2018 Acura TLX

Interior


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2018 Acura TLX Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Acura TLX features high-quality materials. More expensive models have a stylish design and upscale finishes, like wood trim and contrasting piping and stitching. The seats are comfortable and offer plenty of room in the front. Legroom is cramped in the rear seats, however. The infotainment system has been updated from the 2017 model and is now faster and easier to use. Cargo space is below average.

  • "Interior materials fit the price, and though the overall look is fine with an all-black interior – which benefits from nice sculpturing and plenty of silver accents – the available two-tones and wood trim (the latter fitted to a V6 Advance Package car we drove) dress things up considerably." -- Consumer Guide
  • From the front or rear seats, you might appreciate the new contrasting seat piping that's offered on most six-cylinder TLX sedans and standard on the TLX A-Spec. The detail is included on a new comfortable seat design and, overall, Acura offers the luxury of choice with six interior colors. The most upscale is a new saddle-brown-like color called Espresso that's only offered on non-A-Spec V-6 models. The A-Spec gets a choice between black leather with Alcantara inserts and white piping and an option the development team worked hard to get approved: red leather." -- Motor Trend
  • Cabin quality reflects the TLX's bargain price, with lots of silver plastic and grainy, hard materials below elbow level. Rival sedans from Cadillac, Lexus and Jaguar have similar drop-offs, but others – particularly rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – are more consistent." -- Cars.com

Seating

The TLX seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat is also standard, as are 60/40 split folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. 

Available features include perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a power driver's seat thigh extender, Milano leather-trimmed upholstery, ventilated front seats, Alcantara-trimmed upholstery, a sport steering wheel and front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The seats in the TLX are comfortable, and the upgraded front sport seats add extra support. There is good head- and legroom in the first row. However, legroom in the rear seats is tight for adults.

The TLX’s LATCH system includes two sets of lower anchors in the rear outboard seats and three upper tethers for securing child seats.

  • "As mentioned earlier, the TLX suffers a bit in the passenger-room department, but that's really only an issue for larger folks. There's good (not great) headroom and legroom in front, and we found the seats to be very comfortable. It's a somewhat different in back, where there's only enough headroom for those up to about 5'11, and while my 5'9 frame found barely enough legroom behind a front seat pushed all the way back, foot space was very tight, noticed mostly on attempted exit. The center tunnel is also quite tall and wide, limiting foot space for a center passenger." -- Consumer Guide
  • Like many cars in this class, rear-seat space is adequate for two passengers in the outboard rear seats, which can now be optioned with heating controls." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Accord is roomier in almost every aspect, from total passenger volume to individual measurements for rear shoulder and legroom. While it is true that with four people aboard things aren't necessarily tight in the TLX, you might start hearing complaints with three people crammed into the back seat. Comparatively speaking, the Accord offers a surprising amount of room for five adults." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 TLX comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch infotainment display, a 4.2-inch driver information display, a multiangle rearview camera, push-button start, Bluetooth, real-time traffic, hands-free text messaging and email, Pandora music streaming, a seven-speaker sound system, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, and AcuraWatch. AcuraWatch is a suite of advanced safety features including lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure warning, and lane departure warning.

Available features include navigation, blind spot monitoring, voice command, remote start, a 10-speaker sound system, GPS-linked climate control, HD Radio with traffic information, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree-view camera, and AcuraLink. AcuraLink allows you to lock or unlock the car from your phone, request roadside assistance, view vehicle technical data, and track the TLX if it’s stolen.

The 2018 TLX's refreshed infotainment system is faster and easier to use than the prior year's system. There are less buttons to press and menus to go through in order to carry out common functions, and the touch screen has faster response times.

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  • TLX's audio and climate systems are controlled by a mix of knobs, buttons, flippers, and upper and lower dash screens, only the lower one being a touchscreen. The arrangement is fairly logical once you get used to it, but the climate controls, especially, aren't the most convenient to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new system features greatly rationalized screens, and there's a lot less need to click around, and less functional overlap between the screens. As Jonathan Rivers, TLX lead product planner, told me, 'We've deleted a lot of random and double menus.' The result, Rivers says, is that despite having the same underlying processing power, the system is 30 percent quicker. Plus, it's just plain easier to get the information you want to call up, many of the graphics look better, and you can keep tabs on more functions at the same time." -- CNET
  • The infotainment still has the potentially confusing dual screens, but the lower, 7.0-inch display now has capacitive-touch operation. Acura claims a 30 percent faster response time, and while we can't verify that stat, it felt subjectively quicker." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The TLX has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is below average for the class. Standard 60/40 split folding rear seats increase cargo-carrying versatility, but the opening is small. There are multiple places within the cabin for storing smaller items.

  • Trunk space – or at least, usefulness – lags just a bit. The area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load area, though they're covered to prevent damage to cargo. The rear seat backs fold, but they leave a restricted opening and a two-step rise that prevents long items from being easily slid forward. On the plus side, there's a good amount of hidden storage under the floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • Trunk volume, at 14.3 cubic feet, lands roughly between the two groups. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard, but the opening to the backseat is only modest." -- Cars.com
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