A few minutes after the checkered flag waved at 2017’s rainy 24 Hours of Daytona, Acura’s bossman, Jon Ikeda, was cheering inside the luxury brand’s suite at the raceway. The #86 NSX GT3 car crossed the line in a respectable fifth place—but Ikeda was not only acclaiming a successful debut for the new Acura race car, he was celebrating what the brand was building for the future.
The 2021 Acura TLX is a big part of that destiny. For the past few years, the TLX has been among the second-tier sales leaders in the hyper-competitive sport sedan segment—trailing the stalwart BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, but putting the hurt to the Audi A4, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Lexus IS, and Genesis G70. Still, it’s never been seen as particularly sexy.