2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX
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2018 Acura TLX
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  • Cabin stays quiet at highway speeds
  • Full suite of driver assistance aids is standard
  • Back seat comfortably seats adult-size passengers


  • Competent but bland driving experience
  • Four-cylinder engine lacks oomph

Which TLX does Edmunds recommend?

Though you might be tempted by the A-Spec for 2018, this entry-level premium sedan is most compelling in its lower-priced trim levels. As such, we like the TLX 2.4L with Technology package. It enhances the TLX's value and feels lighter and more maneuverable than the more powerful V6 version when driving around turns. The four-cylinder TLX also has a more cooperative transmission than the V6 model. Stepping up to the Technology package gets you worthwhile amenities and convenience features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 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.

Trim tested

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.


Overall performance is modest from the small-engine TLX. Handling is enhanced by four-wheel steering, but the front-drive TLX lacks the composure and speed of its V6-powered, AWD big brother.


With only 206 hp on tap, the four-cylinder TLX lacks the power to spin its tires off the line. Sixty mph arrives in 7.4 seconds, which is on the slow side for the segment. None of the drive modes will hold gears at redline.


Around town, these brakes are perfectly average. Easy to modulate and never grabby.


The steering response is good in most situations. Weight is appropriately tuned, but feel is lacking. Rear-wheel steering enhances performance in most normal situations, though it can be awkward in long, steady corners.


The TLX's chassis tuning and four-wheel steering generally enhance handling. However, the TLX's low-grip all-season tires hurt overall performance.


It's easy to drive and easy to live with both around town and on the freeway. Multiple drive modes allow tuning to suit your needs between Economy and Sport+. No obvious drivability problems.


The TLX has an appealing balance of ride and handling despite the lack of adjustable suspension dampers, which are available on many rivals. It's a comfortable sedan for both commuting and long road trips.

Seat comfort

The well-padded driver seat gives enough support for moderate driving but also provides ample comfort for multi-hour trips. The rear seat provides generous legroom, but taller passengers will lack headroom.

Ride comfort

The TLX manages to absorb road irregularities without being too floaty or bouncy on the highway. We could be comfortable here for hours.

Noise & vibration

Active noise cancellation, an acoustic glass windshield and triple door seals are effective in keeping road and wind noise outside the TLX's plush cabin. The four-cylinder sounds good racing to redline, and it's never coarse.


Though the TLX's interior isn't groundbreaking, it is well built from quality materials. Infotainment controls aren't as practical or easy as some competitors, but they offer similar functionality. Space and visibility are TLX strengths.

Ease of use

The dual-screen layout allows ample information display (e.g., maps and audio simultaneously), but single-knob control lacks functionality and intuitiveness of many rivals.

Getting in/getting out

Nothing outstanding in this area. Easy entry and exit front and rear with large enough door apertures. The seat height is reasonable up front and doesn't stand out as either too high or too low. Average for the class in this regard.


Ample leg- and headroom in the front seats. Rear-seat legroom is impressive. Rear headroom, however, might be a problem for passengers taller than 6 feet. Overall, the TLX will be plenty comfortable for four average-size adults.


The TLX's front roof pillars aren't massive or at such an acute angle that they cause forward visibility problems. The rear pillars are bigger and can hide a vehicle if it's in the wrong place, but the optional blind-spot warning system helps.


Though it lacks the high-end luxury feel of some competitors, the TLX still offers a package that's well assembled and appealing inside and out. All knobs and buttons feel high-quality.


