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2023 Acura TLX A-Spec

Starting from CAD $54,729

Vehicle Score 7.9/10
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The Acura TLX stands out as a strong contender for one of the best-looking luxury mid-size sedans on the market. Beyond its gorgeous exterior, the TLX has a high-quality interior and offers a comfortable ride.

While the interior feels a bit cramped for a midsize sedan, there’s a lot of stuff going for it. If you want a stylish sedan that is luxurious and comfortable, the TLX might be worth considering.

Performance & Handling

All TLX models, except for the Type S variant, come equipped with a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 272 horsepower. Given the sedan’s weight, the turbocharged 4-cylinder feels a bit underpowered at times, but it generally performs well in moving this mid-size sedan. In comparison to rivals in its class, the TLX isn’t the quickest or fastest. But, if you’re seeking a more performance-oriented experience, Acura does offer the Type S version which comes with a turbocharged V6 engine. However, for most shoppers, the regular TLX has ample power for daily driving, thanks in part to the responsive 10-speed automatic transmission. Whether merging onto the highway or overtaking other vehicles, the TLX does a great job.

All TLX models come standard with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), making this sedan a reliable choice throughout the year, whether it’s snowing or raining. The TLX also has good handling and responsive steering, which add to the overall driving experience.

Interior & Technology

The TLX’s interior matches its gorgeous exterior. Once you’re inside, there’s little to criticize about the TLX. The cabin feels upscale and provides a comfortable environment, and the exceptional build quality is evident from the moment you step into the vehicle. The front seats are comfortable and offer excellent adjustability, making the TLX an ideal choice for long road trips. However, the rear seats are a weak point for this mid-size sedan, feeling somewhat cramped.

A 10.2-inch infotainment system is standard throughout the TLX lineup and relies on Acura’s touchpad interface for control. If you prefer touchscreens, the touchpad might be a potential drawback, but it’s worth testing at the dealership. The 2023 TLX comes with a half-analog, half-digital speedometer, which surprisingly looks good and gives this sedan a sporty design. In the 2024 models, this has been upgraded to an all-digital version. The sound system in all TLX models is the ELS Studio, and it comes as standard which adds to the overall appeal. The sound system’s quality is impressive, enhancing the overall audio experience.

Cargo

The TLX has a spacious trunk offering 382L of cargo space. While it may not claim the top spot in its class, it should satisfy the needs of most shoppers in this segment. However, inside the cabin, there are some drawbacks. The TLX falls short in providing sufficient space for smaller items, and the center console area consumes a significant amount of real estate that could be utilized for storage. This is a common theme among most Acura vehicles due to their cockpit center console design.

Fuel Economy

The A-Spec with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is rated at 11.3/8.1/9.8 L/100km (City/Hwy/Combined). In our test, which included both city and highway driving, we averaged 10.3L/100km.

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