2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan

MSRP $48,000

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Updated on: May 15, 2021

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The 2021 Acura TLX Type S gets a 355 hp 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine that allows it to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Built on the A-Spec trim of the standard TLX, the prices have climbed $4,500 for the 2021 TLX Type-S and now start close to an MSRP of $48,000. All set for release in Spring 2021, the all-new TLX Type S also gets the A-Spec Appearance Package as standard. The unique details throughout the cabin distinguish the interior of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S from the standard one.

2021 TLX Type S Specs

Model Specs

MSRP

$48,000 (est.)

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

Drivetrain

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)

Peak Horsepower

355 hp

Peak Torque

354 lb-ft of torque

MPG 23 MPG- Combined

Suspension

Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Five-Link

Dimensions

194.6 inches long x 75.2 inches wide x 56.4 inches high

Electric Power Steering System

Belt-driven EPS, Variable ratio

EPA Passenger Volume 

93.4 cubic feet

Wheels and Tires

20-inch, 255/35 R20

In terms of looks, the 2021 TLX Type S builds upon the A-Spec styling elements, elevating TLX's sporty appearance even further. Not only this, the 2021 TLX Type S's color catalog is exclusive. With bold claims like these, it garners heavy competition from some of the biggies of the performance sedan segment. The 2021 Acura Type S faces tough competition from BMW M340i, Mercedes AMG C 43, and the Audi S4. So let’s find out what 2021 Acura TLX Type S has got.

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Pros

Powerful V6 unit

Stylish and bold design

Feature-rich

Comfortable and Spacious Cabin

Charming Handling

Reliable like the standard TLX

Cons

Fuel economy is sub-par

Cramped Rear Seats

What's New?

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is an all-new car


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

164 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

10-speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

194.6 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

56.4 in.

curb weight

3559 lbs.

ground clearance

5.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

185 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

461.1 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Review video

Trims

Base $48,000 onwards

3 L | Inline 6 | premium unleaded

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Damper System
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • LED Headlights

Colors and Styles

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan in Fathom Blue Pearl color 2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan in Modern Steel Metallic color
Fathom Blue Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.3

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

5.5

Safety

8.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.8

Overall Rating


"On top of awesome styling, the TLX will also bring with it an all-new V6, double-wishbone front suspension, brakes from the NSX, and—after a decade-plus-long hiatus—the Type S badge." - The Drive

According to Acura, the new 2021 TLX type S is priced at an MSRP in the low 50,000s, which does not include Acura's destination charge of $1,025, we say you can expect to spend an amount close to $55,000 to buy the car, and around $65,000 - $70,000 5-year cost of ownership. For this price the specs are good, you get a 3.0L turbocharged V6 making 355 hp, which does the 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It also comes with more aggressive styling than the standard TLX incl. Tiger eye pearl paint option.

The interior is a balance of comfort and sportiness with power-adjustable sports seats with Ultrasuede/leather upholstery and a 10.25-inch touchscreen with a 17-speaker ELS sound system. Safety features include many features which include AcuraWatch's suite of safety and driver-assist features like Blind-spot monitoring, Brake assist, forward-collision monitoring system, traffic-jam assist, and many more.

 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan front third quarter view
2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan rear third quarter view

7.3/10
Pricing and Features

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

5.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Pricing and Features

7.3/10

Acura isn't providing official pricing yet for the performance-oriented TLX Type S, which won't go on sale until next year, but claims it will start in the low-$50,000 range.- Car And Driver

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is available in a single well-equipped trim and will be priced at an MSRP in the low $50,000s and well go on sale in late May 2021. For this you get a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine which makes 355 hp and the 4th generation of the Super Handling All-wheel-drive (SH-AWD).

 

The Type S builds on the A-Spec trim of the standard TLX and adds more sporty accents and features to the ride. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, and sportier suspension, Brembo 4-piston front brakes, and steering setup from the Acura NSX.

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S Configurations:

  • Exterior features include 20-inch alloy wheels, enlarged front air intakes, quad exhaust outlets, rear diffuser, Type S badging
  • Interior Features include: Flat bottom steering wheel and headrest embossments, door sills
  • Convenience Features include: Shared with TLX
  • Performance Specs: 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6, Brembo brakes, sport transmission tuning, SH-AWD

Model

2021 Acura TLX Type S

MSRP

Low $50,000s (Acc. to Acura)

Features

Full-LED Exterior Lighting

 

Power adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation

 

Aerodynamic elements with larger side air intakes

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

 

Lane Keep Assist and Blind-spot monitoring 

 

20-inch NSX design alloy wheels with summer performance tires

 

Leather-wrapped

 

Milano Leather-Trimmed Seating Surfaces with Ultrasuede Inserts


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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Buying Advice

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S gets a massive upgrade with better engines, an upscale interior, better exterior styling, and more tech features. Priced at $45,000 the ride is pretty encompassing in its features across the board so you can buy it as is. 


