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Acura
TLX
2019
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Tim Charlet
Automotive Editor - May 4, 2018

Expert Rating

3.4 (Good)
MPG
21 City / 31 Highway

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2019 Acura TLX OVERVIEW

The 2019 Acura TLX is a head-turning and sporty family sedan. Starting at $33,995 (including a $995 destination charge), this four-door is offered in four packages (trims), is available with two engine combinations, and a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. Consumers can customize this daily driver with a plethora of standalone upgrades to suit almost any taste.

What's New for 2019

The latest TLX is mainly unchanged for 2019. Acura improved the A-Spec package for consumers choosing the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter engine with additions such as an enhance grille and front fascia. Advance and Technology models with the V6 engine feature new 19-inch wheels. Gone for 2019 is the black copper pearl exterior color, while Acura added bellanova white pearl.

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Choosing Your Acura TLX

The 2019 Acura TLX is offered in four package options: Standard, Technology, A-Spec, and Advance. The entry-level TLX is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a conservative 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission supplies power to the front wheels. For an additional $3,200, a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 267 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission is available. All-wheel drive variants run an additional $2,000.

Advanced safety features and driver-assist technology is offered with each TLX package, including a collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, lane keeping assist, and a lane departure warning system. The EPA rates the four-cylinder engine at 23 miles per gallon city, 33 highway, and 27 combined. The front-wheel-drive V6 achieves an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 31 highway, and 24 combined. These figures drop by one across the board in all-wheel-drive models.

Base

The well-equipped base TLX starts at $33,995. Standard equipment includes LED headlights and turn signals, daytime running lights, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a leatherette-trimmed interior. It also includes 10-way power seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, and 60/40-split rear fold-down seating. The Standard also features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Pandora compatibility, USB audio interface with smartphone integration, and an MP3 auxiliary input jack.

Technology

The 2019 Acura TLX Technology package begins at $37,695 with the four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. The Technology builds on the base and adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, HD radio, GPS-linked climate control, a 10-speaker ELS Studio audio system, an upgraded leather-trimmed interior, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and navigation. Buyers that select the V6 engine get additional upgrades, including 19-inch wheels, unique seat styling, and a 12-way power driver's seat.

A-Spec

The TLX equipped with the A-Spec package starts at $40,395, as it also requires the Technology package. The powertrain options remain the same, but the A-Spec brings exterior and interior styling upgrades aplenty. It includes the items available with the Technology and adds a choice of red or black leather seating, a rear deck spoiler, exclusive 19-inch wheels, dark chrome details on headlights and taillights, round LED fog lights, a rear deck spoiler, red LED ambient lighting, ventilated and heated front seats, and a wireless device charging pad.

Advance

The top-of-the-line 2019 Acura TLX Advance starts at $44,945. This package is only available with the V6 engine, with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Like the A-Spec, the Advance picks up where the Technology leaves off and adds multiple luxury items. A decklid spoiler, rectangular LED fog lights, power folding side mirrors, and a surround-view camera system kick off the exterior improvements. Interior upgrades include white accent lighting, six-level heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a wireless charging system. Additional safety and driver assistance features on the Advance include remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Acura TLX is packed with technology and driver assist features, making it a good buy across the board. Car shoppers in cold weather climates will benefit from all-wheel drive, and should consider the Advance package, which includes a heated steering wheel and front seats, and a heat element front windshield defroster.

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