2019 Acura TLX vs. 2019 Lexus IS

Luxury sedans offer you eye-catching style, impressive performance, the latest technology, and plenty of comfort features. A luxury sedan can be the perfect vehicle for your commute to the office to make every day a little more exciting.

The Acura luxury brand started in the 1980s, so it has been giving you precision crafted performance for over 30 years. The first vehicles that came from the Acura brand were the Acura Legend and the Acura Integra. The Acura TLX was unveiled in 2014.

Below, we are going to compare the 2019 Acura TLX sedan and the 2019 Lexus IS sedan. These two cars each have a lot going for them, but we are going to take a closer look at the performance, exterior, interior and technology, and the safety features on each of these vehicles. Check it out for yourself below.

Performance and Engine Options

First, let’s take a look at the performance and engine options for these two vehicles. The 2019 TLX gives you the option of two engines. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It provides you with 206-horsepower, giving you great miles per gallon and fuel efficiency.

Your second Acura TLX engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 engine option with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 290-horsepower and once again, great fuel efficiency, and miles per gallon.

In the Lexus IS, there are three different engine options for you. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 241-horsepower. Your second engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260-horsepower. Then, there is an upgraded version of that engine that produces 311-horsepower.


The 2019 Acura TLX luxury sedan is 192 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 57 inches tall. This vehicle has some sporty design elements that make this vehicle look aggressive and stylish. Also, if you choose to get the A-Spec package, you will have design features like a dark chrome grille and trim, 19-inch Shark Gray wheels, round LED fog lights, a gloss black spoiler, matte black window trim, and A-Spec badging.

The 2019 Lexus IS is 184 inches long, 71 inches wide, and 56 inches tall, so it is a bit smaller than the TLX. The Lexus IS also has some unique styling options like the premium triple-beam LED headlights, the electrochromic outside mirrors, and more. With the F-Sport exterior styling, you get added features like badging and upper and lower grille inserts.

Interior and Technology

On the inside of the 2019 Acura TLX, you can find seating for five with standard leatherette upholstery, a moonroof, and heated front seats. You can upgrade your interior further with options like Milano and Alcantara leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

Cargo space in the Acura TLX is 14.3 cubic feet, and the rear seats do fold down to give you extra space for longer items.

When it comes to technology, the 2019 TLX gives you some great standard features. This vehicle comes with features like a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, an 8-inch infotainment display, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

There are also some available technology upgrades for the TLX. These optional features include wireless smartphone charging, a navigation system, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, and the AcuraLink system. AcuraLink gives you access to remotely start, stop, lock, and unlock your car. It also gives you access to additional technology and options like roadside assistance, and more.

In the Lexus IS, you have seating for five on standard synthetic leather upholstery. You have the option to upgrade to heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel if you want to pay extra for those.

For cargo space in the Lexus, you have a 10.8 cubic foot trunk and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. This is not a ton of cargo space compared to its competitors.

Standard technology features in the 2019 IS include an infotainment system and a 7-inch display screen. However, the infotainment system in the Lexus is not very user-friendly because it does not have a touchscreen and the controls are not easy to navigate. Other standard technology features include Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a rearview camera.

You can choose to upgrade and add additional technology features in the Lexus IS. These additional features include a 10.3-inch display screen, a navigation system, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system.


The 2019 Acura TLX puts safety as a top priority. They do this by giving you the AcuraWatch suite of safety features standard. The standard safety feature included in AcuraWatch include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and road departure warning. A rearview camera is also standard equipment in the 2019 TLX. However, you have to upgrade for safety features like parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

The 2019 Lexus IS also offers you a few safety features standard. They offer you the Lexus Safety System+ which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. You can upgrade for features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parking sensors.

As you can see, these luxury vehicles have a lot to offer you. From a powerful performance to great technology and safety features, you can find some great options in a luxury vehicle like the 2019 Acura TLX. Click here to learn more about this vehicle, or stop in to Sunnyside Acura to take a test drive of the 2019 Acura TLX today.
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