Back in June, we drove the Acura TLX A-Spec and came away pretty impressed. It’s no ridiculously fast sports sedan, but it is quick, fun to drive, and attractive. It’s arguably the best sedan that Acura has in its lineup right now and is definitely the only way to buy the TLX ($33,00 base MSRP). The TLX A-Spec is more exciting than the brand’s other sedans. The MDX Sport Hybrid is great, the NSX is a dream car, but if you want a regular sedan, the TLX A-Spec is the way to go.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

Ever since that first drive in the TLX A-Spec, we’ve thought about just how we’d like to have our TLX should we ever decide to go out and buy one. Why wouldn’t we? The car is genuinely good. It’s practical, sporty, and has plenty to offer in terms of amenities, especially when you choose the right options.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

Here’s how we’d spec our A-Spec (pun intended) if we were going to purchase one tomorrow:

  • 290 hp 3.5-liter V6 ($3,200)
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive ($2,000)
  • Still Night Blue Pearl Exterior Color (no extra charge with A-Spec Package)
  • Red Interior Color (no extra charge with A-Spec Package)
  • A-Spec Package: restyled front and rear bumper and intakes, dark chrome grille and trim, side sill garnish, matte black B&G moldings, dark chrome headlight and taillight details, 19-inch Shark Gray wheels, round exhaust outlets, round LED fog lights, black rear decklid spoiler, parking sensors, A-Spec badging inside and out, black headliner, metallic interior trim, A-Spec seat with contrast stitching, red on black gauges, wireless charger, and 6-level heated and ventilated front seats ($2,900)
  • Technology Package: rain sensing wipers, front seat thigh extension, Acura navigation system with 3D view, AcuraLink with real-time traffic and rerouting, color multi-information display, ELS Studio sound system with 10-speakers, HD radio, GPS-linked climate control, blind spot information system, and rear cross traffic alert ($3,700)
  • Price as configured: $45,750

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec interior

That might seem like a lot for an Acura TLX, but when you compare it to the competition, with similar equipment you’ll see that it’s a very reasonable price. For example, a BMW 340i with 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder starts at $48,950. Granted, it has 30 more horsepower than the TLX. Even if you go with the 248 hp BMW 330i xDrive sedan you’re looking at $42,250. Add any of the many available packages or options, and your right at or well above the price our configured TLX A-Spec sits at. The bottom line is that for the money, the Acura is a good deal.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Seats

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec front

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Rear

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec rear close up

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