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Acura reveals more model details ahead of on-sale date for 2021 Acura TLX Type S

The TLX Type S model will go on sale this spring.

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After a 13-year hiatus, the Type S is back. The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will arrive at dealership in late May, just a few months after the 2021 Acura TLX made its lot debut.

The TLX Type S will be set apart from the regular TLX by exterior and interior enhancements. The include an open-surface diamond pentagon grille for increased airflow, large-quad exhaust outlets, and two-wheel options including an NSX-inspired lightweight wheel wrapped in a 255-series Pirelli P-Zero summer tire.

The 2021 TLX Type S builds on the most advanced version of the TLX and adds superior performance to the mix. The car is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that will produce 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That make the car the most powerful Type S model ever made.

2021 Acura TLX Type S front faceThe 2021 Acura TLX Type S has a functional quad-exhaust.Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura TLX Type S front face

The car's double-wishbone front suspension pairs with Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode. It comes standard with all-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology. That all plays into the Acura claims that the car will be the quickest and best handling in Type S history.

Acura will offer the TLX Type S in six different exterior colors and with the buyer's choice of three interior color schemes. Tiger Eye Pearl paint and the Orchid leather interior will be exclusive to Type S models.

The cabin is equipped with Ultrasuede-trimmed 16-way power-adjustable seats with adjustable side bolstering and Type S embossed headrests. Acura has given the new model many of the features and equipment of the TLX Advance Package including the ELS Studio 3D 17-speaker premium audio system.

Detailed information about the 2021 TLX Type S will be available closer to its on-sale date this May. It is expected to have a starting price around $50,000.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing

After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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The majority of new car buyers paid a markup in January 2022.


It's no secret that new car prices are climbing every year, as new technology and features make their way into even the most basic models. The issue is compounded by massive supply chain issues that have caused vehicle shortages for nearly every major automaker. Some dealers are taking advantage of record low inventory levels by marking up prices, and unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to a handful of bad apples. In analyzing recent sale price data, automotive publication Edmunds found that buyers paid a markup in a whopping 82.2 percent of all new vehicle purchases in January 2022, compared to just 2.8 percent a year before. Overall, the average transaction price rose to $728 above MSRP for new car purchases.

Tesla factoryTesla is looking to expand production in the U.S. beyond the confines of its Fremont factory. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Cadillac buyers saw the largest markups, to the tune of $4,048 on average in January. Land Rover and Kia weren't much better, with average markups of $2,565 and $2,289, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Alfa Romeo buyers got discounts that averaged $3,421, while people who bought Volvo or Lincoln vehicles got smaller discounts of $869 and $510, respectively.

Some automakers have taken a stand against dealer markups and the general lack of transparency seen in pricing across the board. Ford and General Motors have been vocal in recent months, threatening to withhold inventory from dealers found to be slapping markups on new vehicles. As Edmunds notes, both automakers have important vehicle launches on the horizon that neither can afford to flub, and inconsistent pricing or markups is a good way to alienate new customers out of the gate.

Cadillac EscaladeCadillac buyers paid the largest markups of any brand. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

If you're thinking of shopping for a new car, the best way to avoid paying a markup is to wait. The pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues have thrown kinks into every automaker's operations that will take time to iron out. That said, it's clear that some brands are committed to having no funny business when it comes to dealerships' pricing and communication. It's possible to get a vehicle at MSRP, or even below in some cases, so if you're in a position that requires you to buy a new car, shop around to get the best deal.

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