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2018 Acura TLX Bows With New Face, More Tech

2018 Acura TLX Bows With New Face, More Tech

Acura is continuing its trend of shedding the controversial shield grille with the 2018 TLX. The refreshed sedan is carrying on a design theme first embodied by the MDX crossover and applying some additional technology features for good measure.

The TLX has only been on the market for three years, but Acura is quickly attempting to spruce up the car as sedan sales continue to tank. While the TLX sheetmetal remains the same, the face of the car features a new diamond pentagon grille with new LED headlights flanking both sides. The look is more modern and surprisingly fits with the old sheetmetal pretty well.

Buyers wishing to add more visual excitement can opt for a new A-Spec trim level. Essentially an appearance package offered on the V-6 model, A-Spec adds a unique front fascia and rocker panel extensions that lie between unique painted wheels. The TLX’s dampers and steering are also tuned more for performance on the A-Spec model.

All 2018 TLX’s feature an updated version of Acura’s infotainment system. The dual-screen layout of the system remains, but Acura has swapped out the lower screen with a new capacitive touch unit that is more in line with smartphones. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has also been added for 2018.

Keeping with the tech trend, Acura is also dumping all of its latest AcuraWatch active safety gear on the 2018 TLX. This means buyers can enjoy features such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane keeping system and road departure warning system. The AcuraWatch suite of goodies is actually standard on the car now.

Despite rumors of potential power increases to go along with the updates, the 2018 TLX powertrains are all carryover. This means buyers can choose between the 206 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four or the 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6.

 





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. member12
    I though it would look better in sort of "live" photographs....but no. It still looks like they tacked on a front clip of another car with a completely different style onto the TLX. It gets worse the more I look at it.

    That sucks because the TLX is a good car. The photo of the car in the OP's picture is the best angle by far. It gets worse from there.
    blue3231
    member12
    I know it's a good car with a very good engine....but I preferred last year's model to this. The new Acura grill is weird and doesn't look like it was designed at the same time as the headlights.

    Maybe the TLX will look better in person.


    You said exactly what was on my mind, couldn't state it any better.
    member12
    I know it's a good car with a very good engine....but I preferred last year's model to this. The new Acura grill is weird and doesn't look like it was designed at the same time as the headlights.

    Maybe the TLX will look better in person.
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