2018 Acura TLX Sedan

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  • New 2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS

    Engine:
    2.4L I-4,
    Transmission:
    8 Speed Dual-Clutch,
    Exterior Color:
    Bellanova White Pearl,
    Interior Color:
    Parchment Leatherette,
    Stock #:
    JA005950,
    Model Code:
    UB1F3JJW,
    Bodystyle:
    Sedan,
    Location:
    Nalley Acura,
    Hwy MPG:
    33.0,
    City MPG:
    23.0
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  • New 2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS

    Engine:
    2.4L I-4,
    Transmission:
    8 Speed Dual-Clutch,
    Exterior Color:
    Crystal Black Pearl,
    Interior Color:
    Parchment Leatherette,
    Stock #:
    JA005643,
    Model Code:
    UB1F3JJW,
    Bodystyle:
    Sedan,
    Location:
    Nalley Acura,
    Hwy MPG:
    33.0,
    City MPG:
    23.0
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  • New 2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS

    Engine:
    2.4L I-4,
    Transmission:
    8 Speed Dual-Clutch,
    Exterior Color:
    Modern Steel Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Graystone Leatherette,
    Stock #:
    JA007382,
    Model Code:
    UB1F3JJW,
    Bodystyle:
    Sedan,
    Location:
    Nalley Acura,
    Hwy MPG:
    33.0,
    City MPG:
    23.0
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  • New 2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS

    Engine:
    2.4L I-4,
    Transmission:
    8 Speed Dual-Clutch,
    Exterior Color:
    Crystal Black Pearl,
    Interior Color:
    Ebony Leatherette,
    Stock #:
    JA006701,
    Model Code:
    UB1F3JJW,
    Bodystyle:
    Sedan,
    Location:
    Nalley Acura,
    Hwy MPG:
    33.0,
    City MPG:
    23.0
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  • New 2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS

    Engine:
    2.4L I-4,
    Transmission:
    8 Speed Dual-Clutch,
    Exterior Color:
    Crystal Black Pearl,
    Interior Color:
    Parchment Leatherette,
    Stock #:
    JA008971,
    Model Code:
    UB1F3JJW,
    Bodystyle:
    Sedan,
    Location:
    Nalley Acura,
    Hwy MPG:
    33.0,
    City MPG:
    23.0
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Specifications

