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2017 Acura TLX Review

The 2017 Acura TLX has a composed ride, a quiet interior, and an energetic available V6 engine. However it ranks toward the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings due to its poor predicted reliability rating, below-average cargo space, and underwhelming base engine.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent optional V6 engine
  • Quiet, well-designed interior
  • Low base price for the class
  • Mediocre base engine
  • Below-average cargo space




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.7
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2017 Acura TLX Overview

Is the 2017 Acura TLX a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Acura TLX is a good used luxury midsize car, yet it doesn’t do enough to stand out in its competitive class. It gets good gas mileage, and there’s an available V6 engine for those who desire more power. The TLX’s cabin features high-end materials and remains quiet at speed. However, many competitors have larger trunks and stronger base engines.

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How Much Is the 2017 Acura TLX?

You can expect to pay between $24,000 and $36,000 for a used 2017 TLX. These figures are based on nearly 300 listings for the 2017 Acura TLX. The average price is $29,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Acura TLX Cost to Own?

The TLX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,060 – or about $5,600 per year. That’s slightly below-average for the luxury midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New TLX?

The base price for a 2018 Acura TLX is $33,000. For 2018, Acura refreshed the TLX and introduced a new A-Spec trim. This trim delivers more engaging handling through its sport-tuned suspension and quicker steering. It also adds sport seats, a sport steering wheel, and wireless phone charging. In addition, the 2018 TLX received new exterior styling, plus an updated infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Acura also equipped all 2018 TLX models with its AcuraWatch package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, you may prefer the new model.

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You won't be able to find a new luxury midsize car that’s comparably priced to a used 2017 TLX, but you may want to consider its nonluxury sibling, the 2018 Honda Accord (MSRP: $23,570), which has an array of safety features, a great predicted reliability score, and more trunk space than the 2017 TLX. The base model isn't as well-appointed as a 2017 TLX, so you'll want to look at higher trims. The EX-L trim starts at $29,970 and includes leather seats, a 10-speaker audio system, a moonroof, and an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you're willing to spend more, the top-of-the-line Touring trim (MSRP: $33,800) includes a head-up display, cooled and heated power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging.

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Which Model Year of the Acura TLX Is Best?

The 2017 TLX is part of the sport sedan’s first generation, which includes the 2018 model year. The TLX debuted in 2015 as a successor of the compact Acura TSX and midsize Acura TL sedans. There were no major changes to the TLX over its first three model years, so you may want to shop for an older model to save money without sacrificing many features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Acura TLX?

The TLX has a predicted reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is below average for the industry.

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2017 Acura TLX Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 TLX.

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Which Used TLX Model Is Right for Me?

Acura offers the 2017 TLX in three trims: TLX, TLX V-6, and TLX V-6 SH-AWD. The Acura TLX base model comes standard with a 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a rearview camera, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a moonroof, and alloy wheels.

The TLX V-6 trim adds a 290-horsepower V6 engine. The TLX V-6 SH-AWD trim adds all-wheel drive and the Technology package (optional in the other trims), which includes a navigation system, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. The Advance package (optional in V6 models only) adds heated and ventilated front seats, remote start, parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

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What Does Acura's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for cars six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles get a limited warranty that is good for up to two years or 100,000 miles after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty has expired. Acura covers the powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles. These CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits are available, including roadside assistance and the first scheduled maintenance, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Acura’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Lexus, Tesla, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the TLX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Acura TLX a perfect five-star safety rating in all areas tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the TLX the top rating of Good in four out of five categories, and an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score) in the driver’s side small overlap front crash test.

All 2017 TLX sedans come standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Acura TLX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura TLX or 2017 Lexus GS?

The 2017 Lexus GS ranks near the top of the luxury midsize car class, thanks to its spacious, elegant cabin and wealth of standard features. It offers three engine choices that deliver quick acceleration. Although the GS isn’t as fuel-efficient as the TLX, it offers more driving enjoyment. The GS sedan also has more cargo space, a solid predicted reliability rating, and great safety scores. However, expect to pay around $16,500 more than the average price of an Acura TLX. If you can afford to pay more, pick the Lexus over the Acura. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura TLX or 2017 Honda Accord?

Honda owns Acura, so it should come as no surprise that the 2017 Honda Accord is a worthy alternative to the Acura TLX. Because the Accord isn't a luxury car, you can find a well-equipped model for less than the average price of an Acura TLX. The Accord's cabin uses quality materials, but they aren't quite on the same level as a luxury sedan’s. The Accord has more trunk space than the TLX, and it offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Both sedans earn the same poor predicted reliability score. If you don’t mind dropping the luxury name, you can save some money by shopping for a used 2017 Accord instead of the Acura TLX.

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2017 TLX Performance

How Does the 2017 Acura TLX Drive?

The front-wheel-drive Acura TLX comes standard with a 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the standard engine is fine for most normal driving situations, it isn’t as thrilling as the available V6. The optional V6 engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and puts out 290 horsepower. It provides better acceleration for passing on the highway and quicker responses when accelerating from a stop. Overall, the TLX has a composed ride and is slightly sporty, with little body roll and nimble, precise steering. All-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Acura TLX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The TLX gets good fuel economy estimates for its class. The four-cylinder engine earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The V6 gets 21/34 mpg city/highway when equipped with front-wheel drive and 21/31 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive.

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2017 TLX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 TLX Seat?

The Acura TLX seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Available interior features include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

The TLX's seats are extremely comfortable and provide good support. The two front seats offer plenty of room, and the back seat is mostly accommodating as well. Legroom is good overall, though headroom is insufficient for taller adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Acura TLX?

The TLX has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors and a middle tether anchor. The IIHS gave the vehicle’s LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for ease of use, because some of the anchors are hard to access.

2017 Acura TLX Features

Standard features in the 2017 TLX include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a push-button ignition, proximity key entry, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, a dual-screen infotainment system, smartphone app integration, voice command activation, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Optional features include LED fog lights, remote engine start, a 10-speaker premium sound system, navigation, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Unfortunately, the dual-screen infotainment system can be frustrating to use. Additional audio and climate control buttons are located beneath the touch screen, but they tend to complicate the system’s interface rather than help.

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2017 Acura TLX Dimensions

Acura TLX Cargo Space

The Acura TLX has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, or 14.3 cubic feet if you find a TLX with the Advance package. This is slightly below average for a luxury midsize car. The rear seats fold to allow longer items to fit in the trunk.

2017 TLX Length and Weight

The Acura TLX is nearly 15.9 feet long, and its curb weight ranges between 3,483 and 3,774 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Acura TLX Built?

The 2017 Acura TLX sedan was built in Ohio.


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