No April Fools’ Joke: 2020 Acura TLX’s Only Updates Are Four Colors

The 2020 Acura TLX is arriving in dealerships across the United States on April 2 but don’t expect too many updates compared to the 2019 model.

As a matter of fact, the only changes are the four new body colors. The new premium paints are Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic, and Apex Blue Pearl — the latter exclusive to the sporty-flavored TLX A-Spec trim.

Acura says the advanced paints are engineered using cutting edge pigment technologies such as micas, metal flakes and nano pigments for super-high transparency. Each premium paint color receives additional coats to enhance the color intensity and depth as well as a special clear coat to improve luster.

Besides the new available colors, the 2020 Acura sedan remains unchanged. As before, it offers two powertrains: a 206hp 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 290hp 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic. Regardless of the engine chosen, all front-wheel-drive TLX models come with the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system as standard.

V6 models are also available with the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. SH-AWD directs up to 70 percent of torque to the rear wheels and up to 100 percent of that torque to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel for better control and agility in all weather conditions.

The 2020 Acura TLX comes equipped as standard with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, Jewel Eye LED headlights, a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, Smart Entry with push-button start, and a dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0), with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Prices remain the same and range from $33,000 (excluding $995 destination) for the base 2.4L FWD model and $45,950 for the V6 AWD with the Advance package. No word yet on the 2020 TLX Type S but there’s a chance we might see it at the New York Auto Show later this month.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Dated interior with two screens; it was just bad timing for Acura to finish the development of the TLX during late 2013, never got to have ttoday’s already-mainstream slimmer tablet look infotainment systems.

  • DM

    Oh Acura. You know it’s bad when some Honda badged products have nicer interiors and better tech than Acuras.

  • Karl

    This car doesn’t need any updates,it needs a complete makeover! I never thought I would see the day that even Hyundai’s Genesis are producing better design and attractive cars than Acura! Acura was the first Asian luxury brand but look at their current lineup and you will understand why they are at the bottom. I remember the Original Acura Legend held so much promise for the brand. Sad to see how far they have fallen behind the rest of the Asian brands…

    • D-splash

      Complete makeover’s apparently coming in 3 weeks at NY Auto Show

    • AntBee

      Exactly! I am still upset that Acura took two separate cars, and made one. I, one of the few, loved the TL, still do.
      I would never pay that much money for a stretched Civic, or maybe it is an Accord underneath, four cylinder or six of this Frankenstein car.

  • Merc1

    It’s a really “nice” car in need of a redesign onto a RWD platform. Now where is the Type S that we’ve been hearing so much about?


  • D-splash

    Not surprised, in 3 weeks they’re premiering the 2021 model in New York.

    • Merc1

      Really? Where are you getting that from? What about the Type S?


      • D-splash

        go back to the home page, and scroll down 2 articles, 2021 Type S.

        • john1168

          Thanks 🙂

  • 🤴🏻

    I was expecting for a next generation tlx debut before the MDX.

  • vvmdrf

    The real April fool is the person paying 45K for one of these.

    • tonye

      You’ve never driven the SH-AWD car, have you?

    • Jay

      Compared to its competition – this car is a bargain. Its 45K A-Spec which you can get for probably 40K OTD. If you are looking for a bargain luxury car without breaking the bank, this is it. You are looking at a car that is 10-15K cheaper than all over its rivals with near or the same equipment.


    • AntBee

      Wonder how they got grey out of bronze⁉️🤔

  • Jay

    And to the people complaining that this car is crap. You have to understand, this car has been out since 2015 and they are already planning for the 2021 model. There was no point in releasing anything more for 2020. All cars are at their final legs. The Acura TLX, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q are about to change for 2021. The Audi A4 and MB C300 are going to be 1-2 years after that. This was already well-known once BMW 3 Series was at their new generation. BMW always starts it off first.

    • john1168

      I hope you’re right. I’m hoping the Type S will debut an all new TLX but I’m not holding my breath. A new Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS would be most welcome too. Unfortunately I don’t think we’ve seen any camo’d prototypes driving around. We’ve seen some pics of the Type S but it appears to be similar to the current TLX.

    • The car is crap. You’d be nuts to buy this. It leaves a lot to be desired. Other than the AWD model, it is not fun to drive. The visibility out of the windows is horredous (try parallel parking and see if can see over the hood to see what is on front of you), and drive around some curbs and see if can even see them at all, the transmission is slow to shift, and when coming to a stop the car likes to rebound harshly, throwing you into the dash. And when parking, after hitting the “p” button, it likes to bounce back and forth. Oh, and the GPS, it’s not worth your time to figure out the odd menus, and fact has no voice activation. Your cell phone map is easier to deal with. And get the car up to speed on the highway, the steering is very light and provides no feedback. Try a quick lane change. Does not feel connected at all. The Honda Accord is a much better and more thoughtout car. They must had the interns do the TLX. Stay away..

  • Bash

    Acura is like Subaru, Great cars, old platforms. plus a bit sprinkle of a luxury.

    • Merc1



  • Dude

    That’s a little disappointing

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