  • Wheelbase - 109.3 in (2775 mm)
  • Length - 190.3 in (4832 mm)
  • Height - 57.0 in (1447 mm)
  • Width - 73.0 in (1853 mm)
  • Front Track - 62.8 in (1596 mm)
  • Rear Track - 63.1 in (1602 mm)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 5.8 in (147 mm) : 4-cyl.
  • Curb Weight - 4-cyl. : 3483 lb (1580 kg)
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 4-cyl. : 60 / 40
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 93.3 cu ft
  • EPA Cargo Volume (SAE) - 13.2 cu ft : without Advance Package
  • Headroom - 37.2 in (945 mm) : Front
  • Legroom - 42.6 in (1082 mm) : Front
  • Hiproom - 55.3 in (1405 mm) : Front
  • Shoulder Room - 57.5 in (1461 mm) : Front
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 17.2 U.S. gallons (65.0 liters)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 5
  • Engine Type - Direct injection 4-cylinder : 4-cyl.
  • Displacement - 2.4-liters : 4-cyl.
  • Valvetrain - 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC® : 4-cyl.
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 206 @ 6800 : 4-cyl.
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)(SAE net) - 182 @ 4500 : 4-cyl.
  • Compression Ratio - 11.6:1 : 4-cyl.
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway / combined) - 24 / 35 / 28 : 4-cyl.
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Type - Front-wheel drive : 4-cyl. & V-6
  • Transmission - 8-Speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with torque converter and Sequential SportShift paddle shifters : 4-cyl.
  • 1st - 3.08 : 4-cyl.
  • 2nd - 2.18 : 4-cyl.
  • 3rd - 1.61 : 4-cyl.
  • 4th - 1.22 : 4-cyl.
  • 5th - 0.96 : 4-cyl.
  • 6th - 0.74 : 4-cyl.
  • 7th - 0.62 : 4-cyl.
  • 8th - 0.48 : 4-cyl.
  • 9th - -- : 4-cyl.
  • Reverse - 2.22 : 4-cyl.
  • Final Drive - 4.57 : 4-cyl.
  • Suspension - 4-wheel independent MacPherson strut front / multi-link rear
  • Front stabilizer bar - 26.0 mm solid
  • Rear stabilizer bar - 24.7 mm : 4-cyl. & SH-AWD
  • Handling Assist - Agile Handling Assist®
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Steering Ratio - 15.0:1 : 4-cyl
  • Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb - 39.2 ft : 4-cyl
  • Front disc brakes - 12.6" ventilated
  • Rear disc brakes - 12.2" solid
  • Braking systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with: anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Wheels - 17-in aluminum-alloy : 4-cyl
  • Tires - P225/55 R17 high-performance all-season : 4-cyl
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Outer body rust-through - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) with Roadside Assistance18 - 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Seat belts - 15-year/150,000-mile limited warranty
  • Engine - 206-hp, 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine.
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 24 (city) / 35 (hwy) / 28 (combined)
  • Transmission - 8-speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
  • Chassis - Agile Handling Assist®, Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®) system
  • Exterior - Jewel Eye® LED headlights, LED-illuminated taillights, brake lights, side mirror-integrated directional signals, rear license and Center High Mount Stop Light, heated side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down
  • Interior - Driver's 10-way power seat with power lumbar support, On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™), 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, 4-way power front passenger’s seat
  • Climate Control - Dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration
  • Audio - Acura Premium Audio System with 7 speakers, Bluetooth®11 streaming audio, USB7 Audio Interface with iPod® 8 integration, Aha™ and Pandora®45 compatibility, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4
  • Cellular Interface - Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface, SMS, MMS text message and email capability44 , Siri® Eyes Free
  • Visibility - Multi-view rear camera50 with dynamic guidelines
  • Access - Keyless Access System with smart entry, pushbutton ignition and Acura personalized settings
  • Acura Navigation System - 10:AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with exclusive street and freeway conditions and Traffic Rerouting™57
  • Audio - ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, HD Radio®, Song By Voice®
  • Interior - Sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior
  • Visibility - Blind spot information (BSI) system20, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Cellular Interface - Phone-book exchange for Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink®
  • Instruments - Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance
  • Telematics - AcuraLink® The Next Generation70
  • Exterior - Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Driver Assistance - Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59
  • Safety & Security - Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system55
  • Includes Technology Package
  • Safety & Security - Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with head-up warning, Road Departure Mitigation system, 3-point height-adjustable seat belts with load limiters and e-pretensioner system (front)
  • Driver Assistance - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow53
  • Interior - Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Exterior - Front and rear parking sensors, auto dimming side mirrors, LED puddle lights, LED fog lights
  • Convenience - Remote engine start with vehicle feedback
  • Powertrain - 290-hp, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) and 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 21 (city) / 34 (hwy) / 25 (combined)
  • Interior - Electronic gear selector, 8-way power front passenger’s seat including lumbar adjustment
  • Exterior - 18” aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Includes V-6 features
  • Drivetrain - Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)*, Idle stop
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 21 (city) / 31 (hwy) / 25 (combined)
  • * Replaces Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®) system

Trims

  Price Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Acura TLX Sedan Base Search New Please Call   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 Please Call   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  23 / 33  
V6 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 Search New Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   206-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  8DC  23 / 33  
V6 2018 Acura TLX Sedan V6 Search New Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
V6 A-Spec
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
V6 A-Spec Red
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Please Call   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 Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with A-SPEC RED
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Please Call   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 Please Call   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 Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 32  
V6 A-Spec
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
V6 A-Spec Red
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with A-SPEC
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with A-SPEC RED
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 29  
V6 w/Advance Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  
TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD with Advance Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 30  

Reviews

Driving Impression

Editor:
New Car Test Drive
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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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**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.