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Acura’s TLX A-Spec is an impressive automobile. A well-optioned 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec with all-wheel-drive costs about $45,750. The vehicle offers fantastic Honda engineering, great reliability and excellent performance. The TLX comes with a superb 3.5-liter V6 engine and the countless go-fast upgrade. This wonderful luxury sedan is perfect for navigating urban and suburban roadways and freeways with its combination of a front-wheel-drive platform and AWD technology.

The 2018 TLX’s redesigned front fascia with its angular grille and large Acura badge, combined with its clean lines and sleek jewel eye LED headlights adds good looks to this great handling, high-performance automobile and give it just a hint of aggression to spice up Acura’s reputation for mild-mannered, reliable vehicles. While the TLX A-Spec isn’t overly flashy, it’s a great-looking automobile, and at Chapman Acura, you can see how great one is in person.

The 2018 TLX A-Spec’s dual-screen infotainment system checks every single box. It has navigation, obeys voice commands and has AUX/USB ports, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The interface which combines controllers and touchscreen works well and is easy to use. You can run audio and nav simultaneously and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on the upper screen while devoting the lower screen to Acura’s own system.

The TLX’s interior is perfect. The seats are comfortable, ergonomic and stylish. They feature Alcantara inserts, contrast stitching and piping and are heated and cooled. Its appointments are upscale without being too flashy. The driver’s cockpit with its leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters and easy access to all the vehicle control functions makes it fun to drive. The back seats are roomy and the moonroof is just the right size.

Whether you drive the TLX A-Spec in Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Econ mode, you’ll enjoy a great driving experience and excellent fuel economy. The 2018 TLX A-Spec delivers 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It lets you feel comfortable, look stylish and aggressive and save money on fuel costs when you hit the road for work or play. The TLX’s trunk is large enough to hold a family of four’s luggage even if they brought a golf bag, a few tennis rackets and a guitar.

Driving the Acura TLX A-Spec is fantastic. Its 290-horsepower V6 engine punches above spec and gives you all the power you need for passing, cruising and enjoying the open road. Working in tandem with its 9-speed automatic transmission, it can go from 0-60 in a respectable six seconds; But it feels much faster. When you add the torque-vectoring AWD system to its no-compromise drivetrain, you get a crisp but mellow ride. Plus, the steering is responsive, the brakes feel solid and getting bold with the throttle shows you a glimmer of the A-Spec’s wild side.

The 2018 TLX A-Spec has a heaping helping of driver-assist features that come standard. They include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist as well as forward collision braking. The TLX A-Spec with its reliability and quality is a top-tier luxury vehicle that offers great value for its price.


Acura has long had a reputation for producing cars that perform exceptionally well. With the 2018 mid-sized TLX luxury sedan, Acura is back to its high-performance roots. Not only is this new TLX a peak performer, Acura has also significantly refreshed its look and added more standard features as well. Plus, the Japanese automaker has given people that want the V6 model of the 2018 Acura TLX the option to choose a sporty new A-Spec trim. These new changes and Acura’s reputation for making sweet-handling cars that deliver great gas mileage and superior performance should keep the 2018 TLX near the top of its highly competitive segment.

The front end of the 2018 Acura TLX looks entirely different. They have gotten rid of the old Acura grille and replaced it with a cool-looking diamond pentagon grille. Look closely and you’ll even notice a spider web pattern. On the new V6 Spec A trim, the grille is matte black with a chrome surround. Add 19-inch grey rims, exclusive badging and a rear diffuser and it all comes together to give the 2018 Acura TLX a strong, athletic look. These are all elements that Acura is using in an effort to get back to the performance roots from which it developed its sterling reputation. If you are sold on Acura, check one out at Chapman Acura. There are plenty of 2018 Acura TLX models to test drive and check out.

