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Acura teases redesigned TLX for 2021, confirms Type S

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will debut in full on May 28.

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Acura has been serious about performance behind the scenes for a few years now. The public is about to discover the first fruits of their efforts.

The luxury arm of Honda has released a teaser image and some engine information of the forthcoming 2021 Acura TLX and divulged that the full model will be shown on May 28.

There's a few key things you can see by turning up the brightness on the photo, the most important being the Type S badging on the driver's side rear of the car.

Acura has been dropping clues about the Type S arrival for years, even going so far as to show off the Type S Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2019.

Type S is slated to be Acura's next step in the performance pyramid. Think of it as the equivalent of Audi's S models (like the S4 and S6). The automaker says that the model will be, “the quickest, best-handling, and most well-appointed sports sedan in Acura history.“

With the teaser, Acura is only showing the rear of the car. There, in addition to the badging is a quad exhaust, LED taillights, a fin antenna on the roof, flared fenders, and SH-AWD badging. The SH-AWD badging denotes that the model comes equipped with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. This version of all-wheel drive is available on the current TLX and can transfer up to 45 percent of engine power to the rear wheels, giving the car additional traction in slippery conditions.

We also know that the TLX Type S will be the first model in Acura's lineup to to feature the company's new dedicated turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Look for the car to have upwards of 300 horsepower. The 2020 TLX has an available V6 that produces 290 horsepower.

Though not shown, the front of the car will follow the current Acura design language, which was set in place by the Precision Concept, which debuted in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show.

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The next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will come with the latest iteration of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The 2021 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be the best-networked cars in the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG passenger-car portfolio.

Here's what you need to know.

The system includes two large screens, side by side.

The MBUX display includes two 12.3-inch screens that are contained under one piece of glass that spans from in front of the driver to the center of the dashboard. These screens are where the instrument cluster is shown and where technology, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are displayed.

There's voice assistant technology that learns your habits.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class MBUX

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Need some help? Signal the MBUX voice assistant by saying, "Hey, Mercedes."

The system is designed to continuously learn. Are you an Atlanta Braves fan? You can can learn that and prompt you to turn on the radio to the station where the game is playing when it begins.

The MBUX is able to perform a number of weather-related functions, utilizing the voice assist to read the forecast to the driver. The car can even tell you what the snow report is for your favorite ski area.

It can recognize your movements.

The MBUX Interior Assistant recognizes movement. When a hand is approaching a touch screen or the center console touch pad, the system is triggered to change the display and highlight elements. This is similar to a computer mouse hovering over a button on a webpage and the button slightly changes its appearance to let the user know that it is selected.

There's specific functions for AMG models.

The Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet feature MBUX systems with additional AMG-specific functions and displays. Mercedes explains the features:

"These include, for example, the visualization of the driving programs and telemetry data on the touchscreen multimedia display. In the instrument cluster, the driver can switch between three distinct display styles including "Supersport" mode, which is particularly striking, with a central, round tachometer and perspective horizontal displays to the left and right of the tachometer, creating an impression of depth. In addition, various special displays such as engine data, gear indicator, warm-up, setup, G-meter and race timer can be selected via the AMG menu."

The MBUX system interacts with the new Mercedes steering wheel.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class's MBUX steering wheel

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The automaker has redesigned its steering wheel to include capacitive sensor technology. With this technology, some functions will operate similar to how your smartphone operates.

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The GMC Yukon is one of the best SUVs you can get for under $20,000.

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It's not just new cars that people are after. The used car market is full of good cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are available at prices far lower than a brand new car.

iSeeCars, a car search engine, analyzed over 6.1 million cars from model years 2011 and newer to determine the used cars that demonstrated long-term reliability and have an average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Shoppers with a budget of $20,000 can purchase the following reliable SUVs that are less than 10 years old.

2013 Acura MDX

2013 Acura MDX

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Average Used Price: $17,138
The 2013 Acura MDX is a good handling car with plenty of cargo space and accurate steering, which makes it easy to park. It's an all-wheel drive model that seats up to seven people in three rows. J.D. Power rates the 300-horsepower SUV as being pretty reliable.

2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Ford Expedition

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Average Used Price: $17,175
The Ford Expedition is a hauler that easily moves a large family whether it's in a rear- or all-wheel drive configuration. If you don't fill it up with people and instead need to haul cargo, you'll be pleased with how easily the third row folds down. Ford has made the model capable of towing up to 9,200 pounds.

2013 Toyota Highlander

2013 Toyota Highlander

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Average Used Price: $18,239
Americans have long loved the Toyota Highlander and it's easy to see why. It's a comfortable three-row family hauler. When it was new, it was considered well appointed compared to other midsize SUVs. It was also available in four-wheel drive, making it a good daily driver in all climates.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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Average Used Price: $18,270
The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid had the advantages of the 2013 Highlander but without the four-wheel drive option. Toyota filled that void by offering superior fuel economy and more rapid acceleration thanks to the hybrid powertrain.

2014 Dodge Durango

2014 Dodge Durango

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Average Used Price: $18,494
The Dodge Durango is available as either a two- or three-row SUV. It delivers a smooth ride across all grades and has a luxe interior in its highest trim levels. The Durangos infotainment system is easy to use and it was available in all-wheel drive when it was new.

2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Honda Pilot

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Average Used Price: $18,591
The 2014 Honda Pilot is reliable and spacious but doesn't have an exhilarating engine or luxe interior. Still, it's a solid choice for families on the go, even used.

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

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Average Used Price: $18,794
The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban makes an idea people hauler for many reasons. It has plenty of passenger space, can haul and tow a fair amount, and is stable on the road. It's easy to drive and delivers a good amount of cargo space.

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

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Average Used Price: $19,061
The 2016 Honda CR-V is a two-row SUV that has a lot that small families are looking for. Its cargo area is huge, there's plenty of legroom in both rows of seating, and it's regarded as being generally reliable.

2011 Cadillac Escalade

2011 Cadillac Escalade

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Average Used Price: $19,472
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade's best attributes in 2011 are much the same as they are in the 2020 model. It has a spacious cabin for the first two rows of passengers, a competent engine, and a luxe interior in top trim levels. It delivers a comfortable ride and came in both rear- and four-wheel drive when it was new.

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Average Used Price: $19,529
The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe delivers nearly all the same things that the Chevrolet Suburban does. After all, they're mostly the same vehicle. Though it seats up to nine people in three rows, that third row is cramped for adults.

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 GMC Yukon

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Average Used Price: $19,801
The 2012 GMC Yukon is the brother of the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe so it shares many of the same features. It's easy to drive, has a high towing capacity, and has a competent engine (though it's not too quick off the line). To get the most cargo space from the SUV, you'll need to lower the third row seats.

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