2020 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2020 Acura TLX

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Safety

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The Ghibli has standard Anti-Whiplash Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The TLX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Ghibli 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ghibli’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the TLX’s camshafts. If the TLX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The TLX’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

Engine

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The Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 139 more horsepower (345 vs. 206) and 187 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Ghibli’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (345 vs. 290) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6. The Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 134 more horsepower (424 vs. 290) and 161 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the Acura TLX V6:

Ghibli

TLX

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.8 sec

9.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

14.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

175 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Acura only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the TLX SH-AWD.

The Ghibli has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the TLX (21.1 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Ghibli

Ghibli S

TLX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Ghibli’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 Ghibli stops much shorter than the TLX:

Ghibli

TLX

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the TLX (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 225/55R17).

The Ghibli’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX’s standard 55 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the TLX A-Spec’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the TLX. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the TLX A-Spec.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghibli offers an optional 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.

The Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The TLX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the TLX (118 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the TLX.

The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the TLX’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the TLX V6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the TLX (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ghibli’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the TLX V6’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Ghibli’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghibli a Large car, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Ghibli has 14.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (108 vs. 93.3).

The Ghibli has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the TLX (17.6 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ghibli easier. The Ghibli’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the TLX’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The TLX doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Ghibli 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 Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The TLX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Ghibli and the TLX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ghibli 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 Ghibli’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The TLX’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Ghibli to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The TLX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghibli offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The TLX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ghibli offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The TLX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Ghibli to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The TLX doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and they ranked the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 higher than the Acura TLX.

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