2020 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Toyota Camry

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Safety

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The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Camry doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the TLX and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Acura TLX is safer than the Toyota Camry:

TLX

Camry

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

276 lbs.

296 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

229

289

Hip Force

483 lbs.

752 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The TLX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Camry. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Camry ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the TLX has a standard 650-amp battery. The Camry’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The TLX has more powerful engines than the Camry:

Horsepower

TLX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

TLX 3.5 SOHC V6

290 HP

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura TLX 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

TLX

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.3 sec

13.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.9 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

133 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The Camry doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the TLX SH-AWD’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura TLX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Camry with the 3.5 DOHC V6 engine requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The TLX has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The TLX has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.8 gallons).

The TLX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Camry.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Camry doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the TLX’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

TLX

Camry

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.06 inches

The TLX stops shorter than the Camry:

TLX

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TLX has larger standard tires than the Camry (225/55R17 vs. 205/65R16). The TLX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/40R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The TLX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TLX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Camry doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The TLX has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The TLX handles at .84 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The TLX V6 SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camry XLE (26.7 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The TLX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the TLX V6 SH-AWD is quieter than the Camry SE (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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The TLX has .5 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the TLX’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The TLX’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L/TRD doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the TLX offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The TLX has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Camry doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the TLX, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The TLX’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Camry’s parking brake has to released manually.

The TLX’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The TLX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Camry and aren’t offered on the Camry L.

When the TLX is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The TLX V6 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The TLX has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Camry XLE/XSE. The TLX Advance also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

On extremely cold winter days, the TLX Advance’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The TLX has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The TLX’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the TLX and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the TLX has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the Camry because typical repairs cost much less on the TLX than the Camry, including $150 less for a water pump, $38 less for front brake pads and $1095 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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