Small-item storage, as in most Acura products, is excellent.There are many cubbies of various sizes in the dash, console and door panels. Trunk size exceeds that of most competitors. It also has a 60/40-split folding rear seat that folds nearly flat.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Acura TLX.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Back with Acura again
my 04 TL has 208,000 original miles still kicking. traded in 13 accord sport with 88,000 that was a great car for the money. I wanted to go back to acura even though the accord was a newer car the fit and finish of the acura was way better. the honda felt lighter and not really solid. I loved all the standard features of the A-Spec, V6 power its not a 4 cylinder turbo which is the new thing now. the solid feeling driving the car over bumps, sound of the engine exhaust , great red leather seats that feels like it will last more then 10yrs of use. excellent sound system, ambient lighting, beautiful LED lights with the yellow amber eyebrow lights, Navi system very easy to use. SH-awd around the curves or exit ramps very planted. The Cons gas mileage not very good, hate the automatic engine shut off have to this engage every time I start the car. or every time you open door while backing up for instance so i can see the curb while parking it automatically puts it in park, the ventilated seats are not super cold like the Lexus seats, There are so many things I need to read about this car. So the bottom line is I still love this car and happy to be with Acura again. So shop around and try to get a good price the AWD option is a must have even if you don't get an A-Spec model it changes the driving dynamics of the car for the good.
Super Handling Describes It
I love this new 2018 A-SPEC SHAWD TLX, which replaced my 2005 Acura TL. Every day, I look forward to driving it. The SHAWD feature is impressive. If you test drive both the SHAWD and the standard front wheel drive version, you will recognize the obvious difference. I am yet to find the limit of this car's handling. The appearance is striking, and it gets a lot of looks from other drivers on the road. The interior is top notch. The ride is smooth and quiet. My only complaint is that every time I start the car, I have to manually disable the annoying gas saving feature that shuts the engine off at red lights. I am getting 26 mpg average. Hats off to Acura. I am glad I waited for the mid year refresh before I made my decision to purchase.
This car is seriously underrated
Just leased the 2018 TLX 2.4 with tech package. No money down sign and drive $420.00 per mos. The base engine provides great acceleration in the lower gears and not so great in the higher gears but still plenty of oomph for me. Seats are better than my previous car which was a Volvo. Handling is good but the best part about how this car rides is the tight chassis. Cabin is very quiet only if I am not blasting the ELS sound system which is fantastic. I went to Honda to lease a 2018 Accord and they wanted $550 a mos. For a Honda! I challenge anybody to find another car that will give you a luxury brand for this price and quality.
Good balance between comfort and handling, quiet
Christopher Miller,01/06/2018
They struck a fine balance between a comfortable ride and performance handling. Yes, the handling is not quite as sharp as a BMW or Audi S series car, but it's better than a typical Toyota/Lexus/Honda family sedan, and the ride is comfortable without feeling to "floaty". I would have liked to have seen a 3.0L Turbo engine by now, but, the naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 certainly has adequate power (0 - 60 in 5.7 seconds) and, I was happy to save a little money with the discounted price which is probably due to the car having slightly less horsepower than some competition (which costs $5K - $15K more). The cabin road noise on the TLX is excellently quiet, superior to most other "luxury" cars until you approach the $100,000 or more price point and get dual pane windows like in a premium Mercedes AMG E series. This is a car that makes me want to drive more, even if it's just to the grocery store to pickup some onions that we need for dinner. It's also a far better looking car than much of the competition - the 2018 A4 looks like an upside down bathtub with a hamburger grill stuck on the front and the 2018 Accord and Toyota Camry both look like they're trying too hard to be "different" but not in a good way. I love the V6 in "Lunar Silver" or the A-Spec in the blue with red leather seats. (Mine is the silver)
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Features & Specs

23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed automated manual
206 hp @ 6800 rpm
23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed automated manual
206 hp @ 6800 rpm
20 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
20 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
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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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

2018 Acura TLX for Sale

Acura TLX 2018 Technology Package 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 8AM)
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Certified Used 2018
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Certified. Black 2018 Acura TLX 2.4L w/Technology Package FWD 8-Speed Dual-Clutch 2.4L DOHC 16V Navigation / GPS. Odometer is 1182 miles below market average! 33/23 Highway/City MPG** Acura Certified Pre-Owned Details: * Warranty Deductible: $0 * Limited Warranty: 12 Month/12,000 Mile (whichever comes first) after new car warranty expires or from certified purchase date * Includes Trip Interruption and Concierge Services * 182 Point Inspection * Roadside Assistance * Transferable Warranty * Vehicle History * Powertrain Limited Warranty: 84 Month/100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date All prices exclude taxes, title, license, and dealer processing fee of $699.00. Published price subject to change without notice to correct errors or omissions or in the event of inventory fluctuations. All features not on all vehicles. Vehicles shown are for illustration purposes only. MPG is based on 2016 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 only), and other factors. MPG is based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.
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Acura TLX 2018 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
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More about the 2018 Acura TLX

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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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.

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The average savings for the 2018 Acura TLX Advance Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is16.2% below the MSRP.

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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.

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The average savings for the 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is21% below the MSRP.

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