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


The 2018 Acura ILX and the 2018 Acura TLX offer multiple ways to enjoy luxury living. Choosing between them may be one of the most fun ways to spend a few hours. To get you started, here’s a comparison.

The 2018 Acura ILX is the most fuel efficient gas-powered car in the lineup. It earns 35 mpg on the highway and has a combined rate of 29 mpg. The engine is an in-line four-cylinder. With an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, this high-tech unit cranks out 201 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. To keep your costs low, Acura engines have a 100,000-mile projected interval for scheduled tune-ups.

Making its own case for budget-friendly gas mileage, the Acura TLX has a 33 mpg highway rate and earns 27 mpg overall. This engine, which is controlled by the same eight-speed transmission as the ILX, is mated to an even more powerful inline four. TLX engines edge outlay up to 206 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. For something speedier, you may want to step up to the TLX with a 3.5-liter VTEC engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission controls 290 horsepower.

Also sporting Jewel Eye LED headlights, the ILX has a distinctive look. Body-colored side sills and a body-colored spoiler dress up the Special Edition and the A-SPEC. Acura lets you dress ILX sport seats in leatherette, perforated leather or ebony suede.


The TLX reflects an all-new design language. The front wears a signature diamond pentagon grille and sports a sharply sculpted hood. Jewel-eye headlights add an upscale touch. The TLX A-Spec wears a blackened or darker look on its pentagon grille, surround, and headlights. Exterior favorites include reverse-gear tilt-down side mirrors and available rain-sensing wipers. These sedans have a 109.3-inch wheelbase and are rated at 93.3 cubic feet for passengers. TLX cabins come with ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a choice of leatherette or leather upholstery.


The standard dash tech package on the ILX includes Bluetooth streaming audio with Pandora compatibility and SMS text messaging. Higher editions add the Next-Generation AcuraLink touchscreen with Siri Eyes Free, Aha capability, and HD radio. TLX editions start you out with the On Demand Multi-Use Display. This comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can step up to the 3D View navigation system. Both vehicles are offering dual-zone automatic climate controls GPS-linked capability.

For the first time, AcuraWatch features are standard with the TLX. Shoppers drive away with a warning system that watches for dangers ahead. A collision mitigation braking system will intervene if the driver can’t do so fast enough for conditions. A lane departure system reacts with a warning and, if unheeded, may tug to help the Acura straighten up in its lane. A similar road departure system works if the Acura strays onto the shoulder. You can also get a rear cross-traffic system with a blind spot monitor. The ILX offers all of these systems. Both vehicles have standards such as Acura’s Motion Adaptive Steering and a multi-view rear view camera system. TLX models also have Adaptive Cruise Control with a helpful Low Speed Follow function and a new Traffic Jam Assist. This is available with the Technology package on the ILX.

You'll want to take a test drive of your favorite at Acura of Peoria. With three engines and multiple packages, you're sure to find the right ILX or TLX for you.

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Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. 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.