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Eric's Autos: 2021 Acura TLX

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You may have noticed how racy new sedans are looking, even formerly conservative-looking family sedans like the Accord. Their designers have been focusing on how they look because of how practical crossovers and SUVs are.

The new TLX looks really racy.

What's ironic about all this show is that the TLX is actually a pretty practical sedan -- certainly relative to several of its rivals, including the Audi A4 and the Lexus IS. For example, the Acura has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space versus 10.8 in the Lexus IS and 12 in the Audi.

It also has 34.9 inches of rear seat legroom versus 32.2 in the Lexus IS.

Both rear seats fold forward, too, creating a large pass-through that significantly increases the viable cargo-carrying capacity of the TLX.

The Rest

The 17-speaker, 710-watt ELS ultrapremium audio system with twin Telford subwoofers (standard in the Type S) is exceptional; it's one of the best available in this class -- or any other.


The Bottom Line

Sedans are a tougher sell these days, but Acura hopes a sedan that's a bit larger and a lot stronger than its comparably priced rivals will sell.

We'll soon know.


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