2019 Acura TLX vs. Acura RLX

Acura TLX vs RLX Comparison
Comparing the Acura TLX against the RLX is certainly no small task. Each of these premium luxury sedans represent two of the finest models in the segment. If you’re torn between the two largest sedans in the Acura model lineup, Joe Rizza Acura is here to help make your decision simpler. We’ve compared the TLX and RLX side-by-side to help reveal the key benefits and advantages of choosing each. Let’s take a closer look.

Pricing & Packages Compared

2020 Acura TLX

2020 Acura TLX

  • Standard 2.4L FWD – Starting at $33,000 MSRP*
  • Technology 2.4L FWD – Starting at $36,700 MSRP*
  • A-SPEC 2.4L FWD – Starting at $39,600 MSRP*
  • Advance 3.5L AWD – Starting at $45,950 MSRP*

View TLX Model Overview

2019 Acura RLX

2019 Acura RLX

  • Technology 3.5L V6 FWD – Starting at $54,900 MSRP*
  • Sport Hybrid Advance – Starting at $61,900 MSRP*

View RLX Model Overview

The Acura TLX offers a lower starting price than its larger RLX sibling. The TLX can be equipped with your choice of two potent engines, front wheel or all-wheel drive, and three available option packages to suit your needs. Although it’s priced higher, the Acura RLX comes standard with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 and can be equipped with an even faster Sport Hybrid system for increased power and efficiency. You’ll also have your choice of front wheel or all-wheel drive as well.
Acura TLX Engine

Powertrain & Fuel Efficiency

Standard Engine

Standard Transmission

Available Engine

Available Transmission

2020 Acura TLX

2.4L inline-4 with 206 horsepower / 182 lb-ft of torque

8-speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission)

3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower / 267 lb-ft of torque

9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters

2019 Acura RLX

3.5L aluminum-alloy direct injection V6 with 272 horsepower / 280 lb-ft of torque

10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters

3.5L aluminum-alloy direct injection V6 with 3-Motor Hybrid System featuring 377 horsepower / 341 lb-ft of torque

Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission)

MPG Fuel Economy Estimates** (City / Highway / Combined)

TLX Inline-4

23 / 33 / 27

TLX V6 FWD

20 / 31 / 24

TLX V6 SH-AWD

20 / 29 / 23

RLX FWD

20 / 29 / 23

RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

28 / 29 / 28

Featuring a slightly shorter body, the Acura TLX can turn more sharply than the RLX. Its four-wheel independent MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension provides a responsive and agile ride. The TLX is available with a 3.5L 24-valve SOHC V6 engine that offers 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. While this is slightly less raw power than that offered by the RLX, the TLX’s body is significantly lighter, which means it can more easily deliver an overall sportier performance.

Sporting a 3.5L 24-valve direct-injection V6 engine as standard, the Acura RLX offers drivers 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of available torque. With this much power, the RLX delivers a robust and confident ride, accelerating smoothly and holding speeds with ease. The front-wheel drivetrain also works to deliver a confident and assured performance, and the RLX’s four-wheel independent double-wishbone front and rear suspensions work to ensure a smooth ride with effortless handling. And with an available 29 MPG highway**, the RLX also offers incredible fuel economy – saving you money with every mile.

Acura RLX Interior

Interior Dimensions

2020 Acura TLX

2019 Acura RLX

37.2 inches

Front Headroom

37.6 inches

36.7 inches

Rear Headroom

36.9 inches

42.6 inches

Front Legroom

42.3 inches

14.3 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

14.9 cubic feet

The larger Acura RLX offers drivers an elegant, luxurious everyday driving experience. Its size gives it effortless grace while its larger body offers its passengers a more spacious interior cabin. Similarly, it features an incredible selection of comfort-enhancing features. The Acura TLX, by comparison, has been optimized for a sportier experience. Its nearly identical power and significantly lighter weight, as well as its shorter body, makes for a more dynamic, athletic ride. This prioritization is reflected in its unique attributes, as well, which include drivers assist features and the highest-quality in safety features.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2019 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 models only) and other factors.