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the TLX's suspension is a high-point: it rides extraordinarily well, with perfectly controlled body motions and isolated impacts, and it remains mercifully out of its bump-stops in all but the worst bumps.
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The Acura TLX is a five-passenger performance luxury mid-size sedan, offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

The TLX is outfitted with either a 206-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6; available transmissions include an 8-speed dual-clutch and a 9-speed automatic, both with paddle shifters. A new Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) provides a customizable driving experience, while front-wheel drive models boast a Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system for excellent handling and stability at varying speeds. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: a power moonroof, 19-inch aluminum wheels, "Jewel Eye" LED headlights, passive entry/start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD/satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity/audio streaming, a USB port and smartphone compatability. Safety features found on every TLX include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with integrated traction control and seven airbags; a Multi-View Rear Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control are also standard.

The Acura TLX is refreshed for 2018, with an aggressive new design direction and enhanced premium features. Additionally, an A-Spec variant joins the lineup, featuring exclusive exterior and interior elements, enhanced chassis tuning and unique Shark Gray painted 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Introduction

The Acura TLX is a front-wheel-drive compact/midsize premium sedan that was launched as a 2015 and didn't change for its first three years.Its merits were often lost in the arguments over whether its grille that looked like a vector-shaped shield was distinctive or ugly.

For 2018, TLX gets rid of that grille, with a cleaner front fascia, new LED self-dimming headlamps, and a subtly bulked-up hood.Inside, there's ambient lighting piping on the sides of the center console, along with new seat designs.

There's also a sporty new model with its own grille and fascia called the A-Spec, with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.The Acura TLX A-Spec has a firmer suspension and amplified intake noise into the cabin.Heavily bolstered seats and a thick steering wheel are added to complement the suspension.In addition to distinctive exterior trim, there are 19-inch wheels and four-inch wide exhaust outlets in the rear bumper.It's designed to challenge sporty models from Lexus, BMW, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz.

Acura TLX competes with near-luxury models from Germany, including the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A3.

The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 206 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, enough to give the nimble TLX a balanced character.The bigger engine is a 3.5-liter V6 making 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, but because it adds 500 pounds to the weight of the TLX, it doesn't feel that much quicker than the four-cylinder.In addition, its 9-speed automatic transmission isn't as smooth as the 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission in the four-cylinder model.

However if you want all-wheel-drive, specifically Acura's sophisticated Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), it only comes with the V6.

The TLX earns five stars in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.In one of the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, for small-overlap frontal impact, the TLX ranked only Marginal.Other IIHS tests yielded Good scores (the highest rating).When fitted with optional safety features, the TLX was rated Superior for frontal-crash prevention.

Fuel-efficiency is good on the highway, with a big drop in the city.The four-cylinder TLX is EPA-rated at 24/35 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined.The front-drive V6 model is EPA-rated at 21/34 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.SH-AWD sinks the Highway figure to 31 mpg.

Lineup

The 2018 Acura TLX 2.4L ($33,000) includes 2.4-liter engine, rearview camera, moonroof, power seats, keyless start, Bluetooth, seven-speaker audio with satellite radio, and hill start assist.The Technology Package ($3700) adds navigation, AcuraLink infotainment, perforated leather upholstery, and a premium 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system.(All prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

TLX 3.5L ($36,200) gets the V6 engine and 18-inch wheels and is available with the Technology Package ($39,900) or Advance Package ($43,750) that adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors, and heated/ventilated front seats.

Other optional safety features include forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD ($38,200) includes all-wheel-drive and V6, and is available with the Technology and Advance packages ($45,750).

TLX A-Spec comes with either front-wheel drive ($42,800) or SH-AWD ($44,800).

Walkaround

Curiously, except for a coupe-like arched silhouette, and the grille they've given up on, the TLX has not gone with the flow of Acura's more edgy designs.There's little that's edgy about it.It doesn't appear to be trying to keep up with sharper designs from Lexus, Infiniti, Audi and Alfa Romeo.Even its lowly cousin the Honda Accord is more eye-catching in some models.

However the changes for the 2018 TLX make it prettier, with a cleaner more muscular look.Its grille is no longer polarizing.By replacing the solid shield with black mesh, and cleaning up the air intakes at the bottom of the front fascia, and raising and shaping the three character lines in the hood, it now looks classy.Even a bit longer, because the eye is no longer drawn to the grille.It's still not distinctive, however, just clean.

Flared rear fenders and a lip spoiler add spirit.The taillamps have been tweaked a bit.While the V6 model gets boring rectangular exhaust outlets, the A-Spec gets a hot pair of four-inch barrels that are integrated into the bumper.

