2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Acura TLX

The Acura TLX is a luxurious and high-performance midsize sedan that offers excellent driving characteristics, a refined interior and a multitude of advanced technologies. For the 2018 model-year, the TLX received a pleasing redesign, with a sportier look and a host of new premium features. We highlight these changes in this 2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Acura TLX comparison.

Buyers of the 2018 Acura TLX will benefit from many upgraded features and technologies. With the Base 2.4-liter model, you'll get Dark Burl/Acoustic wood interior appliques, Sirius XM 2.0, new 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels, the newly standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Also, the redesigned dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0) features more advanced menus and commands, as well as a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen.

2018 Acura TLX


2017 Acura TLX

Yes TLX A-Spec Trim No
Standard AcuraWatch Available
ODMD 2.0 with capacitive touchscreen User Interface ODMD 1.0 with resistive touchscreen
Yes Android Auto/Apple CarPlay No

Differences Between the 2018 TLX and 2017 TLX

The exterior of the TLX received a major overhaul for the 2018 model-year. Design highlights include a diamond pentagon grille, the bold new hood and front fenders, as well as the sleek side profile. Further enhancing the athletic styling of the 2018 TLX is the 5-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs. The Acura TLX also offers a sporty new trim for the 2018 model-year — TLX A-Spec. It comes with a multitude of exclusive design elements, including a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, as well as stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.

Both the 2018 TLX and 2017 TLX offer two engine choices. This includes the 206-horsepower 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder and the available 290-horsepower 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC 24-valve V6. The Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) — which was previously only available with the Technology or Advance Package — is now available on 2018 TLX models with the V6 engine. SH-AWD delivers impressive handing in all types of weather conditions via a state-of-the-art torque distribution technology.