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2018 Acura TLX: Acura Cranks Up The Attitude, And Value, In Its Luxury Sport Sedan

2018 Acura TLX Front

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The Acura TLX receives multiple upgrades for 2018

It’s only been 3 years since Acura introduced the TLX luxury sedan, but with so much activity across Acura’s product line the TLX is already looking dated among its stablemates. A refreshed, more aggressive grill and headlight treatment are part of Acura’s latest brand trademarks, and the 2018 Acura TLX now features them. The latest TLX also gets a new A-Spec performance trim and several technology and safety upgrades for 2018. Individually, these changes might feel rather tame, but taken as a whole they increase the desirability of a Acura’s premium sedan — one that already offers exceptional ride and handling capabilities.

2018 Acura TLX Engine

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A 3.5-liter V6 powers the 2018 Acura TLX

The TLX was originally launched with two drivetrains: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 206 horsepower, or a 3.5-liter V6 offering 290 horsepower. Both engines go unchanged for 2018, with the smaller engine available in front-wheel drive while the V6 is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. Even without engine upgrades both horsepower figures remain competitive against the current entry-luxury sedan segment.

2018 Acura TLX Profile

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The base TLX engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder

TLX drivetrain specs also go unchanged in 2018. The 2.4-liter is still offered with an 8-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and Acura’s trademark “Precision All-Wheel Steering” (P-AWS) system incorporating rear-wheel steering. The V6 TLX still features a 9-speed automatic with either P-AWS or Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. SH-AWD combines all-wheel drive with real-time side-to-side torque vectoring between the rear wheels for increased responsiveness to steering inputs. It’s technology that sounds impressive in theory; and in reality it does indeed deliver more lively and responsive handling dynamics.

2018 Acura TLX Rear

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Super Handling-All Wheel Drive enhances the 2018 Acura TLX’s dynamic

By now you might be wondering “What actually changed for 2018?” If you’re familiar with the TLX’s styling you’ve probably already spotted the car’s visual changes. On 2.4-liter models there’s a new grill, hood, fenders and 17-inch wheel design. Exterior upgrades are more extensive on V6 models, with chrome exterior accents and upgraded exhaust tips supplementing the new grill, hood and fenders. TLX’s with the top-line Advance package now get LED fog lights and a rear spoiler, and TLX’s with either the Advance or Tech package get a new seat design and chrome sill trim below the doors.