While the TLX is no longer the eyesore many saw it to be with the controversial beak-like grille it sported before its 2017 facelift, it isn't exactly an interesting looking car either. It isn't boldly styled like competitors from Lexus and INFINITI, but it doesn't quite pull off the handsome, button-downed look that the Germans have perfected with Audi and BMW. Instead, like many Acura models today, the TLX looks more like it should be wearing a Honda badge. This isn't acceptable for a brand that's meant to compete with blue-chip luxury car companies.
Inside, the TLX is nice and refined, but it doesn't quite feel like Acura has put in as much effort as other brands have. Sure, there are leather seats and contrast stitching is available with higher trims, but the car just doesn't feel that special overall. The TLX is very comfortable though, and the seats have been updated to address previous criticisms. The real selling point of the TLX is in the technology offered; all TLXs come with the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist, which is a nice touch that helps set it apart from rivals.