Acura TLX Vs. Honda Accord

By Justin Cupler | March 21st, 2019

Honda Motor Company has a pair of great family sedans aimed at two different types of buyers in the 2019 Acura TLX and 2019 Honda Accord. Both can make easy work of your commute to Rochester or weekend trips to Pittsford with their comfy rides and peppy engines. Which one is better for your family? Find out below.

Exterior

While the 2019 Accord and 2019 TLX are both under the same Honda Motor Company midsize-sedan umbrella, they are vastly different vehicles. The Acura TLX is a legit luxury sports coupe with a cab-rearward setup, sharp LED headlights, a swoopy roofline, and plenty of swooping bodylines.

The 2019 Honda Accord is your typical four-door family sedan designed with the masses in mind. Its looks are simple but refined with no big stylistic cues to turn off prospective buyers. Though Honda markets it to the masses, there are plenty of buyers who would prefer the sharper TLX over the Accord any day.

As a true luxury sedan, the 2019 Acura TLX’s  exterior has plenty of features to please the eye. These include standard LED lighting, flashier wheels, chrome window trim, and more. The Accord is simpler in its base setup, but moving higher into the trim levels adds some premium exterior goodies like 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, and chrome door handles.

 

On top of being more luxurious and sportier, the 2019 Acura TLX also has a smaller footprint and body. This makes it the ideal car for commuting through busy city streets and squeezing into that tight parking garage space at work.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura TLX 2019 Honda Accord Difference
Length 191.7 inches 192.2 inches -1.5 inches
Width 73 inches 73.3 inches -0.3 inches
Height 57 inches 57.1 inches -0.1 inches
Wheelbase 109.3 inches 111.4 inches -2.1 inches
Ground Clearance 5.8 inches
Curb weight 3,505 – 3,838 pounds 3,131 – 3,428 pounds +374 to 410 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura TLX

  • Smaller footprint
  • More upscale look
  • Premium base features

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Refined appearance
  • Latest honda design language

Interior

As midsize sedans, the 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Acura TLX have plenty of room and features for the whole family. The TLX, being a luxury sedan, has more standard luxury features, including a power driver’s seat, ambient lighting, a seven-speaker audio system, a two-screen infotainment system, leatherette upholstery, sport seats, and more. Plus, as you move through the trim levels, you run into even more premium goodies like a 10-speaker ELS sound system, contrast stitching, a 360-degree camera, and more.

The Honda Accord went through a redesign back in 2018 that brought in a sharp, new interior that actually rivals the TLX in its range-topping Touring trim. In the base trim, though, the Accord lacks the premium amenities the TLX offers. But what it lacks in features, it makes up for in roominess with significantly more people and cargo room.

Measurement 2019 Acura TLX 2019 Honda Accord Difference
Front headroom 37.2 inches 39.5 inches -2.3 inches
Front legroom 42.6 inches 42.3 inches +0.3 inches
Front shoulder room 57.5 inches 58.3 inches -0.8 inches
Front hip room 55.3 inches 55.3 inches
Rear headroom 36.7 inches 37.3 inches -0.6 inches
Rear legroom 34.5 inches 40.4 inches -6.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.4 inches 56.5 inches -1.1 inches
Rear hip room 54.9 inches 55 inches -0.1 inches
Luggage capacity 14.3 cubic feet 16.7 cubic feet – 2.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura TLX

  • Luxurious amenities
  • Higher luxury ceiling

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Latest Honda looks
  • More upscale that many would expect

Performance

Honda Motor Company has done a lot in the performance department in recent years, even in family sedans like the TLX and Accord. With their optional engine, these sedans sprint to 60 mph in under six seconds, making this faster than some sports cars. Plus, even the base engines deliver sub-eight-second sprint times.

While both models perform well, the big difference between the 2019 Accord and 2019 RDX’s powertrains are how they get their power. The Accord relies on turbochargers at all levels, creating snappy powerbands that can get a little unruly at times. The RDX, however, forgoes turbochargers in favor of larger displacement. This delivers power smoothly throughout the powerband, making for a more relaxing ride.

Handling is not either sedan’s specialty, but the TLX is closer to a sports sedan with its tighter suspension, rear-wheel steering, and additional chassis tech. This allows it to hug the corners a little better than the Accord.

