Lexus IS can't compete with TLX performance and innovation

Side View of 2020 Grey Lexus IS 300 Sedan

2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD

COMPARABLY EQUIPPED $48,3501
HORSEPOWER 2603
SPEED 6
MPG (CITY/HWY) 19/265
2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Side Profile

2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD® with Advance Package

COMPARABLY EQUIPPED $48,3002
HORSEPOWER 2723
SPEED 10
MPG (CITY/HWY) 21/295
The Differences are Clear
2020 Grey Lexus IS 300 Headlight
Lexus IS 300 LEDs

LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the Lexus sedan; triple-beam LED headlamps are an expensive option. 

Lexus IS 300 LEDs

LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the Lexus sedan; triple-beam LED headlamps are an expensive option. 

2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Headlight
Acura TLX Jewel Eye LEDs

Jewel Eye® headlights on the TLX with Advance Package boast four LED light elements plus Acura signature Chicane™ LED daytime running lights.

Acura TLX Jewel Eye LEDs

Jewel Eye® headlights on the TLX with Advance Package boast four LED light elements plus Acura signature Chicane™ LED daytime running lights.

2020 Lexus IS 300 Black Interior Seating
Lexus IS 300 8-Way Front Seating

The IS 300 features 8-way power front seats plus power lumbar for the driver. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional and leather is unavailable. 

Lexus IS 300 8-Way Front Seating

The IS 300 features 8-way power front seats plus power lumbar for the driver. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional and leather is unavailable. 

2021 Acura TLX Sedan Black Interior Seating
Acura TLX 16-Way Front Sport Seats

The heated and ventilated front sport seats on TLX with Advance Package feature full-grain leather trim and provide 16-way power adjustability plus power lumbar.

Acura TLX 16-Way Front Sport Seats

The heated and ventilated front sport seats on TLX with Advance Package feature full-grain leather trim and provide 16-way power adjustability plus power lumbar.

2020 Lexus IS 300 Black Interior Display
Lexus IS 8.0" Display

An 8.0-inch center display comes standard on the Lexus IS 300; a 10.3-inch version is available with an expensive package upgrade. 

Lexus IS 8.0" Display

An 8.0-inch center display comes standard on the Lexus IS 300; a 10.3-inch version is available with an expensive package upgrade. 

2021 Acura TLX Sedan Dashboard and Display
Acura TLX 10.2" Display

TLX features a 10.2-inch HD center display accessible via an intuitive and easy-to-use True Touchpad Interface™.

 

Acura TLX 10.2" Display

TLX features a 10.2-inch HD center display accessible via an intuitive and easy-to-use True Touchpad Interface™.

 

2020 Grey Lexus IS 300 Wheel
Lexus IS 300 18" Wheels

Lexus IS 300 has standard 18-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

Lexus IS 300 18" Wheels

Lexus IS 300 has standard 18-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Wheel
Acura TLX 19" Wheels

TLX with Advance Package features 19-inch machine-finished wheels that perfectly complement the sedan's dynamic styling. 

Acura TLX 19" Wheels

TLX with Advance Package features 19-inch machine-finished wheels that perfectly complement the sedan's dynamic styling. 

2021 TLX Special APR
1.9%

1.9% APR for 24-60 months

2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Front and Side Profile

2021 TLX Special APR

1.9% APR for 24-60 months

For well-qualified buyers.



Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2021 TLX Models from September 28, 2020 through November 2, 2020, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Acura Financial Services through participating dealers. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by November 2, 2020. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2021 TLX: 10% down payment. 1.9% for 60 months financing at $17.48 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Acura dealer for details.

2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Front and Side Profile Driving on Road

Acura TLX: Superior by Design

272 HORSEPOWER3
10 SPEED

The Lexus IS 300 and the Acura TLX with Advance Package both offer impressive style and performance. But the completely reimagined 2021 TLX is clearly superior. Its VTEC® Turbo 2.0-liter engine boasts 272 horsepower3 and 280 lb-ft of torque4, giving far more muscle than the Lexus sedan. Torque vectoring, exclusive to the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), lets you channel that power for improved handling in almost any condition. Standard paddle shifters put control of all 10 gear ratios at your fingertips. And thanks to its double wishbone front suspension, ultra-rigid body structure, and a new electro-servo braking system—adapted from the NSX supercar—the new TLX is also the best handling Acura sedan yet.

Compared to the Lexus IS 300, comfort and convenience come standard on the TLX with Advance Package: ventilated front sport seats, navigation, head-up display, a surround view camera, and wireless charging are just some of the features that enhance your daily drive.