With the release of the redesigned 2018 Acura TLX, the company is taking its lineup to an entirely new level. The new Acura TLX comes with the AcuraWatch sophisticated safety technology. That includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and lane keep assist. By adding this excellent safety suite to the new Acura TLX, this means that about 70% of all the automobiles in the Acura lineup will now have their AccuraWatch technology. This should help anyone buying most Acura models to feel even safer.

The 2018 Acura TLX comes with two different powertrains. One of them has a 206 horsepower, 2.4-liter, inline-4 engine which delivers 182 pound-feet of torque mated with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that has paddle shifters. The other is a 290 horsepower, 3.5-liter, V6 engine which produces 267 pound-feet of torque joined with a 9-speed automatic transmission which also utilizes paddles shifters. Both these vehicles have the available Acura SH-AWD system and its recommended buyers get it. They make the 2018 TLX confident and sure-footed and gives it lots of passing power even on hilly, twisting roads.

The new TLX has a nice interior layout with clean lines coupled with high-end detailing. It includes a dual screen layout with navigation that makes checking all your systems easier. Plus there’s a new infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. There’s also 37.2 inches of headroom in the front, 36.7 inches of rear headroom and 34.5 inches of rear-seat leg room. With the 2018 Acura TLXs increased standard safety features and their new driver assistance features, it is an excellent value starting at $33,000 for the 2.4-liter and $36,200 for the V6. Performance-minded Acura is back.

Acura is set to create an all-new look for the 2019 RDX and many think the changes will make it better able to compete with the German-made automobiles in its class. This third-generation RDX is being closely guarded by Acura, but experts say the changes will be revolutionary. They anticipate there being a new grille, new engines and a reworked interior based on the changes that the company has made to the MDX and the TLX.

Based on spy shots and educated speculation, the reworked 2019 Acura RDX will look dramatically different. It will probably have some iteration of the Jewel-Eye headlights, sleek looking unique LED strips and a diamond pentagon grille that’s slightly larger than the one on the new MDX. Larger corner vents featuring long LED fog lights, wide-mouth air dams to better cool the transmission and radiator, muscular front wheel-wells and rear wheel-wells that are flush with the body giving the hood a taller appearance, are all changes hinted at by the spy photos. While you can’t currently take a 2019 Acura RDX for a spin, you can check out many others at Chapman Acura. There are plenty of Acura RDX models to take a look at.

Very mild body lines, a rounded, very slight lower body crease and a shaper line on the bottom above the side skirts to add character, are all anticipated changes on the 2019 Acura RDX. Spy shots show a large circular opening that hints the rear quarter glass will be larger and taller than on previous models. This will create a rear end that more squared, a longer rear hatch and a short rear fascia. Exhaust outlets placed deep in the corners and a major horizontal body line just below new LED matrix taillights which dominantly wrap around toward the rear quarters, complete the exterior.

Industry experts anticipate a completely revamped interior. The hope is the 2019 Acura RDX will have a single, bigger, tablet-like display that integrates HVAC controls. This would create a clean-looking, stylish dash with only a few buttons. More soft-touch surfaces throughout and leather on the top dash and sections of the door trim will make the interior look richer is another educated-guess for the new RDX’s interior. The higher-end models should have leather upholstery all over. Expect a new center console, updated instrument cluster, redesigned shifter and a new steering wheel. The higher-end models may go all digital, while lower-end models will probably get two analog gages with a larger TFT display in-between.

Some suspect that Acura will use some variation of a 2.0-liter engine on the next-generation RDX. Downsizing should produce better gas mileage and by saving a little weight, it could use a 290 horsepower, V6 engine and get 270 pound-feet of torque for a power upgrade. While current Acura RDX models primarily come with front-wheel drive, experts predict the 2019 version will also offer rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive models for better driving dynamics. Look for a larger gearbox too, as well as active engine mounts, an improved steering system and active suspension.

Expect the starting price to be about $39,000 with options that can add a few thousand. That’s what experts envision for the next-generation Acura RDX.