2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which TLX does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Acura introduced the TLX in 2015 to replace its TSX and TL sedans, aiming to combine the appeal of both of those cars with a single model. Since then, we've found the TLX exhibits an agreeable demeanor. It's not particularly exciting, but it doesn't have any huge drawbacks either.
This year's 2018 TLX is a little more dynamic. Though it's the same sedan under the skin (it continues to be based on the Honda Accord), Acura has freshened the TLX's styling to bring the sedan up to date with the company's current design themes. Changes elsewhere are relatively modest. Beyond the additional feature content, the TLX's updated two-screen infotainment system has quicker responses and more logical operation, and the retuned transmissions are said to improve shift refinement. There's also a new A-Spec trim level that gets a sport-tuned suspension and its own special styling elements.
Overall, though, the TLX is much like it has been. It's a smart choice if you want a lot of value from your luxury sedan but probably not the best if performance is a priority.
Trim levels & features
Picking a 2018 Acura TLX is straightforward. Acura offers the TLX with one of two engines, a four-cylinder or a V6, and a couple of option packages. Four-cylinder models are front-wheel drive only and are available as either TLX 2.4L or TLX 2.4L with Technology package. The base V6 model is the TLX 3.5L. You can also get the TLX 3.5L with Technology package, TLX 3.5L A-Spec and TLX 3.5L with Advance package. All-wheel drive is available for all TLXs with the V6.
The base TLX 2.4L comes with a 2.4-liter engine (206 hp, 182 lb-ft) and an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standard feature highlights include LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats.
For 2018, all TLXs are equipped as standard with a suite of driver assistance features collectively labeled AcuraWatch. This includes lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam control.
You'll probably like getting the extra convenience features of the TLX 2.4L with Technology package. It adds keyless entry for the rear doors, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a climate control system that compensates for sun direction, navigation, a 10-speaker premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
TLX 3.5L models are, appropriately enough, powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 267 lb-ft) that's connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Beyond what comes with the base four-cylinder variant, the 3.5L gets 18-inch wheels and more power adjustments for the front passenger seat.
The TLX 3.5L with Technology package offers the same features as the Technology package on the four-cylinder version plus revised leather upholstery and a power-extending thigh support for the driver seat.
For people who want all the creature comforts, the TLX 3.5L with Advance package awaits. It has all of the Technology package items plus parking sensors, remote engine start, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a surround-view camera system and a heated windshield.
New for 2018 is the TLX 3.5L A-Spec, which has the features of the Technology package and some of the features of the Advance package, plus a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, quicker steering, sport front seats and some cosmetic tweaks.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Acura TLX 2.4L with Technology (2.4L inline-4 | 8-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current TLX has received some revisions, including a cosmetic face-lift inside and out, retuned transmissions, standard driver assistance features and a revised infotainment interface. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's TLX.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite TLX safety features:
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Helps keep the car centered in the lane by providing alerts and steering assistance when the car approaches the edge of the lane.
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Applies brakes automatically to help reduce the severity of a crash if drivers don't take corrective action on their own.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Provides audible and visual alerts when it detects what it perceives as an impending collision.
2018 Acura TLX for Sale
The 2018 Acura TLX is a midsize entry-level luxury sedan that has no glaring weak points but also doesn't manage to stand out from the pack. Being an Acura, its pricing follows an established pattern of offering option packages that can be thought of as trim levels. Individual options are typically limited to accessory items. The objective then is to determine which engine you prefer and which trim has the features you want.
The 2018 TLX is offered in TLX 2.4L, TLX 2.4L with Technology package, TLX 3.5L, TLX 3.5L with Technology package, TLX 3.5L A-Spec and TLX 3.5L with Advance package. The base TLX is pretty well equipped, with keyless entry, simulated upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and a backup camera. It's a good start, but it lacks a few key features that come with the Technology package such as leather, navigation, premium audio and rain-sensing wipers.
The four-cylinder version plays to the TLX's value-centric strengths, but it's understandable that buyers will eye the more powerful V6 version since the four-cylinder engine isn't exactly brimming with horsepower. They'll be rewarded with more power and access to optional all-wheel drive, a clever system that can overdrive either rear wheel in a corner to enhance its handling. Previous iterations of the V6 models' compulsory nine-speed automatic transmission had clunky shifting at times, although for 2018 this gearbox and the four-cylinder's eight-speed automatic have been retuned for improved smoothness.
Like the four-cylinder versions, the V6 models have similar base and Technology package selections. Once the Technology package is selected, buyers can also choose the new A-Spec variant, which has a retuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, wider tires, more aggressive seats and various cosmetic flourishes. Or alternatively they can select the Advance package, which includes the most creature comforts of any TLX. This features remote starting, a surround-view camera, heated and ventilated seats, rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel and auto-dimming mirrors. Be aware that a TLX equipped with the Advance package is more than $10,000 pricier than the base four-cylinder version.
Among entry-level premium sedans, the 2018 Acura TLX makes a strong value case for itself, especially in four-cylinder form. If you get rowdy with the option package selections, it's a bit less compelling, though still a sound vehicle choice. When you're ready to find the right 2018 Acura TLX for you, Edmunds' car-buying tools will make your experience quick, pleasant and effective.
2018 Acura TLX Overview
The 2018 Acura TLX is offered in the following submodels: TLX Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM), Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A), A-Spec 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), A-Spec Red 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and SH-AWD A-Spec Red 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A).
What do people think of the 2018 Acura TLX?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Acura TLX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 TLX 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 TLX.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Acura TLX?
2018 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $7,263 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,263 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,482.
The average savings for the 2018 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is16.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
The 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,195. The average price paid for a new 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $8,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,250 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,945.
The average savings for the 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is21% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Acura TLX Technology Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Acura TLX 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A)Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Acura TLX?
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