The A-Spec package seems to bring back the boy (and girl) racer attitude Acura was once known for and delivers a very attractive, aggressive package for everyday driving. While I am not a big fan of the new button shifter system, I do appreciate the dynamic driving modes offered in the TLX for even greater driving pleasure. When really pushed the new TLX responds to every challenge. It sticks in corners with little body roll and offers quick acceleration when back to the gas. This car is very fun to drive but exhibits excellent manners when sport modes are not called for.
Some of the other highlights for 2018 include AcuraWatch driving safety technology standard across all models and inside is a new dual-screen user interface dubbed ODMD 2.0. It features new intuitive menus and command structures for instrument and vehicle information displays. There is also full integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a new wireless device charging pad in the center console.
The interior of the 2018 TLX demonstrates elegance and refinement while not forgetting this is a sport sedan. Seating is for up to five adults but you will most likely want to take the car out on your own or with a co-pilot who appreciates your driving style. The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive and in the A-Spec model offer heat and ventilation. The Alcantara (faux suede) inserts in the seats are greatly appreciated especially on our Texas summer afternoons. A tech package brings Acura navigation and multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidance to the large color touchscreen display. When not listening to the engine sound enhancements while pushing the car in sports modes, the premium ELS Studio audio system blasts your favorite music from its 10 speakers in full surround harmony.
Pricing for the 2018 Acura TLX 3.5L SH-AWD A-Spec sport sedan is $44,800. Fuel economy from the 290hp/267 lb. ft. torque i-VTEC V-6 is 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
The 2018 TLX is, in my opinion, the best-looking sedan the automaker has brought to market in years. I have high hopes and expectations the design language will find its way into all Acura models very soon while also offering consumers more than just a mere facelift. The new A-Spec TLX is a blast to drive and once again proves Acura can compete in the segment of refined driving excitement.