Interior

The TLX is on the large side of the compact category in overall dimensions, while being the small side of midsize in passenger space.At 106.5 cubic feet, total passenger space doesn't match the 3 Series or C-Class.Indeed, the TLX is much better for four than five.

The cabin layout is efficient, with simple but premium materials, but it trails its rivals.The seats are comfortable enough.The instrument panel is attractive and easy to read.Twin display screens are mounted on the center stack.Interior storage is good, including door bins, a big central console, and sizable glovebox.

On the passenger side, the view sinks to bleak.That rider sees an awkward expanse of empty black dashboard.The plainness reaches to the rear seats, where legroom is a bit less than European.

The blissfully quiet ride redeems a lot.Wind and road sounds barely exist.It's serene in the cabin.

Driving Impression

With either engine, the TLX rides and handles better than average, but the difference between the two is dramatic, so one of them is way better than average, guess which one.

We found the four-cylinder with front-wheel drive to have the crispest cornering, partly because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the V6 model.Excellent suspension tuning complements taut, precise steering.Bumpy roads do not upset it.Nimble low-speed behavior and on-highway stability are helped by Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which is standard with the 2.4-liter model.

Not only that, the engine is eager to rev, and the 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is brilliant.A torque converter eliminates jerky shifts, so it feels like a conventional automatic.It might be the first twin-clutch with a torque converter.

There is no denying the thrust of the V6 is stronger.Its 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque is impressive, and is well contained by the optional Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system.The torque peaks at 4500 rpm, so the acceleration will remain strong at higher rpm.

But the 9-speed automatic brings the engine down.We criticized Acura's implementation of the German ZF transmission in our 2017 review, and Acura says it was improved for 2018, and indeed it's more willing to engage from a stop.But it's dynamically inferior to the 8-speed automatic in the BMW 340i, the 7-speed dual-clutch in the Audi A4, and even the 8-speed DCT (dual clutch) in the 4-cylinder Acura TSX.The upshifts are too slow even with the driving mode at its most aggressive, and the downshifts too are in no hurry.Besides, nine gears seem like too many when manually shifting.

The TLX A-Spec uses only the V6.It gets stiffer springs and dampers, and a larger rear anti-roll bar, but you can't feel that much of a difference, compared to the base TLX with its inline four.We can't help but imagine an A-Spec with the smaller and lighter four-cylinder, but it doesn't exist.

Active Sound Control system pumps in a throaty intake song.

Summary

The Acura TLX comes at a lower price point than the competition, with a high level of standard equipment.With styling revisions for 2018, its looks befits its capabilities.The 2.4-liter engine is the way to go, with adequate acceleration, nimble handling, a quiet ride, and good fuel economy.The SH-AWD all-wheel drive is exceptional.The available packages cost a lot, and are easy to live without.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers7
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeatherette
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leatherette
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
4-Wheel Steering4-wheel steering
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof, remote engine start
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Front Head Room945 mm
Front Hip Room1,405 mm
Front Leg Room1,082 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,461 mm
Front track1,596 mm
Overall height1,447 mm
Overall Length4,844 mm
Overall Width1,854 mm
Rear Head Room932 mm
Rear Hip Room1,394 mm
Rear Leg Room876 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,407 mm
Rear track1,602 mm
Wheelbase2,775 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.57
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.60 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power206 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,500 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size2.4 L
Torque247 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
BodysideBody-coloured
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City10.0 L/100 km
Combined8.7L/100 km
Highway7.1 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAuto-shift manual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System mitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes HVACYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeatherette
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Driver Adjustable SuspensionRide control
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds8
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place405 L
Curb weight1,596 kg
EPA interior volume2,642 L
Fuel Capacity65 L
Gross vehicle weight2,055 kg
Ground clearance112 mm
Max cargo capacity405 L
Wheels
Diameter19
Diameter18
Diameter17
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7.5
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Distance pacing cruise control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
HVAC memory
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Acura CA Lease Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Lease Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Finance Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Finance Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Lease Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Finance Dollars
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
$2,000 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Rate
All Cars excl. NSX
4.64% 4.64% 4.64% 4.64% 4.89% 5.39% Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Winter Standard Finance Rate
All Cars excl. NSX
5.39% 5.39% 5.39% 5.39% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Standard Rate
All Cars excl. NSX
6.39% 6.39% 6.39% 6.39% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Acura CA New Standard Lease - Special Rate
All Cars excl. NSX
5.89% 5.89% 5.89% 5.89% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
TLX
1.9% 1.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Lease Residuals
TLX FWD Base (UB1F3JJ)
62% 53% 44% 35% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Acura TLX Base (DCT) 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan, Barrie, Ontario

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