2018 Acura TLX First Look | Edmunds

2018 Acura TLX First Look

Sharper Styling and Updated Tech Arrive This Summer


After nearly three years on the market, the Acura TLX is getting a refresh. New styling on the exterior, a more robust suite of technology on the inside and more standard safety features are all part of the package for the 2018 model year. It might seem a little early for such an extensive update, but sedans like the TLX are having a tough time competing against similarly sized SUVs, so anything that can inject some life is worth a shot.

2018 Acura TLX

The new styling of the TLX is an evolution of the direction first shown on the Acura Precision concept car, which debuted in early 2016. It's a more angular look compared to Acura's past designs, and it gives the TLX a more aggressive appearance up front. The grille, the air dam and the lights have all been revamped along with revised fenders and side skirts. There are updates to the rear as well, but they're limited to the V6 models only. All the updates are subtle so you may not even notice many of them at first glance. Taken together, however, they make the TLX look a little more finished, more distinctive, too.

New for 2018 is the addition of the TLX A-Spec trim, a high-end, performance-oriented model that gets its own unique exterior trim along with a retuned suspension and revised steering. A-Spec trim is available on both front- and all-wheel-drive models, the latter getting stiffer springs and a rear anti-roll bar as part of the package. A set of 19-inch wheels and wider wheels come standard as well. Interior upgrades include leather sport seats, aluminum trim and a heftier steering wheel. There are no engine upgrades, so hopefully the standard 290-horsepower V6 is enough for you.

2018 Acura TLX

All 2018 TLX models get an updated user interface that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality along with an improved touchscreen that's more responsive to inputs, according to Acura. The TLX also comes standard with all of Acura's latest electronic safety systems, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning.

No pricing announced yet, but the TLX goes on sale in June so it won't be long. We expect the TLX will be more than competitive with the rest of the entry-level luxury sedan class that includes the Audi A3, BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

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