2017 Acura TLX vs. Its Competition

2017 Acura TLX
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2017 Acura TLX is a near-luxury competitor in a luxury field crowded with very good (and very pricey) cars with European badges on them.
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic.
The 2017 BMW M3 is a track-ready sports sedan with an unblemished pedigree that announces to the world: "Ask me what DTM means."
If it's cosseting luxury and a roomy interior you're after, the Lexus ES may be the car for you.
With available 400-hp, all-wheel-drive performance, plus a new face and more features, the 2017 MKZ could be an advance team for a different sort of Lincoln.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim.
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21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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FWD2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium Plus FWD320i SedanES 350 FWDHybrid Premiere FWDCLA 250 Coupe
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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