As consumers flock to tall, spacious SUVs, many sedans’ sales are drying up. Some automakers have eliminated once-essential sedan models from their lineups, and others are dialing back the investments they make in their passenger cars. But when it comes to style and performance, sedans still have a lot to offer — and that’s why Acura and Lexus have just rolled out new editions of their entry-luxury sports sedans.
The redesigned 2021 Acura TLX and 2021 Lexus IS aren’t designed as the default vehicle for someone who just wants a premium badge and leather seats. These days, that’s the Acura RDX and Lexus NX crossovers. No, these sedans are for people who love the look and feel of a low-slung car without losing the practicality of four doors. And they’re thousands less than equivalently equipped German luxury sedans. On paper, these cars aren’t quite identical; the IS is smaller and uses a rear-wheel-drive platform, while the larger TLX is front-wheel-drive-based. But their similar pricing and performance focus makes them natural rivals. Let’s discuss how Japan’s newest sports sedans compare, and which is the better vehicle overall.