The Type S is more than just a badge; it delivers when it comes to performance. Acura is finally bringing back the performance variants of some models under the Type S badge, and we can’t thank them enough. Despite not being the quickest in the segment, the 2022 TLX Type S is still an incredibly impressive luxury sports sedan.
The TLX Type S has a 3L turbocharged V6 engine that makes an impressive 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. While this engine is impressive, considering the TLX’s weight of 4,221 lbs, we expected a bit more power. Its weight makes the TLX one of the heaviest in the segment, and that is one of our primary complaints with this car when it comes to performance. Nevertheless, the TLX offers strong acceleration at both low and high speeds and is a joy to drive around. Finally, the 10-speed automatic transmission performs great, delivering smooth and quick shifts whether you’re driving normally or in a more spirited manner.
The TLX Type S handles exceptionally well despite its size. The steering is responsive, and the SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) makes cornering more engaging and fun. One of our favourite features is the active exhaust system, which amplifies the exhaust sound, particularly when driving in Sport mode.
Speaking of Sport mode, when you activate Sport or Sport+ mode, the TLX Type S becomes even more engaging. You get more engine noise, improved throttle response, and a stiffer suspension, all of which contribute to the overall performance of the vehicle.
No matter which TLX you buy, you get all the standard driver-assist technologies Acura offers. This is something we really appreciate and is a common theme in most Honda and Acura cars. The 10.2-inch infotainment system in the TLX, controlled via a touchpad, has been a topic of controversy among some journalists due to the learning curve. However, we had no issues getting used to the touchpad. In fact, we liked this system since it helps keep the screen smudge-free.
Although the TLX comes equipped with wired Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard, the lack of wireless connectivity is something to note considering the price tag. We also found it strange that our Type S tester lacked a head-up display, especially considering it’s available on the lower-priced Platinum Elite trim. Maybe down the road, it will also be offered on the Type S.
The TLX has a modern and upscale cabin. Although the cabin feels slightly cramped, it still manages to look impressive due to its excellent build quality and the use of high-quality materials. The seats are supportive and comfortable, making long drives enjoyable. Additionally, you can easily find the perfect seating position thanks to a 16-way power adjustment that includes lumbar support, thigh extension, and side bolsters. Considering how big the TLX is, it is surprising that it doesn’t have much rear legroom and headroom. This is why taller passengers in the rear may not find it as comfortable on long drives.
The TLX Type S strikes a great balance between performance and a comfortable driving experience. The ride quality is excellent on different road surfaces. However, we did observe some harshness and loud sounds when going over some potholes. This is likely due to the 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires on our test model. Nonetheless, wind and road noise are kept to a minimum at highway speeds, making for a quiet overall driving experience.
Thanks to the presence of physical buttons, the climate control system is user-friendly. Similar to other Acura models, the system does an excellent job of maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature.
The TLX offers an impressive 382 L of cargo space in the trunk, making it one of the leaders in its segment when it comes to cargo capacity. However, the available space for personal items within the cabin is lacking. We believe that Acura could have done a better job by incorporating more compartments or storage slots in the front for storing personal belongings.
Considering the overall size of the TLX, the rear seat space is not enough. This means you might need to move the front seats forward to accommodate the installation of some child seats.
The TLX Type S is rated at 11.2 L/100km combined (12.3 City/9.8 Highway). In our test, which included city and highway driving, we averaged 12.1 L/100km combined.