Comparison: 2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Lexus GS 350

October 15th, 2017 by

It’s never safe to sleep on the competition because the underdog could come along with a highly comparable model for a fraction of the cost. It’s a lesson many established luxury brands have learned when facing off with Acura.

Just compare the 2018 Acura TLX to the 2017 Lexus GS 350: both luxury midsize sedans offer standard driver assistance tech and high-end comfort and convenience features. The biggest differentiator? The price.

Drivers in Middletown are invited to come test drive the all-new TLX. But first, read our one-to-one comparison:

Comfort and Entertainment

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX comes standard equipped with power-adjustable leatherette seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather accents, wood and metal trim, Active Sound Control, Ambient Cabin Lighting, Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror, a power moonroof. Additionally, you can opt for GPS-linked Climate Control, sport seats with Milano Premium Leather, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel, and Ambient Cabin Accent Lighting.

Each model is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text and email capability, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and Acura Premium Audio with seven speakers. Optional equipment includes Acura Navigation with 3D View, Real-Time Traffic, Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink, and ELS Studio Premium audio with ten speakers.

Lexus GS 350

The 2017 Lexus GS comes standard with NuLuxe seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable steering column, power moonroof, and auto-dimming mirrors. Active sound control and ambient cabin lighting are not listed features on the 2017 GS 350. Available features include leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

For your entertainment, the GS has Lexus Display Audio and Bluetooth connectivity but does not come available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Premium features include a Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System, Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations.

Safety and Tech

Acura TLX

Both the TLX and the GS 350 come standard with an array of driver assistance tech, but the Acura sedan has an edge in safety ratings. The model earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while the organization has not evaluated the Lexus model‡.

The all-new TLX comes standard with the AcuraWatch Advanced Safety and Driver–Assistance Technology System, which includes a Forward Collision Warning System, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Multi-View Rear Camera. The Acura sedan is also available with a Head-Up Warning, Blind Spot Information System, Surround-View Camera, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Lexus GS 350

The 2017 Lexus GS comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The Lexus sedan is also available with adaptive front lighting, parking assist, and Heads-Up Display.


Acura TLX

Starting at $33,000**

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP


*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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