The Acura TLX is the epitome of an affordable, reliable, executive sedan for the modern age. The entry-level Acura, it replaced the TSX and TL when it was introduced in 2015 and was immediately a hit, combining the best of both worlds.

Coming off its first full redesign for the 2021 model year, the Acura TLX doesn't get any significant changes for the 2022 model year. It's not uncommon for the sophomore year of a model to get little to know changes. So is the new 2022 Acura TLX the right fit, or is a well-priced 2021 Acura TLX a smarter buy?

       
   
   
   
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Performance

You've got your choice of sporty, or sportier in the 2022 Acura TLX. Unlike the 2021 TLX, you get a whole year of the sportier version this time around.

The base model engine is a 2.0-liter powerplant paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an available option, a nice thing for poor roads and poor weather. Laying down 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, it is reactive off the line. Fuel mileage is adequate, getting the same 22 MPG city/31 MPG highway as the 2021 model.

The sportier upgrade features a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine in the TLX Type S trim. Cranking up the power to 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque while sticking with the same 10-speed transmission, this catapults the TLX off the line and opens up on the highway. All-wheel drive is standard, letting you have full control of that power. This engine does drink the gas though, getting only 19 MPG around town and 25 MPG on the open road. While this powertrain only showed up towards the end of the 2021 model year, you'll be able to get this engine for the entire run of the 2022 TLX.

Classy driving dynamics make the 2022 Acura TLX a driver's favorite, with identical feel as the 2021 model. Responsive, well-weighted steering and a polished suspension helps the 2022 TLX feel stable and composed around the turns, with minimal body roll or lean. Upgrade to the Advance trim for an adaptive suspension that smooths the road out even better!

       
   
   
   
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Design & Comfort

Front row seating in the 2022 Acura TLX is spacious, although just like the 2021 edition, the rear seats are a bit tight for a normal sized adult. Synthetic leather is standard, while you can upgrade the TLX to genuine leather. Front seats are heated and power-adjustable even on the standard model - upgrades include ventilation for the front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Dual-zone automatic climate control lets driver and passenger control their comfort level.

Drivers will certainly appreciate the cockpit-like design of the TLX, and the interior is clad in premium materials including soft-touch plastics, wood, padded leather, and aluminum. It's not quite up to par with some rivals like the Audi A6 or BMW 5 series, but then, it also doesn't come with their price tags. They'll also love the convenience of the standard keyless entry and push-button start - opt for the remote start to get your TLX warmed up while you're still cozy inside in the winter time!

       
   
 
       
       

Technology

Acura has made the 10.2-inch True TouchPad infotainment display the standard for the segment, with crystal clear graphics and great input response. The 2022 Acura TLX, just like the 2021 Acura TLX, comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Bluetooth is standard for streaming audio and voice control, along dual USB ports and a 10-speaker stereo system with HD and satellite radio. This system can be upgraded to a 13- or 17-speaker premium system, while you can add navigation, two more USB ports, and wireless device charging.

       
   
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Safety

With the standard AcuraWatch safety suite in the 2022 Acura TLX, you get forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights, and automatic emergency braking will continue to be standard. A rearview camera is also standard for easy backing up. As with the 2021 Acura TLX model, optional advanced safety features include rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera.

Given that the 2022 Acura TLX is unchanged, it pretty much boils down to what sticker price you want to pay and what resale value is likely to be. Sure, a 2021 Acura TLX might have a slightly lower sticker price - but it's still a year older. Either way, you're getting great features-per-dollar value in an entry-level luxury compact sport sedan.

       
   
   
   
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The Winner - You Decide!

Test drive both of these sleek sedans at Bobby Rahal Acura in Mechanicsburg, PA! You can decide for yourself which model is the best fit for you.