In its bid to compete in the crowded and challenging small luxury sedan market, the Acura TLX relies on engineering excellence. With all-wheel-steering and all-wheel-drive variants, the TLX puts a great deal of emphasis on handling and grip. But it doesn’t skimp in the horsepower department, either. One engine choice is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers a potent 290 horsepower. Its base engine, a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, isn’t shabby either.
The engines are backed by eight-speed and nine-speed transmissions. One criticism of past Acuras is their perceived lack of luxury, but in recent years Acura has addressed that with much plusher interiors. With pricing starting in the mid-$30,000 range, the Acura TLX is a value among luxury sedans. Let’s look at its competitors.