The Acura TLX is a mean-looking machine. Though, I think it helped that I captured this shot during a gorgeous sunset in the San Gabriel Mountains.

  • Car: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD
  • Location: Angeles National Forest
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter: @16vPete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D + Canon EOS 35-70mm EF Zoom

But still, it definitely stands out against its competition by BMW, Mercedes, Honda, and Lexus. Especially examples that are sprayed in this beautiful Apex Blue Pearl paint.

I especially dig this mild rear-quarter view; it accentuates its athletic styling and makes it look like it had just pulled over after a rousing couple of corners of fun mountain driving. Which it actually did in real life.

It could be said that Acura went through a somewhat strange aesthetic period after the much-loved RSX and third-gen TL were sunsetted. The prominent-beak designs of the 2010s the company was so committed to back then were not exactly universally appreciated. This new design direction, though, feels a lot sharper and more distinctive. I’m into it.