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Acura TLX MPG Review



Our Jenkintown, Abington, Philadelphia, and Lower Southampton Township drivers don’t just want a car that’s fun to drive. It should also have a competitive fuel economy. As you’ll see in this Acura TLX MPG review from Sussman Acura, that’s exactly what you’ll get from this performance sedan.

In fact, the 2021 Acura TLX can get an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/31 MPG highway1 on select models. Below, we’ll break down the two exciting powertrain options and each one’s fuel economy. That way, you’ll know what to expect from each model.

2021 Acura TLX

2.0L VTEC® Inline-4 Engine

The Acura TLX with the best fuel economy is the base model, which comes with a 2.0L inline-4 engine with front-wheel drive (FWD). This model achieves an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/31 MPG highway.1

As the base model, this powertrain still provides impressive statistics. You’ll find an exciting and responsive drive thanks to the powerful pairing of the 272-horsepower engine and standard 10-speed automatic transmission, which provides the following advantages:

  • Quick acceleration
  • Sharp throttle response
  • Seamless gear changes

This motor is crafted with a lightweight aluminum block, which decreases engine weight to improve fuel economy. It also uses direct fuel injection, a method that is both more efficient and more powerful than its multi-port counterparts.

2.0L VTEC® Inline-4 Engine with SH-AWD®

No matter what vehicle you drive, an all-wheel drivetrain will typically offer lower fuel economy than two-wheel drive. This is in part because the engine needs to send power to all four wheels, not just two. Additionally, the all-wheel drive system adds more weight to the vehicle.

That said, Acura TLX models with SH-AWD® (Superior Handling All-Wheel Drive™) get an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city/29 MPG highway.1

SH-AWD® is great because it offers the same distinct advantages that you would expect out of any AWD car, such as:

  • Added traction in slippery conditions
  • Dynamic handling and cornering
  • Improved dry handling

Though when you’re cruising down a straight highway, you don’t need that extra traction. The SH-AWD® system sets itself apart from the competition because it is able to conserve fuel and boost performance. That’s because in dry, straight ahead conditions the system conserves fuel by sending up to 90 percent of its power to the front wheels.

Idle Stop provides an additional fuel economy boost to all-wheel drive models. This feature turns the engine off when you come to a full stop so you’re not using fuel while waiting for the light to turn green. The engine smoothly restarts when you take your foot off the brake. It’s ready to go when you are.

2021 Acura TLX

Integrated Dynamics System

Adding efficiency and customization wherever you drive, the 2021 Acura TLX sedan includes an integrated dynamic driving system at the helm. Select the way you want to drive with five different modes:

  • Comfort – Whether you’re driving to and from work on a regular basis or hitting the road for a long drive out to visit the in-laws, comfort mode is the easiest way to hit the sweet spot on your cruises. With available softer dampers and reduced engine noise, this mode offers exceptional handling and a boost in efficiency.
  • Normal – For when you really want to experience the inner workings of the Acura TLX. Feel the standard engine power with Normal mode.
  • Sport – Including manual mode with paddle shifters and an engaging shifting algorithm, Sport mode takes your TLX to the next level.
  • Individual – For the completely customized experience. Individual mode allows you to dial in a myriad of settings, such as shifting, throttle control, damper settings, ambient interior settings, and more.
  • Sport+ – A heightened level of performance only available on the Type S. It holds gears longer and sharpens the throttle response.

Expanding Your Fuel Economy

While you’ll be getting great performance out of your 2021 Acura TLX sedan, you can optimize your fuel consumption and extend your time on the road by doing the following:

  • Stay on top of your oil changes. Fresh motor oil does a better job lubricating the countless moving components inside your engine. A fresh oil change ensures that more and moisture are being removed from your engine, which can help to keep parts from wear and tear. A clean engine runs better and uses less gas to operate, so it’s important to schedule an oil change every few months.
  • Check your tires. Your Acura TLX comes equipped with all-season tires, which means you’ll already be getting strong, weather-prepared shoes on your whip. That being said, properly inflated tires make acceleration and braking easier to perform. When a tire is underinflated or overinflated, it puts extra pressure on the engine. This can cause your MPG rating to drop.Always inspect the outside of your tires while checking the pressure. If you notice any significant wear or tear, you can benefit from giving us a call and scheduling an appointment at our service center.
  • Limit excess weight. Are you planning on carrying a lot of equipment or essential gear around in your 2021 Acura TLX? While this sedan makes for an excellent daily driving companion, if you happen to store an excess of cargo in the trunk for a long time, it literally weighs down your ride and slashes your fuel economy.

2021 Acura TLX

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

In addition to getting great mileage, the 2021 Acura TLX offers AcuraWatch™,  a standard suite of driver-assistance and safety features that make your driving experience as safe and efficient as possible. This innovative group of technologies includes standard a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) that alerts you to potential collisions and applies brakes when necessary.

Additionally, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow reduces your driving fatigue on the highway. It sets a speed and following distance from detected vehicles, helping you reduce your fuel consumption and fostering peace of mind in high-speed traffic.

The AcuraWatch™ system also comes with the following features:

  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Traffic Jam Assist

Test Drive the 2021 Acura TLX

The 2021 Acura TLX is an excellent sedan, capable of hair-raising performance and impressive fuel economy.

If you want to test out the Acura TLX or any of these other efficient features for yourself, give us a call at Sussman Acura. We’re proud to be the go-to Acura dealer for Jenkintown, Abington, Philadelphia, and Lower Southampton Township, PA. Contact us today to schedule your test drive!

1 Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

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