2018 Acura ILX vs. 2018 Acura TLX

2017 Acura ILX

2018 Acura ILX*

2018 Acura TLX*

It would be easy to confuse the 2018 Acura ILX with the 2018 Acura TLX; both are luxury sedans that deliver first-class features and upscale interiors. However, Acura has tailor-made each model around slightly different needs. The good news is that the right model for you really will feel like it has been built to meet your own desires — but it can be tricky to make that decision. Here’s a quick guide to help get you started.

Power and MPG Ratings

Both the 2018 Acura ILX and the 2018 Acura TLX feature a standard four-cylinder engine, with the former making up to 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and the latter making up to 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. Given the more compact dimensions of the Acura ILX, that marginal power deficit is nothing to worry about, and up to 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway** makes it a great choice for the efficiency-minded.

The Acura TLX’s standard 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway** is almost as impressive, but the vehicle’s real performance advantage is the availability of a 3.5L V6 engine, which can put you in command of up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.


Drivers will find Acura’s reputation for luxury exquisitely upheld inside both the 2018 Acura ILX and the 2018 Acura TLX, with both models featuring the following indulgent comfort features:

  • Perforated Leather Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

The 2018 Acura ILX is also impressively proportioned for a compact sedan, with up to 89.3 cubic feet of passenger space and 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space, but drivers who need a little extra space might consider opting instead for the Acura TLX.

93.3 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space make a noticeable difference, and the cargo area is made more versatile by the optional 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Whether you want to take skis from Port Washington up to the Catskills or frequently carry clients from Manhasset to Manhattan, you’ll appreciate the added space and versatility.


The Acura ILX and Acura TLX run almost neck-and-neck when it comes to onboard features, and it’s a contest featuring some of the finest technologies around. Whether you require the convenience of 3D navigational mapping or the safety of adaptive cruise control, you’ll find that both models are fitted to meet your needs.

That said, the Acura TLX does slightly outpace its smaller brother by offering features such as:

  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Ambient Interior Lighting System

You’ll also receive a standard 7-speaker sound system with the Acura TLX, though both models can upgrade to a premium 10-speaker alternative. Parking sensors and ambient lighting are nice to have, but most drivers will find these two models equally matched.

Find Your Ideal Sedan in the Rallye Acura Showroom

It’s hard to imagine being disappointed by either the 2018 Acura ILX or the 2018 Acura TLX, but one of them will likely feel a bit better to you. If you require a little further assistance, don’t hesitate to visit Rallye Acura today.

*Images are of 2017 models.

**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 only) and other factors.