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2022 Review: Acura TLX Type S

The sport sedan may have roots in Europe, but one of the best—the Acura TLX Type S—is built right here in the heart of America.

Done up in bright gold paint, the version of this compact sport sedan I tested seemed to glow from within. With such distinctive details as slit-like LED headlights and muscular flanks, this car turns heads.


From the driver’s seat, the TLX Type S proved to be much more than a looker. The potent 355-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine produced dramatic acceleration, while the adaptive suspension delivered a combination of a firm but acceptable ride and sharp, responsive handling.


One drawback, however, is that while there’s the usual assortment of desirable technology, the console-mounted touchpad that controls it can be frustrating.


In short, don’t believe all the hype about those European sport sedans when one of the most exciting is homegrown.

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STRENGTHS

  • Handsome styling and stirring performance
  • More affordable than other small luxury-sport sedans

WEAKNESSES

  • Rear seat is not adult-friendly.
  • Ride may be a little too firm for some.

BOTTOM LINE

  • As good as—or maybe better than—small sedans from European luxury brands

PRICING

  • Base Price: $53,100
  • As Tested: $53,600

SAFETY

  • NHTSA/Overall: 5 Stars (out of 5)

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 19/25