2018 Acura TLX Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Lunar Silver Metallic
MSRP
$26,372 - $38,113
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MPG (up to)
21 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
206-290
Seats
5

How 2018 Acura TLX Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.4 Overall Score
Performance 4.2Comfort 4.3Styling 4.2Value 4.5

What's New

The TLX's major refresh adds a performance-biased A-Spec model, which has sport-tuned suspension, unique styling cues, a different steering ratio and interior differences compared to the rest of the lineup. To get a better idea of what it's like to own the TLX A-Spec as your daily driver, check out our 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Ownership Review. All models receive fresh, attractive new front-end styling. Acura also made the infotainment system easier to use.

Acura TLX Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $28,024 - $33,045
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Technology Pkg $26,372 - $31,345
Horsepower: 206 hp - 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded I-4, Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Advance Pkg $31,787 - $37,648
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/A-SPEC Pkg $32,204 - $38,113
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/A-SPEC Pkg Red Leather $31,787 - $37,648
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Great safety features, built-in GPS, and a luxury feel

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I love my car. It is reliable, comfortable, and has all of the features that I wanted, including safety features (backup camera, etc.). However, I have been having problems with the electrical system and the Bluetooth has disconnected for a while. I need to take it into the shop but have not had the time lately. The fuel efficiency is pretty good, but I have owned cars that have been more fuel efficient.

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The Acura is a stylish vehicle.

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The brake hold stops the car short when it roll a bit after a full stop. The car is light so you do feel bumps on the road. The wind sound comes through and is somewhat annoying. The car handles well I drive around curves at high speed with little difficulty. The car as for the driver is comfortable except for the seat feeling hard on the butt. The cars exterior is clean looking and stylish.

Ken C
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The 2018 Acura tlx is an amazing luxury car.

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The 2018 Acura tlx that I own has not had any problems thus far. It is a very reliable vehicle and it is very comfortable. It has two touch screens on the center console. It also has lane assist and blind spot assist. These features are very useful when taking a long drive on the highway or interstate. The gas mileage is also average compared to other vehicles.

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Video Reviews

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$28,024 - $33,045
$26,372 - $31,345

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
206 - 290 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L SOHC 24
3.5L SOHC 24, 2.4L DOHC 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Not Available
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.6 (in.)
42.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.2 (in.)
37.2 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.5 (in.)
34.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 (in.)
36.7 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.3 (cu. ft.)
14.3 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/50R18
P225/50R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.3 (in.)
109.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39.5 (ft.)
38.8 - 39.5 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.7 (in.)
191.7 (in.)

Width

Width
73 (in.)
73 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3765 (.lbs)
3505 - 3765 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
206 (hp)

Torque

Torque
267 (ft. lbs.)
182 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.2 (gal.)
17.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
30 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Standard
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
A
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Warning *
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • AcuraLink Emergency Sos
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors *
  • Blind Spot Information System Blind Spot Sensor
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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