2018 test drives
I figured a few of us would be test driving and possibly buying the new 2018 models, so maybe we can all post our thoughts here. As a previous owner of a 2015 3.5 Tech, I was very interested in this new version of the TLX. I really liked my TLX, but Acura Canadas lack of updates and recalls for the problematic tranny really made it hard to enjoy driving. Mine didnt have the really bad 2-3 upshift, but I hated how slow it was to downshift and just how unresponsive the transmission felt. My wife got herself a new MDX by trading in the TLX and I inherited her RDX. Nice ride, but an SUV really isnt my thing. I was hoping the new TLX adressed some of the issues I had and inproved on what I thought was an otherwise great car for the money. Today I drove a 2018 3.5 SHAWD A-Spec Elite, which here in Canada would be eqivilent to the US Advanced A-Spec. It was a black one and I think very sinister and aggressive looking in this colour. It also had the alcantera/leather interior. Wow would honestly the best way to describe it. It doesnt even feel like the same car. Granted its no Bimmer, but it feels like it performs much better, light years ahead of my 15. Although its slightly fake, the motor and exhaust sound great, even a bit loud at times. Turn-in and overall handling with the better tires and A-Spec suspension was very sharp. The 19" wheel and tire combo does ride stiffer, but it was not an overly harsh ride. The car feels a bit lower, dont know if the suspension is slightly lower or maybe the seat itself is, but it did seem a bit lower compared ot my 15. Overall the handling and ride were vastly better then my 15. The interior now gets rid of the fake wood and replaces it with a metal looking material. Dont think it was real metal, but it looked and felt far better then the fake wood. Didnt get a chance to see the LED lighting, but it will probably look pretty cool at night. The gauges are now mostly red and the headliner black. Seat comfort was great and one of the things I did like about my 15. The new graphics and headunit looks much better and almost has a smartphone look to it with the graphics and fonts. Navi looks the same, but I never really had a problem with it anyway. It does overall feel faster and the menus much easier to use. A few things I did notice, I dont think the colour of the displays can be changed from blue/re/amber/grn like the old cars. Or maybe I just couldnt find the option. Also, the top display doesnt show radio/xm/etc info anymore. Map or phone info is all I saw. Granted, this car was right off the truck, still covered in plastic and hadnt been PDI'd so maybe things were not set up all the way with regards to some of the features. Also, I was told the red interior is only available on white and black cars in the A-Spec line. The exterior looks really aggressive and it seems lower and wider in person. The grill is very intricate, the wheels look great and I loved the big exhaust tips, even though they are fake like most other cars on the road. I love the look of the car now. Something I did noticed, the mirrors now fold when the doors are locked. It did however not have the walk away locks OR they werent enabled. Like I mentioned above, not PDI'd, so Im hoping its a new feature. Now to the transmission. My 2017 MDX has the ZF9 and it was an improvement over my TLX. Still the odd hiccup, moslty when it was cold, but nothing major. This new TLX with the improved ZF9, didnt exhibit ANY of the issues I had with mine. The up and downshifts in Sport and + were seemless and lightning quick. No bump during the 2-3 upshift, it didnt lunge forward on the downshifts, etc. Honestly it feels totally different then I expected. Thats all for now, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. Oh, dealer is searching for a Still Night Blue Pearl A-Spec Elite for me. So I liked it enough to get another one lol.
Last edited by MTD; 05-27-2017 at 07:08 PM.