Price (as tested) 💲: $55,338
Powertrain ⚙️: 3.0-liter Turbocharged V6
Output 💪: 355 hp/354 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 10-speed automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 151 mph
MPGe (as tested) ⛽️: 19 city/24 hwy/21 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 4,221 lbs
In 1997, Honda introduced the Type S performance brand for its Japanese domestic market NSX sportscar. Four years later, Type S made its debut in the U.S. via the 3.2 CL. Of the Type S models that would follow, the most memorable was the 2007 Acura TL Type S. With subtle styling tweaks, a more potent 3.5-liter V6 engine, and an available manual gearbox, the TL Type S was an affordable, stylish alternative to German and American 4-door sport sedans.
After more than a decade without a new Type S model, Acura is finally reviving the sub-brand with the 2021 Acura TLX Type S. Like its TL predecessor, the TLX Type S gets a mild makeover, a V6 engine (now turbocharged), and sportier driving dynamics. Sadly, the manual transmission didn’t span the gap between models, but Acura promises that updates to its 10-speed automatic gearbox will satisfy enthusiasts. Is more power, better handling, sharper styling, and a well-equipped starting price of $53K enough to lure shoppers from vehicles like the Audi S4, BMW M340i xDrive, and Cadillac CT5-V? Find out in this in-depth review.