2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Acura TLX

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Safety

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The G70’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 all wheel drive and around view monitors.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Genesis G70 is safer than the TLX:

G70

TLX

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

226

250

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.6/1 kN

1.6/2.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.66/.7

1.15/.91

Tibia forces R/L

2.9/2.4 kN

4.4/5 kN

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G70 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The TLX was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The TLX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Acura covers the TLX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the TLX ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the TLX’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the TLX.

There are over 17 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G70’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The TLX’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The TLX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The TLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Genesis vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Genesis 1 place higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine

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The G70 has more powerful engines than the TLX:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

TLX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

TLX 3.5 SOHC V6

290 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Acura TLX 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

TLX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the G70 2.0T RWD with its standard turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the TLX FWD V6 (22 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/31 hwy).

Transmission

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The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The TLX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70 3.3T/6-speed’s brake rotors are larger than those on the TLX:

G70 3.3T/6-speed

TLX

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.2 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the TLX are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops much shorter than the TLX:

G70

TLX

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The G70’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX’s standard 55 series tires. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the TLX A-Spec’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the TLX.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The TLX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G70’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the TLX (111.6 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The G70’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the TLX’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the G70 more stable handling and braking.

The G70 handles at .95 G’s, while the TLX V6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the TLX (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the TLX V6’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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The G70 is 6.3 inches shorter than the TLX, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the G70 is quieter than the TLX:

G70

TLX

At idle

37 dB

42 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

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The G70 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The TLX doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the TLX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The TLX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the G70 and the TLX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the G70 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The TLX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The G70’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the TLX’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The TLX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The TLX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The TLX has never been chosen.

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