2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Acura TLX

Acura ILX

  • Standard Engine2.4L I4
  • Horsepower201
  • MPG (city/hwy) *25 / 35
  • Seats5

Acura TLX

  • Standard Engine2.4L I4
  • Horsepower206
  • MPG (city/hwy) *23 / 33
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


Acura is known for its sophisticated, feature-packed luxury vehicles. If you're shopping for a high-end sedan, two great options from this legendary brand are the 2018 ILX, a small car, and TLX, classed as a midsize sedan. Here's how these two exceptional cars compare with one another.

The Acura ILX is equipped with a four-cylinder engine that gets 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a combination that gets above-average fuel economy of an EPA-estimated 25 city/35 highway miles per gallon.

TLX drivers can choose for either a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a nine-speed automatic. The base powertrain gets an above average 23/33 city/highway mpg, which is great for a luxury midsize car, and 20/32 city/highway mpg for the V6. Both cars get accolades for their precise handling and smooth ride quality, providing the experience you expect from a luxury vehicle.


While these luxury cars look quite similar on the outside, the TLX is slightly larger and has a few more posh features than the entry-level ILX. For example, available upgrades include premium perforated leather upholstery and Alcantara leather trim. However, both offer the amenities you'd expect from a classic high-end sedan, making either a great buy. Each of these Acuras can accommodate up to five passengers in spacious, supportive seats. You'll have more than 12 cubic feet of trunk space with the ILX and more than 14 cubic feet if you choose the TLX.


Standard features in both 2018 Acura models include a moonroof, push-button start with proximity key entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. Those who want the latest tech will likely want to upgrade from the base model of the ILX, which comes with a 5-inch display screen that supports USB and hands-free connectivity. The base model of the TLX is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen paired with an 8-inch display, a setup that supports satellite radio, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free. There's even an additional 4.2-inch driver information display. The TLX also comes standard with AcuraWatch, a suite of driver assistance systems that includes forward collision warning, lane keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking, road and lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. These features can be added to the ILX in higher trims.

Visit us at Vandergriff Acura to make your final decision between these two well-regarded luxury sedans. Our friendly sales staff will be happy to arrange test drives and answer all your questions.

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Prices shown do not include taxes, license or a destination & handling charge. Destination charge for ILX, TLX and RLX is $965.00, NSX is $1800.00 and MDX and RDX is $995.00. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.

* 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.