2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX: Amped-up appeal with improved performance and infotainment

With more technology and more data sources being piped into cars every day, automakers have been struggling to figure out how to present drivers with a crush of information in a safe, intuitive way. That swelling tide has given rise to increasingly complex infotainment systems featuring multi-controllers and ever-larger displays. It's become enough of a problem that companies like Acura and Infiniti have resorted to using more than one big screen in their center stacks just to relay all the information. So far, though, such dual-display arrays have left a lot to be desired.

The 2018 TLX sedan is a tacit acknowledgement that Acura's twin-screen system hasn't been the most intuitive interface, let alone the quickest. This infotainment approach was first introduced on the company's 2013 RLX flagship, and since then, Acura's engineers have been steadily beavering away, making incremental improvements it rolled out to other vehicles.

With the automaker's 2018 TLX, Acura's regularly criticized system has been given its first major overhaul, a much-needed update that helps both speed up and greatly rationalize most functions. The changes are so significant that Honda's premium brand is now calling the system On Demand Multi-Use Display 2.0, or ODMD 2.0 for short. Catchy, eh?

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