2018 Acura TLX vs. 2017 Acura TLX

You might not get very excited when you think about budget-friendly vehicles. Sure, you might get excited when you think about the money you save, but you probably aren’t expecting much in the way of style or luxury. But with the 2018 Acura TLX, you get a stylish sedan that has plenty of luxury features, and you get it at a more affordable price than other sedans in its class.

The 2018 Acura TLX offers several improvements over the 2017 model, making it a better buy than ever before. The 2018 model has a stylish design inside and out, is packed with safety and convenience features, and handles like a dream.

Here’s a closer look at what’s new for the 2018 Acura TLX:

Exterior Changes

You’ll notice the changes in the 2018 Acura TLX right away. You can just look at the luxury sedan and see that it has a meatier and more sophisticated design. It’s like when you started high school and saw the boys come back from their last middle school summer and they were somehow a little fuller, a little stronger, a little more grown up. That’s the impression you’ll have when you see the 2018 model of the TLX.

The front end is thicker and more snub-nosed, and it has the new diamond pentagon grill, larger air intakes, and a more imposing demeanor. You’ll see the same reflected throughout the body of the sedan, which seems more filled out. The body panels sit closer to the ground, the rear is a bit more squared off, and there are subtle definitions throughout the body that weren’t there in the previous model.

The new LED headlights improve visibility while also reducing the electrical demands on the sedan. Restyled wheels match the meatier exterior look and make the car feel like a performance vehicle. The upgraded TLX V6 A-Spec model comes with 19-inch wheels with wider tires, as well as a gloss-black lip spoiler and a dual-exhaust setup.

Overall, the exterior of the 2018 Acura TLX speaks more to its luxury and power than the previous model did, letting passers-by know what you already feel when driving it.

Interior Enhancements

The interior on the 2018 Acura TLX has received numerous upgrades, as well. You’ll see a lot more chrome trim and nicer-looking upholstery and trim materials. Opt for a two-tone interior in red and black to make an impact.

The new TLX is loaded with features, including the controversial two-tier display for the infotainment system. Acura says that the lower display is now more responsive, which should make it easier and more enjoyable to use. The infotainment system offers access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Hook up your smart phone to get on-screen navigation that other base models in the class don’t offer.

LED ambient lighting is available in 10 location on the interior, making it easy to see in all parts of the car no matter the hour. Other convenience and comfort features include ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and power folding side mirrors.

You’ll love driving the 2018 Acura TLX because you’ll ride in comfort and style, with a variety of convenience features right at the touch of your hand. You’ll be proud to have passengers and have the chance to show off your sedan’s style and all that it can do. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that everyone is safe with features like a multi-camera parking system, backup camera, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking system.

New Available Options

In addition to the base trim level – which offers more standard features than other sedans in the same class – you can choose from two other trim levels: The TLX V6 and the TLX A-Spec, both of which are focused on improving performance.

The base model TLX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 206 horsepower. Upgrade to the V6 and you get a 3.5-liter engine that puts out 290 hp and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 upgrades to 18-inch wheels, while the A-Spec goes to 19 inches. With the all-wheel drive option, the V6 gets stiffer springs and a rear stabilizer bar, while the A-Spec gets more aggressive damper settings and fine-tuned power steering. The A-Spec is designed for better cornering, and it offers a more dynamic driving experience overall for those who are focused on the finer details.

You won’t notice any styling differences in the trim levels until you get to the top. The TLX A-Spec has special badging on the exterior and skips a lot of the chrome. It comes with red accents and brushed aluminum gauges on the interior. You also have the option of choosing red seats with the A-Spec.

Other options for the 2018 Acura TLX include a Technology and an Advance package, which you can get with any trim level.