On-Sale Date

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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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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U.S. roadway fatalities up in 2021

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released its estimates on traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2021 and the numbers aren't promising. In the first quarter of this year alone, 8,730 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Last year's cumulative numbers weren't much better, coming in higher than any year since 2007.


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The grim statistics represent a 10.5 percent increase from the same time period last year, a time when we were already marveling at the numbers. Further data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicate that the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased by 2.1 percent, which makes the increase in fatalities all the more striking a statistic. Initial projections pegged the number of fatalities per 100 million VMT at 1.12, but it instead climbed to 1.26 fatalities per 100 million VMT.

Regionally, most areas in the United Statessaw an increase, though two did not. The Midwest region, which includes Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas did not change, while the mid-east coast states of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and West Virginia actually saw a six percent decline in fatality counts.


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What's behind all of this? Last year, the NHTSA reported that, with fewer people on the roads, those that were driving were engaging in risky behavior. What's more, Automotive News reports, that the number of deaths involving people not wearing seatbelts increased 15 percent last year and speeding deaths climbed 10 percent.

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