2018 Acura TLX vs. 2018 Ford Fusion

December 29th, 2017 by

2018 Acura TLX

The 2018 Ford Fusion and the 2018 Acura TLX are both sedans that offer drivers comfort, convenience, and technology features, as well as a dynamic performance on the road. But even the base TLX comes with more equipment than the fully loaded Fusion. The TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS is the base model and surpasses the Ford Fusion Platinum FWD with:

  • More Features
  • Better Residual Value
  • Better Fuel Economy
  • Better Warranty
  • Higher Safety Ratings


Though the TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS is the base model, it still has more features that are lacking on the top-of-the-line Fusion model. Some key features found on the TLX but missing on the Fusion include:

  • MP3 Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
  • Noise/Sound Cancellation
  • Armrest Storage in the Front and Rear
2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX

Residual Value

The Acura TLX also retains more of its value over time than the Fusion, which can be an important factor when it’s time to sell or trade in. Already priced lower than the Fusion, the TLX also manages to retain 44% of its residual value after 36 months, while the Fusion holds just 39% after the same amount of time. After 60 months, the TLX has 34% residual value while the Fusion drops to 26%.

2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX

Fuel Economy

Drivers of the TLX will continue to save over time with the TLX’s superior fuel economy. Drivers will be able to go for longer stretches before filling up, savings that add up quickly over time.

  • TLX 2.4 8-DCT P-AWS – EPA-estimated 23 city / 33 highway / 27 combined mpg*
  • Fusion – 21 city / 31 highway / 25 combined mpg*
2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX


The TLX also offers better, more comprehensive warranties than the Fusion, with a basic warranty covering 48 months and 50,000 miles, compared to just 36 months and 36,000 miles on the Fusion.

2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX

 Safety Ratings

The TLX aces the NHTSA crash tests** with a score of 5 stars for both the Front Passenger Crash Test and the Rollover Crash Test. The Fusion scored just 3 stars on the Front Passenger Crash Test and 4 stars on the Rollover Crash Test.

2018 Acura TLX
2018 Acura TLX

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2018 Acura TLX by contacting us or visiting your nearest Chicagoland Acura Dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel for a test drive today.

*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.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).