SEATTLE, November 26, 2017 – The latest Acura TLX has a great deal more going for it than simply a ‘face-lift”. Yes, gone is the old nose, rear bumper area, and less-flared shoulders. What is left is a vehicle that looks a lot more sporty, aggressive and ready to tackle the competition.
We applaud the new front fascia on the 2018 Acura. The look closely fits the design language we see in their NSX supercar while at the same time looking noticeably different from other competing vehicles. What we have here now is a grill that looks great and is functional, allowing more airflow into the engine compartment.
2018 Acura TLX – an aggressive redesign
Aggressive upgrades around the entire car help make this Acura exciting. The rear-end, with it’s under-the-bumper air spoiler really does look bad-ass.
Acura hasn’t done anything to the powertrain, however, you can now opt for all-wheel-drive on any trim level. The 2018 Acura TLX keeps the same 3.5 liter V6, churning out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s enough to propel the car to 60 in a modest 5.7 seconds. A conventional 9-speed automatic transmission continues to do an admirable job of quick and smooth gear changes.
2018 Acura TLX A-Line features
The “A-line” model features sporty trim inside and out. Good-looking stitching on the seats, quality floor mats, aluminum plating over the door jambs and a great mix of materials give a look and feel that’s both aesthetically appealing as well as functional.
Front seat comfort abounds in spades and there’s very ample room in the rear passenger area. Everything for the driver is within easy reach; the only real issue here is that the interior doesn’t exactly come across as being quite as fancy as other competing vehicles.
Overall trunk space is at a decently sized 13.2 cubic feet.
The 2018 Acura TLX features the nifty two-screen setup for the infotainment center that we like. It uses a combination of touch-screen for the bottom screen and a rotary knob for the upper screen. Even though it supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto, the actual interface is is looking old tech and is in need of a facelift soon.
Audiophiles may have a small complaint as Acura and it’s audio partner, ELS, still don’t seem to know what a subwoofer is. The adjustments feature one under the tone control, but it seems to be not working. The bass response is very lacking and the highs can sound a bit harsh at louder volumes. Consequently, the overall sound quality isn’t nearly as thrilling as it could be, however, it’s still better than many other options out there in the competition.
Its onboard navigation uses maps that also look outdated and we’d love to see Acura move to Google Earth sooner than later.
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec – The drive
The A-Spec is about the driving dynamics and the TLX does a great job of being an engaging car to drive. It’s sport+ mode raises the shifting points and engages a more firm-feeling steering wheel. The suspension a bit more firm for better handling around corners and at higher rates of speed.
While there’s a great deal that does depend on the tires as well when it comes to this, Acura’s dynamics in this car make it a viable competitor to the competition. While we’d still like to see more horsepower and torque to not only compete but to crush its competitors – it seems Acura has always been more reserved in this area.
2018 TXL – More to like
There’s really not a whole lot to dislike about the 2018 TLX and it’s great to see the nfaceliftlift Acura has provide. It’s definitely a step in the right direction, as is choosing the ‘“A-spec” model. It’s a great add-on for drivers who appreciate a more spirited drive experience. It would be great, however, if Acura did not augment the exhaust noise with the audio system like other manufacturers are doing these days.
Note to those car companies doing this – the noise isn’t cool, if folks on the outside can’t hear it.
If you’re looking for a mid-priced performance-minded sedan, then you really you should test drive the TLX A-Spec as it has a lot going for it and is a formidable competitor.