A good premium midsize automobile is the 2022 TLX. The TLX's beginning pricing is below average without sacrificing quality. The interior boasts classy cabin materials, a wealth of standard equipment, plush front-row seats, and a fair load capacity. The TLX also succeeds at offering a relaxing yet enjoyable driving experience, and both its base turbo-four engine and its optional V6 give rapid acceleration.
The TLX is one of the most reasonably priced vehicles in its class, with engaging driving dynamics and a first-rate cabin. Though there are better-rounded vehicles in the class, such as the New BMW 5 Series and Genesis G80, that makes it worth considering.
The TLX has two strong engines, and its fuel efficiency estimations are competitive with those of competitors in its class. However, manual transmission mode causes slower response times when shifting. The 2022 Acura TLX excels at both highway cruising and cornering on winding rural roads.
If you're looking for a premium sedan that prioritizes value, the TLX is a contender. A good first impression is created by quality materials and comfortable front seats. The TLX's touchpad infotainment system interface, however, might be improved.
Speaking of feeling involved, that's how it is when driving that the advanced chassis tuning is shown. Even TLX vehicles equipped with the base 272-hp turbo-four have the ability to wow. Any TLX exudes certain expertise and poise in its handling (a variable-ratio system is standard), confident-inspiring braking performance, and responsive suspension. The 335-horsepower Type S, on the other hand, shifts things up a gear. Additionally, this model has a rev-matching technology that automatically blips the throttle during downshifts. The TLX Type S is not only a serious performer, but it is also by far the best TLX model available today.
Although it is still far from ideal, the 10-speed transmission is a considerable advance over the nine-speed automatic from the previous generation. In the Normal and Comfort drive settings, it shifts too early and feels a little sluggish. However, it keeps the turbo boost ready for when you select the Sport mode and require quick acceleration. The all-wheel-drive technology helps you maneuver through tight corners with better agility and control. Although the steering lacks communication, switching to Sport gives the wheel some weight and makes it feel more appropriate for spirited driving.
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Engine Options, Horsepower, And Acceleration
- Base engine: 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
- Available engine: 355-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.
- Drivetrain: Standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
- Transmission: 10-speed automatic.
The TLX's fuel economy is a bit underwhelming. The all-wheel drive Acura TLX (the model we tested) achieves a combined EPA-estimated 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway). That's a few mpg less than rivals like the BMW 330i xDrive (28 mpg) and Audi A4 S line (27 mpg).
Although sharp-edged road bumps can produce a noticeable thud within the cabin, the ride generally strikes an excellent mix between suppleness and calmness over a range of road surfaces. The heated and ventilated front seats on the A-Spec can be set to an automated mode that regulates the amount of heating or cooling based on the outside temperature and the desired interior temperature. The climate control system is simple to use. Noise levels are low. Even while instrumented testing reveals the TLX is a few decibels noisier inside than competitors, the car is generally quite quiet.
The side bolsters on the front seats don't offer much support for performance driving, and the front seats aren't very customizable. The TLX's smooth ride more than makes up for its lack of overall performance. The rear seats are tilted backward for a comfortable seating position, and the front seats are pleasantly padded.
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The TLX cabin offers a lot of appealing features. The trackpad imitates your inputs like a touchscreen, but it isn't big enough and doesn't have the accuracy needed to successfully navigate the many virtual buttons that are displayed on the screen at once.
The trackpad-controlled display screen has taken the role of the dual-touchscreen infotainment system found in the previous TLX. It's a step backward in our generation's eyes.
You may approach and exit the vehicle gracefully, thanks to the huge door openings and the roof's gently tapering shape. The lack of rear leg- or headroom is a drawback, as tall people will feel uncomfortable being so near to the roof. The seat has plenty of motion in all directions, making it simple to find a comfortable driving position.
- Standard infotainment features: 10.2-inch display, a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
- Available infotainment features: navigation, two additional USB ports, 13- and 17-speaker stereos, and wireless device charging.
- Other Additional features: keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and remote start.
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