2021 Acura TLX  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#12 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#42 of all 2021 vehicles


The TLX, which Acura introduced in 2015, is a large sedan with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The TLX has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Acura offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 Acura TLX is above average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Acura TLX has a score of 86, implying a 0.034% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Acura TLX has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0345% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9399%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0345% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9399% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Acura TLX is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Acura TLX is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Acura's AcuraWatch greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Acura TLX: Collision Mitigation Braking System. Optional safety features on the 2021 Acura TLX which we recommend include Lane Departure Warning System and Blind Spot Assist.

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Acura TLX. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9273Lexus ES-350Toyota AvalonKia StingerINFINITI Q50Chrysler 300Lexus RCVolvo V60Acura TLXHyundai Genesis G70Volvo S60Audi A4Nissan MaximaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Acura TLX with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 92. The 2021 Acura TLX is safer than the 2021 Lexus ES-350, the 2021 Toyota Avalon, the 2021 Kia Stinger, the 2021 INFINITI Q50, the 2021 Chrysler 300, the 2021 Nissan Maxima, and the 2021 Audi A4. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volvo S60, the 2021 Hyundai Genesis G70, and the 2021 Volvo V60.

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