Comparison: 2017 Acura TLX vs 2017 Lexus IS

June 28th, 2017 by

The luxury market, there’s a wide range in terms of value, with some models offering little more than styling at a premium price and others giving you the full package without breaking the bank. When comparing models, make sure you look at the full picture.

In the choice between the 2017 Acura TLX and the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo, it’s clear that both have great styling and reliable reputations. Look a little closer, however, and there are some key differences. Check out our full comparison:


Acura TLX
Acura equipped the 2017 TLX with standard remote-operated windows and moonroof, a multi-view rear camera, active sound control, On-Demand Multi-Use Display, and heated front seats. It also comes standard with Siri Eyes Free, SMS text function, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Acura Premium Audio with 7 speakers, Aha Compatibility, Sirius XM Radio, and HomeLink universal transmitter.
Additionally, all models are equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette-trimmed sport seats, leather interior accents, and 10-way power driver’s seat.

Lexus IS Turbo

The Lexus IS is not available with remote-operated windows or moonroof (but does feature a power moonroof), active sound control, or an On-Demand Multi-Use Display, and a rear camera and heated front seats are optional only. All models of the IS come standard with SmartAccess with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link navigation, Bluetooth technology, and Lexus Remote app.


Acura TLX

The 2017 TLX received a best-possible 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration*, earning perfect scores across the board. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it top scores in all tests, except for small overlap front impact, where it received an Acceptable.

All models of the TLX are available with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor. Additionally, all models are built using the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure.

Lexus IS Turbo

While the NHTSA also gave the 2017 IS a 5-Star Overall Rating, it scored just four stars in frontal crash tests. Additionally, the IIHS gave it Good scores for moderate front overlap, side impact, and roof strength, but the model was not evaluated for rear crash and it received an Acceptable rating for small overlap front impact.

The Lexus IS comes standard with driver assistance technology, including a Pre-Collision System, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. It does not feature the ACE rigid body structure, however.


Acura TLX
Starting at $32,950 MSRP

Lexus IS Turbo
Starting at $37,825 MSRP

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit