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2018 Acura TLX

Original MSRP Range
$33,000 - $45,750
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
20 - 23 MPG City / 29 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2018 Acura TLX

What We Like

Excellent crash-test scores; quiet interior; roomy rear seat; uncomplicated dash design; impressive handling when equipped with AWD; Acura's ELS Studio audio

What We Don't

Generic styling; uninspiring 4-cylinder engine; no manual transmission; snug rear seat

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Acura TLX?

For 2018, the Acura TLX gets a refreshed front end and, on V6-equipped models, a new performance-oriented A-Spec trim. A-Spec models feature a revised suspension, 19-inch wheels, recalibrated power steering, thickly bolstered sport seats and unique interior and exterior trim. Other new features for the TLX include a revised audio system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Advanced Package for V6 models gains wireless phone charging, a Surround View camera, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Lastly, the Acura Watch system is now standard on every TLX.  

Which TLX is the Best?

If you're looking for luxury, power, safety and technology, we suggest moving to the top-of-the-line TLX 3.5 SH-AWD with the Advance package or the performance-oriented TLX 3.5 A-Spec. Other than the Acura name, the base TLX just doesn't provide enough to convince us you couldn't spend the same money or less on a Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200 or Kia Optima and get more car for your money. 

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How Much Does a 2018 Acura TLX Cost?

The 2018 TLX features three trim levels: the TLX 2.4, TLX 3.5 V6 and TLX A-Spec. The 2.4 can be equipped with the Technology package, while the V6 can be equipped with the Technology package, AWD, the A-Spec trim or the Advance package.

The TLX 2.4 ($33,950) includes the advanced Precision All-Wheel Steer (or P-AWS) all-wheel steering system, 17-in alloy wheels, Acura Watch (forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation and collision-mitigation braking), adaptive cruise control, a power moonroof, keyless access with push-button start, a rearview monitor, dual-zone automatic climate control, jewel-eye LED headlights, Siri Eyes Free, imitation-leather seating, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar, a 4-way power passenger seat, two LCD view screens (8 inches up top and 7 inches on the lower dash), Bluetooth capability, 7-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, app integration, and USB and auxiliary input jacks.

The TLX 2.4 with the Technology package ($37,650) adds rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, voice-activated 3-D navigation, leather seating and the 10-speaker Acura ELS audio system with HD Radio.

The TLX 3.5 ($37,150 FWD; $39,150 AWD) includes all the same equipment as the base 2.4 but features the V6 engine, the 9-speed automatic transmission, an electronic push-button gear selector, an 8-way power passenger seat and 18-in wheels.

The TLX 3.5 with the Technology package ($40,850 FWD; $42,850 AWD) includes all the equipment from the Technology package, plus the V6 engine and driver's-seat power thigh support.

The TLX 3.5 with the Advance package ($44,700 FWD; $46,700 AWD) adds front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, LED interior lights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, a Surround View camera, remote start, LED front fog lights and 18-in wheels.

The TLX 3.5 A-Spec with the Technology package ($43,750 FWD; $45,750 AWD) adds a performance-tuned suspension, 19-in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, unique exterior and interior styling cues, a choice of black Alcantara or red leather seating, sport front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a black headliner.

TLX Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
TLX 2.4L FWD$33,000 / $31,3424 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20623 / 338-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 2.4L FWD w/Technology Pkg$36,700 / $34,8474 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20623 / 338-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L FWD$36,200 / $34,3744 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 328-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L FWD w/A-SPEC Pkg$42,800 / $40,6264 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 308-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L FWD w/A-SPEC Pkg Red Leather$42,800 / $40,6264 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 308-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L FWD w/Advance Pkg$43,750 / $41,5264 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 328-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L FWD w/Technology Pkg$39,900 / $37,8794 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 328-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD$38,200 / $36,2684 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29021 / 308-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD w/A-SPEC Pkg$44,800 / $42,5214 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 298-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD w/A-SPEC Pkg Red Leather$44,800 / $42,5214 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29020 / 298-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD w/Advance Pkg$45,750 / $43,4204 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29021 / 308-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD w/Technology Pkg$41,900 / $39,7734 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29021 / 308-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Acura TLX Safety

Is the 2018 Acura TLX a Safe Car?

The TLX comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and seven airbags, including front, front side-impact, side curtain and driver's-knee airbags. Also standard is Acura Watch, which includes lane-departure warning and assist, collision warning, collision-mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control. Optional safety equipment includes rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear sonar warning sensors.

In government crash testing, the Acura TLX performed exceptionally well, earning five out of five stars in every category. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TLX top marks in all but the small-overlap front crash test, in which it earned a Marginal score.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$49,247 ($0.66 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Technology Pkg
  • A-Spec Pkg

Competition

2018 Acura TLX vs the competition

2018 Cadillac ATS -- The ATS is a bit smaller than the TLX, but it offers superior ride and handling. You can choose between a 272-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 335-hp V6 engine, and some rear-wheel-drive models are available with a manual transmission.

2018 Infiniti Q50 -- The Q50's styling and interior layout is much more expressive than the TLX's, and its myriad of engine offerings includes three turbocharged options and one hybrid. The Q50's optional Sport packages make it much more fun to drive.

2018 Lexus IS -- The IS can match the TLX for quality, dependability and resale value, and it offers a more powerful base engine. Although the TLX has a stronger V6 than the base IS 300, the IS 350 delivers an additional 16 hp.

Used Lexus GS -- A 2011-2016 Lexus GS will give you more interior space, power and luxury, and it's a better-known commodity in the luxury-car world. There's also a hybrid model.

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