Jon Ikeda is a sedan guy. Acura’s VP and Brand Officer, the man intent on returning the company to its precision-crafted performance heritage, Ikeda likes cars. And he isn’t alone. Though more and more consumers choose SUVs, Acura knows some people don’t need or want the added utility and bulk associated with that type of vehicle. And it plans to attract that customer with the redesigned 2021 Acura TLX.
Purposely overlapping with both compact and mid-size competitors, the new 2021 TLX emphasizes design and performance. From its faithfully reproduced Acura Precision Concept lines and proportions to its dedicated Acura platform and improved dynamics, the new TLX is not a compromise in the way its predecessor was. Instead, this sports sedan is a fully-realized example of where Acura is heading in the future. And though it is not perfect (no car ever is), it reflects a passion for driving that has been missing from Acura sedans for quite some time. To learn more and sample the new TLX for ourselves, we headed to Malibu, California, for a day of driving on the kinds of roads for which this car is built.