2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Is Refined Driving Excitement

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Just three years ago we brought you word of the all-new TLX midsize sport sedan from Acura, a car that would replace two models to secure its place as the middle child in the Acura showroom. For 2018, Acura has given TLX some very nice upgrades as well as a new A-Spec sport variant.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Is Refined Driving Excitement

2018 Acura TLX/Images courtesy Acura

The TLX shows the brand finally saying goodbye to the much maligned beak look of the past decade in Acura passenger cars. This is the new look for Acura and it is going to be very well received. It is more aggressive, more sporty, and more alluring and features significant design changes from the A-pillar forward. There have also been significant improvements to noise, vibration, and harshness as well as new and upgraded technology, more power under the hood, and improved driving dynamics.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Is Refined Driving Excitement

Our recent tester was the first in the class of 2018 for our test driveway and was the newest TLX A-Spec variant with the enhanced 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive featuring dynamic torque vectoring capability. The 290hp engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters and sequential sport shift. All V-6 TLX models get new rear fascia with dual exhaust outlets and A-Spec enhancements include unique interior and exterior styling and trim accents as well as gloss black rear decklid spoiler and new 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Is Refined Driving Excitement

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David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.