The 2020 Acura TLX is set to begin arriving in Acura dealerships on April 2, bringing with it four new premium exterior color options. The 2020 TLX will continue to be offered with two performance-minded powertrains, an available A-Spec sport appearance package, as well as a long list of premium features including the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, standard on every TLX. Acura’s midsize performance luxury sedan is coming off a solid 2018, where TLX outpaced key competitors from BMW, Lexus, Audi and Infiniti in sales.
For 2020, the Acura TLX enjoys an expanded exterior color palette with four new premium paints offered for the first time on TLX. The new premium color options are: Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and an A-Spec exclusive Apex Blue Pearl. These advanced paints are engineered using cutting edge pigment technologies such as micas, metal flakes and nano pigments (super-high transparency), now offered on all Acura models to deliver Precision Crafted Performance in every aspect of the vehicle. Each premium paint color receives additional coats to enhance the color intensity and depth along with a special clear coat to further improve luster.
Acura also introduce handcrafted limited-edition vehicles, the PMC Edition. With production starting this summer, the TLX PMC Edition will be built by the same technicians that hand assemble the Acura NSX supercar. Deliveries of the exclusive 2020 TLX PMC Edition will begin this summer with pricing around $50,000.
TRIM LEVELS & FEATURES
The 2020 Acura TLX offered in two different engines, a four-cylinder or a V6, and a couple of option packages. Four-cylinder models are available in three trims: 2.4L, TLX 2.4L with Technology package and 2.4L A-Spec. The V6 model available in 3.5L, 3.5L with Technology package, 3.5L A-Spec and 3.5L with Advance package. A new handcrafted PMC Edition model debuts for 2020, bundling the features of the TLX Advance package with A-Spec styling elements. The PMC Edition is only available with V6 and all-wheel drive.
The base TLX 2.4L comes standard with include LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, walk-away door lock, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, and heated, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, two display screens (upper 8-inch and lower 7-inch touchscreens), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a seven-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a USB media interface. iPhone users also get Siri Eyes Free voice control when operating outside of Apple CarPlay. Standard safety features called AcuraWatch includes lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam control.
The TLX 2.4L with Technology package adds keyless entry for the rear doors, hands-free-opening trunk, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a climate control system that adjusts for sun direction, navigation, a 10-speaker premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The TLX 2.4L A-Spec include the Technology package content plus 19-inch wheels, wider tires, black or red leather upholstery, and unique exterior trim elements such as a dark chrome grille, black decklid spoiler, lower diffuser, dual exhaust and LED foglights.
The TLX 3.5L models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6. Beyond what comes with the base four-cylinder model, the 3.5L gets 18-inch wheels and more power adjustments for the front passenger seat. The TLX 3.5L with Technology package mirrors the features available on the four-cylinder, but get leather trim and stitching as well as power-extending thigh support for the driver’s seat.
The TLX 3.5L with Advance package is builds on the Technology package features with front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, keyless door lock/unlock, hands-free-opening trunk, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, LED ambient cabin lighting, wireless device charging, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a surround-view camera system and a heated windshield. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is required to get the Advance package.
The TLX 3.5L A-Spec combines the Technology package features with some Advance package features, along with a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, quicker steering, and unique exterior trim pieces.
With a limited production run, the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition is distinguished by its deeply lustrous and grade-exclusive Valencia Red Pearl paint with nano-pigment technology, applied in the bespoke factory’s advanced paint facility.
The 2020 TLX PMC Edition sit atop the TLX lineup featuring direct-injected i-VTEC V6 powertrain and torque-vectoring Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) along with the full complement of premium features shared with the TLX Advance Package. In addition, the TLX PMC Edition will incorporate the bold exterior and interior design elements of Acura’s A-Spec line, plus multiple PMC Edition-exclusive design elements, inside and out.
The TLX PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of A-Spec line – a unique build in Acura’s U.S. line-up. PMC Edition-exclusive exterior design elements include Valencia Red Pearl paint, a body-colored grille surround, gloss black painted roof and door handles; gloss black 19-inch wheels and lug nuts; body-colored side mirror housings, and dark chrome 4-inch dual exhaust finishers.
