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2020 Acura TLX

2020 Acura TLX

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$33,000 — $48,950 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
23-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Advanced safety tech standard
  • Handling with all-wheel drive
  • Refined ride
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capabilities
  • Four-cylinder driving experience

The Bad

  • Interior not true luxury
  • V-6 model's push-button gear selector
  • Dynamics with V-6 and front-wheel drive
  • Two-screen multimedia system's usability
2020 Acura TLX exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Acura TLX
  • New line-topping PMC Edition available
  • Five-seat mid-size premium sedan
  • Four-cylinder with eight-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • V-6 with nine-speed automatic available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Rear-wheel steering available

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2020 Acura TLX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Acura TLX?

The Acura TLX is a premium mid-size sedan that seats five. It’s powered by a standard 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or an optional 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that works with a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional on V-6 models. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

What’s New on the 2020 Acura TLX?

A new PMC Edition combines the features of the Advance Package with the look of the A-Spec line. It gets V-6 power and all-wheel drive, and it’s hand-built at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

What Features in the 2020 Acura TLX Are Most Important?

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety tech provide many bells and whistles in the base model. Premium options include a 360-degree camera system and a heated steering wheel.

Should I Buy the 2020 Acura TLX?

The TLX is well-equipped in base form, offering good value for the money, but the car’s interior falls short of other luxury offerings and the multimedia system can be confusing.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Excellent Luxury for Cheaper Budget

by ZJS33 from Philadelphia, PA on August 30, 2020

I traded my 2017 Honda Accord LX model w/ 56,000 miles for 2020 Acura TLX 4-cylinder Blue exterior. At firs, I was going to buy a SUV like the new Chevy Blazer or Jeep Grand Cherokee, and although I ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfortable

by DUNE YXZ from Phoenix on August 24, 2020

This car is so quiet and so comfortable to drive. The steering is literally second to none. It could use more horsepower but acceleration is actually decent probably due to the eight speed dual clutch... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Acura TLX currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Acura TLX 2.4L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Acura

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Six model years and less than 80,000 odometer miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Precision Certified: 24 months or up to 100,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TLX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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