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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Engine and Performance

6.9/10

 The forthcoming high-performance Type S model looks to rectify the performance potential as well as the power deficiency.- Car And Driver

The new 2021 Acura TLX Type S's 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine produces 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Acura's SH-AWD system and a 10-speed sport-tuned automatic transmission (sorry! no manual transmission) are standard on Type S. The Type-S will come with 5 drive modes - Normal, Comfort, Sport, Individual (same as the regular TLX), and TLX Type S exclusive - Sport + mode.

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S comes with the most powerful Acura engine yet

The TLX Type S 0-60 mph time is as quick as 4.5 seconds, making it significantly faster than all other TLX models. However, not faster than the competition - Audi S4 (4.2 seconds), Mercedes-AMG C43 (4.1 seconds), and the BMW M340i (3.8 seconds). The TLX Type S can achieve a top speed of 151 mph.

Model

2021 Acura TLX Type S 

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes AMG C43

2021 BMW M340i 

MSRP

Low $50,000s

$49,900

$55,950

$54,700

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic 

8-Speed Automatic Tiptronic

9-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT Automatic

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

355 hp @ 6,200 RPM

349 hp @ 5,400 RPM

385 hp @ 6,100 RPM

382 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

354 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.2 sec 

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

12.8 sec

12.6 sec

12.3 sec

Top Speed

151 mph

155 mph

155 mph

155 mph

60-0 MPH

N/A

104 ft

111 ft

111 ft

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S does lack a bit in power when compared to the Mercedes-AMG C 43 and the BMW M340i both making 30 and 27 hp more. However, the Audi S4 which is priced a bit lower and makes slightly lesser power does perform better. 


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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Fuel Economy

5.0/10

"The EPA says the TLX A-Spec SH-AWD gets 23 mpg in combined city/highway driving." - Edmunds

The EPA city/highway fuel economy of the 3.0-liter V6 in the 2021 TLX Type S is not available at the moment. However, the brand has revealed that the 2021 Acura TLX Type S will offer a combined economy of 23 MPG which is not far from the 25 MPG figure of the standard 2021 TLX.

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S offers 23 MPG overall

With the bump in performance and power figures, you might expect the fuel tank capacity to increase, however, it stays the same at 15.9 gallons which will give it a range of 366 miles. This is more than the offering of the Audi S4 but, lesser than the BMW M340i and Mercedes-AMG C43

Model

2021 Acura TLX Type S 

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes AMG C43

2021 BMW M340i 

MPG (city)

N/A

20

19

22

MPG (highway)

N/A

27

27

30

MPG (combined)

23

23

22

25

Fuel tank capacity 

15.9 gal.

15.3 gal.

17.4 gal.

15.8 gal.

Range (city/highway/combined) 

N/A / N/A / 366 mi.

306 / 413 / 352 mi.

331 / 470 / 383 mi.

348 / 474 / 395 mi.


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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Interior

7.9/10

The 2021 TLX Type S's interior comes with a seating capacity of 5 occupants. The front row seats are heated and ventilated 16-way power-adjustable sports seats. The interior upholstery is leather with Ultrasuede inserts available in there colors - ebony (black), red, and Orchid (borrowed from the NSX). 

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan cockpit area

Other interior features include a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, and also genuine aluminum interior trim. The TLX Type S, like the standard TLX, comes with a cargo capacity of 13.5 cu.ft. which is more than the Audi S4, Mercedes-AMG C 43, and the BMW M340i

Model

2021 Acura TLX Type S 

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes AMG C43

2021 BMW M340i 

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2 / 57.5 / 42.6

38.9 / 55.9 / 41.3

40.9 / 55.3 / 41.7

38.7 / 56.0 / 42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7 / 55.4 / 34.5

37.4 / 54.5 / 35.7

37.1 / 55.0 / 35.2

37.6 / 54.6 / 35.2

Standard Cargo Capacity

13.5 cu-ft.

12 cu-ft.

12.6 cu-ft.

13 cu-ft.

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S adopts the same large 10.25” infotainment touchscreen display that was seen in the RDX. The 2021 TLX also features a standard 7-inch full-color Multi-Information Display (MID) in the center gauge cluster. Many of the technology features are borrowed from the TLX Advance package.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan infotainment screen

The Type-S infotainment system includes Acura Navigation with real-time traffic and 3D view, wireless charging pad, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, and the 17-speaker ELS Studio 3D sound system. 

The notable interior and infotainment features in the 2021 Acura TLX Type S are:

  • 7-inch MID digital driver cluster
  • Soft-touch leather upholstery on seats, and dashboard
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Multifunction sports steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Perforated Leather upholstery on steering wheel
  • Digital driver display 
  • Power adjustable front seats with power lumbar support
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • AcuraSense touchpad 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • USB and AUX
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Navigation with Real-Time traffic
  • Voice Control

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Exterior

5.5/10

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S builds on the TLX A-Spec styling elements with more aggressive styling. The Type S features the signature diamond pentagon grille, a rear decklid spoiler, a new front splitter, a rear diffuser, and new bigger quad exhaust outlets, Jewel LED headlights with "Chicane" DRLs.

