Snapshots: 2021 Acura TLX Meets 1996 Acura TL

The new 2021 Acura TLX meets its early predecessor: a first-generation 1996 Acura TL. Separated by 25 years, the two cars were brought together by Tyson Hugie, for a fun comparison photo shoot. 

Acura styling has evolved with the times – the Fathom Blue Pearl TLX brings a more sculpted and edgier look compared to the clean lines of the Garnet Red Pearl TL. Headlights have become smaller, while the grille has grown significantly larger to become a defining feature of the brand.

When it comes to specs, it’s all in the numbers. Here are some noteworthy comparisons below. 

  1996 Acura TL 2.5 2021 Acura TLX SH-AWD Advance
Engine 2.5-liter, 20-valve, SOHC, inline 5 cylinder 2.0-liter, Turbo Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder
Horsepower @ rpm 176 hp @ 6300 272 @ 6500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 170 @ 3900 rpm 280 @ 1600-4500
Transmission 4-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic
Front Suspension independent double-wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar Double-Wishbone Front Suspension
Rear Suspension independent double-wishbone with trailing link, coil springs and stabilizer bar Multi-Link Rear Suspension 
Wheelbase (in.) 111.8 113.0
Length (in.) 191.5 194.6
Width (in.) 70.3 75.2
Height (in.) 55.3 56.4
Curb Weight (lbs)  3252 4028
Weight Distribution 60/40 57/43
EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.7 93.4
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 20/25 21/29

[Source: Tyson Hugie]

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