The redesigned 2021 Acura TLX is longer, wider, lower and has a more expansive hood to give it the classic proportions of a sports sedan. It echoes the well-received 2019 Type S Concept that was a thinly veiled precursor to the production sedan. Acura's Type S performance variant is also being revived on the latest TLX midsize sedan after a decadelong hiatus. Mechanically, the updated model rides on a new platform and suspension architecture with a double-wishbone front suspension, new 10-speed automatic transmission and a four-cylinder turbo motor, which is borrowed from the RDX and makes 272 hp. We've gathered some highlights of early TLX reviews from the automotive media.
"The TLX can't match the nimbleness of the OG Integra, but those new control arms kept the front end just as firmly planted through these bumpy, quick-transition turns. Similarly, there's no matching the steering feel of the midengine NSX, but aggressive torque vectoring from the SH-AWD rear axle faintly called to mind the mild passive rear steering allowed by the aggressive, tire-consuming rear toe-in on original NSXs. This system can now send 70 percent of available engine torque to the rear — all of which can be sent to one wheel if necessary."
-- Frank Markus, MotorTrend