- 300 Limited Edition 2023 Acura TLX Type S PMC Edition
- SH-AWD all-wheel drive available
- The 355 horsepower V6 is available in the S-Type.
The Acura TLX is a luxury sports sedan that spans the small and mid-size segments. Combining a powerful standard feature set, great available technology and a driver-focused feel behind the wheel, the TLX is a solid value despite its starting price of just $40,000. The TLX Type S PMC Limited Edition takes the new 300-unit version of the latest TLX and adds even more performance. The starting price is likely to be in the mid-$60,000 range.
Aside from the limited-running PMC version, the 2023 TLX is available in two main flavors: Standard and Type S. The standard TLX is available with either Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD); The Type S is offered exclusively with AWD.
Passenger room and comfort
Luxury is the ultimate goal of the 2023 Acura TLX. It was met with upscale build quality and materials, excellent ride quality, and confidence-inspiring handling qualities. Supportive front seats, an ergonomic steering wheel, and gearshift paddles make the driver feel engaged and comfortable. Active audio control helps keep the cabin free from unwanted noise.
Passenger space in the TLX is good, but not great, despite being located on either side of the compact and midsize sedan segments. Legroom in the rear seat is 34.9 inches. But this smidge is lower than competitors from Audi (35.7 inches) and BMW (35.1 inches). On the other hand, the front seat is roomier than any of the German alternatives, with more legroom and shoulder room.
The TLX sport suspension is comfortable and complex, and the available adaptive suspension takes the TLX’s driving range and handling to the next level. Standard heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats work together with the sporty feel of the suspension, which adjust to provide comfortable support no matter your shape.
Features and technology
As you might expect from a luxury sedan, especially an Acura, the 2023 TLX’s standard feature set is extensive. Includes power sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and the aforementioned 12-way power – Adjust heated seats, simulated leather upholstery, LED ambient lighting, and more.
Three packages are available for the Standard TLX: Technology, Spec A, and Advanced.
The Technology Pack, as the name suggests, adds more tech features. It includes an ELS Studio audio system with 13 speakers, GPS-linked climate control, and upgraded sports seats with perforated leather and contrast stitching. The upgraded LED ambient lighting adds 27 features. The package gets a wide range of interior and exterior colors, plus available aluminum, open-pore wood, and carbon fibre. A-Spec offers most of these features, but it upgrades the ELS Studio sound system to 17 speakers and adds sporty visual details. The Advance raises the level of standard equipment to nearly match the Type S, which is primarily loaded in standard form.
TLX Type S PMC Limited Edition
The limited-running TLX Type S PMC Edition becomes available for pre-order on October 6, and offers a host of performance-focused upgrades. This is the Performance Machining Center special edition, after all. Many upgrades include swapping out standard parts for carbon fiber replacements or adding carbon fiber details like the trunk spoiler and rear diffuser. Exclusive colors and the numbered serial palette of the unique PMC Edition are also part of the formula.
The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the TLX is still extremely powerful with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. But those with a keen appetite for speed will appreciate the TLX Type S’s 355 hp/354 lb-ft 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Both engines use a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Material and design
The interior of the 2023 Acura TLX is suitably luxurious, with real wood, aluminum and carbon fiber used throughout, depending on the selected spec. Instead of a traditional shift lever, the TLX uses buttons installed on the console to drive, neutral, and reverse.
There is also a rotary knob to change the driving modes and a touchpad to interact with the infotainment system. The design is clean and simple, with a distinct futuristic look.
Faux leather seats are standard equipment with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. But full leather and even Ultrasuede seat surfaces are available, as are contrast stitching and perforated leather.
The TLX Type S PMC version also has a unique look, with a carbon-fiber spoiler and rear diffuser, side sill trim, flat-bottom heated steering wheel, black roof and door handles as well as lightweight Y-shaped wheels. Black nuts.
Cargo room and flexibility
The 2023 Acura TLX is a luxury sports sedan. So it’s not expected that the kids’ soccer team will be transported and a week’s worth of groceries are bought at a time. But it’s still fairly capable, with 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. This is slightly less than the BMW 3 Series but more than the Audi A4.
Flexibility, of course, is not limited to the ability to carry and transport a lot of goods. The TLX excels at driving the flexibility of driving a comfortable, well-appointed and quiet luxury sedan and then transforming it into an attractive, fast and competent sports sedan when you move the drive mode knob. In the TLX Type S model, especially when equipped with adaptive suspension, this shift is great and well worth the entry price.
Acura TLX 2023
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