2018 Acura TLX Sedan

City mpg:
23
Highway mpg:
33

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Acura TLX Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Acura TLX Base include 2.4L I-4 206hp engine, 8-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control, Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability.

2018 Acura
TLX Sedan

Starting at: $33,000

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory seat
  • HVAC memory
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 7
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 206hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 182 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.0mm x 99.0mm (3.43" x 3.90")
  • Compression ratio - 11.60 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,869mm (191.7")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,776mm (109.3")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,082mm (42.6")
  • Rear legroom - 876mm (34.5")
  • Front headroom - 945mm (37.2")
  • Rear headroom - 932mm (36.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,407mm (55.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,642L (93.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 405 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 405 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 206hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Torque - 182 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sequential SportShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 27mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 17.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/55HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/55HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - active
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Acura TLX Sedan Base Search New $33,000   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  23 / 33  
TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS Search New $33,000   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  23 / 33  
V6 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 Search New $36,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS Search New $36,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
Base w/Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan Base w/Technology Package Search New $36,700   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8-spd auto with auto-shift  23 / 33  
TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS with Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS with Technology Package Search New $36,700   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  23 / 33  
V6 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 Search New $38,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD Search New $38,200   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
V6 w/Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 w/Technology Package Search New $39,900   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Technology Package Search New $39,900   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
V6 w/Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 w/Technology Package Search New $41,900   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Technology Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Technology Package Search New $41,900   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
V6 A-Spec 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 A-Spec Search New $42,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
V6 A-Spec Red 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 A-Spec Red Search New $42,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with A-SPEC 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with A-SPEC Search New $42,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with A-SPEC RED
Search New
$42,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
V6 w/Advance Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 w/Advance Package Search New $43,750   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Advance Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Advance Package Search New $43,750   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
V6 A-Spec 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 A-Spec Search New $44,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
V6 A-Spec Red 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 A-Spec Red Search New $44,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with A-SPEC
Search New
$44,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with A-SPEC RED
Search New
$44,800   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
V6 w/Advance Package 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 w/Advance Package Search New $45,750   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Advance Package
Search New
$45,750   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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With either engine, the TLX rides and handles better than average, but the difference between the two is dramatic, so one of them is way better than average, guess which one.

We found the four-cylinder with front-wheel drive to have the crispest cornering, partly because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the V6 model. Excellent suspension tuning complements taut, precise steering. Bumpy roads do not upset it. Nimble low-speed behavior and on-highway stability are helped by Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which is standard with the 2.4-liter model.

Not only that, the engine is eager to rev, and the 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is brilliant. A torque converter eliminates jerky shifts, so it feels like a conventional automatic. It might be the first twin-clutch with a torque converter.

There is no denying the thrust of the V6 is stronger. Its 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque is impressive, and is well contained by the optional Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. The torque peaks at 4500 rpm, so the acceleration will remain strong at higher rpm.

But the 9-speed automatic brings the engine down. We criticized Acura’s implementation of the German ZF transmission in our 2017 review, and Acura says it was improved for 2018, and indeed it’s more willing to engage from a stop. But it’s dynamically inferior to the 8-speed automatic in the BMW 340i, the 7-speed dual-clutch in the Audi A4, and even the 8-speed DCT (dual clutch) in the 4-cylinder Acura TSX. The upshifts are too slow even with the driving mode at its most aggressive, and the downshifts too are in no hurry. Besides, nine gears seem like too many when manually shifting.

The TLX A-Spec uses only the V6. It gets stiffer springs and dampers, and a larger rear anti-roll bar, but you can’t feel that much of a difference, compared to the base TLX with its inline four. We can’t help but imagine an A-Spec with the smaller and lighter four-cylinder, but it doesn’t exist.

Active Sound Control system pumps in a throaty intake song.

Walk Around

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Curiously, except for a coupe-like arched silhouette, and the grille they’ve given up on, the TLX has not gone with the flow of Acura’s more edgy designs. There’s little that’s edgy about it. It doesn’t appear to be trying to keep up with sharper designs from Lexus, Infiniti, Audi and Alfa Romeo. Even its lowly cousin the Honda Accord is more eye-catching in some models.

However the changes for the 2018 TLX make it prettier, with a cleaner more muscular look. Its grille is no longer polarizing. By replacing the solid shield with black mesh, and cleaning up the air intakes at the bottom of the front fascia, and raising and shaping the three character lines in the hood, it now looks classy. Even a bit longer, because the eye is no longer drawn to the grille. It’s still not distinctive, however, just clean.

Flared rear fenders and a lip spoiler add spirit. The taillamps have been tweaked a bit. While the V6 model gets boring rectangular exhaust outlets, the A-Spec gets a hot pair of four-inch barrels that are integrated into the bumper.

Interior Overview

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The TLX is on the large side of the compact category in overall dimensions, while being the small side of midsize in passenger space. At 106.5 cubic feet, total passenger space doesn’t match the 3 Series or C-Class. Indeed, the TLX is much better for four than five.

The cabin layout is efficient, with simple but premium materials, but it trails its rivals. The seats are comfortable enough. The instrument panel is attractive and easy to read. Twin display screens are mounted on the center stack. Interior storage is good, including door bins, a big central console, and sizable glovebox.

On the passenger side, the view sinks to bleak. That rider sees an awkward expanse of empty black dashboard. The plainness reaches to the rear seats, where legroom is a bit less than European.

The blissfully quiet ride redeems a lot. Wind and road sounds barely exist. It’s serene in the cabin.

Summary

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The Acura TLX comes at a lower price point than the competition, with a high level of standard equipment. With styling revisions for 2018, its looks befits its capabilities. The 2.4-liter engine is the way to go, with adequate acceleration, nimble handling, a quiet ride, and good fuel economy. The SH-AWD all-wheel drive is exceptional. The available packages cost a lot, and are easy to live without.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff report.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Acura TLX 2.4L ($33,000) includes 2.4-liter engine, rearview camera, moonroof, power seats, keyless start, Bluetooth, seven-speaker audio with satellite radio, and hill start assist. The Technology Package ($3700) adds navigation, AcuraLink infotainment, perforated leather upholstery, and a premium 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

TLX 3.5L ($36,200) gets the V6 engine and 18-inch wheels and is available with the Technology Package ($39,900) or Advance Package ($43,750) that adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors, and heated/ventilated front seats.

Other optional safety features include forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD ($38,200) includes all-wheel-drive and V6, and is available with the Technology and Advance packages ($45,750).

TLX A-Spec comes with either front-wheel drive ($42,800) or SH-AWD ($44,800).

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