The 2021 Acura TLX is scheduled to go on sale on September 28 and now Acura has released the pricing details for the second-generation TLX. The 2021 TLX arrives with a starting price set at $38,525, which is $1,300 more than the outgoing 3.5-liter V6-powered 2020 TLX or $4,500 more than the base price of the outgoing 4-cylinder TLX.

2021 Acura TLX

That pricing may sound like a shock, but the new TLX has a more powerful base four-cylinder engine that is more on par with the outgoing V6. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. So if you look at it from that angle, the price increase is more justified.

The 2021 TLX 2.0T will be offered in base, Technology, A-Spec and Advance trim levels and all of them are available with the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system for an additional $2,000. That means the most expensive TLX 2.0T Advance SH-AWD is priced at $49,325, including the destination fees.

But what about the more exciting TLX Type S with its 355 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6? Acura hasn’t released the pricing yet, but it does say that the TLX Type will start in the “low to mid $50,000s” when it arrives next spring.

2021 Acura TLX

Acura is quick to point out that the 2021 TLX has a lower starting price than the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s also larger than all three of its German rivals. The new TLX has a footprint that’s more on par with midsize luxury sedans, like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.