 

2019 Acura TLX 2019 Honda Accord [Difference]
Standard Engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 206 hp at 6,800 rpm 192 hp at 5,500 rpm +14 hp
Torque 182 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm -10 lb-ft
Standard Transmission 8-speed dual-clutch CVT
Drivetrain FWD (Std.) FWD (Std.)
0-60 time 7.2 seconds 7.3 seconds -0.1 sec
MPG City 23 26 – 30 -3 to -7 mpg
MPG Highway 32 – 33 35 – 38 -2 to -6 mpg
MPG Combined 26 – 27 30 – 33 -3 to -7 mpg
Optional Engine 3.5-liter V-6 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 290 hp at 6,200 rpm 252 hp at 6,500 rpm +38 hp
Torque 267 lb-ft at 4,500 273 lb-ft at 1,500 – 4,000 rpm -6 lb-ft
Standard  Transmission 9-speed automatic 6-speed manual
Optional Transmission
10-speed automatic
Drivetrain FWD (Std.) / AWD (Opt.) FWD (Std.)
0-60 time 5.7 seconds 5.5 to 6.1 seconds -0.4 to +0.2 seconds
MPG City 20** 22 – 23** -2 to -3 mpg
MPG Highway 29 – 30** 32 – 34** -2 to -5 mpg
MPG Combined 23** 26 – 27** -3 to -4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura TLX

  • Sportier handling
  • Quicker base model
  • Smooth power delivery

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Quicker with optional engine
  • Big fuel economy advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Acura TLX does not have typical trim levels like most vehicles. Instead, it has a standard model with three packages that act as trim levels: Technology Package, A-Spec Package, and Advance Package. Starting prices for the ILX lineup range from $33,000 to $43,950.

 

The 2019 Honda Accord has five trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $23,720 to $34,990.

2019 Acura TLX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $33,000***

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Economy, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ drive modes
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear-wheel steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Automatic brake hold
  • 17-inch pewter gray 10-spoke wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED mirror-integrated turn signals
  • LED license plate light
  • LED center high-mounted stop light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Chrome window molding
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Sport seats
  • Leatherette interior
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access with smart entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Active sound control
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two front 12-volt power outlets
  • Acura Premium Audio System with seven speakers
  • Aha compatibility
  • SiriusXM
  • Pandora compatibility
  • USB audio interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display 2.0
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Text messaging function
  • Multi-View Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation

 

Technology Package: $36,700***

  • All Standard features, plus
  • Perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Four-door smart entry
  • Voice recognition
  • Frameless rearview mirror
  • 10-speaker ELS Premium Audio System
  • Song by Voice
  • HD Radio
  • Navigation with 3D view
  • Acura Real-Time Traffic
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Color multi-information system
  • AcuraLink
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring
  • Rain-sensing wipers

 

A-Spec: $39,400***

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • 19-inch shark gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Round LED fog lights
  • Round dual exhaust
  • Gloss-black rear spoiler
  • Black window molding
  • Dark-chrome grille and lighting details
  • A-Spec-styled bumpers
  • A-Spec side-sill garnish
  • Interior contrast piping and stitching
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Red ambient lighting
  • Red-on-black gauges
  • Metallic footrest pad
  • Black headliner
  • A-Spec steering wheel garnish
  • Head-up display
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Advance Package: $43,950***

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Rectangular LED fog lights
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  • Puddle lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Interior contrast stitching and piping
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Electronic gear shifter
  • White ambient lighting
  • Remote ignition
  • 360-degree camera
  • Head-up display
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2019 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX; $23,720***

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake with auto-hold
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Eco Assist system
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED brake lights
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Security system
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with auto-up/down front glass
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Map lights
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Fold-down rear seat with center armrest
  • Four-speaker audio system with 160 watts
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Pandora compatibility
  • One front 1-amp USB port
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Sport: $26,180***

  • All LX features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Larger front brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Power moonroof
  • Lockable glove box
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Sport pedals
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging function
  • One 2.5-amp front USB port
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution display
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM

 

EX: $27,620***

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote ignition
  • 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  • Heated, body-color power mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutter
  • Lockable glove box
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text message function
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution display
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

EX-L: $30,120***

  • All EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • HondaLink Remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt premium audio system
  • One front and one rear 2.5-amp USB charging port

 

Touring: $34,990***

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handle
  • Rain-sensing wiper
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Parking sensors
  • Reverse-gear mirror tilt-down
  • Ambient door-pull lighting
  • Rear outboard heated seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • HondaLink
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Wireless phone charger

Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura TLX?

The 2019 Acura TLX is the car for buyers looking for a legitimate luxury sedan. Yes, the Accord has some great amenities in its upper trim, but it lacks the cabin quality, premium feel, and range of luxurious features the TLX has.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord?

Buyers who want the most sedan for their money will love all the room the Accord has. Plus, it is a great value with its lower pricing and surprising array of high-end features.

 

Ready to tackle the streets of Pittsford or Fairport in your own 2019 Acura TLX? Head down to Acura of Rochester today to test drive the 2019 TLX and see how great it is for yourself. We know it won’t disappoint. Whether you commute to Rochester daily or just like to take a cruise to Pittsford to see family, the 2019 Acura TLX will get you there in style. Can’t make it in for a test drive? Navigate over to our online inventory to find the 2019 TLX that suits your needs, then schedule a test drive later.

 

**MPG for 2019 Acura TLX – Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

*** MSRP for 2019 Acura TLX – Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.