2021 Acura TLX Type S looks suave yet mean

The exterior comes with 6 color options including the new Tiger Eye Pearl, exclusive to the TLX type S. Completing the look is a set of 20-inch shark grey multi-spoke wrapped in Pirelli all-season tires. There is the option of 20-inch Lightweight Y-spoke wheel with Pirelli P-Zero summer performance tires borrowed from the NSX.

Model

2021 Acura TLX Type S 

2021 Audi S4

2021 Mercedes AMG C43

2021 BMW M340i 

Curb Weight

N/A

3,858 lbs

3,825 lbs

3,849 lbs

Length

194.6"

186.8"

185"

185.7"

Width

75.2"

72.5"

71.3"

71.9"

Height

56.4"

55.3"

56.3"

56.4"

Ground Clearance

5.9”

5.0"

3.5"

4.6"

Wheelbase

113.0”

111.2"

111.8"

112.2"

Compared to the competition, the 2021 TLX Type S is the longest and widest of the above cars with measuring 194.6-inches in length, 8-inches longer than the others, and 75.2 inches in width, 2.8-inches wider than the others. The salient exterior features of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S are:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires
  • Exclusive NSX inspired wheel design 
  • Performance brakes
  • Quad exhaust
  • Diamond grille
  • Four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • “Chicane” DRLs
  • LED Taillamps
  • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
  • Black trunk spoiler

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Safety

8.0/10

The TLX comes standard with a variety of active safety and driver-assist features.- The Car Connection

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to find out their level of safety. The standard TLX (the Type S uses the same structure) scored a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA, and the IIHS also granted it an overall “Good” rating.

2021 Acura TLX Type S's AcuraWatch gains more technology features plus ACE body structure!

The new TLX boasts advanced levels of passive safety performance through the use of Acura's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. Add to that the fact that all 2021 TLX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard. The following are a few of the safety features of the Acura TLX Type S:

  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Driver Awareness Monitor
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring 
  • AcuraWatch 
  • Parking Assist
  • Triple Stage Airbags for front passengers
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Brake Assist

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Competition

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs. 2021 Mercedes AMG C43 

The Mercedes Benz AMG C43 offers more power, bigger brakes, and better performance than the Acura TLX Type S, but the Mercedes will set your savings back a lot more than the Type S. While the C 43 is opulent inside being a Mercedes, the Acura TLX is far more spacious and utilitarian and at a price that is still less than the Mercedes. So, the TLX Type S is our pick here considering the value for money as well as the performance-credentials to tame the Germans.

Mercedes AMG C43 Sedan

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs. 2021 Audi S4

The Audi S4 has been a worthy adversary to the Acura TLX Type S since it is pretty closely matched in terms of performance. However, like the C-Class, the A4 also has lesser cabin space than Acura. That being said, Audi has long been the go-to choice for those who want to have a jack-of-all-trades approach in their ride. So, the Audi S4 can easily be swapped out for the TLX if you can compromise on the cabin roominess. 

2021 Audi S4 Sedan

2021 Acura TLX Type S vs. 2021 BMW M340i

The BMW M340i is an absolute ripper in all aspects. It strikes the perfect balance between performance and a utilitarian attitude. Backed by the best driver tech in the world, this ride drives a hard bargain at its price and screams for attention. However, while the show is stellar, the rear room is smaller as compared to the TLX. The spaciousness being the only shortfall, we would recommend the M340i amongst the two. 

2021 BMW M340i

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan Final Verdict

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is an exemplary sports sedan with a standout chassis and sharp looks. The new TLX Type S comes with the dawn of a new generation and makes sure that it retains the vibe of the ones gone by whilst setting its sight for the future. Built to last, the car packs quite a punch to fulfill the need for practicality with a side serving of luxury. Also, the TLX is similarly priced and equipped to Audi or BMW, proving it to be a good alternatives to the TLX Type S.


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2021 Acura TLX Type S Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much will the 2021 Acura TLX Type S cost?

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will start with an MSRP in the low $50,000s (as notified by Acura).

When will the 2021 Acura TLX Type S launch?

Acura has confirmed the 2021 TLX Type S will be available for sale in Spring 2021.

What is the difference between Acura TLX Type S and A-Spec?

The 2021 TLX Type S build upon A-Spec trim styling elements. Inside the Type S, the special Type S badges on various elements, metal trims, and the A-Spec Appearance Package are all standard fitment.

Is the 2021 Acura TLX Type S AWD or RWD?

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is AWD and is the first Type S badged Acura sedan to get a "Super Handling AWD" system.

How quick is the 2021 Acura TLX Type S from 0-60 mph?

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S is speculated to do the 0-60 mph run in about 4.5 seconds with the standard SH-AWD and 10-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Acura TLX Consumer Reviews and Ratings

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2021 Acura TLX Type S Sedan

4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 10A)

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Posted On: March 22, 2021

Acura TLX user review

Pros - Comfortable ride, good boot space and good handling abilities

Cons - Underpowered engine

Must recommended for the family use Whenever i go with my family, i just feel more responsible in keeping them safe. It's just the case even in this, more safer and comfortable.I never thought about the power delivery but this was not good at that but i have nothing to do with the acceleration. i choose this to make our journey together My first service in the dealership was excellent.

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