The Acura TLX hasn't been a direct, apples-to-apples competitor to brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW for a while—except when they want to be on price.
The TLX isn't as lush inside as say, a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but for the price it looks very good next to a BMW 3-Series.
Audi's A4 is a natural competitor with all-wheel drive, although opinions are mixed on the all-new 2017 version.
We think the TLX is more exciting than a Lexus ES, although those cars are polished to a high-gloss finish.
Lincoln's new MKZ is interesting, and could unseat the TLX in the near-luxury field, but we haven't driven an MKZ yet, so we'll report back when we do.
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|2017 Acura TLXBrowse Used Listings||2017 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2017 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Lexus ESBrowse Used Listings||2017 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Subcompact Cars|
|FWD||2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium Plus FWD||320i Sedan||ES 350 FWD||Hybrid Premiere FWD||CLA 250 Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
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|2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 Audi A4||2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 BMW 3-Series||2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 Lexus ES||2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 Lincoln MKZ||2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class|