New for 2018: Acura

Acura is a brand in transition. A new flagship sports car, a new design language, and new leadership hold promise for the future. In the meantime, the brand’s lineup of value-laden cars and SUVs is aging, benefitting only from tweaks here and freshenings there. For 2018, the TLX and RLX sedans adopt Acura’s new exterior design themes, while the ILX sedan and RDX SUV patiently await overdue redesigns.


2018 Acura RLX photo
Detailed changes for each 2018 Acura car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Acura ILX

  • New Special Edition trim adds the appearance items from the ILX A-Spec model to the base version of the compact entry-luxury sedan

2018 Acura MDX

  • Updated infotainment system with faster response time, improved user experience, new capacitive-touch display screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-projection technology
  • New colors: Basque Red and San Marino Red

2018 Acura NSX

  • Acura reintroduced its high-tech sports car for 2017 and had not announced changes for 2018 as this guide was published

2018 Acura RDX

  • Acura makes no changes to the RDX, which enters its final model year before a complete redesign

2018 Acura RLX

  • Restyling adds emerging Acura design cues to large luxury sedan
  • Changes include a new grille, new hood, redesigned wheels, updated taillights, and revised rear bumper details
  • Upgraded interior materials and redesigned front seats
  • Standard AcuraWatch driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems now include stress-reducing Traffic Jam Assist technology
  • Standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine now paired with new 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport Hybrid drivetrain and handling characteristics are retuned for improved performance
  • New interior color: Espresso
  • New exterior colors: Majestic Black and Brilliant Red

2018 Acura TLX

  • Freshened styling adds new Acura design cues to midsize TLX sedan
  • Everything forward of the windshield is new, plus redesigned aluminum wheels and, for V-6 models, a revised rear bumper with dual exhaust outlets and a diffuser panel
  • New A-Spec trim debuts, adding a more aggressive look inside and out, retuned steering and suspension components, and new 19-in. wheels
  • Enhanced standard equipment list includes automatic high-beam headlights, AcuraWatch driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone-projection technology
  • Updated infotainment system for faster response, improved user experience
  • Revised and expanded Advance option package content