Inside, the TLX PMC Edition is distinguished by black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching for the seats, door panels, and center armrest. An A-Spec steering wheel includes perforated black leather, red stitching and metal-finished paddle shifters. The individually numbered serial plaque on the lower console designates the 2020 TLX PMC Edition as handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center.
Get inside the 2020 Acura TLX and you’ll be greeted by a well-built, comfortable, and spacious cabin with a neat rather than extravagant design. While the layout of the dashboard is by no means boring, it has just started to date a bit. Acura’s odd dual-screen infotainment system appears advanced, but it’s more distracting to use than the single-screen interfaces of competitors. The same goes for the shifter buttons which do without a traditional lever in higher spec models. Seating is a highlight, being trimmed in high-quality leather, offering sufficient support, and being large enough for most adults. Gloss wood inserts and soft-touch plastics used on the upper dashboard impart a quality feel, although this is still not the most expensive feeling midsize sedan cabin. Unlike other aspects of the controls, Acura hasn’t tried to reinvent the primary instrumentation and the end result is neat and logical.
The 2020 Acura TLX seats five passengers, although two will be quite a bit more comfortable in the back than three. In front, the seats offer a good range of adjustability and space for legs and heads is plenty. The front seats offer plenty of side bolstering but adults with wider than average frames may find them a tad constricting. Rear legroom is excellent but foot space is slightly more limited for the middle rear seat passenger because of the center floor hump. Shoulder room may also feel a bit too cozy for some when three are seated at the back. Door apertures are a good size, so getting into and out of the TLX isn’t a chore.
Several color options are available for the interior and they’re dependent on the selected package and/or the color chosen for the exterior. Standard models are available with a choice of Ebony, Parchment or Graystone interior colors and these models also have leatherette trimmed seats. The steering wheel and shift knob are leather-wrapped. Selecting the Technology Package adds perforated Milano premium leather seats and the additional choice of Espresso-colored interior trim. V6 models with these leather seats also get contrast stitching and piping. A-Spec models are exclusively available with either black leather/Alcantara seats or full red leather seating. Wood trim on the dashboard, center console, and door panels are replaced by brushed aluminum and metal trim on the A-Spec.
The 2020 Acura TLX boasts competitive trunk space in this segment, with 13.2 cubic feet of space available on every model besides the Advance Package, which curiously has a bigger 14.3 cu-ft of available space. The latter figure is more than you’ll find in a Lexus IS or Genesis G70, with the trunk being sufficiently deep. Underneath the trunk floor is another compartment with just enough space for four grocery bags. For larger items, the back seats can be folded down and have a 60/40-split, although the aperture isn’t the largest.
Interior storage space comprises a covered compartment ahead of the gear selector and a larger storage area beneath the center armrest. The door pockets are medium-sized and can accommodate a 1-liter sized bottle.
The 2020 Acura TLX is available in one of two performance oriented powertrains: a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter i-VTEC mated to quick-shifting 8-speed dual clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive configurations of the TLX feature Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) as standard. This segment-exclusive feature offers independent left and right-rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability as well as high-speed stability.
The TLX 3.5L models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Its connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with Acura’s renowned Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology. SH-AWD allows up to 70 percent of torque to be distributed to the rear wheels, and up to 100-percent of that torque to be transferred to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating outstanding control and agility in all weather conditions. The V6 also deploys cylinder deactivation to save fuel, while those with all-wheel drive have an engine stop/start function. It’s somewhat obtrusive when the engine kicks back in, so some drivers will be pleased to know that it can be turned off. Acura recommends premium gasoline for both engines.
206 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
182 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 mpg, 23/32 mpg (A-Spec)
290 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 5.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.2 sec @ 100 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 126 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 168 ft
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31 mpg (FWD), 20/30 mpg (FWD A-Spec), 20/29 mpg (AWD)
2020 ACURA TLX PRICING
MODEL / TRIM
MSRP (plus $995 Destination Charge)
2.4L 4-Cyl. with Technology Package
2.4L 4-Cyl. A-Spec
3.5L V6 with Technology Package
3.5L V6 A-Spec
3.5L V6 SH-AWD
3.5L V6 SH-AWD with Technology Package
3.5L V6 SH-AWD A-Spec
3.5L V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package