2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan with Collision Mitigation Braking Safety Diagram

Strong Safety Technology

AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies come standard on every TLX, making it one of the most safety-minded sport sedans.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) 
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses radar, visual signals, and automatic braking ability to help reduce the risk of a collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.10

For the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD
2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD® with Advance Package

Comparably Equipped

$48,3501
$48,3002
Performance
Engine
3.5L V-6
2.0L VTEC® TURBOCHARGED (Win due to Engine Horsepower and Torque)
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)3
260 @ 6400
272 @ 6500
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)4
236 @ 2000-4800
280 @ 1600-4500
EPA MPG Rating (city / hwy / combined)5
19 / 26 / 22
21 / 29 / 24
Automatic Transmission
6-Speed 
10-SPEED
Paddle Shifters
Standard
Standard
Drivetrain
ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
SUPER HANDLING ALL-WHEEL DRIVE™ (SH-AWD®)
Custom Drive Mode
Available with Trim Upgrade
Standard
Convenience
Active Sound Control 
Available with Trim Upgrade
Standard
GPS-Linked Climate Control11
NOT AVAILABLE
Standard
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Standard
Smart Entry with Keyless Access
Standard
Standard
Active High-Beams
Standard
Standard
Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
Standard
Standard
Audio & Connectivity
Center Display (in.)
8.0" (Standard) 10.3" (Available)
10.2" (standard)
Touchpad Interface
Standard
STANDARD with True Touchpad positioning
Premium Audio System
Lexus Premium Sound System w/ 10 SPEAKERS
ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System w/ 17 Speakers11
Navigation System12
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Real-Time Traffic™ and Traffic Rerouting™13
STANDARD
STANDARD
Head-Up Display
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Integration6,7

 

Standard
Standard
Wireless Charging

 

Not Available
Standard
Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®14

 

Standard
Standard
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio15
Standard
Standard
USB Ports16 
Standard (2)
Standard (3)
12-Volt Power Outlets
Standard (2)
Standard (2)
Safety & Driver Assist
NHTSA Front Driver Crash Test Rating9
NOT YET RATED
NOT YET RATED
NHTSA Passenger Front Crash Test Rating9
NOT YET RATED
NOT YET RATED
Surround View Camera8 
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Blind Spot Information (BSI) System17
STANDARD
STANDARD
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)10
STANDARD
STANDARD
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)10
STANDARD
STANDARD
Pedestrian Detection10 
STANDARD
STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)10
Standard
STANDARD
Road Departure Mitigation System10
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow10 
Standard
Standard
Traffic Jam Assist10 
Not Available
Standard
Traffic Sign Recognition10 
Standard
Standard
Exterior
LED Headlights
Standard
STANDARD (Jewel Eye®)
LED Taillights
Standard
STANDARD
Power Moonroof
Available with Package Upgrade
Standard
Remote-Operated Moonroof
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Heated Side Mirrors
STANDARD
STANDARD
Wheels & Tires
18"
19"
Interior
Leather-Appointed Seating
Not Available
Standard
Power Driver's Seat
STANDARD (8-Way with Power Lumbar)
STANDARD (16-Way with Power Lumbar)
Power Front Passenger's Seat
STANDARD (8-Way)
STANDARD (16-Way with Power Lumbar)
Heated Front Seats
Available with Package Upgrade
STANDARD
Ventilated Front Seats
Available with Package Upgrade
STANDARD
Heated Rear Seats
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Heated Steering Wheel
Available with Package Upgrade
STANDARD
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
Standard
STANDARD

Acura Military Program

$750
in savings

In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer for a limited time $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Acura Military Program

In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer for a limited time $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Client Qualification:

  • Active Duty U.S. Military, (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) and their spouses.
  • Active Duty U.S. Military Ready Reserve, (Inactive National Guard, Individual Ready Reserve, Selected Reserve) and their spouses.
  • U.S. Military Veterans who are within two (2) years of separation from active service, and their spouses.(Veteran: A service member who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.)
  • Military Retiree: Service members who remain on active duty or serve in the Reserves or Guard for a sufficient period of time (minimum of 20 years).
  • Spouses of U.S. Military Retirees (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) who are within two (2) years of separation from active service.
Client Requirements:

  • Provide Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as proof of military status or active service at the time of purchase or lease.
  • Veterans must provide a Report of Separation (DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty) indicating Honorable Discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions.
  • Spouses of a member of the U.S. Military must provide proof of relationship by presenting a Military ID, or provide spouse' LES. Only a copy of LES will be retained by the dealership for verification.
  • Meet AFS credit criteria and sign an AFS Retail Finance, Acura Luxury Lease® or Leadership Purchase Plan® contract
  • (Lease) $750 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $750 reduction.
  • (Purchase) $750 is applied toward the down payment.[1]

[1] For well-qualified clients, subject to approval by AFS. Offer excludes Acura NSX and PMC Editions. Only one $750 Acura Military Appreciation offer per vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2021 and may be terminated at any time. NOTE: During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease with Acura Financial Services, buyer may not take their vehicle outside of the United States without prior written consent of Acura Financial Services. During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease, buyer must notify Acura Financial Services immediately of any change in buyer's address.

