2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Acura TLX Comparison
Specs at a Glance
2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Acura TLX
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Released within two years of each other, the ILX and the TLX are two of Acura’s most recent vehicles. They also constitute the most affordable ones, thus presenting an entry point into the luxury automotive world. With either vehicle, customers can enjoy premium equipment without draining their bank accounts. For 2018, Acura introduces the new Special Edition trim and makes the AcuraWatch™ Plus package available on the ILX and debuts the A-SPEC model on the TLX, as both vehicles continue to function as the company’s compact sedan and midsize sedan, respectively.
The 2018 Acura ILX and 2018 Acura TLX are designed as front-wheel-drive sedans. However, the TLX offers Acura’s all-wheel-drive system, which is known as Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, or SH-AWD®. The ILX is powered by the K24V7, a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) that pumps out 201 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque and is glued to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
On the TLX, you have two engine choices: the K24W7, also a 2.4-liter I4 – albeit with 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque; and the J35Y6, which is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Although the TLX also has the 8-speed DCT, it is accompanied by a torque converter and paddle shifters on select trims for a sportier drive.
Both the ILX and TLX use the same design cues: V-shaped front grilles, sharp-edged LED headlights collectively named Jewel Eye®, and aerodynamic exterior profiles to project a sports-like appearance. The headlights – which consists of three outer LEDs for low beams and two inner LEDs for high beams – also act as daytime running lights; they automatically turn on when driving to increase awareness of your presence on the road. Also, the headlights can automatically turn on or off depending on the amount of light outside.
Other standard exterior features include LED taillights, a power moonroof, and heated power mirrors. Select trims receive additions such as a rear spoiler and fog lights. The V6-powered TLX model has a dual exhaust system for increased engine efficiency, and the A-SPEC model on both cars stands alone with racing-style front and rear bumpers and side sill garnish.
For safety, the 2018 Acura ILX and the 2018 Acura TLX start off with features like a multi-view rear camera, vehicle stability assist with traction control and adaptive motion steering, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. For cushioning and restraint in the event of a car crash, both vehicles have, at the very least, dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and dual roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Hill start assist, Agile Handling Assist® (to help maintain stability), a head-up warning display, and a driver’s knee airbag are added on the TLX. On select trims, Acura provides its AcuraWatch™ suite of driver-assistance technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
To take a ride in the 2018 Acura ILX or 2018 Acura TLX, don’t hesitate to give us a call at our Acura dealership in Fort Worth, Texas. As a family-owned and operated establishment, we have dutifully served several residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for many years. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists.
* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.