2018 Acura ILX Blue


2019 Acura TLX White


The Acura ILX vs. the Acura TLX

Drivers looking for their next luxury sedan will have two impressive options with the 2018 Acura ILX and the 2019 Acura TLX. The ILX is a compact sport sedan with impressive and lively road performance. The TLX is a mid-size performance luxury sedan “offering an expert blend of performance, comfort, and reliability,” according to Edmunds.com. With both vehicles, you can also expect comfort features and technology inside and thrills behind the wheel, but there are important differences that will appeal to different types of drivers. Which one is right for you?

  • ILX: Compact and sporty with more trim level choices and better fuel economy
  • TLX: Mid-size and luxurious with more powertrain choices and available AWD


The ILX is compact, sporty and ready for adventure. It boasts a rear spoiler on both the Sport model and the performance-centric A-Spec, as well as Jewel Eye LED headlightsand a power moonroof to let you enjoy the sun and the stars. The TLX has a graceful elegance and sophistication. The Standard TLX includes Jewel Eye LED headlights and adds LED-illuminated tail lights, brake lights, and side mirror-integrated directional signals.

2018 Acura ILX LED Lights

ILX Jewel Eye LED

2019 Acura TLX V6 Engine

Engine and Drivetrain Options

Drivers who want the same great engine offered across all trim levels should consider the ILX. All six of its models are powered by a 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 201 horsepower. The engine works in tandem with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, and delivers power to the front wheels with lightning-quick shifting through the gears.

For drivers who want more power and different engine and drivetrain options, the TLX is the one for you. Each of its four trim levels offers a choice of a 2.4 engine or an available 3.5L V6. The first option will produce up to 206 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter and sequential SportShift paddle shifters. Opting for the V6 engine will increase the horsepower to 290 and switch to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The V6 option is available with the Front-Wheel Drive with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) System or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

  • ILX: 2.4 L engine with 201 horsepower
  • TLX: 2.4 L engine or an available 3.5L V6 engine


Inside the cabin, both the ILX and TLX offer supremely comfortable and luxurious cabins, filled with conveniences that make day-to-day life on the road go more smoothly. You can expect to find leatherette-trimmed sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control, smart entry, and more in both the ILX and TLX. The ILX includes an 8-way driver’s seat with 2-level heating but the TLX offers a bit more luxury with a 10-way power seat with power lumbar support and 3-level heated front seats.

  • ILX: Comfortable leatherette-trimmed sport seats inside
  • TLX: Added lumbar support and an extra heated seat setting
2019 Acura TLX Seating

TLX Seating

  • Technology and Connectivity

    The Standard package of the ILX features an extensive list of technology and connectivity features including a 5-inch color center information display, 12-volt power outlet, Bluetooth, SMS text message reading, and more.

    For most drivers, the entry-level offerings on the ILX are enough to keep everyone connected and entertained, but for drivers who want an entry-level option with even more technology, the TLX adds smartphone integration, text and email reading capability, and a larger audio system.


AcuraWatch is a package of driver-assistive technology features that help drivers stay safe. The ILX features the AcuraWatch suite on its AcuraWatch model, while the TLX features the technologies across all four of its models.

  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
2018 Acura ILX Lane Keep



Though both are sedans, the ILX and TLX differ in size. The ILX is a compact sedan that can maneuver through tight spaces and narrow streets easily but its smaller size means less cargo and passenger space inside the cabin. For drivers who need a more cavernous trunk area for cargo, the TLX might be better for you.

  • ILX: Cargo – 12.3 cubic feet. Passenger – 89.3 cubic feet
  • TLX: Cargo – 14.3 cubic feet. Passenger – 93.3 cubic feet


The ILX and TLX both bring sophisticated amenities and premium features to an affordable price point among luxury vehicles. The compact ILX starts under 30,000, and the TLX, offering more space inside the cabin, more powertrain options, and more luxurious equipment on its base model, is priced at $33,000.*

  • ILX: $28,100 MSRP*
  • TLX: $33,000 MSRP*


2019 Acura TLX MPG

2019 TLX

Fuel Economy

The ILX and TLX achieve impressive fuel economy estimates which is good news for the environment. It also saves time and money with fewer trips to the pump and more time on the road..

  • ILX: 25 city / 35 highway / 29 combined mpg**
  • TLX: 23 city / 33 highway / 27 combined mpg**
  • TLX with V6: 20 city / 31 highway / 24 combined mpg**
  • TLX with V6 SH-AWD: 20 city / 29 highway / 23 combined mpg**

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the 2018 Acura ILX and TLX by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Wisconsin Acura dealer. Explore our current offers and experience the Acura model that’s right for you when you take it for a test drive today!


*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 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.

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