For 2018, Acura's midsize sedan offering gets a much-needed redesign that adds some pizzazz, starting with a new pentagonal grille that's sandwiched between LED headlights. The rest of the front bumper is new, as well, with sharp lines and a more chiseled look. The rear end has also been redesigned with square exhaust tips TLX models equipped with the V6 engine.
The available Technology Package on V6-powered TLX models now adds new leather seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, chrome side sill decoration, and adjustable thigh extension for the driver's seat. Changes have also been made to the Advance Package, which is once again only available on V6-powered TLX sedans, that now comes with trapezoidal fog lights and exhaust tips, wireless charging, a Surround View camera system, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a body-colored spoiler, and power-folding side mirrors.
While the engines – the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the 3.5-liter V6 – carry over unchanged, the nine-speed automatic transmission that's paired to the V6 motor has been retuned to give the sedan a more refined feel, while Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive is now available on all V6 models.
In terms of safety, the 2018 TLX is better than ever, as the sedan has been fitted with the AcuraWatch – automatic emergency braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, lane-keeping assist, and Road Departure Mitigation – which brings safety and driver-assistance technologies to the vehicle.
Lastly, a new model, the TLX A-Spec makes its debut with a more athletic feel than the rest of the lineup, a more aggressive look, a sportier interior, and an exclusive Still Night Blue Pearl exterior paint job.