Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2021 Acura TLX VS 2021 Honda Accord Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2021 Acura TLX

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2021 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Acura TLX have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The TLX offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The TLX offers an optional Surround View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the TLX and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the TLX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2021, a rating granted to only 39 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Warranty Comparison

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The TLX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the TLX is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the TLX’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Accord’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The TLX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (272 vs. 192) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder. The TLX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (272 vs. 252) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The TLX Type S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 103 more horsepower (355 vs. 252) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 273) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura TLX turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder:

TLX

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.3 sec

19.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

121 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regardless of its engine, the TLX’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Honda only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Accord 1.5T.

The TLX has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (15.9 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the TLX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:

TLX

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The TLX stops shorter than the Accord:

TLX

Accord

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the TLX has larger standard tires than the Accord (235/50R18 vs. 225/50R17). The TLX Type S’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord (255/35R20 vs. 235/40R19).

The TLX Type S’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sport/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TLX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Accord. The TLX Type S’ 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Accord Sport/Touring.

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Accord doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the TLX’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Accord (113 inches vs. 111.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the TLX is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Accord.

The TLX’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Accord’s (59.8% to 40.2%). This gives the TLX more stable handling and braking.

The TLX A-Spec SH-AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Accord pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The TLX A-Spec SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord (26.9 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The TLX has .2 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front hip room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the TLX’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The TLX’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The TLX’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The TLX’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Accord’s power window (except driver window) and power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The TLX’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Accord’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the TLX A-Spec has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The TLX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/Sport SE/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the TLX’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the TLX and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the TLX has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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