Building a world-class sport sedan is tougher than it looks. Of course, that’s true of everything from making an omelet to setting a broken bone, but a smart, focused student can generally master either of those in less than a decade.
The learning curve is a bit — shall we say “extended?” — for automakers who want to challenge cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class.
The 2021 Acura TLX (Photo: Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press)
Twenty years after Cadillac joined the fray with the CTS, GM’s luxury brand is back where it started, trying to establish the CT4 and CT5 as contenders. Ditto, Lexus, whose next truly successful small sport sedan will be its first. Reading between the lines of corporate cost cutting initiatives, Infiniti appears to have all but given up trying. Jaguar appears headed the same direction.
All of which makes the 2021 Acura