There are so many luxury compact sedans in the market nowadays. However, the Acura TLX is in a league of its own. It was introduced to replace the TL and TSX models. Since the debut a few years back the Acura TLX has sold in good numbers and it has also got stellar reviews. However, one front where it lagged behind the rivals was visual oomph. Previous versions of the TLX sedan looked somewhat drab beside rivals from stables of Infiniti and Lexus.
With the new 2018 Acura TLX, that is set to change. The new model comes with striking exterior design and redesigned interior.
Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior styling of 2018 Acura TLX is quite enticing- as it is. For 2018, there is a new trim named A-Spec. It gets matte black grille, 19-inch wheels, and unique front fascia, which make it look more aggressive looking. The other trims get a new grill, redesigned hood, and 17-inch wheels. With the Advance Package, you get a rear spoiler and LED fog lights.
The cabin also gets a lot of changes in the 2018 Acura TLX. There is red ambient lighting, Alcantara seat inserts, thicker steering wheel, wireless charging, parking sensors and ventilated front seats. A Spec version can be equipped with Still Night Blue Pearl color and red leather interior.
2018 Acura TLX Engine Options
The new 2018 Acura TLX is powered by a 2.4-liter engine. This engine has 206-horsepower. It is paired with a dual-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission unit.
The other engine option is one 3.5-liter V6 unit which produces an output of 290-horsepower. This engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Ride quality is very good and body roll is absolutely minimal.
In the cabin of the A-Spec, absolute silence reigns owing to the deployment of Active Sound Cancellation system. It is definitely more fun to drive.
Acura doesn’t consider the high-performance S-Type version for the 2018 TLX.
Spec and Features
In safety as well as amenities, the 2018 Acura TLX can slay the competition easily. The infotainment setup supports smart phones. You also get 4D keyless entry, HD Radio, AcuraWatch safety suite. The last one includes features like forwarding collision warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, road departure mitigation and lane keeping assist.
With Tech package you get, rear cross traffic monitoring and blind spot indicator. It also comes with navigation, rain-sensing wipers, perforated leather seats and ELS premium sound system.
The V6 engine version with Advance package gets surround-view camera system, power-folding exterior mirrors, embedded wireless cell phone charging, heated rear seats, ambient light piping, and heated steering wheel.
Price and availability
The 2018 Acura TLX is now available for sale. The pricing for base model begins at $ 33,000 and A-Spec pricing is close to $ 42,000.
Summing it up
Overall, 2018 Acura TLX is a nice compact luxury sedan that scores high on luxury quotient. The new version also has jazzed up exterior styling. There are two engine choices and both offer great performance. You can also customize the TLX with various packages but that adds up to cost by a large amount.
Acura has decided to refresh their models. In addition to the new Acura TLX for 2018, the compact sport sedan ILX will be redesigned also.