The 2021 Acura TLX sedan and its three-row SUV counterpart, the 2021 MDX, share the powertrain, have similarly shaped headlights and angular taillights, the brand’s newest grille design with a huge “A” logo in the center.
A 3.0-liter 355-hp turbo V6 powers both the next Acura MDX crossover and the TLX Type S, the sedan’s performance version.
The base engine for the TLX is a 2.0-liter 272-hp turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 lb-ft. It comes either with standard front- or optional all-wheel drive.
A 10-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s SH-AWD system are available for both the TLX and the MDX.
The 2021 Acura TLX 2.0T versions begin arriving at dealer on September 28, while the TLX Type S will likely go on sale in the spring of 2021.
The base TLX is $4,500 more expensive than the predecessor, more stylish and powerful. The 2021 model cost from $38,525 to nearly $50,000.
SH-AWD is a $2,000 option. The TLX 2.0T offers several additional trims.
The car with the Technology Package starts at $42,525. The A-Spec version with some appearance improvements costs from $45,275. The Advance Package model is priced at $47,325.
As for the new Acura MDX, which debuts by the end of 2020, it is larger, roomier and more upscale than the previous model. Expect it will offer a hybrid and a hot variant.
The 2021 MDX’s estimated starting price below $50,000 puts it in line with other three-row luxury crossovers: the Infiniti QX60, the Genesis GV80, and the Lexus RX L.
At the same time, its German rivals, the 2021 BMW X5 (from $59,400) and the 2021 Audi Q7 (from $54,950), are much pricier.