Acura College Graduate Program

$500
in savings

We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Acura College Graduate Program

We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Client Qualification:

  • Eligible client has graduated within the past two years or will graduate within the next six months with a masters, bachelor or associate degree from a U.S. –accredited college or registered nursing school.
  • Meet Acura Financial Services (AFS) credit criteria and sign an AFS Retail Finance, Acura Luxury Lease® or Leadership Purchase Plan® contract.
  • Eligible client must be listed on AFS contract as the primary buyer.
  • Provide a copy of a diploma or college transcripts as proof of graduation eligibility and all other documents required by AFS.
  • Lease: $500 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Purchase: $500 is applied toward the down payment.
The following Acura Financial Services® requirements may apply:

  • No adverse credit history
  • Proof of employment or a firm commitment from an employer (verifiable) with a start date no more than 120 days from the date of the AFS contract.
  • Monthly income sufficient to cover current obligations, living expenses and the vehicle payment.

[1] For well-qualified clients, subject to approval by AFS. Offer excludes Acura NSX. Only one $500 Acura College Graduate offer per vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2021 and may be terminated at any time.

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2021 White Acura TLX Sedan Rear and Side View Driving on Road

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Disclaimer
 
  • TLX competitor specifications and features sourced from competitive manufacture website and www.acura.com Chrome comparison data. American Honda makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.
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  • 1  The indicated feature options were added to the competitor vehicle to determine the Comparably Equipped Price: Comfort Package ($1,950); Navigation/Mark Levinson® Premium Audio Package ($2,750); Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps ($1,250); Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Panoramic View Monitor ($1,400).
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  • 2  Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer. Acura model shown (Performance Red Pearl) includes Premium Paint. $500 MSRP up-charge applies to Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Apex Blue Pearl, Phantom Violet Pearl, Platinum White Pearl.
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  • 3  Lexus IS horsepower: 260 @ 6400 rpm (SAE net); Acura TLX horsepower: 272 @ 6500 rpm (SAE net).
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  • 4  Lexus IS torque: 236 lb-ft @ 2000-4800 rpm (SAE net); Acura TLX torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1600-4500 rpm (SAE net).
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  • 5  Based on 2021 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.
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  • 6  Apple CarPlay® and any other Apple mark referenced is a trademark of Apple Inc. 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.
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  • 7  Android™ and Android Auto™ are trademarks of Google LLC. 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.
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  • 8  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.
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  • 9  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (SaferCar.gov).
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  • 10  AcuraWatch system accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, road conditions and other factors. System may not detect all objects ahead of, beside or behind the vehicle and may not detect a given object. System may not detect all lane markings or lane/road departures. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
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  • Adaptive Cruise Control should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads.

    Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian Detection 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.

    Forward Collision Warning system does not include a braking function.

    Lane Keeping Assist System 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.

    Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts driver when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. RDM can apply mild steering torque to assist in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane.

    Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position and vehicle spacing when lane markings and a preceding vehicle are identified; TJA only can apply mild steering torque to assist.

    Traffic Sign Recognition cannot detect all traffic signs, may misidentify certain signs and does not include any braking or speed control functions. Accuracy will vary based on weather and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for complying with all traffic regulations.
  • 11  ELS Surround® and ELS STUDIO® are registered trademarks of Panasonic Corporation of North America. All rights reserved.
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  • 12  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.
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  • 13  AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic is operable only in select markets within the 48 contiguous United States, as well as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The service is available at no cost for three years after purchase whereupon it will continue to be available on a subscription basis.
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  • 14  The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks is under license.
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  • 15  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. © 2021 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.
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  • 16  The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your local Acura dealer for details on compatibility.
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  • 17  The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed.
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  • 18  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.
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  • 19  Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
Side View of 2020 Grey Lexus IS 300 Sedan 2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD
2021 Red Acura TLX Sedan Side Profile

2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD® with Advance Package

Interior Dimensions
Headroom (in.) (Front/Rear) 
38.2 / 36.9
37.2 / 36.3
Shoulder Room (in.) (front / rear)
55.9 / 53.4
58.2 / 54.9
Hiproom (in.) (front / rear)
54.3 / 54.0
55.8 / 54.6
Legroom (in.) (front / rear)
44.8 / 32.2
42.4 / 34.9
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
110.2
113.0
Length (in.)
185.4
194.6
Height (in.)
56.7
56.4
Width (in.)
72.4
75.2
Weights & Capacities
EPA Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)18
10.8
13.5
Curb Weight (lb.)
3,847
4,028
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
17.4
15.9
Warranty
Basic Warranty (years / miles)19

 

4 / 50,000
4 / 50,000
Powertrain Warranty (years / miles)19
6 / 70,000
6 / 70,000