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2022 Acura TLX Review: A Return To Form

In a world being dominated by SUVs, the humble family sedan, and the sporty one like that, is becoming a rare commodity for automotive enthusiasts. In the segment typically dominated by the BMW 3 Series, the Acura TLX is a return to form for the luxury arm of Japanese automaker, Honda. The TLX is still glowing from its second-generation debut last year when it completely reinvigorated the nameplate. It might only be front-wheel drive-based compared to rear-drive rivals like the Alfa Romeo Giulia and aforementioned BMW, but with trick AWD available, especially on the Audi S4 rivaling Type S, along with a headlining 355-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 and 10-speed automatic gearbox, the TLX is proof that great engineering can overcome on-paper deficits to provide a compelling alternative to the mainstream offerings from german brands.

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2022 Acura TLX Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 TLX?

The second-generation Acura TLX was introduced last year and carries over into 2022 without any significant changes.

Pros and Cons

  • Stylish, premium design
  • Communicative steering
  • Good value for money
  • Enthusiastic powertrains
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Tight back seat
  • Heavy weight hampers dynamic ability
  • Front-wheel drive platform not as agile as RWD competitors

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2022 Acura TLX Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,900
Technology Package
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$42,900
A-Spec Package
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$45,650
Advance Package
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$49,900
Type S
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$53,700
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2022 TLX Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 194.6 in
  • Wheelbase 113.0 in
  • Height 56.4 in
  • Max Width 75.2 in
  • Front Width 64.0 in
  • Rear Width 64.6 in
  • Curb Weight 4,221.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Majestic Black Pearl +$500
  • Platinum White Pearl +$500
  • Performance Red Pearl +$500
  • Apex Blue Pearl +$500
  • Tiger Eye Pearl +$500
  • Phantom Violet Pearl +$500
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Fathom Blue Pearl

2022 TLX Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Acura has traditionally delivered some impressive driver's cars and hopes to continue that legacy with the second-generation TLX. This executive sedan was based on an all-new platform when it launched in 2021, and we've previously noted its improved balance and the excellent SH-AWD system. The Acura TLX doesn't simply rely on a well-balanced chassis, however; Acura has borrowed tech from its most serious performer, the NSX supercar, including variable-ratio steering and Electric-servo braking.

In FWD-only spec, the Acura TLX is a responsive and balanced car, and despite a well-tuned double-wishbone front suspension setup, the sheer weight of the car still makes itself felt in the corners. For a more dynamic driving experience, we'd recommend going for an AWD model. The Acura's AWD system can channel up to 70 percent of the car's power to the rear, making it a much more enjoyable car to manipulate in the corners.

The adaptive suspension system feels compliant in comfort mode, and Sport mode stiffens the car significantly. With the larger 20-inch wheels fitted, some might find the ride, especially in sports mode, to be too stiff. Type S Performance models also come with sticky summer tires to add to the Type S's larger Brembo brakes and improved chassis bracing, which all contribute to a sharper handling experience, but it still does not make it a track day weapon.

2022 TLX Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.4 in
  • Front Head Room 37.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.3 in

2022 TLX Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.5 ft³

2022 TLX Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Acura TLX A Good car?

The TLX has come a long way in terms of refinement and performance, and it's a much better car than the previous generation. After a thorough test of the 2022 model, we were left pleasantly surprised by the overall performance of the TLX. With significantly more power than the old 2.4-liter engine, the TXL has been competing with bigger players such as the Genesis G70 and Volvo S60, and we can say with confidence that it deserves its spot at the premium table. The Honda Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-liter engine delivers plenty of fire and the standard features are impressive, not to mention the fantastic safety scores. The Type S is your best bet if you're after a driving machine, but established performance sedans such as the Audi S4 and BMW M340i will still deliver a more satisfying driving experience and more street cred. The TLX provides impressive bang for your buck and feels decidedly premium, but in this segment, Mercedes-Benz and BMW still hold all the cards.

2022 Acura TLX Comparisons

Acura ILX Acura
Honda Accord
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Acura TLX355 hp19/24 mpg$39,650
Acura ILX 201 hp24/34 mpg$27,300
Honda Accord 252 hp22/32 mpg$26,520

2022 Acura TLX vs Acura ILX

The ILX is Acura's smallest sedan offering and is priced from $27,300. With a price difference of over $10,000, the ILX will appeal to a slightly more budget-conscious market, and the car reflects this discount in a few key areas. Most notably, the ILX is powered by the older naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter engine producing specs of 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The ILX is exclusively available in FWD and channels its power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ILX is not as pleasing to drive, owing to the fact that it has no turbo option, and its chassis is set up for a more comfortable ride. Inside, the ILX is well built but lacks the impressive features found on the TLX. It also lacks the overall cargo and interior space found in the TLX. This is a solid sedan option for families on a tighter budget, but the TLX is the better car.

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2022 Acura TLX vs Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a well-known and trusted family sedan that has been serving families for decades and is now in its tenth generation. Starting at just over $26k, the Accord is aimed at a more budget-minded market, and its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is more focused on fuel economy than all-out performance. That being said, the Sport models share their 2.0-liter engine with the TLX, although in a lower state of tune. The Accord is the more pleasurable car to drive fast thanks to its lighter curb weight and athletic chassis, but it isn't available with AWD. The Accord provides more interior and cargo space and provides a beautifully refined interior. The Accord is an awesomely balanced family sedan and it's our pick in this comparison.

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