2024 Acura TLX TYPE S

Sized similarly to midsize sedans like the Audi A6 or BMW 5-Series, the Acura TLX provides generous interior space. Yet, its price point is more in line with compact luxury cars like the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, offering a larger experience without the higher cost.

DESIGN

With its Urban Gray Pearl finish, the TLX exudes a sporty vibe thanks to its low and wide stance, accented by sharp lines. The sleek exterior design is matched by a cockpit-inspired interior that wouldn’t be out of place in a scene from Top Gun.

The grille seamlessly blends with the narrow, slit-like headlights, giving the front end an assertive presence. This aggressive style is enhanced by the air intakes on the lower front fascia, particularly noticeable in the high-performance Type S model.

A sharp character line sweeps upward along the TLX’s sides, adding a dynamic edge to the otherwise understated profile. The roomy greenhouse is set further back, reminiscent of classic rear-wheel-drive sports sedans, which enhances its sporty appeal.

Distinctive design elements give the TLX a unique presence, highlighted by its prominent rear spoiler and extended taillights reaching toward the trunk. Hints of its sporty nature are revealed through the quad exhaust pipes and body kit, features it shares with the A-Spec model.

Resembling the cockpit of a plane, the TLX’s interior is packed with physical controls and dominated by a central drive mode dial. A sleek 12.3-inch display and upscale materials, including leather and aluminum, add a touch of sophistication, with the vibrant red leather trim in our test model providing a stylish pop of color.

PERFORMANCE

Under the hood, Acura’s TLX houses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. While those numbers may not seem groundbreaking, the engine’s delivery of power offers a distinctively enjoyable driving experience.

A thrilling engine note emerges as the RPMs climb, encouraging you to explore the upper limits of the tachometer. However, the 10-speed automatic transmission developed in-house sometimes struggles to keep pace with the engine’s spirit.

The 10-speed transmission may sometimes shift excessively, disrupting the smoothness of the driving experience. In contrast, some eight-speed automatics from other manufacturers tend to offer more responsive gear changes, providing a crisper and smoother ride.

The 10-speed automatic transmission doesn’t necessarily disappoint, but it can sometimes seem to stifle the engine’s performance. Even so, the TLX Type S delivers a driving experience that’s sure to excite drivers who crave dynamic handling.

Steering precision in the TLX Type S is noteworthy, providing quick response and a balanced level of feedback. This accuracy, combined with a stiff chassis and controlled suspension, results in driving dynamics that are among the most engaging in its class.

Agility and stability are hallmarks of the TLX, even when navigating sharp turns. Its precisely calibrated chassis and suspension system allow for spirited driving without sacrificing balance or control.

If you prefer a more restrained driving style yet still relish cornering with enthusiasm, the TLX Type S fits the bill. While its brake-by-wire system might seem unconventional, the outstanding pedal response delivers both confidence and satisfaction when braking.

The braking system responds promptly without being overly aggressive, ensuring smooth stops. As pressure is increased, the brakes deliver greater force, allowing you to confidently tackle tight corners at higher speeds.

High-performance driving requires brakes that are both powerful and predictable, which is exactly what you get with the TLX Type S and its striking red Brembo calipers. With a deep, resonant engine sound, this car clearly communicates its readiness for spirited driving.

Acura has nailed the ideal driving position with a low, sporty feel that still provides excellent visibility. The seats offer the perfect balance of comfort and support, making them suitable for both energetic driving and long road trips, with a clear sightline over the hood for optimal road awareness.

VERDICT

For the 2024 Acura TLX Type S we tested, the base price begins at $57,000. However, with the Urban Gray Pearl paint option, the total price rose to $58,795.

Competition

This year, the TLX enters with a slightly higher price tag, yet it maintains its edge over many luxury rivals, even those in smaller categories. It shares dimensions with the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

While these competitors often boast more lavish amenities and a wider array of models, the TLX offers its distinct charm. In terms of affordability, it finds closer comparisons with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Renowned for their prestige, German brands excel in luxury, performance, or a fusion of both. While the Cadillac CT5 matches the TLX in size and price, it lacks the same allure, whereas the Lexus ES emerges as a direct contender, flaunting a fuel-sipping hybrid option and a plush cabin.

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