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2020 Acura TLX Interior Review


Interior: 6.9

The 2020 Acura TLX earns mixed reviews for its overall cabin appearance and build quality. Passenger and cargo space are a bit undersized for the class. Tech features in the car are fairly straightforward and intuitive.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acura generally has better-than-average build quality. Our test car had a misplaced door trim panel and a creaky center console. All parts are good quality, but there are a lot of overlapping panels and junctions that demand a high degree of manufacturing and assembly capability." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Cabin quality reflects the TLX's bargain price, with lots of silver plastic and grainy, hard materials below elbow level. Rival sedans from Cadillac, Lexus and Jaguar have similar drop-offs, but others — particularly rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz — are more consistent." -- (2018)


The TLX seats five on standard synthetic leather upholstery and comes with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Optional features include premium Milano leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.


The front seats are comfortable and supportive and offer a decent amount of space, but the second-row seats are tight on both headroom and legroom.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, and it requires some force to attach the car-seat anchors.

  • "Legroom for rear passengers is a little tight at 34.5 inches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The excellent bolstering and grippy seat material ensure you'll never slide around. The adjustable thigh extension and lumbar support keep pressure points to a minimum. … You never feel as if you're in a big car, and the TLX doesn't make you feel claustrophobic either. The center console armrest and the door armrest are at the same height, and rear kneeroom and toe room are excellent for the segment. The width of the rear seat, though, is marginal." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The TLX suffers a bit in the passenger-room department, but that's really only an issue for larger folks. There's good (not great) headroom and legroom in front, and we found the seats to be very comfortable. It's a somewhat different in back, where there's only enough headroom for those up to about 5'11, and while my 5'9 frame found barely enough legroom behind a front seat pushed all the way back, foot space was very tight, noticed mostly on attempted exit. The center tunnel is also quite tall and wide, limiting foot space for a center passenger." -- Consumer Guide (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 TLX include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a dual-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker premium stereo. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a 10-speaker ELS Studio premium audio system, navigation, HD Radio, GPS-linked climate control, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster display, wireless device charging, remote start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and front and rear parking sensors.

Critics are mixed on the TLX's two-screen setup. Some think that it's easy to use and features quick responses, while others feel overwhelmed by the system.

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  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acura's solution to info overload is to display data on two screens. It's logical, but it causes distraction when interacting with it. The screen that looks as if it's controlled with a knob is actually a touchscreen, while the screen that should be a touchscreen is controlled with a knob." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The new system features greatly rationalized screens, and there's a lot less need to click around, and less functional overlap between the screens. … Despite having the same underlying processing power, the system is 30 percent quicker. Plus, it's just plain easier to get the information you want to call up, many of the graphics look better, and you can keep tabs on more functions at the same time." -- CNET (2018)


The TLX has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a little below average for a luxury midsize car. The trunk itself is deep, but its shape makes it challenging to load wider cargo.

  • "14 cubic feet of trunk space is generous." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Trunk space is good for the class, with a deep, low floor. The trunk shape works well for longer pieces of cargo; wide items will have to be Tetrised in. The deep compartment below the trunk floor can hold three to four grocery bags. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down, though the aperture is small." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Trunk space — or at least, usefulness — lags just a bit. The area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load area, though they're covered to prevent damage to cargo. The rear seat backs fold, but they leave a restricted opening and a two-step rise that prevents long items from being easily slid forward. On the plus side, there's a good amount of hidden storage under the floor." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
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