2018 Acura TLX

Pros: Agile handling, especially with all-wheel drive model; strong suite of standard safety features; decent acceleration from base 4-cylinder engine; value for the money

Cons: Performance of V6’s 9-speed transmission; so-so trunk space; premium fuel required for both engines; not all testers like V6 models’ push-button gear selector, limited rear-seat room

CG Says: The 2018 Acura TLX has freshened styling with a new grille. Newly standard features include Apple Carplay/Android Auto and the AcuraWatch suite of safety and convenience features that include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. A-Spec is a new model with unique interior and exterior trim. The TLX is a sporty midsize sedan that’s available with 4-cylinder or V6 power. The 206-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder comes standard with an 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, while the 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 uses a 9-speed automatic (a manual gearbox is not offered). All-wheel drive is available on V6 models. Highlights of the TLX’s available features include forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, remote engine start, adaptive cruise control, heated rear seats, wireless cell-phone charging, 360-degree Surround View camera system, and Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system (P-AWS), which is standard on front-drive TLXs. The TLX’s compact-yet-spacious dimensions, athletic driving character, convincingly luxurious ambiance, competitive prices, and impressive array of available tech and safety features make it a compelling premium-midsize-car choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Acura
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 4-Cylinder: $33,950
4-Cylinder w/Technology Pkg: $37,650
V6: $37,150
AWD V6: $39,150
V6 w/Technology Pkg: $40,850
AWD V6 w/Technology Pkg: $42,850
V6 A-Spec: $43,750
AWD V6 A-Spec: $45,750
V6 w/Advance Pkg: $44,700
AWD V6 w/Advance Pkg: $46,700

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
206
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-32

2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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