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Eric's Autos: 2021 Acura TLX

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The TLX is completely redesigned.

A much more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is now standard, and an even more powerful turbocharged V-6 is optional.

All-wheel drive is now available with the four, too. Previously, you had to buy the optional V-6 to get all-wheel drive.

What's Good

It's much more muscular than before -- with either engine.

You can still get a V-6 engine.

 

With the four, it's a deal relative to rivals in the class such as the Audi A4 -- which is also smaller and comes with a much less powerful standard engine.

What's Not So Good

You can only get the V-6 in the Type S variant, which is a much more expensive variant.

While the TL's front-wheel drive-based layout has an advantage in terms of traction, it's also the same basic layout you'll find underneath cars that aren't in the luxury-badged class (and price range). Most of the models in the TLX 's price range, such as the BMW 3 and the Lexus IS, are based on rear-wheel drive layouts -- which means you can light up the rear tires, if you're into that.

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