Acura TLX vs. RLX

Deciding between the 2020 Acura TLX and the 2019 Acura RLX can be a difficult task. After all, both sedans produce a powerful road performance, are well-equipped with luxurious amenities, and present an impressive value with reasonable prices. The 2019 Acura RLX is the ultimate large luxury sedan. It’s loaded with the most high-end features and can even come in a hybrid form. The 2020 Acura TLX is a mid-size sport sedan that accentuates performance and driving dynamics while coming in at affordable price points. Read on to compare these Acura sedans side by side as we explore what to expect from each in terms of:

  • Price
  • Powertrain
  • MPG
  • Features Inside


Let’s start the comparison with the pricing. The 2019 Acura RLX comes in two packages. The 2020 Acura RLX Advance Package comes with a hybrid engine powertrain, which improves fuel economy without sacrificing the performance of the V6 engine. Both packages represent a great value for a large luxury sedan.

Drivers who favor the driving dynamics of the 2020 Acura TLX will have more packages and trim level options to consider, which is a great way to get exactly what you want. Between the two sedans, the TLX is the more affordable one.


  • 2019 Acura RLX Technology Package – $54,900 MSRP*
  • 2019 Acura RLX Advance Package – $61,900 MSRP*


  • 2020 Acura TLX Inline-4 FWD with P-AWS Standard – $33,000 MSRP*
  • 2020 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD Advance Package – $45,950*



Focusing on the powertrain is another way to distinguish these two excellent sedans, as they offer something a little different for different types of drivers. The 2019 Acura RLX comes standard with a powerful V6 engine with front-wheel drive that gets up to 310 horsepower. For more power and efficiency, the Advance Package comes equipped with a Sport Hybrid 3-motor system that will produce up to 377 horsepower altogether.


On the other hand, the 2020 Acura TLX offers 3 powertrain options starting with the entry-level Standard package. Choose an inline-4 with front-wheel drive and precision all-wheel steer and up to 206 horsepower. Or upgrade to the V6 engine paired with either a front-wheel drive system or a super-handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) configuration that achieves up to 290 horsepower.

2019 Acura RLX:

  • 3.5 V6 with FWD
  • 3.5 V6 Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2020 Acura TLX:

  • Inline-4 FWD with P-AWS
  • V6 FWD with P-AWS
  • V6 SH-AWD



Fuel economy is another factor to consider when deciding between the RLX and TLX. Drivers of the TLX will achieve better fuel economy, with up to 33 mpg** on the highway with the inline-4 engine. Drivers who want everything the RLX offers will still achieve impressive fuel economy, especially with the Sport Hybrid option which improves the efficiency in the city.


Acura RLX:

  • 2019 Acura RLX Technology Package – 20 city / 29 highway / 23 combined mpg**
  • 2019 Acura RLX Advance Sport Hybrid SH-AWD – 28 city / 29 highway / 28 combined mpg**

Acura TLX:

  • 2020 Acura TLX Standard Inline-4 FWD with P-AWS – 23 city / 33 highway / 27 combined mpg**
  • 2020 Acura TLX Standard V6 FWD with P-AWS – 20 city / 31 highway / 24 combined mpg**
  • 2020 Acura TLX Standard V6 SH-AWD – 20 city / 29 highway / 23 combined mpg**


Features Inside

Neither sedan is lacking in terms of comfort, convenience, and technology inside the cabin. The Acura RLX is one of the most well-equipped cabins on the road with “the base front-wheel drive version including a features list that’s more comprehensive than what you’ll get on many competitive base models,” according to With more trim level options on the TLX, drivers can get more luxurious amenities as they climb up to the top-tier models. But for drivers who favor driving dynamics over luxurious bells and whistles, the Acura TLX Standard is still more equipped than many vehicles on the road.


Standard Features on the RLX:

  • Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Tri-Zone GPS-Linked Automatic Climate Control
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System with 14 Speakers
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Street and Freeway Conditions

Standard Features on the TLX:

  • Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
  • 3-level Heated Front Seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Acura Premium Audio System with 7 Speakers
  • Smartphone Integration


Now That You’ve Figured Out Which Should Be Your Next Sedan, Test Drive Today!

Is the larger 2020 Acura RLX or the sporty 2020 Acura TLX right for you? Explore new and current offers and check out both sedans in person by contacting us or visiting your nearest Kansas City Acura Dealer. Sit behind the wheel to experience these Acura sedans firsthand with a test drive today.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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