2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Acura TLX

It’s always exciting when a model undergoes a revision, as popular options are reimagined with a fresh slate and new possibilities. Typically, we’ve seen a similar design with slight tweaks or minor refreshes, but the 2018 TLX is looking a lot different than its predecessor. It can be a confusing time for shoppers, however, as they are considering whether they prefer the old look, or simply wish to save money by shopping for outgoing options. Looking at the 2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Acura TLX, you can see the appearance of the model has changed dramatically, especially in the front end.

What else has changed for the 2018 model year? You might be surprised to find that the engine options remain the same, but then again, maybe not. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder standard option continues to offer an impressive 206 horsepower, and the 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 has never failed to draw a smile from test drivers.

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2018 Acura TLX vs 2017 Acura TLX
Standard AcuraWatch Available
Yes Android Auto/Apple CarPlay No
Technology, A-Spec or Advance Packages Advance or Technology
Diamond Pentagon Grille Chrome Pentagon

Should you wait for the 2018 Acura TLX?

With no major mechanical changes between the 2018 and 2017 model year, you may be tempted to scout for deals on the outgoing Acura TLX. There are a few main reasons why you might consider holding out for the 2018 model year. One is the fact that driver assistance technology found with the AcuraWatch features is now becoming a standard. This includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking and rear departure mitigation.

A key connectivity feature is also now a standard for the 2018 Acura TLX: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In creating compatibility for these platforms, Acura has made it easy for motorists to use key audio, navigation and phone integration right into the infotainment system, which is far less distracting that attempting to access them through the phone screen while driving.

Aside from a new look, one other key thing to look for is the new A-Spec package that is available on V6 TLX models. This package includes unique styhle features like a matte-black diamond pentagon grill with dark chrome surround, a lower front fascia, darkened Jewle Eye LED healights, 19-inch Shark Gray wheels, a gloss-black decklid spoiler, smoked LED taillights and 4-inch round dual-exhaust finishers.

Compare the 2018 and 2017 Acura TLX side-by-side while supplies last here at Karen Radley Acura.

2017 Acura TLX Exterior
2018 Acura TLX Rear End A-Spec
2017 Acura TLX Interior
2018 Acura TLX Interior