2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Honda Accord Touring

These days, the line between luxury and non-premium can be confusing for shoppers, as top trim levels can often have shared features with premium counterparts. If you’re comparing the 2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Honda Accord Touring, you’re likely looking for a model that holds a reputation for retaining resale value and overall reliability, respective to their segments. Acura is a luxury brand, so naturally its overall value is higher on the marketplace. When you look at the Accord Touring, a top trim level, you also start to see the price climb toward the cost of the TLX, which may have you wondering whether it’s best to take the plunge and drive a prestigious model.

Though you won’t necessarily regret either purchasing decision, there are a few reasons why you might decide to take the plunge on a 2017 Acura TLX. We personally favor the sporty styling of the TLX, though a redesign for the Accord certainly brings it close to the same level. Your decision will very likely come down to performance, and how it feels sitting inside each model.

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2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Honda Accord Touring
2.4-liter 4-cylinder;
206 horsepower, 290 lb-ft of torque
Standard Engine 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder;
192 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque
8-speed dual-clutch
(9-speed available)
Transmission CVT (10-speed available)
Available w/ V6 engine option AWD No
Collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, etc Driver Assistance Features Honda Sensing

2018 Acura TLX offers a sporty package from premium brand

The Acura TLX is a fairly new car in the Acura lineup, but the 2018 Honda Accord Touring has undergone a complete redesign for this model year. Naturally, it has become a more competitive option. Gone are the family-friendly looks, in favor of an appearance that can draw in motorists from all walks of life. Still, it doesn’t quite match toe-to-toe against the 2018 Acura TLX when it comes to powertrain options.

The above chart shows the standard engine options for both the 2018 Acura TLX and the 2018 Honda Accord Touring, but both models also have available engine upgrades. Once again, Acura will offer more, coming in with a 290-horsepower V6 engine, compared to the new 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo four that produces 252 horsepower for the 2018 Honda Accord Touring. The Accord will have the available 10-speed automatic, but the 9-speed in the TLX doesn’t fail to impress either.

When it comes to standard features, the most sought-after are likely the higher end options like driver assistance. Both models impress, with the Accord now offering standard Honda Sensing. This package includes Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Acura TLX likewise comes with Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control, but also adds on standard Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Mitigation.

2018 Acura TLX Cobalt Blue
2018 Acura TLX Driver's Side Interior
2018 Acura TLX HID Infotainment Screen
2018 Acura TLX Cupholders and Transmission

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