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.
- Handsome styling and stirring performance
- More affordable than other small luxury-sport sedans
- Rear seat is not adult-friendly.
- Ride may be a little too firm for some.
- As good as—or maybe better than—small sedans from European luxury brands
- Base Price: $53,100
- As Tested: $53,600
- NHTSA/Overall: 5 Stars (out of 5)