Exceptional levels of luxury, initial quality, and dependability make the Acura TLX, and the Lexus IS two of the most popular sports sedans on the road today. But, while this year's editions have much in common, each also come with a number of standard features not found, or available, on the other. Here's a look at the base trims of the 2019 Acura TLX, and the 2019 Lexus IS, and how they stack-up in some of the most important categories.


For 2019, both vehicles continue to turn heads and win hearts with LED headlighting (conventional on the Lexus and Jewel Eye on the Acura), aerodynamic lines, and bold front styling. Lexus once again gives the IS its signature hourglass-shaped grille from prior years, while Acura updated the TLX with a newly designed Diamond Pentagon grille.


As expected, the Acura TLX and Lexus IS both come with heated front seats (a package upgrade on the IS) and a 10-way adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support. The TLX also gets leather upholstery at no extra charge. Both vehicles come with excellent sound systems that feature touchscreen controls (single screen on the IS and dual screen on the TLX), SiriusXM satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth connectivity. The TLX also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as Pandora compatibility. Spacewise, the TLX and IS matchup closely with the TLX having slightly more hip and shoulder room.


Both vehicles come standard with advanced safety features such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and a rear camera (single-view on the IS and multi-view on the TLX). Not available on the IS, the TLX also comes with a Road Departure Mitigation System.

The following chart highlights how the 2019 Acura TLX stacks up against the 2019 Lexus IS in some of the more important categories.

The 2019 Lexus IS


The 2019 Acura TLX

LED Headlights, Power Moonroof


Jewel Eye LED Headlights, Power Moonroof, Remote-Operated Windows and Moonroof, Capless Fuel Fill System


Touchscreen Display


Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio,Siri Eyes Free, Pandora Compatibility (optional)


Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio,Siri Eyes Free, Pandora Compatibility standard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

Power Driver's Seat, Heated Front Seats (package upgrade), cloth upholstery, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel


Power Driver's Seat, Heated Front Seats (standard), leather upholstery, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror

Smart Entry with Keyless Access


Active Sound Control,

Hill Start Assist, Smart Entry with Keyless Access, GPS-Linked Climate Control (with upgrade)

2.0L I-4 Turbo


2.4L DOHC 4-Cylinder

Rear-wheel Drive


Front-wheel Drive

8-speed Automatic


Automatic 8-Speed Dual Clutch


All-wheel Steering


4 Star

NHTSA Driver Crash Test Rating

5 Star

4 Star

NHTSA Passenger Front Crash Test Rating

5 Star


Road Departure Mitigation System


It looks like the 2019 Acura TLX has somewhat of an edge over the 2019 Lexus IS in many important categories. But, when it comes to buying a 2019 Acura TLX in Edmonton, nobody has an edge over West Side Acura. At West Side Acura, we have a large selection of new and used Acura cars, trucks, and SUVs. Our friendly sales staff, expert service department, and flexible financing make us the best place to buy a vehicle in Edmonton, and all of Canada, as well.