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2022 Acura TLX

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3.8 (Good)

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2022 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $38,900
2022 Base 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $41,100
2022 Technology Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $42,900
2022 Technology Package 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $45,100
2022 A-Spec Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $45,650
2022 A-Spec Package 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $47,850
2022 Advance Package 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $49,900
2022 Type S 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $53,700
2022 Type S w/Performance Tire 4dr SH-AWD Sedan Price:   -  From $54,500


What's New

After a full redesign last year, the 2022 Acura TLX returns largely unchanged. The TLX is a return to Acura’s roots, combining sporty performance with a luxurious interior. Unlike the previous generation which was based on the Honda Accord, this TLX is built on its own platform allowing for great handling and fantastic powertrain options.

Choosing Your Acura TLX

The 2022 Acura TLX is available in six trims, including the base TLX, Technology, A-Spec, Advance, Type S, and Type S Performance Wheel and Tire. Prices start at $38,745 (including destination), and range up to $54,645 for the top-of-the-line trim.

Engine Choices

There are two engines available for the TLX, with three total powertrain configurations. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which can be offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the Type S trim levels come a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with all-wheel drive. All models use a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is remarkable and worth pointing out its differences compared to other systems. Usually, all-wheel-drive systems on cars that are generally front-wheel-drive cars use a system that primarily powers the front wheels, and sends power rearward as needed. Acura’s system is rear-biased, which means it is closer to the systems found in many rear-wheel-drive sport sedans, which helps it handle a lot more like a BMW than a Honda.

Upgrading to AWD costs $2,200 on the base TLX, Technology, and A-Spec trim levels, while the Advance and Type S models come standard with it.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo272 hp280 lb-ft

25 mpg (FWD)

24 mpg (AWD)

3.0L V6335 hp354 lb-ft21 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Five people will fit in the Acura TLX, and rear legroom is reasonable for its class. Trunk room is limited though with just 13.5 cubic feet of space, smaller than many competitors.

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Safety Features

The Acura TLX comes standard with a host of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, pedestrian detection, and sign recognition. Blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are also offered optionally.

The TLX also crash-tested well, gaining a five-star rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.


All TLX models come with a 10.2-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface that comes equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 10-speaker audio system as standard. Higher trim levels get wireless charging, navigation, progressively larger speaker systems, and a large 10.5-inch head-up display.

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2022 Acura TLX Base – MSRP From $38,745

The base TLX is well equipped, with 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You also get LED headlights, four driving modes, 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, and an acoustic glass windshield.

The only options are a heated steering wheel for $485 and wireless charging for $363.

2022 Acura TLX Technology - MSRP From $42,745

The Technology adds 19-inch wheels, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, GPS-linked climate control, and ambient LED lighting. Technology trims also get an upgraded audio system with 13 speakers.

Options include a couple of interior trim materials, including carbon fiber for $713 or wood or aluminum for $509, and the aforementioned heated steering wheel.

2022 Acura TLX A-Spec - MSRP From $45,495

The A-Spec trim has a number of sporty styling upgrades including leather sport seats trimmed with black Ultrasuede, a black spoiler, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and LED fog lights. It also gets a 17-speaker audio system, a wireless charging pad, and ventilated seats.

Options are largely the same as the Technology, but the aluminum trim is now standard.

2022 Acura TLX Advance - MSRP From $49,745

The top four-cylinder model is the Advance, which comes standard with all-wheel drive, a surround-view camera, head-up display, adaptive dampers, power-folding mirrors, heated rear seats, and 16-way adjustable front seats.

No new options are available for the Advance.

2022 Acura TLX Type S - MSRP From $53,845

The Type S gets the powerful turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive, a unique front splitter and rear diffuser, 4-piston Brembo front brakes, quad exhausts, a sport-tuned adaptive damper system, extra chassis bracing, and 20-inch wheels. Inside, the Type-S gets Orchid leather seating surfaces trimmed with Ultrasuede

The only new options for the Type S are every paint color except metallic gray.

2022 Acura TLX Type S Performance Wheel and Tire Package- MSRP From $54,645

The Type S Performance Wheel and Tire Package is essentially a package for the Type S, but Acura lists it more like a trim level. It only adds two things to the Type S: unique 20-inch gray Y-spoke wheels and high-performance summer tires.

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The Acura TLX has made a splash in the luxury compact sedan market, and we consider it to be one of the best. The Technology trim is the best value of all, but the Type S is a compelling choice for anyone looking for something sportier.

