A Major Refresh Gives the TLX Healthy Doses of Style and Attitude

Acura's answer to small luxury sedan stalwarts like the BMW 3 Series receives significant updates for 2018. In addition to bolder styling, updated infotainment and a retuned transmission, Acura has added a sportier A-Spec model to the TLX lineup. There's a long list of impressive technologies, including a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and all-wheel steering, and the Acura TLX offers more features for the money compared to most of its direct competitors. With the new TLX, Acura has placed a stronger emphasis on the sedan's responsive, fun-to-drive demeanor while retaining the company's familiar bang-for-the-buck appeal.

Driving It

"In addition to a sport-tuned suspension, the A-Spec offers better-bolstered seats and unique 19-inch tires. The result is a sporty driver-centric car that's a blast on curvy roads. With the A-Spec you lose some ride quality on straight stretches of road; if that's a problem, you can look to the more serene V6 Advance." Get more driving impressions in our 2018 Acura TLX full review.

Owners' Opinions

TLX owner and KBB.com visitor brendino140 had this to say about the refreshed TLX: "After looking at BMW, I decided to get Acura for many reasons but most important was more standard features and AcuraWatch included with the 2018 models. BMW charges for everything including back-up camera while Acura includes a camera and AcuraWatch. Mostly all Acura models are built in the states including 70% of the vehicle parts are American made. The only negative would be that parking sensors are only available in the Advance package and you have the pay the large price to get AWD because it comes with the V-6 only." Read more consumer reviews of the Acura TLX.

Ownership Review

The editors at Kelley Blue Book are spending a year with a 2018 Acura TLX. You can read about our experiences and opinions of what it's like to live with the TLX in the long run.

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All-Wheel Action

Front-wheel-drive TLX models include Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which improves highway lane changes, spirited cornering and parking lot maneuverability. TLX V6 models are available with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which enhances high-performance driving in addition to offering the usual foul-weather traction advantages.

TLX A-Spec

The newest model in the TLX lineup, the A-Spec is the sportiest version of Acura's small luxury sedan. It comes with the V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, and the option of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. While the A-Spec doesn't have any more power than the rest of the TLX line, unique features include a retuned suspension, a quicker steering ratio, seats with more bolstering, and model-specific styling inside and out.

Build and Price

The 2018 Acura TLX starts under $34,000 and tops out at near $51,000. But those are sticker prices and you should expect to pay less. Build and price your own 2018 Acura TLX to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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