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|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||3252||4028|
|EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||94.7||93.4|
|EPA Fuel Economy Ratings||20/25||21/29|
[Source: Tyson Hugie]