2020 Acura ILX vs 2021 Acura TLX Comparison

2020 Acura ILX vs. 2021 Acura TLX


Starting MSRP

2.4L Aluminum-Alloy 4-cylinder

Base Engine

2.0L Turbo Aluminum-Alloy 4-Cylinder



Exterior Length

12.4 cubic feet

Cargo Volume


Searching for a luxury sedan to upgrade your Denver commutes? Check out this comparison of the 2020 Acura ILX vs. 2021 Acura TLX! While both Acura models offer a 2.4L engine, the TLX offers an available V6 engine. But if you’re looking for a more cost-effective vehicle with similar performance, the Acura ILX might suit you better. Find out what the main difference is between the Acura ILX and TLX in terms of performance, engine options and dimensions with Fisher Acura. Then, be sure to check out our Acura lease deals!

ILX vs. TLX: Performance & Engine Options

Both of these Acura models are luxury sport sedans, Aurora drivers might be wondering what’s the main difference between the Acura ILX and TLX? Both vehicles offer a 2.4L standard engine, but the TLX turbocharged standard option delivers quite a bit more horsepower and torque. While the Acura ILX standard engine option still offers a considerable amount of horsepower and torque, the lower price tag might be more desirable. Check out the Acura ILX vs. TLX engine options and performance here:

2020 Acura ILX Standard 2.4L Engine

  • 201 horsepower
  • 180 lb-ft of torque
  • FWD
  • EPA-estimated 24/34 city/highway mpg**

2021 Acura TLX Standard 2.4L Engine

  • 272 horsepower
  • 280 lb-ft of torque
  • FWD and SH-AWD™
  • EPA-estimated 22/31 city/highway mpg** with FWD

The Acura ILX delivers n EPA-estimated 24/34 city/highway mpg** while the TLX FWD version generates an EPA-estimated 22/31 city/highway mpg*. For those choosing the SH-AWD™, the fuel efficiency drops to 21/29 city/highway mpg**, again showing that the Acura ILX will save you time and money at the gas pump in Broomfield.

ILX vs. TLX: Dimensions

For those still undecided, the main difference between the Acura ILX and TLX is size. While the ILX is considered a premium compact sport sedan, the TLX falls into the premium sport sedan market. If you’re looking for a more fuel efficient compact option on congested city streets, the ILX might be a better choice. But for long trips with the family, the Acura TLX provides more passenger and cargo space. Check out the ILX vs. TLX dimensions below:

2020 Acura ILX Dimensions

  • Exterior Length- 182.2 inches
  • Exterior Width- 70.6 inches
  • Passenger Volume- 89.3 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume- 12.4 cubic feet
  • 2nd Row Legroom- 34.0 inches

2021 Acura TLX Dimensions

  • Exterior Length- 194.6 inches
  • Exterior Width- 75.2 inches
  • Passenger Volume- 93.4 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume- 13.5 cubic feet
  • 2nd Row Legroom- 34.9 inches

Explore the Difference Between Acura ILX and TLX at Fisher Acura

Want to explore the ILX vs. TLX matchup in person? Contact us at Fisher Acura and test drive any of our Acura models in Boulder. Our Acura experts will help you find the model with the performance and innovative feature you’re looking for. Apply for financing online and get the car buying process started today!

Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
**Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

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