2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Long Term Review: What Has KBB Learned After A Year?

The crew at KelleyBlueBook spent a year driving the 2018 Acura TLX, but now, it has to return home, so they’ve wrapped up their long-term review in a video.

The TLX A-Spec model cost $45,750 and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 290 hp (294 PS / 216 kW) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque, which encourages a more spirited driving. A smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic gearbox works with the brand’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which would have been more useful in cold climates, but it proved to be a reliable partner in L.A., too.

In terms of fuel economy, the compact luxury sedan averaged 21.42 mpg (11 l/100 km / 25.7 mpg UK), during the 11,676 miles covered by the journalists, which is less than the EPA’s 23mpg combined figure.

It comes with sufficient gear, including Blind Spot Monitoring, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels and red leather sport seats.

Also Read: Review: The Acura TLX Is That Indulgence Your Sensible Side Can Live With

Some of the amenities appreciated by the testers were the extending sun visors, ergonomic equal-height armrests and cooled and heated comfortable seats. On the other hand, they had complaints about the infotainment system and rotary knob.

In the 1 year it spent in their garage, the TLX was trouble free, though obviously, that’s not enough time to evaluate its long term reliability.

The TLX has a tough job as an alternative to premium competitors from BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz, such as the 3-Series, A4 and C-Class. Nonetheless KBB found that the TLX is a car that gradually grows on you.


  • (⌐■_■)

    wow… Mazda looks more high end than Acura.. who knew.

    • b_digital

      Acura is quietly taking over the mid-luxury sedan and SUV segment

      • Alduin

        LOL no they’re not. The MDX is trash and always has been and their sedans are boring.

        • NormT

          The MDX sales was down 6.0% in 2018.

        • D-splash

          The RDX is outselling the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX.

          • Alduin

            The RDX is also having a ton of problems.

          • D-splash

            …yet remains the top-seller in its segment

          • Alduin

            Not really. No.

      • Bash

        Come on!! Not even close.

      • NormT

        The TLX sales was down 13% in 2018. The ILX was down 4.4%.

      • Rocket

        Thanks for the chuckle.

  • john1168

    I’m really looking forward to the Type S. I hope Acura makes the front a little better looking and gets rid of the dual screen set up on the inside as well as making the gauges a bit better looking. Maybe a digital instrument cluster? Past TLX’s had a couple of issues with the 9 speed auto. Two of them being they were really slow to shift from park to drive to reverse, etc and inefficient shifting between the forward gears. This TLX A Spec is already a decent value but if they address these issues, add a lot more power and keep it a decent value, Acura COULD have a winner on their hands. Come on Acura! You can do it!…..maybe

    • NormT

      You mean a 2.0T instead a V6?

  • Alduin

    Why does Acura even exist at this point? Just glorified Hondas. Infiniti is also a joke. If you want luxury get a Lexus or an Audi.

    • Bash

      Infinity and Genesis are seriously good FYI, not as good as the Germans you mentioned but they are good, and about Lexus, with the GS is out personally I don’t like the ES that much and I would take a Q50 or the G70 over it any day.
      I agree with you though about the Acura position here, they are far behind the competition, I don’t know where they are right now, best thing is maybe maybe comparable to Avalon’s or Kia Cadenza or something!

    • D-splash

      The TLX outsold the BMW 3-series and Audi A4 a few months ago. Not bad considering it’s in its 5th or 6th year.

    • NormT

      Yes, even Buick outsells Acura….

    • Stealth333

      Audi sucks. The cars feel so cheap inside. I rented one for a business trip and drove over 2000km and hated every moment of it (I’m talking about A4). BMW is unreliable and way too many on the roads. Owned a 335i….never again. Lexus for some reason I just can’t fall in love with the interiors and the exteriors look like crap ever since those huge grills came. Acura TLX is perfect though. Huge trunk and beautiful interior and exterior that also is reliable.

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  • Craig

    My mom once owned a 2002 Acura 3.2TL Type-S with a 3.2 litre engine that made 260 hp. Only 30 less than the 3.5 in this 16 YEARS newer TLX. Not a bad car to drive. It was even the same color has this long term TLX. But it wasn’t very reliable. Always a problem with the CD player and center armrest falling off. And the transmission had to be replaced. [Among other things]

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