2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus IS

The Acura TLX and the Lexus IS are built for luxury and performance, both offering an exciting ride for drivers in Westchase, Tampa, and Pebble Creek, FL. But which sporty sedan is right for you? To help you decide, the team at Maus Acura of North Tampa faces them off in this 2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus IS comparison.



For starters, let's just say this exciting interior is more of a cockpit than a cabin. It features a wide center console lined with beautiful, wood accents, and customizable LED ambient lighting. Don't worry. It's not just here for looks. There's also plenty of room to kick back and relax with standard power-adjustable seats with power lumbar support. Leatherette upholstery is on the base trim, but Milano leather and Ultrasuede® inserts are available upgrades. Other standard interior features include:

·       Sport seats

·       Dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration

·       Bluetooth®-compatible infotainment system with voice control

·       10.2-inch HD center display

·       True Touchpad Interface™

·       Power Moonroof

The Lexus IS also seats five passengers, but unfortunately, the interior is no match for the Acura TLX! The IS features 8-way power front seats plus lumbar support for the driver. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional, and leather is not an available upgrade. The IS comes standard with an 8-inch center display. A 10.3-inch is available, but it'll cost you. You'll also spend more if you want a moonroof in the Lexus IS.



Wildly refined, the new TLX model features 194.6 inches of a totally redesigned body with a wider frame and longer wheelbase, both of which improve handling and give the front a sleek design. The Jewel Eye® headlights on the TLX Advance Package boast four LED light elements plus Acura signature Chicane™ LED daytime running lights.


Lexus uses the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to its exterior design, offering very few changes from last year's model. While sporty, the Lexus IS just can't compete with the TLX's dynamic styling. LED headlamps with a two-light element are standard on the Lexus sedan, with triple-beam LED headlamps as an expensive upgrade. Passengers may feel more cramped in the IS with the body size measuring at just 185.4 inches, nearly 10 inches smaller than the TLX.



Both the Lexus IS and Acura TLX offer impressive style and performance, but the all-new 2021 TLX is clearly superior. Every TLX model comes equipped with a VTEC® 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 272-HP and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, offering a sportier option than the Lexus IS with better low-end torque and more mid-range power. The available rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ lets you channel all that power for improved handling in any condition.


But wait, it gets better. You can personalize your drive anytime with the TLX's Integrated Dynamics System with selectable drive modes that include Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Individual (customize steering, suspension, dampers, and throttle to your specific settings.


Safety Features

The TLX may be powerful, but it's safe as well. Every trim level comes standard with AcuraWatch™ - a bundle of driver-assist features that include:

·       Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Advanced Pedestrian Detection

·       Adaptive Cruise Control

·       Lane Keeping Assist

·       Road Departure Mitigation

·       Traffic Jam Assist

In addition, the TLX is built with a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure that can direct force away from the cabin during a collision. Adding to its safety features are eight airbags, including side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.


With Lexus's Safety System Plus 2.5, the IS also offers an impressive selection of safety features that include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, high-beam assist, road-sign assist, and an advanced adaptive cruise control system.


Test Drive an Acura TLX today at Maus Acura of North Tampa!

Ready to take the Acura TLX out for a test drive? Proudly serving drivers in Westchase, Tampa, and Pebble Creek, FL, Maus Acura of North Tampa can help you find the perfect Acura! Give us a call at 813-669-4684 to learn more about our 2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus IS comparison or to schedule an appointment for a test drive.

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