Updated 2018 Acura TLX Debuts with Swanky New Grille


The 2018 Acura TLX has just debuted prior to the official start of the New York Auto Show, with Honda’s fancy pants brand calling it a sport sedan.

The most obvious change to this refreshed model is the strong new grille, which is slowly making its way across the Acura lineup after debuting on the Precision Concept and then the popular MDX. The grille translates nicely on the sedan giving it a more upscale look; people will likely prefer it over the beak-style grille on the old one. Rounding out the styling changes are a new bumper, fancy “Jewel Eye” headlights, 17-inch wheels, a more sculpted hood, and new fenders.

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Three different variants of the TLX will be available: a front-drive base model powered by a carryover 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a more aggressive 3.5-liter V6 model, and an all-new V6 A-Spec model, which is available with front or all-wheel drive. Acura’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is now available on all V6 models and can be added without having to opt for other upgrade packages. All the engines being offered appear to be the same, meaning the four-cylinder should still output 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 gets 290 hp and 267 lb-ft.

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The new A-Spec model is a more performance-oriented variant and gets a unique look that gives it a bit more character over the other TLXs. Upgrades include dark finish 19-inch wheels, LED fog lights, more pronounced side sills, a dual exhaust setup, a sportier suspension setup with more aggressive damper settings, and retuned steering. AWD models of the A-Spec also get a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar. Inside, the A-Spec gets leather seating with more bolstering and a sport steering wheel.

Of course, the 2018 Acura TLX gets all the technology that drivers should expect from a luxury brand including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a faster and more intuitive infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and touch-capacitive display. The TLX comes standard with the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver assistance features that includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation.

The 2018 Acura TLX goes on sale in June and pricing will be announced closer to its launch.

  • Jim Millerick

    Wow a new grill – boy that changes EVERYTHING! That might even boost sales by 1% this coming year!

  • James sigle

    But is there a manual transmission????

  • Marty Molloy

    That is one UGLY front end. Wow.

  • Never Trust Hillary

    Meanwhile, other companies will beat Acura to implementing Level 5 Autopilot.

  • denikermann

    2017 Lexus – Ugliest grill I’ve ever seen – ever !

  • Jim Millerick

    As well as making a car that looks good, has a hybrid luxury sedan, and a host of other things. Acura sadly lags behind even Honda.

  • Red_Light_Green_Light_123

    I don’t know why but I kind of like that front end, in a locomotive kind of way. Well, maybe like is too strong a word here. But it actually made me look over the cars spec and info for several minutes. That’s something I never did with the present version.

    Isn’t the ZF sourced 9 speed in the V6 version the same one Jeep had lots of issues with in the Cherokee? I wonder if they got that all squared away?

  • schalliol

    Definitely a better look, but couldn’t they put more power into it? An electric motor would be nice.

  • Princetonian

    Ugly. Ugly. I am through with Acura

  • Robert Brady

    I have a 2012 SH-AWD …no way I would give it up for anything they have made since

  • VG

    Yeap, the same ZF transmission than the Pilot top trim has. Edmunds recommends to buy the lower trim with the 6 speed automatic instead!

    Honda developed a new 10 speed but the TLX is not as important as the minivan Odyssey to get it!

  • VG

    Where’s the hybrid model?

  • Guenther Wilke

    Part of the challenge is the AWD option, which is pretty well mandatory for the segment in the northern half of the country. It will take a little longer for that version of the new 10-speed. The Ody is a huge profit vehicle in a very competitive segment.

  • neverfeedatroll

    Whenever I look at power and torque numbers, I always wish I had access to reliable figures for area under the curve, rather than just peak power and torque, considering that I rarely rev anything out to 6500rpm. I suspect that some well-running engines might be better tuned for power in the usable range, where others prioritize peak horsepower since it’s often the only number reported.

  • neverfeedatroll

    Kinda looks like the 2011 Kia Optima.

  • schalliol

    Honda engines can run higher than many. The point is they need to make a faster “Type S” or “Type R”.