2021 Acura TLX VS 2021 Lexus ES 250

If you’re looking into a luxury model sedan to sport around Edmonton, there are definitely quite a few options available. When it comes to refined style, superior handling, and optimal performance, Acura is high on the list. Let’s compare their 2021 TLX model with the similar 2021 Lexus ES 250. Both are similar in engine and fuel efficiency, but let’s take a closer look at cost and features for a more accurate picture.

2021 Acura TLX VS. 2021 Lexus ES

2021 Acura TLX

The sharp and stylish 2021 Acura TLX offers a sleek silhouette with optimal power and smooth shifting courtesy of its 2.0L Turbo 4 cyl engine and 10-speed transmission. Handling is precise, stable and responsive for a balanced feel overall. The interior is spacious and well-designed with plush, comfortable seats and wood accents for a more refined profile. Starting price for the 2021 Acura TLX is $43,990.

2021 Lexus ES

New, edgy styling and responsive power lend a sporty appeal to the 2020 Lexus ES sedan. It delivers a smooth, quick performance with its 2.5L 4cyl gas engine. The revamped interior is luxurious and ergonomically smart. Starting price for the 2021 Lexus ES is $45,050.

2021 Acura TLX FEATURES 2021 Lexus ES
2.0L Turbo 4-CylEngine2.5L 4-Cyl
280 lb-ft @ 1600-4500 rpm Torque203 lb-ft @ 6600 rpm
272 hp @ 6500rpm Horsepower184 hp @ N/A
10-speed automatic Transmission8-speed automatic
Super Handling AWDDrivetrainAll-Wheel Drive
11.2/8.0L/100km Fuel Efficiency (city/hwy) N/A
Standard Active Sound ControlNot Available
10.2"Center Display8"
StandardPower Drivers Seat Standard
StandardHeated Front Seats Optional
StandardKeyless Entry/Start Standard
StandardRemote Engine Start Standard
StandardRemote Trunk Release Standard
StandardMulti-zone A/C Standard
StandardSmart Device Integration Standard
StandardBluetooth Connection Standard

The Results

With comparable engines and performance stats, it looks as if the 2021 Acura TLX and the 2021 Lexus ES are similarly matched. Where they seem a little less equal is in the areas of safety technology and infotainment features. The Lexus came out just a little ahead in both categories with items that were either standard or optional whereas the Acura did not even offer these features. Just because the TLX doesn’t include these safety features doesn’t mean it is not a safe vehicle. The opposite is true with it having received a full five-star overall NHTSA safety rating and equally impressive scores from the IIHS. Another major advantage the TLX has over the ES is its price tag. The Lexus ES is almost $3,000 more than the Acura TLX. That in itself could be a game changer for someone looking for a luxury vehicle.

The best way to see if the 2021 Acura TLX is right for you is to visit Southview Acura in Edmonton, Alberta, and test drive it for yourself.