TLX vs Lexus IS: A victory in performance and luxury

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2017 Lexus IS 250 exterior in white

2017 Lexus IS Turbo1

MSRP $37,8252
MPG RATING 22/32
SPEED 8
ENGINE 4-CYL
2018 Acura TLX exterior San Marino red

2018 Acura TLX

MSRP $33,0003
MPG RATING 23/334
SPEED 8
ENGINE 4-CYL
front of 2018 Acura TLX grille

TLX: Outperformance by Design


2018 Acura TLX Sedan

8 Speed DCT with P-AWS®

2017 Lexus IS Turbo RWD Sedan

8 Speed Automatic

A car should never make you choose between power or handling. The TLX comes standard with Precision All-Wheel Steer™, Agile Handling Assist® to aid in cornering, and an 8-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission plus torque converter. Meanwhile, the Lexus IS requires a turbocharger to generate power. The larger displacement engine of the TLX does not require turbo power, and still boasts 206 horsepower. And TLX’s fuel economy4 ratings are better than the IS Turbo, meaning you really can have it all.

Available on TLX V6, the dramatic new A-SPEC ensures that TLX looks just as powerful as what’s under its hood. Performance-driven cues from the Acura NSX elevate the impact of A-SPEC: eye-catching features include round exposed dual exhaust outlets, new front lower intakes with round LED fog lights and dark chrome finish trim, and piano-black rear decklid spoiler.

2018 Acura TLX engine white background

The TLX, by contrast, has two very good engines and they are both naturally aspirated. The entry-level four-cylinder is surprisingly torquey. The optional V6 loves to rev and at full throttle it manages to sound like something you'd hear in a much more expensive car.

Road & Track, 2017
2018 Acura TLX review background

Every 2018 Acura TLX, from the base model four-cylinder to the six-cylinder A-Spec and Advance-package cars, comes with an impressive amount of standard equipment for a luxury sport sedan.

Motor Trend, 2017
collision mitigation braking system for 2018 Acura TLX

Assurance Comes Standard

TLX earns a 5-star NHTSA5 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ driver assistive technology comes standard, making TLX one of the most safety-minded sedans.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)6
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses audio and visual signals to help reduce the risk of a collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.

TLX for the win

All standards are not created equal.

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COMPARABLE 2WD MODELS
2018 Acura TLX
2017 Lexus IS Turbo
Starting At
$33,0003
$37,825
Performance
Engine
2.4L DOHC 4-CYLINDER
2.0L DOHC 4-CYLINDER TURBOCHARGED
Transmission
8-Speed Dual-Clutch
8-Speed Automatic
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)
206 @ 6800
241 @ 5800
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)
182 @ 4500
258 @ 1650
EPA MPG Rating4 (city / hwy / combined)
23 / 33 / 27
22 / 32 / 26
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel
Rear-Wheel
Safety and Driver Assist
Road Departure Mitigation System7
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)9
STANDARD
STANDARD
NHTSA Driver Front Crash Test Rating5
5 Stars
4 Stars
NHTSA Passenger Front Crash Test Rating5
5 Stars
4 Stars
Rear Camera
MULTI-VIEW10
SINGLE-VIEW OPTIONAL
Comfort & Convenience
Hill Start Assist
STANDARD
STANDARD
STANDARD
STANDARD
GPS-Linked Climate Control12
OPTIONAL
NOT AVAILABLE
Exterior
Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
STANDARD
Jewel Eye® Not Available (LED Headlights STANDARD)
Remote-Operated Windows and Moonroof
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Capless Fuel Fill System
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Wheels & Tires
17"
17"
Interior
On-Demand Multi-Use Display™
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Heated Front Seats
STANDARD
OPTIONAL
Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Siri® Eyes Free
STANDARD
STANDARD
Active Sound Control
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Streaming audio via Bluetooth®
STANDARD
STANDARD
Pandora® Compatibility
STANDARD
OPTIONAL
Luxury 2018 Acura TLX on road

Don’t just take our word. Experience TLX for yourself.

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  • TLX competitor specifications and features sourced from competitive manufacture website and www.acura.com Chrome comparison data. American Honda makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.
  • 1Image shown for 2017 Lexus IS Turbo F Sport.
  • 2Price shown for 2017 Lexus IS Turbo (RWD).
  • 3Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.
  • 4Based on 2017 and 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, and other factors.
  • 5Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
  • 6CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 7Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road conditions. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 8LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 9FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 10Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.
  • 11Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible for avoiding a collision.
  • 12Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for information regarding navigation system area coverage.
  • 13Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements.
  • 14Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
  • 15When installed at the time of new-vehicle delivery.
2018 Acura TLX exterior price and specs compared 2018 Acura TLX
Lexus IS 250 white sedan exterior 2017 Lexus IS Turbo1
Interior Dimensions
Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.)
37.2 / 36.7
38.2 / 36.9
Front Shoulder Room (in.)
57.5
55.9
Rear Shoulder Room (in.)
55.4
53.4
Front Legroom (in.)
42.6
44.8
Rear Legroom (in.)
34.5
32.2
Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)13
14.3
10.8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
109.3
110.2
Length (in.)
190.3
184.3
Height (in.)
57.0
56.3
Width (in.)
73.0
71.3
Warranty
Powertrain Warranty
6-year/70,000-mile14
6-year/70,000-mile
Vehicle Warranty
4-year/50,000-mile14
4-year/50,000-mile
Genuine Accessories
4-year/50,000-mile15
4-year/50,000-mile
2018 Acura TLX V6 P-AWS®
2017 Lexus IS 350 RWD
ADDITIONAL 2WD MODELS
Starting At
$36,2003
$41,370
Engine
3.5L SOHC V6
3.5L DOHC V6
Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)
290 @ 6200
306 @ 6400
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)
267 @ 4500
277 @ 4800
EPA MPG Rating4 (city / hwy / combined)
20 / 32 / 24
19 / 28 / 22
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel
Rear-Wheel
2018 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD®
2017 Lexus IS 300 AWD
ADDITIONAL AWD MODELS
Starting At
$41,9003 (TLX 3.5 V6 9-AT SH-AWD® with Technology Package)
$40,200
Engine
3.5L SOHC V6
3.5L DOHC V6
Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)
290 @ 6200
255 @ 6400
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)
267 @ 4500
236 @ 2000
EPA MPG Rating4 (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 30 / 24
19 / 26 / 21
Drivetrain
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
All-Wheel Drive