This is an excellent evolution of a good sedan. The 2021 Acura TLX looks wonderful on the outside. It has some of the best seats in the business. And the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes a healthy 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Add in the available SH-AWD system, and you have a premium sedan that offers a more affordable alternative to Germany’s best. And this is before the 355-hp Type-S version even arrives. But something is holding it back… thankfully, the TLX is just a set of tires away from being truly great.

[Disclaimer: Acura tossed me the keys to the 2021 TLX A-Spec and included a tank of fuel.]