Tempting as the V6-powered, all-wheel-drive-equipped Acura TLX is, the reality is that the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is a better all-around choice. With just 206 horsepower – 84 fewer than the TLX's 3.5-liter V6 – the TLX's starter engine is lighter, more efficient, and works alongside an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that's better, smarter, and more responsive than the nine-speed auto that accompanies the higher-end engine.
The bad news about passing on the V6 is that you're giving up on some likable features in the Advance Package – hopefully you're okay living without a surround-view camera, heated/vented front seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start, among others. With the base TLX, you'll be on the hook for at least $33,950 (including a $950 destination charge), but you'll want to spend another $3,700 for the Technology Package. For that reasonable price, it adds Milano leather upholstery, navigation with real-time traffic, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. All told, you'd be out the door for $37,650.
- Model:2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Technology
- Engine:2.4-liter four-cylinder
- Output:206 hp/182 lb-ft
- Transmission:Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission
- MPG: 23 city/33 highway
- Exterior color:Bellanova White Pearl
- Interior color:Ebony
- Options:Technology Package ($3,700, Milano leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, navigation with real-time traffic, AcuraLink telematics, 10-speaker ELS audio, HD radio, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert).
- Base Price:$33,950
- As Tested:$37,650