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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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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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.

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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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