2021 Acura TLX vs 2021 Lexus IS

2021 Acura TLX vs 2021 Lexus IS
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2021 Acura TLX vs 2021 Lexus IS

Serving Memphis, TN

With several premium options to consider in the small car class, it seemingly should be easy to find a model that lives up to your high expectations. Two leading contenders for many Memphis car shoppers are the 2021 TLX and the 2021 Lexus IS. The TLX has a slightly more affordable base price, which is only the beginning of their many differences.


The 2021 Acura TLX is a next-generation sedan that is hard to take your eyes off of. It has a sleek, low profile with exciting accent lines that twist through the side panels. At the front, the TLX has a starburst design in the pentagon-shaped grille. This is combined with exciting definition through the lower-front fascia’s air vents and across the LED-outlined headlights. The 2021 Lexus IS, on the other hand, is part of a generation that launched in 2013. It has smooth surfaces over the sloping hood and angled up the side panels. Bolt-like LED lights top the thin headlights.


The Acura TLX’s thrilling personality is pronounced throughout the cabin. The dashboard design is genuinely unique, with molded accents cascading down a waterfall-style center stack. This stack is topped by an elongated, floating display screen. The climate control interface bows down toward the rotary drive mode selector. In the center console, you will find a touch control pad and other premium features. The 2021 Lexus IS’s interior has a more traditional design with straight, horizontal lines spreading across the dashboard. Like the TLX, the IS has a floating display screen at the top of the center stack. However, the stack has a flat angle as it reaches toward the center console. The console has a traditional gear shifter knob.


Differences extend to the performance capabilities of the 2021 TLX, and the 2021 Lexus IS. The Acura model has a VTEC Turbo 2.0-liter engine that generates 272 horsepower. You can also request Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive in your TLX. In comparison, the 2021 Lexus IS has a 2.0-liter turbo engine that puts out 241 horsepower. The higher-level engine that is available at a premium is a V6 engine that delivers 260 horsepower.

The 2021 Acura TLX is the sedan that you need to check out in person. The Acura of Memphis sales team is ready to support your continued research, so contact us today.

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