The 2018 Acura TLX vs. the 2018 Ford Fusion Platinum

December 22nd, 2017 by

Acura TLX

The writers at Kelley Blue Book have referred to the 2018 Acura TLX as “one of the smartest investments in the segment,” and we can’t help but agree. The contrast between the TLX and its competitors is clear when we compare it to a challenger like the 2018 Ford Fusion’s Platinum trim level. The fully upgraded Ford Fusion’s starting price is more than $3,000 higher than the MSRP of the TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS, but the TLX still offers more standard features, better fuel economy, more protective warranties, and higher safety ratings! Read on to find out why more and more of Wisconsin’s drivers are passing over the Ford Fusion in favor of the more luxurious Acura.

Lasting Value, Superior Efficiency

No matter what you’re hoping to get out of your next sedan, you’re sure to find more of it in the TLX!

2018 Acura TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS 2018 Ford Fusion Platinum
60-Month Residual Value 34% 26%
Basic Warranty 48 months; 50,000 miles 36 months; 36,000 miles
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 23 mpg / 33 mpg / 27 mpg* 21 mpg / 31 mpg / 27 mpg
2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX

Standard Features: TLX vs. Fusion

Even when compared to the fully upgraded Fusion, the baseline TLX has many more standard features to offer. Thanks to the inclusion of technologies like active head restraints, the TLX gets 5 stars in the NHTSA’s front passenger crash test and rollover protection.** The Ford Fusion, by contrast, only offers 3-star and 4-star protection in these situations, respectively. The following TLX standard features are all absent from the Fusion Platinum.

  • Noise/Sound Cancellation
  • Front and Rear Armrest Storage
  • Active Head Restraints
  • Radio Theft-Deterrent System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX Interior

Take the TLX for a Test Drive!

When compared to the 2018 Ford Fusion, the superiority of the 2018 Acura TLX is plain to see! Still, for those drivers who really want to know what sets this Acura apart from its competitors, no amount of description could serve as a substitute for time spent behind the wheel. Our friends and neighbors in Wisconsin can take the TLX for a test drive today when they get in touch with one of our easy-to-reach Wisconsin Acura Dealers. Contact us today to learn more about our current offers and opportunities.


*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.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
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