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Redesigned 2021 Acura TLX goes on sale on September 28, TLX Type S coming in the spring

The Acura TLX Type S goes on sale in early 2021.

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A sportier Acura TLX was unveiled to the world this spring, ushering in a new era at the automaker. Now, the model is finally reaching dealerships, with an on-sale date of September 28.

The 2021 Acura TLX has a starting price of $37,500. That's up $1,300 over the outgoing 3.5-liter V6 TLX. But, the TLX is a drastically different car.

In addition to having a completely new body structure and chassis architecture, the model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers significantly more peak torque and horsepower than the outgoing model. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

It comes standard with a sport-tuned chassis, double wishbone front suspension, and Acura NSX-derived electro-servo brake-by-wire technology. Adaptive dampers are available. Drivers will be able to choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport drive modes.

The TLX also delivers upmarket appointments and technology including a 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen, available 17-inch ELS Studio 3DO premium audio system, and color and intensity adjustable LED interior ambient lighting.

It also comes with AcuraWatch, a suite of advanced safety and driver assist technology. New Traffic Jam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition technologies are available in the model. Acura is also equipping the TLX with the first implementation of Honda's new next-generation passenger front airbag.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 TLX 2.0T

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ Technology Package

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ A-Spec Package

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ Advance Package

2WD Price

$37,500

$41,500

$44,250


$46,300

AWD Price

$39,500

$43,500

$46,250


$48,300


The company's popular A-Spec appearance package is available on the TLX. It includes Shark Grey 19-inch wheels, gloss black accents front to rear, darkened headlight and taillight treatment, and a pronounced rear decklid spoiler.

Acura will also sell the TLX in a sportier Type S variant. It comes standard with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Type S models will receive unique transmission tuning to provide an aggressive and responsive characteristic during performance driving scenarios. Final specifications for the new engine, including power output, will be released closer to launch timing. The car will have paddle shifters and get a Sport+ drive mode. It will be available next spring and is said to start in the low to mid $50,000s.

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The new Civic Hatchback just went on sale.

Honda

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and well-known cars of any type. Honda keeps refining the Civic formula to the point that it seems hard for the car to get any better, but that's what we're here to talk about. The 2022 model year sees the Civic enter its eleventh generation, and updates for the new model year make the car more upscale, more refined, and safer than ever before. Honda released the Civic Sedan first, but the Hatchback is now on the streets. Both cars are excellent, but we want to take a closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback. Here are three things to know about the car.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The Civic Hatchback is almost as practical as a small SUV, and it's way more fun to drive. Honda

Cargo Space

Looking at the Civic Hatchback, or any modern Civic for that matter, it's easy to start believing that there's nothing to it - that you can't use it as a proper family car. That isn't the case here, nor is it the case with the 2022 Civic Sedan. The Hatchback starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and the rear bench folds flat to open up even more room for gear. That's shy of a compact crossover, but better than many subcompact crossovers - and the Civic is infinitely more fun to drive than either. The Honda CR-V, for example, offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, but the subcompact HR-V offers just 23.2 cubic feet of space. I know which vehicle I'd rather drive, and it's the Civic Hatchback by miles and miles.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Clever design elevates the Civic above its competition.Honda

Refinement and Design

Honda's redesign of the Civic started with the Sedan, which released first. Its interior carries premium feeling materials and a grown-up design that is at odds with the Civic's reasonable price tag. There are several clever design touches like a singular metal grille that runs the length of the dash. The front air vents are concealed behind it and feature thoughtfully designed control knobs. It's a detail that isn't seen in other cars at this price point, and it's one that elevates the Civic from a budget car to one that feels special.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback All Civics come packed with safety tech.Honda

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

The Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback both earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Vehicles earn the honor by scoring "Good," "Advanced," or "Superior" in all categories, including headlights. On top of that, Honda equips the cars with plenty of advanced driver aids, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available in higher trims.

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The Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

Acura

The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

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