2019 Acura TLX In Showrooms April 4 From $33,000, Gets New A-Spec Model

Following last year’s redesign, the 2019MY Acura TLX is scheduled to arrive in dealerships tomorrow, April 4, boasting a new Platinum White Pearl color, new 19-inch wheels and a new 2.4-liter A-Spec sport version.

Starting with the latter, Acura has now expanded its sport appearance package (A-Spec) to include entry-level 2.4-liter versions. Buying a 2.4L A-Spec will set you back $39,400, minus the $965 destination charge, whereas the entry-level TLX starts from $33,000.

As for the new 19-inch wheel, it can be had on V6-powered Technology and Advance specs, while the new Platinum White Pearl color replaces Bellanova White Pearl. At the same time, Black Copper Pearl has been discontinued completely.

Standard equipment on the 2019 Acura TLX includes LED headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, Smart Entry with push button start, and a dual-screen user interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Every 2019 TLX comes with the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

Available options include the 360-degree Surround View Camera system, a heated steering wheel, AcuraLink and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio audio system.

Only two powertrains are on offer, specifically a 206 HP 2.4-liter i-VTEC mated to an 8-speed dual clutch automatic, and a 290 HP 3.5-liter V6, working alongside a 9-speed auto.

The A-Spec version is the one you really want

Spending a little extra for the A-Spec means getting a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with a dark chrome border, a more aggressive lower front fascia, LED fog lights and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights. This spec also has exclusive Shark Gray 19-inch alloys, a gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights, a rear diffuser and 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers.

Inside, the TLX A-Spec boasts sportier seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, red LED ambient light piping, red driver’s meter highlights, a black headliner and pillar treatment, brushed aluminum instrument panel garnish and a thicker steering wheel with A-Spec badging.

Buyers will also enjoy a trim-exclusive Still Night Blue Pearl colorway, and one of two bespoke interior color schemes – either Black with Alcantara or Full Red.

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  • FoxJ30

    I liked the previous front treatment better.

    I actually like the TLX, but it’s unfortunately kind of lost in a segment with very few competitors. It’s too small and expensive to compete with family sedans, but not quite upscale enough in dynamics, power, or interior to fully compete with the 3-series/A4/C-class. On the flip side, it’s also a bit too big to compete with the 1-series/A3/A-class, which means it sits with the Regal and former VW CC, also solid cars that don’t have big followings.

  • Merc1

    Really “nice” car.

    M

  • dumblikeyou2

    I think I would like this better if they got rid of that dome in the center of the dashboard that houses the nav screen. Or at the very least, re-shaped it. It’s goofy looking. The rest of the car isn’t bad, but the 3rd Gen TL still looks fresh to death compared to this.

    • Scott Blakula

      Unfortunately the LCD screen isn’t very bright, so without the dome it would be useless in sunlight. They should’ve completely re-done the center stack with the MMC but they’re probably holding back for the next FMC.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I am glad Acura seems to be finding its way forward, but I am still disappointed it has taken so long and it was not done well.

    The last TL was solid. All it needed for the next gen was to grow a bit in size and ability to line up with the 5er, GS, E Class and A6 among others. Acura’s desire to not do a V8 is not smart, BUT…a hybrid-for-the-sake-of-power at all wheels a la NSX would have created a respectable, if not forward leaning M/RS/AMG rival of sorts.

    We will not cry over spilled milk, so this TLX is good. A solid 3/C/A4 contender complete with its own ‘M Sport’ package spread across the range regardless of engine. Nice.

    Next: A formidable AMG et al competitor. I would have reserved the A Spec name for that and kept using Type S.
    A Spec treatment and a ‘better’ redesign for the RLX is in order.

    Give us a new Legend to tackle the S, A8 and 7. Acura can more than do this.

    • Merc1

      Absolutely NONE of that will happen. Acura will continue to base everything on Honda family car platforms. TLX is a nice car, RLX is joke.

      M

  • Grumpy

    Still not liking the grille. Doesn’t look cohesive with the design.

    • Bo Hanan

      It’s dated. It was dated when they used it the first time 20 years ago. More proof there are no design intellectuals at Honda. They all left after the S2000, save one last generation Accord.

  • Cory C

    I was seriously considering buying one of these so I test drove it. It was about the most numb and unsportsmanlike sedan I’ve driven in a long time. Very disappointing.

  • Joe E

    Literally NOT ONE performance upgrade on the A-Spec? WTF?

    Also, in the parking garage at my office there are only a handful of precious “corner” spots. Usually people with nice and/or cool cars take these spots. A guy got a white TLX and parked in one of the spots and someone left a note on it saying it wasn’t nice enough for a corner spot. LOL.

    • Jay

      Lol it’s true. Acura has fallen so far just like Infiniti. An older gen TL is still nicer. They kept changing names, not keeping up with infotainment and keeps pushing odd amateur interior designs. Way overpriced for what they are.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Ew. V6 or bust if you’re gonna get a TLX A-Spec

  • eb110americana

    Even great sedans are selling poorly these days. Acura TLX isn’t just outshown by it’s competition, it is getting upstaged by the newer Accord. The TLX is okay-looking from most angles, if a little boring, but as soon as you get to the front you’re left with a hideously cartoonish oversize grille featuring a dinner plate-sized logo in the middle. The interior looks outdated and unattractive for something that is supposed to be premium, selling for $34K-$47K. Are people actually buying these things?

  • Liam Paul

    well they tried to make it look nice, you just cant put lipstick on a pig and hope for much

  • Craig

    It’s interesting to see amber coloured front parking lamps. I thought amber was UN-cool.

  • Bash

    Nothing striking or head turner, yet its nice by its own.

  • FoxJ30

    You don’t need to compete with another class, but if your competitive set is relatively small (three vehicles, counting the Regal and VW CC/Arteon) and doesn’t sell in massive quantities (unlike the ES350), consumers will likely cast their net wider to other vehicles in similar price/shape/prestige brackets. The TLX (and its competitive set) risk coming in as too expensive compared to some models, and not prestigious enough compared to others – and the average consumer isn’t very good with choices like that.

  • SteersUright

    Zzzz…. just wake me up when any regular Acura is actually a great drive. Competent? Sure. Honda has no excuse, they know how to build excellent driver’s cars.