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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Acura TLX ranked #12 in Luxury Midsize Cars. Currently the Acura TLX has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.6
Reliability: TBD

2019 Acura TLX Review

The 2019 Acura TLX is practical and efficient, but it doesn't have the athleticism or interior luxury of many class rivals, which is why it finishes near the bottom of its class rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Good gas mileage
  • Plenty of standard and available features
  • Lower starting price than competitors
  • Below-average trunk space
  • Rivals are quicker
  • Rivals handle better
  • Rivals are more opulent

Is the Acura TLX a Good Car?

The Acura TLX is a pretty good car. It gets good gas mileage and has two engine options that are suitable for daily driving. The cabin looks good, the seats are fairly comfortable, and there are plenty of standard and available tech features. However, many other luxury midsize cars have more dynamic engines, better handling, more upscale interiors, and more trunk space than this Acura sedan.

Should I Buy the Acura TLX?

This Acura is a practical luxury sedan with a below-average starting price. That makes it worth a look from a value standpoint. However, if you have some flexibility in your budget, note that many other cars in the class can provide everything the TLX does – and then some. Rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series are probably worth the extra money.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Acura TLX?

The 2019 TLX is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. There haven't been a lot of notable changes in recent years. In fact, there are no major changes for 2019, and there were none for 2017 either. The only notable change for 2018 was the addition of the A-Spec model, which adds a touch more athleticism to the TLX.

With so few changes between the model years, it's worth looking at used models. Going even a couple of years back could potentially save you thousands of dollars compared to a new TLX. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 Acura TLX and 2018 Acura TLX. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 37 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current TLX generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Acura TLX Cost?

The TLX carries a lower base price than almost every class rival: $33,000. In fact, even the TLX with Advance package, which is essentially a fully loaded TLX, has a price tag of around $44,000. That’s lower than the base price of some other luxury midsize cars.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

Acura TLX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Acura TLX or Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has arguably the best interior in the class. It's stylish and opulent, the seats are comfortable, and there's a tremendous number of available tech features. The E-Class even has a wagon body style for those who need the most available cargo capacity. The Mercedes-Benz offers a lineup of energetic engines, including some high-performance models. It also handles well and rides smoothly. The only advantage the TLX has over the E-Class is its far lower starting price. Despite the cost difference, the E-Class is still the better choice, as it’s a much better vehicle.

Which Is Better: Acura TLX or BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series costs much more than the TLX, but it also finishes much higher in our class rankings. The 5 Series delivers terrific performance thanks to its powerful engines and sharp handling, and it still rides smoothly and gets good gas mileage. Inside, the 5 Series looks and feels modern, has extremely comfortable seats, and offers tech features that the TLX doesn't. The BMW also has a larger trunk. The BMW may cost more, but it's far superior to the Acura and definitely worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Acura TLX or Acura ILX?

The Acura ILX is a luxury small car, and it's kind of like the TLX's little brother. Since the TLX is bigger, it offers more passenger and cargo space. Otherwise, both Acuras offer similar build quality and features availability. They also have comparable base engines and feel similar behind the wheel. However, the TLX offers a V6 engine option, while the ILX does not. This comparison boils down to whether you're willing to pay more (by about $5,000) for the TLX's extra space.

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TLX Interior

How Many People Does the TLX Seat?

This Acura sedan seats five people. Up front, you'll find plenty of space and a lot of bolstering, which helps keep you in place while driving. The rear seats can accommodate two adults, but they're not wide enough for three people.

TLX and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats. The system earns a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

TLX Interior Quality

Inside, the TLX is generally well-built, and its overall look and feel match its price point. However, there's a mix of high- and low-rent materials, and several rivals feel more luxurious.

TLX Cargo Space

Many other luxury midsize cars have larger trunks than the TLX, which has just over 14 cubic feet of space. That's still enough room for about 10 shopping bags, and there's a storage compartment beneath the trunk floor that can hold a couple more.

TLX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the TLX include a moonroof, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker sound system, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include navigation, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, wireless phone charging, and AcuraLink.

The infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as some rival systems. The dual-screen setup – one of which is a touch screen – takes time to figure out, and the controls aren't in the most convenient locations.

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TLX Performance

TLX Engine: Less Dynamic Than Rivals' Engines

This Acura gives you the choice between a 206-horsepower four-cylinder base engine and an available 290-horsepower V6. The four-cylinder passes the test in daily driving, but the V6's additional power is welcome. With either TLX engine, you won't get the punchy acceleration provided by some competitors' turbocharged engines.

TLX Gas Mileage: Better Than Most

Most other luxury midsize sedans are looking up at the TLX's gas mileage ratings. It earns 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the base engine. The V6 earns a few mpg less. Compared to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, driving the TLX will save you about $150 per year on gas.

TLX Ride and Handling: Not the TLX's Strong Suit

This Acura rides smoothly – even over rough roads – but its handling leaves room for improvement. While the TLX is poised around turns, you won't want to cut loose in this sedan. The A-Spec model is more dynamic, but it still lacks the athleticism of most competitors.

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TLX Reliability

Is the Acura TLX Reliable?

The 2019 TLX does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Acura TLX Warranty

Acura backs the TLX with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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TLX Safety

TLX Crash Test Results

The 2019 TLX earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

TLX Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and AcuraWatch. AcuraWatch is a suite of advanced safety features including lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure warning, and lane departure warning.

Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and a surround-view camera.

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Which Acura TLX Model Is Right for Me?

Unlike many other cars, the TLX doesn't really have trim levels. Instead, you can choose from a series of packages to add features. They're known as the Technology, A-Spec, and Advance packages.

For most buyers, the TLX with Technology package is the best option in the lineup. It includes most of the features you can get in this Acura, and it still costs thousands of dollars less than a fully loaded TLX. It's worth noting, however, that the A-Spec package sharpens the TLX's handling, so that's something to consider if you prioritize driving enjoyment.

Acura TLX Standard

The TLX Standard carries a base price of $33,000. It comes with a 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

Standard features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, satellite radio, a dual-screen infotainment system, a seven-speaker sound system, smartphone connectivity, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

You can upgrade to a 290-horsepower V6 (which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission) for $3,200. Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is available for $2,000, but you can only add it if you also upgrade to the V6.

Acura TLX Technology Package

The TLX with Technology package has a starting price of $36,700. In addition to the base trim's features, the TLX Technology package comes with Milano leather upholstery, GPS-linked climate control, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, HD Radio, navigation, AcuraLink, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Upgrading to the V6 costs $3,400, and all-wheel drive costs $2,000.

Acura TLX A-Spec

The TLX A-Spec starts at $39,400. Standard features include ventilated front seats and front and rear parking sensors. You can upgrade to the V6 for $3,400, and AWD costs $2,000.

Acura TLX Advance Package

The TLX with Advance package has a starting price of $43,950. The V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission come standard in this trim. Other standard features include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view camera. You can add AWD for $2,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Acura TLX is a decent value from a price standpoint, and there are some reasons to like this sedan. However, there are many areas where class rivals are on par with or superior to the TLX, which is why it finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The TLX has always represented a fine value in the premium-midsize class, something that has earned it a Consumer Guide Best Buy rating ever since it came out. The 2018 model is the best yet, and the new A-Spec brings back fond memories of when 'Acura' and 'sporty' were virtually synonymous." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • "Value remains the best reason to buy a TLX, but with the 2018 model going on sale in June, it's far from the only one. The A-Spec variant is more fun to drive and showy than other TLXs have ever been before, yet each model would make a good commuter. Fuel efficiency and brand status aren't the car's strong suits, but the 2018 TLX is more worthy of consideration than it's been before. And with standard active safety tech, you'll experience features that might have been out of reach on nonloaded first-tier luxury brand alternatives." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "Refreshed for 2018, the Acura TLX sedan remains a strong value choice in a large class. … Luxury sedan shoppers with a $40,000 budget have enough choices to fill a Cheesecake Factory menu, and though the TLX can't go blow-for-blow against the best of them for performance or quality, it thumps most of them in value." -- Cars.com (2018)
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