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In-Depth Look At The 2018 Acura TLX


An in-depth look at the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec reveals exciting new design elements and a fresh new style. It’s an excellent balance that makes this relaxing luxury sedan an all-around good choice and compelling alternative to the other vehicles in this competitive and progressive segment. It all begins with its 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower, naturally aspirated V6 engine that combines with a 9-speed automatic transmission to dole out power to all four wheels. Add a sportier suspension and an aggressive looking appearance package and this vehicle makes a powerful statement.

Inside the comfortable cabin, there are black or red leather sport seats that are heated and ventilated, attractive Alcantara upholstery and door inserts, a sport steering wheel, sportier gauges, wireless charging, a reskinned infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new metallic trim on the dash and elsewhere, ambient light piping on the center console and other subtle touches. Together they give the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec a very sporty look. Its included Technology package provides navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and a top-of-the-line 10-speaker audio system.

Outside, the 2018 TLX A-Spec benefits from the more aggressive appearance package. It includes a new black matte grill with a chrome surround that stretches further horizontally and sits higher up on the front bumper, gorgeous 19-inch Shark Grey wheels, more prominent rear spoiler and side sills, upgraded taillights and 4-inch artillery sized tailpipes integrated into the rear fascia. The result is a much lighter, more powerful, sportier look that’s just flashy enough to make it stand out from its German competitors and makes people want to get in it and put it through its paces. While it sounds good in theory, to see one for yourself, you should test drive one out at Chapman Acura

Even with the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s interior and exterior changes and hardware improvements, Acura enthusiasts still have to remind themselves it’s not a full-scale redesign, but instead is a mid-cycle update. However, this upgraded TLX A-Spec with its firmer dampers and stiffer springs in the front and rear has a more composed body. Its larger-diameter, thicker, rear sway bar gives it quicker turn-in and more neutral handling. Plus, the wider tires with narrower sidewalls of its new 19-inch wheels are designed to improve grip while increasing the feedback felt through the steering wheel.

The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s sport-tuned suspension, thicker steering wheel grips and other upgrades have created a more comfortable ride, improved cornering, crisp handling and an overall great experience driving in the vehicle. It’s more dynamically capable, fun to drive and more forgiving. It also delivers excellent performance and its upgraded Active Sound Control eliminates engine noise and makes going anywhere in the vehicle more enjoyable. Plus, the V6’s powerful, rich, sonorous engine intake note makes it sound fantastic at any speed and helps creates a more exciting driving experience.

With a starting price of $43,795, the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec with all it technological upgrades, power, handling, stylish look and comfortable interior is an excellent value and a fine choice for anyone looking for a luxury sedan.

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