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2018 Acura TLX sharpens up outside, smartens up inside

A mid-cycle refresh comprehensively improves an overlooked entry-level luxury player.

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Acura's TLX is charged with taking the murderer's row that is Audi's A4, BMW's 3 Series, Cadillac's ATS and Lexus' IS, among others.

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You're looking at a V6 model with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. A sportier A-Spec trim is also available.

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Acura's 2016 Precision Concept has clearly contributed to the bold, love-it-or-loathe-it nose of the 2018 TLX.

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The TLX's trunk has 14.3 cubic feet of storage space.

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New available interior features include ambient light piping, wireless charging pad and power seat thigh extension.

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All-wheel-drive TLX V6 models like this weigh around 3,600 pounds.

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Many AcuraWatch advanced driver-assist systems come standard, including forward collision warning with auto-brake and lane-keep assist. Blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert and a 360-degree camera system are optional.

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Six-element Jewel Eye LED headlamps are standard.

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LED fog lamps come on models equipped with the TLX's Advance trim.

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"SH-AWD" is Acura-speak for torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive.

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Acura calls its new grille treatment "diamond pentagon." Fair enough.

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