Lexus IS can't compete with TLX's performance and innovation

Side View of 2019 Grey Lexus IS 300 Sedan

2019 Lexus IS 300

MSRP $38,3101
MPG Ratings (City/Hwy) 21/302
SPEED 8
ENGINE 4-CYL
Side View of 2019 Red Acura TLX Sedan

2019 Acura TLX P-AWS®

MSRP $33,0001
MPG Ratings (City/Hwy) 23/332
SPEED 8
ENGINE 4-CYL

WATCH THE TLX GO UP AGAINST THE COMPETITION 

Note:  This video depicts competition between Model Year 2018 vehicles

Lexus IS vs Acura TLX - Video Review Comparison
The Differences are Clear
2019 Grey Lexus IS 300 Headlight
Lexus IS 300 Conventional LEDs

Conventional LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the Lexus sedan.

Lexus IS 300 Conventional LEDs

Conventional LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the Lexus sedan.

2019 Black Acura TLX Jewel Eye LED Headlight
Acura TLX Jewel Eye™ LEDs

TLX’s Jewel Eye™ headlights boast five LED light elements for sharper illumination and more confident driving.

Acura TLX Jewel Eye™ LEDs

TLX’s Jewel Eye™ headlights boast five LED light elements for sharper illumination and more confident driving.

Front of 2019 Grey Lexus IS 300 Grille
Lexus IS 300 Front Styling

The IS 300's polarizing grille and front styling haven't significantly evolved in recent years.

Lexus IS 300 Front Styling

The IS 300's polarizing grille and front styling haven't significantly evolved in recent years.

Front of 2019 Red Acura TLX Diamond Grille
Acura TLX Bold Front Styling

TLX's freshly-styled front and new Diamond Pentagon grille make a bold statement on the road.

Acura TLX Bold Front Styling

TLX's freshly-styled front and new Diamond Pentagon grille make a bold statement on the road.

2019 Lexus IS 300 Black Interior Seating
Lexus IS 300 Non-Heated Driver Seating

The driver's seat in the Lexus IS offers 10-way power adjustability; heated front seats cost extra.

Lexus IS 300 Non-Heated Driver Seating

The driver's seat in the Lexus IS offers 10-way power adjustability; heated front seats cost extra.

2019 Black Acura TLX Black Interior Driver Seat
Acura TLX Heated Driver's Sport Seat

TLX's heated front sport seating provides 10-way power adjustability for the driver plus power lumbar.

Acura TLX Heated Driver's Sport Seat

TLX's heated front sport seating provides 10-way power adjustability for the driver plus power lumbar.

2019 Lexus IS 300 Black Interior Display
Lexus IS 300 Single-View Display

IS 300's single-view display makes it challenging to manage more than one function at a time.

Lexus IS 300 Single-View Display

IS 300's single-view display makes it challenging to manage more than one function at a time.

2019 Acura TLX Black Interior Center Console Display
Acura TLX Dual Display

The TLX's two displays let you easily adjust climate and audio settings while maintaining the view of Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ when in use.11,12

Acura TLX Dual Display

The TLX's two displays let you easily adjust climate and audio settings while maintaining the view of Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ when in use.11,12

View of 2019 White Acura TLX Sedan on the Road

Acura TLX: Outperformance by Design

8 SPEED
206 HORSEPOWER

A luxury car should never make you choose between power or handling. The TLX comes standard with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ and Agile Handling Assist® to aid in cornering, while an 8-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission plus torque converter delivers a linear throttle response with no turbo lag. Conversely, the Lexus IS requires a turbocharger to generate power. The larger displacement engine of the TLX does not require turbo power, and still boasts 206 horsepower. And TLX’s fuel economy ratings (2) are better than the IS Turbo, meaning you really can have it all.

A dramatic A-Spec® variant is also available for the 2019 Acura TLX, ensuring your ride looks just as powerful as what’s under the hood. Performance-driven cues from the Acura NSX elevate the impact of A-Spec: eye-catching features include round exposed dual exhaust outlets, new front lower intakes with round LED fog lights and dark chrome finish trim, and a piano-black rear decklid spoiler.

2019 Acura TLX Lane Keeping Assist System Technology Graphic

Tech-Driven Protection

TLX earns a 5-star NHTSA3 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard on every 2019 Acura TLX, making it one of the most safety-minded sedans.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
TLX’s Lane Keeping Assist System6 uses a forward-facing camera to help keep the vehicle centered in a detected lane. Should you drift close to a lane edge it will gently guide the TLX back to the lane center.

