2024 Acura TLX Type S

Starting from CAD $66,477

Vehicle Score 9.2/10
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The TLX Type S is one of the most well-rounded performance sedans available. It checks all the boxes for what a sports sedan should look and drive like. Despite not being the quickest in the segment, it offers quite possibly the best driving experience in the segment while also being the best daily driver.

Performance & Handling

The TLX Type S has a 3L turbocharged V6 engine that produces an impressive 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. While this engine is powerful, considering the TLX’s weight of 4,221 lbs, we expected a bit more performance. The weight makes the TLX one of the heaviest in the segment, which is one of our primary complaints regarding its performance. Despite this, the TLX offers strong acceleration at both low and high speeds and is a joy to drive. The 10-speed transmission also enhances the driving experience by 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 well-weighted and responsive, and the SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) makes cornering more engaging and fun. One of the best features is the active exhaust system, which amplifies the exhaust sound, particularly when driving in Sport mode.

The Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) mode allows you to choose from five modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. In Sport or Sport+ mode, the TLX Type S becomes even more engaging, with increased engine noise, improved throttle response, and a stiffer suspension, all of which contribute to better performance from the TLX.

Interior & Comfort

The TLX has a modern and upscale cabin. Although the cabin feels cramped, it still manages to look impressive due to its excellent build quality and the use of high-quality materials. The front seats are supportive and offer great customizability thanks to a 16-way power adjustment that includes lumbar support, thigh extension, and side bolsters. Considering how big the TLX is, it’s surprising that it doesn’t have much rear legroom and headroom. This is one area where Acura could improve the TLX. Overall, the interior is a fantastic place to spend time and the ambient lighting adds to the nighttime ambiance with 27 unique colours, making the cabin look great at night.

The TLX Type S strikes a great balance between performance and a comfortable driving experience. The ride quality is excellent on most road surfaces. However, there is 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. As for cabin noise, there isn’t much wind and road noise at highway speeds which makes for a good driving experience.

The climate control system is user-friendly, thanks to the presence of physical buttons. Similar to other Acura models, the system does a great job of maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature.

Technology & Connectivity

The TLX comes with all the standard driver-assist technologies Acura offers through ACURAWATCH. This includes some common features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The infotainment system is powered by a 12.3-inch screen and controlled via a touchpad, which has been a topic of controversy among some buyers due to the learning curve. However, it does help keep the screen smudge-free which is a win. The user interface is straightforward and for added convenience wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto are available and work well. Unlike the 2023 TLX Type S, the 2024 model year gets a 12.3 fully digital instrument cluster. While the analog gauge cluster looked cool, the fully digital one is better as it offers more customization.

The TLX doesn’t disappoint on the sound system either, thanks to the available 17-speaker ELS Studio 3D audio system which delivers studio-level sound quality.

Cargo Space & Storage

The TLX offers an impressive 382 L of cargo space in the trunk, making it one of the leaders in its segment. However, the interior space for storage is lacking. Acura could have done a better job by adding more compartments or storage slots in the front for storing personal belongings.

Fuel Economy

The TLX Type S is rated at 11.2 L/100km combined (12.3 City/9.8 Highway). We averaged 13.2 L/100km with both city and highway driving.

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