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What's the Difference Between the 2019 Acura TLX and 2018 Acura ILX?

2019 Acura TLX 2018 Acura ILX Versus

2019 Acura TLX


2018 Acura ILX

2.4-liter 4-Cylinder


2.4-liter 4-Cylinder
23 city / 33 hwy*

Fuel Economy

25 city / 35 hwy**
206 hp


201 hp

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For those who want affordable luxury, it’s hard to look further than the 2019 Acura TLX and the 2018 Acura ILX, which are relatively new to the entry-level luxury market and are still fresh from mid-cycle facelifts. Both the TLX and ILX are currently Acura’s least expensive rides, with the former being a midsize sedan and the latter a compact sedan. Sporty, sizeable, and with a remarkable amount of premium features, either one is a good, reasonable purchase. Here are three major attributes that the 2019 TLX and 2018 ILX share.

Fuel Efficiency

Both vehicles are remarkable for their good fuel economy. On the TLX, you can opt for a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, which is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission for shifting faster, smoother, and with greater efficiency than conventional automatic gearboxes. Couple that with a front-wheel drivetrain, and expect fuel economy on the TLX to peak at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg* on the highway. Also worthy of mention is idle stop technology, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency by eliminating engine idling through automatic shutdown when coming to a stop and automatic restart when resuming driving. On the ILX, the aforementioned powertrain and drivetrain combination is standard: producing 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg** on the highway.


On the other hand, if you want to maximize power on the 2019 Acura TLX—be it for acceleration or just pure performance thrill—you’d be better off with the 3.5-liter V6 that’s available. That engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. This is not to say, however, that the 2.4-liter I4 is a slouch; that engine delivers a very healthy 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. And that’s not too far off from the 2018 Acura ILX’s lone engine, which produces 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.


With either the TLX or ILX, you will enjoy aggressive, sporty profiles. Both vehicles have widened pentagonal front grills, sharp edges, and gleaming alloy wheels. Heated power windows with turn-signal indicators and a power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, and auto reverse capability are standard. And unique to both vehicles are the Jewel Eye® LED headlights, which comprise five low-profile LEDs per headlight for whiter, brighter, longer-lasting, and more energy-efficient illumination while enhancing the car’s overall aesthetic.

For a test-drive of either the 2019 Acura TLX or the 2018 Acura ILX, call us today at our Washington, D.C.-area dealership today to set up an appointment. One of our Acura specialists will be on board to assist you with getting the car that’s right for you.

*Based on 2019 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.

**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.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2019 Acura TLX V6 4dr Sedan w/Technology Package for Sale in inventory


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Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/condition, and other factors.

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