4 reasons to buy a 2022 Acura TLX, not a 2022 Hyundai Sonata


When shopping for a midsize sedan, it’s normal to compare two different categories. For example, while the 2022 Hyundai Sonata compares well to the Honda Accord, some buyers may face something more luxurious like the 2022 Acura TLX. In that case, here are four reasons to buy an Acura TLX over a Sonata.

2022 TLX Advance in red on the street | Acura

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1. The 2022 Acura TLX is more luxurious

Interior Acura TLX Advance 2022

Interior Acura TLX Advance 2022 | Acura

This is obvious given the 2022 Acura TLX competes in a class above the Hyundai Sonata 2022. However, there’s no denying that the interior quality and plushness of the TLX surpasses that of the Sonata. In its base form, the TLX comes with leatherette seating surfaces, but when you upgrade to higher trim levels, a perforated Milano interior is available.

Don’t get me wrong, the interior of the Hyundai Sonata is stylish in its own right. But you will have to go up a few levels to get a leather interior.

2. The Acura TLX offers a much sportier drive than the Hyundai Sonata

2022 Acura TLX Type S on track

2022 Acura TLX Type S on the track | Acura

If you’re looking for a sportier ride with responsive driving dynamics, the Acura TLX can deliver that right out of the box. Every TLX is equipped with double wishbone suspension up front and multi-link rear suspension for superior agility. You’ll also find amplitude responsive dampers that respond to every type of road. And if you opt for the higher versions, an adaptive suspension becomes available.

3. The Acura TLX is available with Super Handling all-wheel drive

2022 Acura TLX TYPE S rim

2022 Acura TLX TYPE S wheel | Acura

Speaking of handling, the Acura TLX is one step ahead of the Hyundai Sonata with its Super Handling AWD system. The system features torque-vectoring technology in that it can send power to the wheel that needs it most when cornering. It also works well if you live in an area where it snows. In contrast, the Hyundai Sonata is only available in a front-wheel-drive configuration.

4. The TLX has a much better sound system than the Sonata

2022 Hyundai Sonata Infotainment System

2022 Hyundai Sonata Infotainment System | hyundai

The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is available with a premium Bose audio system, which is undeniably good. However, in our own testing, we greatly preferred the 2022 Acura TLX’s optional ELS audio system which includes 17 speakers. Highs and lows are clear and crisp without too much bass. However, the same can’t be said for the Bose system, which tends to have a bit too much bass for our liking.

2022 Acura TLX vs 2022 Hyundai Sonata

Aerial view of a red 2022 Hyundai Sonata parked on a concrete lot in front of a building

Overhead 2022 Hyundai Sonata | hyundai

While this comparison may seem unfair since we’re making the Hyundai Sonata outperform its weight class, it shows that it can. On the plus side, the Sonata has many state-of-the-art features such as remote Smart Park, a premium interior and excellent value for money. But comparing it to the Acura TLX, things start to look a bit bleak for the South Korean car.

Overall, we love both of these cars and buyers really can’t go wrong with either. But if you like sportier ride and handling characteristics, then the Acura TLX is the sedan to get.

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