Review: 2018 Acura TLX

July 20th, 2017 by

The Acura TLX has long been a favorite in New York due to its understated styling, solid performance, and wide range of tech and safety features. This year, it’s been fully redesigned and it’s exceeded even our expectations.

The all-new 2018 Acura TLX has been updated from grille to fender – not to mention they’ve added a totally new trim, the A-SPEC. Check out our full review, then come to our Middletown location for a test drive:

Styling and Interior

The TLX retains Acura’s signature pentagon grille, but it looks modern and fresh when flanked by standard LED headlights and underscored with a chrome-trimmed lower bumper. Upper trims also feature a refreshed rear fascia with chrome trim, exposed dual exhaust, and available side-sill chrome accents. The new A-Spec model adds lower front intakes, round LED fog lights, dark chrome trim, round exposed dual exhaust, and gloss black decklid spoiler.

Inside, the all-new TLX comes standard with leatherette-trimmed sport seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, it’s available with perforated Milano leather sport seats, interior ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.


The standard model is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that

makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. This option has an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with torque converter and Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, and front-wheel drive with Precision All-Wheel Steer system.

The A-SPEC model has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It has a 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, and comes with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for stability in all weather and ultimate control around corners.

Entertainment and Tech

The 2018 TLX comes standard with a 7-speaker Acura Premium Audio System, Aha compatibility, Sirius XM Radio, Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth technology, USB audio interface with smartphone integration, On Demand Multi-Use Display, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

When you add the Technology or Advance Packages, you get Song by Voice, HD Radio, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, voice recognition system, and remote engine start.


Because safety is of utmost importance, Acura equipped the all-new TLX with the latest in driver assistance technologies. The 2018 sedan comes standard with a multi-view rear camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System with head-up warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, and LED daytime running lights.

The TLX is also available with a Surround View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic monitor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.


Starting at $33,000**

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a 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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