How the 2022 Acura TLX could be better than the competition
The relatively new 2022 Acura TLX offers plenty of driving engagement compared to similar, but more expensive, options from companies like Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Acura smartly introduced a new generation of TLX in 2021, and the automaker remains confident enough in the TLX’s performance capabilities in today’s market, and it hasn’t made big changes with its 2022 model. not that the premium sports sedan has fallen out of favor this year. In fact, the combination of thrilling driving capabilities and a strong value proposition keeps the TLX in the mix.
Equally high performance at a cheaper price?
One of the main reasons to consider getting into the 2022 Acura TLX is that it hits a sweet spot on the performance-price balance scale. With a starting price of $39,545 and an all-inclusive price of around $55,000, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the TLX. The 355hp Type S takes the top spot in the TLX range in terms of performance and price, compared to rivals, such as the Audi A4 and BMW M340i and although it’s the old trait that makes it a favorite, its price only adds to its attractiveness.
So how good is the performance?
Let’s talk about engines, transmissions and performance… The regular TLX is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 272 horsepower mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. Acura’s all-wheel-drive system, called SH-AWD and which distributes power between the wheels to improve agility and traction, is optional. Although it can hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, that’s slower than similar setups in this segment and even the less powerful, albeit lighter, Honda Accord 2.0T.
Still, the TLX’s tremendous chassis tuning makes it great fun to drive and proves that Acura can still build a sport sedan. That sentiment is especially true of the higher-performance Type S, which features a 355-hp 3.0-liter turbo V6, a responsive 10-speed automatic, SH-AWD and a sportier suspension setup. . Unlike the regular TLX, it comes with tackier summer tires on lighter 20-inch wheels. While it offers a firm ride that doesn’t mask road imperfections, it doesn’t feel as nimble as sporty competitors such as the Audi S4.
Comparing the TLX’s powertrain options with the BMW 3-Series, the 330i uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the M340i gets an inline-six. 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 385 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. BMW’s sedan lineup includes the 330e with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, something missing from the list of TLX powertrain options. SH-AWD all-wheel drive is a performance-oriented feature of the Type S. All-wheel drive is also standard on the Audi S4, Genesis G70, Kia Stinger and 3 Series.
How well did Acura finish the interior?
Inside, the TLX features an expressive design that highlights its sporty character. These include attractive analog gauges and a prominent rotary drive mode selector in the middle of the dash. Solidified by Acura’s excellent build quality, the TLX also features nicer cabin materials than its predecessor, including open-pore wood and real aluminum. Although the sedan looks roomy from side to side, the rear seats feel smaller than some of its competitors. Yet its highly adjustable front seats and excellent forward visibility reward drivers. The TLX also offers distinctive interior colors, unique leather upholstery and desirable features. The engine also includes a large 10.5-inch head-up infotainment screen and customizable ambient lighting settings that are each named after iconic driving destinations and circuits, such as “Pacific Coast” and “Suzuka”. The Acura’s screen is smaller than the Tesla Model S’s 17-inch vertical display and nearly identical to the Audi A5 Sportback’s 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen. The Kia Stinger has a standard 8.0-inch screen, with an optional 10.3-inch screen, while the Genesis G70 has a standard 10.3-inch screen.
Luxury brands know you can never have too much trim, and Acura doesn’t disappoint here. There are a total of nine base options, with three versions available with the 2.0-litre FWD powertrain. These include the Base, Technology and A-Spec, four with all-wheel-drive, 2.0-litre, which adds the Advance trim; and two versions for the top-of-the-line 3.0-liter AWD engine: Type S and Type S Performance. For comparison, the 2022 Audi A5 Sportback and the 2022 Kia Stinger both offer six general options. It has certainly made its mark, it must be said, the 2022 Acura TLX is certainly up there with its flash competitors like BMW and Audi. If you want a slightly cheaper alternative to the big hitters but don’t want to slack off in the performance department, the TLX might be the car for you.
Sources: CarConnections, CarAndDriver, AutoBlog, Motor1
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