Road Test: 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD Elite A-Spec

Road Test: 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD Elite A-Spec

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Acura


Price: $51,190 (MSRP)

Engine: 3.5L 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6

Trans: 9-speed auto w/paddles

Power: 290 hp@ 6,200 rpm

Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,812 lbs./1,729 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 12.0/8.2


New for 2018: The TLX underwent a few changes for 2018 including a face-lifted front end, new bumpers, and slightly redesigned headlights and taillights. Also new is the A-Spec sport trim that adds firmer suspension and retuned electric power steering and sportier tires.

Segment Competitors: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Kia Stinger, BMW 3-Series, Buick Regal, Cadillac ATS, Genesis G70, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, Volkswagen Arteon, Volvo S60

The Skinny: The Acura TLX was introduced back in 2015 and was meant to basically combine the TSX and TL sedans into one model. Based on the same platform as the Honda Accord, the TLX now better fits into Acura’s current design theme which has really helped it stand out amongst other luxury sedans in its class and offers serviceable drivability and performance.

Pros: When the A-Spec sport package is included the Acura is at or near the top in terms of appearance in its class.

Cons: Something felt somewhat lacking in terms of performance. Also, it does seem to be trending in the automotive world but I can’t get used to push button shifters.

The Verdict: The Acura TLX is basically what you’d expect a mid-size, luxury vehicle to be in that it has a smooth ride, sharp looks, and a luxurious and functional interior. That is not to say that it doesn’t have some flaws, but all-in-all the testing the TLX was a positive experience as I would imagine owning one would be. Throw in that expected Honda/Acura reliability and you have a car that should garner some attention.

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