2022 Acura MDX A-Spec, 2020 TLX A-Spec, Performance Red Pearl with Ebony, 2017 Acura TLX
Well, for you and others that love the V6 engine it's history and there is no going back. The 4T is cheaper to build and lighter. The world of auto manufacturing is a copy cat world. When all the competition dropped V6 engines in mid size sedans the writing was on the wall for Acura and at least they held out as long as they did. Am I disappointed this configuration doesn't put out another 20-30 ft-lbs torque..of course. Did they drop the ball..of course not. The engine certainly could put out more power, just like the Type S could put out closer to 400 instead of 355 but those darn CAFE numbers rule everything the automakers do.I have a 2021 TLX with the i4 as a loaner while my 2018 V6 is being serviced, I just drove home. I am not impressed by the engine
I guess it doesn't sound that bad for a i4, but it doesn't compare to a V6
You'd expect better mileage at least?
Wrong. The 2.0T i4 gets 1mpg less than the outgoing 3.5L V6 on the highway. What??
And the new car is also heavier...
I've got 32mpg real life on Boston to NY round trips with the 3.5 V6 ...
Only advantage (on paper, I haven't really felt it in real life), it makes its torque at lower RPMs ... though honestly with the faster transmission you'd get better results with the old TLX. Also the different gearing of the old V6 TLX means that I get a significantly bigger punch from it at nearly any RPM...
I can see the suspension improvements and transmission improvements in 2021 TLX but the powerplant is really disappointing...
I don't understand why they didn't just keep the V6 since it seems better in nearly every possible way ... Maybe even tune it to get a tiny bit more power on the high end, since the car is slightly heavier, and improve all the rest too.
But basically the 2021 just feels incredibly sluggish off the line, and from slow speed in general. I haven't taken it on the highway but I don't expect it to be much better.
I guess it might be a stronger powerplant than the old 2.4 - but you had the V6 as an option without needing to go Type S (which also means no advance features available, some super rigid 20 inch wheels, and 25mpg highway, ugh)
I did like the handling, it takes turns well and brakes well. But damn the engine. Downgrade.
Am I crazy or did Acura drop the ball on this engine?
The V6 was awesome. I got 32 MPG (TLX) on multiple trips driving to Las Vegas with speeds exceeding 80 MPH most of the drive. That engine will be missed.