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Expert Review

  • Silky performance, especially Type S
  • Stylish and well-designed
  • AWD improves grip and handling
  • Spacious cabin seats five in comfort
  • Infotainment system is an acquired taste
  • Some safety features are optional
  • Fuel economy isn’t great
  • Navigation is an expensive extra
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Cutting a dash. With sharp angles but less of the fussiness seen on previous Acura designs, the TLX sedan is attractive and aggressive in equal measure. From the front, it apes Volvo’s Thor’s-hammer daytime running lights, with a compact radiator flanked by three additional lower air intakes. A mixture of chunky or spindly wheels adds to an impressive side profile with its bulging haunches, while the Type S performance model has quad tailpipes plus a rear spoiler that divides opinion.

There are fewer sharp edges in the cabin, with soft curves dominating the central instrument binnacle. Compared to the minimalist touchscreen interfaces in other sedans, this is something of a throwback – you’d struggle to find a particular button in a hurry. Still, there’s plenty to admire – the contrasting materials, the way the glovebox swoops down to the transmission tunnel, and the chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel. Everything has a real air of quality, as you’d expect from Honda’s premium brand.

A light touch needed. The centrally-mounted infotainment system has a 10.2-inch screen and full smartphone integration. It works well in isolation, but controlling it is something of a challenge. While other manufacturers have gone for either touchscreen and/or rotary control knobs, Acura has settled on a touchpad and drive mode knob. Instead of a conventional laptop-style trackpad, you have to tap the area of the pad pertaining to the portion of the screen you want to access.

Repeated use makes this setup much more intuitive, and some Acura owners swear they wouldn’t go back to a touchscreen now. For the unconvinced, there’s voice control as well, and the plethora of physical dash buttons means not everything needs to be accessed through the touchpad.

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Strong performance. In isolation, the two-liter turbocharged gas engine is an impressive performer, applying its power to the road through the front wheels. It generates 272 horsepower, hitting 60 from standstill in less than six seconds and seamlessly up-changing through a smooth ten-speed automatic transmission. That might sound like too many gears, but it does a good job of extracting optimal performance from that creamy powerplant without disrupting cabin tranquility. Quick and responsive steering improves driver enjoyment, while optional adaptive dampers and all-wheel drive (the latter a $2,000 upgrade) help to disguise this car’s hefty 4,200-lb weight.

You’d be happy to live with the standard engine, but the Type S model blows it into the weeds. Mated exclusively to all-wheel drive and producing 355 hp, this three-liter turbocharged V6 knocks on the door of BMW M-car performance. You wouldn’t take it to a racetrack in preference to the sublime M3 or M4, but it’s a fine performer nonetheless. Prodigious power is reined in with enhanced brakes and a sense of balance even midway through a cambered corner.

Prioritizing safety. Not to be outdone by the rapidly rising safety levels of rival sedans, the TLX has achieved a five-star NHTSA rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. Standard safety equipment includes automatic high beams and emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise. It’s also worth noting that the brakes in Type S models are extremely proficient, though lesser models are hardly slow to stop, either. Even passive safety aspects like outward vision are better than average, without compromising aesthetics from outside. Our only criticism is that features like blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors are optional rather than standard, while you’ll need to spend $45,000 on the Advance trim to benefit from a surround-view camera system.

Final thoughts. For buyers seeking a characterful and engaging sedan, the TLX has a great deal of merit. Every model is well equipped, the Type S offers blistering performance and excellent road-holding, and safety is strong across the board. Its distinctive outward appearance doesn’t compromise internal visibility, and it’s a few blind spot sensors away from offering superb standard safety.

We do have a few criticisms of this car. The infotainment controls are an acquired taste but can be mastered with practice, while the excellent performance from those creamy engines blunts fuel economy. It’s also a shame that navigation is bundled into a $4,000 Technology package alongside superfluous features like bigger wheels and leather seats – the synthetic leather on cheaper trims is perfectly fine – and much better for the planet.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 272 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
10-spd Sequential SportShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 272 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.6 "
Exterior Width
75.2 "
Exterior Height
56.4 "
Front Headroom
37.2 "
Rear Headroom
36.3 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
34.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,709 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Mitigation Braking System (cmbs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Advanced Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

Used 2022 Acura TLX for Sale

3 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
w/ A-SPEC Pkg
Color: Gray



29,196 mi

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STG Auto Group of Montclair (42 mi)

Phone: (909) 552-7433
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Color: Performance Red



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STG Auto Group Bellflower (16 mi)

Phone: (909) 552-7433
Type S
Color: Performance Red Pearl



20,826 mi

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Scott Robinson Honda (6 mi)

Phone: (855) 736-9376

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