2018 Acura TLX Review

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A new grille and sporty A-Spec trim aren't enough to elevate the comfy and feature-laden 2018 Acura TLX.

It’s only been on sale for three years, but the 2018 Acura TLX gets an update that drops its polarizing shield-nose grille and adds a sporty new A-Spec model.

Despite these changes, the TLX remains a near-luxury sedan with a balanced driving character.

The TLX earns a 6.8 on our overall scale thanks to its comfort and impressive features. We’d ask more from the styling and official safety data hasn’t yet been released. Stay tuned. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

A new grille sits between a pair of reshaped headlights and above a less busy lower bumper, while in back, visible exhaust outlets appear for the first time and join tweaked taillights. In the cabin, ambient light piping along both sides of the center console and new seat designs freshen up what's otherwise a perfectly OK cabin.

The new A-Spec model will likely receive the most attention. It wears a sportier exterior, a unique grille, standard 19-inch wheels, and 4-inch exhausts integrated into the rear bumper. Its cabin has two trim choices for its more heavily bolstered seats, while an A-Spec-specific steering wheel gives drivers meatier grips. On the hardware front, the A-Spec receives a slightly firmer suspension and an Active Sound Control that amplifies intake noise in the cabin.

Both the TLX's base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 are carried over from last year's model. The 4-cylinder engine works alongside an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (which includes a torque converter, a unique twist) to send power to the front wheels, while the V-6 uses a 9-speed automatic to send its power to the front or all four wheels.

New tech for 2018 includes an updated 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with revamped menus and response times that are up to 30 percent faster than last year's model. The LED headlights score an auto on/off function alongside standard high-beam assist, which should improve on the 2017 TLX's “Marginal” rating in the IIHS' headlight testing, while wireless cellphone charging brings a dose of the future to the cabin.

With the 2018 Acura TLX, the automaker sets a base price of $33,995, including a mandatory $995 destination charge. That sum will cover a 2.4-liter base model. The new A-Spec trim starts at $43,795, while a top-of-the-line TLX Advance sells for $44,745. Acura's excellent Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive is a $2,000 option on all V-6 trims, while 4-cylinder models remain front-wheel-drive only.

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December 27, 2015
2016 Acura TLX 4-Door Sedan FWD

Need a little work performance and style

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For Accra to win the cart racing a lot but when you look at their vehicles just a bland style lack of performance gas mileage is fair they do not turn any head
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August 17, 2015
2015 Acura TLX 4-Door Sedan FWD V6 Tech

Best car I have ever owned!

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My TLX is outstanding in almost all things. The interior/exterior is a little dated. Acura could have modernized a little more. Fine safety features, sub 6 second 0-60 and over 30 MPH on the highway!
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July 21, 2015
2015 Acura TLX 4-Door Sedan FWD Tech

Great quality and comfort in a family sedan.

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Very quiet on the road. Beautiful leather interior. Don't like the OEM Goodyear tires- like rubber donuts. Eternal reflection of the AC dash vent in the driver's side mirror. Traffic info very hard to see in... + More »
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May 7, 2015
2015 Acura TLX 4-Door Sedan FWD Tech

A major step-up from the TSX

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The TLX has met the majority of expectations of what I was looking for in a mid-sedan. The styling is stead but an improvement over the 2010 and 2012 TSX previously owned. The IDS feature, providing a choice... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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This is our 6th Acura since our first one in 1987 and the primary reason is reliability.

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We replaced our 2004 Acura TSX with this new model. The old TSX was fantastic so we kept it too! The TLX is a superb machine! It has adequate performance for a 4 cylinder, especially with the 8 speed, dual... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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I absolutely love this car

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From bumper to bumper Acura hit a home run with the new design. It is awesome, from the push button shift tothe 9 speed transmission to the great gas mileage
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April 17, 2015
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TLX is a real fine Ride...

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The TLX I solid is all aspects, as a small sport sedan it performs wll is comfortable, handles the road in all conditions and provides a superb environment to drive in...
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