For the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
2019 Lexus IS 300
2019 Acura TLX

Base Models "Starting At" Price

$38,3101
$33,0001
Models As Shown
$38,3101
$33,0001
Performance
Engine
2.0L I-4 Turbo
2.4L DOHC 4-CYLINDER
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)
241 @ 5800
206 @ 6800
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)
258 @ 1650-4400
182 @ 4500
EPA MPG Rating2 (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 30 / 26
23 / 33 / 27
Automatic Transmission
8-Speed 
8-SPEED DUAL-CLUTCH
Paddle Shifters
Standard
Standard
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel
Front-Wheel
All-Wheel Steering
Not Available
Standard
Safety and Driver Assist
NHTSA Front Driver Crash Test Rating3
4 Stars
5 Stars
NHTSA Passenger Front Crash Test Rating3
4 Stars
5 Stars
Rear Camera4
SINGLE-VIEW 
MULTI-VIEW
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)5
STANDARD
STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS )6
Standard
STANDARD
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)7
STANDARD
STANDARD
Road Departure Mitigation System8
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow9
Standard
Standard
Convenience
Active Sound Control 
Not Available
Standard
Hill Start Assist
Not Available
STANDARD
Smart Entry with Keyless Access
Standard
Standard
GPS-Linked Climate Control10
NOT AVAILABLE
Available with package upgrade
Media & Connectivity
Dual Screen Display
Not Available
Standard
Apple CarPlay™ Integration11

 

Not Available
Standard
Android Auto™ Integration12

 

Not Available
Standard
Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®

 

Standard
Standard
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio13
Standard
Standard
Siri® Eyes Free14
Standard
Standard
Pandora Compatibility15
Optional
Standard
Exterior
LED Headlights
Standard
STANDARD (Jewel Eye® )
Power Moonroof
Standard
Standard
Remote-Operated Windows and Moonroof
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Capless Fuel Fill System
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Wheels & Tires
17"
17"
Interior
Power Driver's Seat
STANDARD (10-Way with Power Lumbar)
STANDARD (10-Way with Power Lumbar)
Heated Front Seats
Available with Package Upgrade
STANDARD
Leather-Appointed Seating
Not Available
Available with Package Upgrade
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel 
Standard
STANDARD
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
Not Available
STANDARD
2019 Red Acura TLX Sedan Driving on the Road

Don’t just take our word. Experience TLX for yourself.

Disclaimer
 
  • 1  Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional, or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.

  • 2   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, and other factors.

  • 3  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (SaferCar.gov).

  • 4  Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.

  • 5 FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 6 LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 7 CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 8 Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 9 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible for avoiding a collision.

  • 10 Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for information regarding navigation system area coverage.

  • 11 Depending on use, Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay. Use of CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details.

  • 12 Depending on use, Android Auto can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto. Use of Android Auto is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone. Android Auto vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Acura cannot guarantee Android Auto operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto software/Android operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto when conditions allow you to do so safely.

  • 13 SiriusXM Satellite Radio, subscription purchasable after trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. Not all vehicles are capable of receiving all services offered by SiriusXM. Current information and features may not be available in all locations, or on all receivers. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous USA and DC. SiriusXM Internet Radio service is available throughout our satellite service area and in AK, HI and PR. © 2018 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

  • 14 Always remain attentive when driving. Certain functions are disabled or inoperable while the vehicle is in motion. Only operate the system when conditions permit you to safely do so. Avoid focusing on the device display or manually operating the system controls while driving. State or local laws may prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. iPhone and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc.

  • 15 Compatible with select smartphones. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.

  • 16 Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements.

  • 17  Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.

Side View of 2019 Grey Lexus IS 300 Sedan 2019 Lexus IS 300
Side View of 2019 Red Acura TLX Sedan

2019 Acura TLX 

Interior Dimensions
Headroom (in.) (Front/Rear) 
38.2 / 36.9
37.2 / 36.7
Shoulder Room (in.) (front / rear)
55.9 / 53.4
57.5 / 55.4
Hiproom (in.) (front / rear)
54.3 / 54.0
55.3 / 54.9
Legroom (in.) (front / rear)
44.8 / 32.2
42.6 / 34.5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
110.2
109.3
Length (in.)
184.3
190.7
Height (in.)
56.3
57.0
Width (in.)
71.3
73.0
Weights & Capacities
Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)16
10.8
14.3
Curb Weight (lb.)
3,583
3,505
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
17.4
17.2
Warranty
Basic Warranty (years / miles)17

 

4-year/50,000-mile
4-year/50,000-mile
Powertrain Warranty (years / miles)17
6-year/70,000-mile
6-year/70,000-mile