Compared: 2022 Acura ILX vs. 2022 Acura TLX

Acura’s sports sedans offer style and versatility.

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While SUVs make up the majority of its sales, Acura still prides itself on its low-to-the-ground, performance-oriented autos, two of which boast four doors. Anyone interested in an 2022 Acura sedan will have to choose between the subcompact ILX and the more sophisticated TLX. Here, we detail some of their major differences.

Acura ILX vs. Acura TLX: Price

This is the last year for the affordable ILX which comes in around $28,400, with Acura giving the entry-level spot in its lineup to the recently resurrected Integra (priced from about $32,000). Keep your eyes peeled, as the phaseout might provide some good deals. Every ILX boasts a 201 hp four-cylinder. For leather seats and a premium audio system, you’ll need to shell out at least $30,395 for the Premium package. The top-of-the-line almost $35,000 A-Spec Technology pack gives the subcompact a sportier look with dark accents inside and out, plus a few amenities such as built-in navigation.

The upscale TLX makes 272 hp with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder. If you have a thirst for more juice, consider upgrading to the swift and flashy Type S model, which features a 355 hp turbo V6. The four-cylinder model starts at around $40,000 and is available with either front-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The Type S comes exclusively with AWD and costs about $55,000; add $800 to that for the performance-enhancing wheel-and-tire package.

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Acura ILX vs. Acura TLX: Interior

The ILX comes standard with a power sunroof, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats. For rear cross-traffic and blind-spot monitoring, buyers will need to select the Premium or Technology package. Same goes for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The A-Spec model has some nice cabin touches, such as contrast stitching across the leather and microsuede interior as well as stainless-steel pedals. Overall passenger volume is around 89 cu.-ft., and the trunk fits about 12 cu.-ft. of your stuff.

The TLX isn’t that much larger inside, boasting about 93 cu.-ft. of passenger space and almost 14 cu.-ft. cargo hold, but it has more standard and optional features than the ILX. Smartphone mirroring is included and remote start, a head-up display, and ventilated front seats are available. The Type S and A-Spec trims bring sport seats with premium leather and contrast stitching, plus a black headliner and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Acura ILX vs. Acura TLX: Fuel Economy

The front-drive-only ILX manages 28 mpg on the EPA’s combined test cycle and requires premium fuel. The TLX also requires high-octane gas but unsurprisingly performs worse than the ILX in fuel economy. With the four-cylinder engine the larger sedan sees 25 mpg combined with FWD, and 24 mpg with AWD. The V6 powered Type S, which only comes with AWD, is rated at 21 mpg combined.

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Andy Stonehouse
Andy Stonehouse literally fell into the world of auto writing while working as a ski-town journalist, and has not looked back since. A childhood spent dealing with the eccentricities of a 1976 MG Midget has made any subsequent auto experience a more safe and reliable drive. He has been blessed with nearby mountain trails and snowy roads in Colorado to do TV-adventure-styled test drives on a weekly basis.