020 TLX is comprehensive, ranging from heated front seats that include 10-way-power adjustment for the driver to a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio.

2020 Acura TLX Options

Buyers looking at the 2020 TLX also have a 3.5-liter V6 to consider, along with the option of all-wheel drive. A Technology package is available with either engine, bringing navigation with real-time traffic updates, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker ELS audio upgrade. TLX versions with the V6 are eligible for an Advance package that includes heated rear seats/steering wheel, wireless charging, puddle lights, remote start and a 360-degree-camera setup. The A-Spec treatment may be applied across the range, adding darkened exterior and interior aesthetics, front/rear parking sensors and ventilated front seats.

2020 Acura TLX Engine

Propelling the 2020 TLX is either a base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 206 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 generating 290 horsepower. Neither output figure is that remarkable, but should be adequate for most purposes. The 4-cylinder engine pairs up with an 8-speed automated transmission, while the V6 has a 9-speed automatic. It’s possible (although not particularly advisable) to pair the V6 with front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) always requires this bigger engine. The V6 also deploys cylinder deactivation to save fuel, while those with all-wheel drive have an engine stop/start function. It’s somewhat obtrusive when the engine kicks back in, so some drivers will be pleased to know that it can be turned off. Acura recommends premium gasoline for both engines.

2.4-liter inline-4
206 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 mpg, 23/32 mpg (A-Spec)

3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31 mpg (FWD), 20/30 mpg (FWD A-Spec), 20/29 mpg (AWD models)

How Much Does the 2020 Acura TLX Cost?

Add a destination charge of $995 to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Acura TLX 2.4 with front-wheel drive and the total is $33,995. A V6-powered version starts at $37,195. The range-topping model with the Advance package is $45,950. These prices are all highly competitive when compared to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Even the Genesis G70, which makes a virtue of providing a lot of standard equipment, can’t give Acura sales staff sleepless nights. Before buying, check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new TLX. In yet another addition to the “Pros” column, resale values hold up well.

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2020 Acura TLX Consumer Reviews


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2019 Acura TLX

"Lots of positives and a few negatives"

head turning stying, handling, real good MPG
horrid paint quality, NOT SO"premium" sound system
Overall this car is great! I absolutely love the styling both inside and out. The A-spec trim level is a head turner, great body lines fantastic rims/wheels. The inside cabin is laid out nice, love the steering wheel and steering wheel controls, the gage cluster is real-real good. I averaged 32 mpg on a 1,400 mile road rip from South Carolina to Minnesota as well, about 28 around town, sp pretty darn good! The bad? Well the paint job is super cheap; my car has paint chips everywhere!! Sucks, I am not the only one either if you do a search on TLX & ILX paint jobs (newer ones, say 2014 and up) you will see there are a lot of complaints about the quality, or lack thereof the paint jobs coming out of the Ohio plant where they are made. I am hoping to bring this to Acura for a warranty claim, TBD for now…but no question they have an issue. Also, the “premium” sound system is a joke, they need a B & O one of even a Bose, their ELS I believe they call it is marginal and what I would expect in a 23K Mazda3. Over all great car, handles great, decent get up and go, fantastic styling…. Just that paint and fake “premium” sound system are my only 2 BIG dingers against it.Read less
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2018 Acura TLX

"Jerky transmission"

Affordable luxury car, good looks
Jerky transmission
Jerky transmission
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2018 Acura TLX

"Best Acura of 7 Ive leased since 98"

Best bang for your buck
Driver seat back doesnt lift high enough
Only reason I give it a 9, is the seat back does not rise high enough. For the money, this car is incredible With all the standard options, better tires, cooled & heated seats,transmission, suspension, etc., this car is awesome! As my brother, who owns a Ferrari, said; this car is a home run Still Night Pearl/Red leather interior is gorgeous A winner!
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2018 Acura TLX


Fun to drive, power, AWD, and safety
parking sensors and remote start not standard
After looking at BMW, I decided to get Acura for many reasons but most important was more standard features and AcuraWatch included with the 2018 models. BMW charges for everything including back-up camera while Acura includes a camera and AcuraWatch. Mostly all Acura models are built in the states including 70% of the vehicle parts are American made. Theo only negative would be parking sensors only available in the Advance package and you have the pay the large price to get AWD because it comes with the V-6 only. They should offer the V4 with a turbo as a standard engine.Read less
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2018 Acura TLX

"2018 Acura TLX A Spec"

I traded in my 2014 BMW 328I X drive with a stage 1 tuner for the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec. So far the Acura is the better car. The Acura is more comfortable and gets similar gas mileage, when not pushed to its limits. My only concern with the Acura is the navigation system. Acura tried to bring in cutting edge tech for its real time traffic but the technology is not there yet. Other then the navigation issues, the A Apec handles better and is more comfortable than a 3 series. Totally happy with my decision.
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2020 Acura TLX Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Audible Text Message Feature
  • Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry
  • Push-Button Engine Start
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Voice Recognition System


  • AM/FM Radio
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • # of Speakers - 7 speaker
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Dual Power Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette/Vinyl Seats
  • Power Driver's Lumbar Support Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Passenger's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener
  • Interior Ambient Lighting

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 23 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 33 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 27 mpg


  • Horsepower - 206 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6800 rpm
  • Torque - 182 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4500 rpm


  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Wood Interior Trim


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/55R17
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Tire Type - High Performance
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Spoiler
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 70000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 6 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 50000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years


  • Axle Ratio - 4.57
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Braking System - Collision Mitigation
  • Braking System - Collision Mitigation
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.4 liter
  • Compression Ratio - 11.6
  • Fuel Induction - Direct Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Branding - VTEC (Honda/Acura only)
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 8 speed
  • Recommended Fuel - Premium
  • Manual Mode - SportShift
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Paddle Shifters

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3505 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 93.3 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 17.2 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 37.2 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 36.7 inches
  • Height - 57.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.6 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 34.5 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.8 inches
  • Overall Length - 190.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 57.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 55.4 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 13.2 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 39.2 feet
  • Wheel Base - 109.3 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 73.0 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 850 pounds
  • Hip Room: Front - 55.3 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 54.9 inches
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2020 Acura TLX Safety

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2020 Acura TLX Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Collision Warning System
  • Collision Warning System with Auto Brake
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side View Cameras


2020 Acura TLX Rankings

206 HP
MPG Combined
27 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.3 Rating
2020 Acura TLX
206 HP

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