Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2019 Acura TLX Near Norcross, GA

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2019 Acura TLX

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The TLX’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord is safer than the TLX:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

23 cm

23 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.9/.2 kN

1.6/2.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

1.7/1.8 kN

4.4/5 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2018 Accord the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The TLX was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Accord’s engine. A rubber belt that needs periodic replacement drives the TLX 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts. If the TLX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Accord’s reliability 25 points higher than the TLX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 10 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine Comparison

The Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord 2.0T is faster than the Acura TLX V6 (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.9 sec

9.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.6 sec

14.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord gets better fuel mileage than the TLX:








26 city/35 hwy





22 city/32 hwy





30 city/38 hwy

23 city/33 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


Sport/Touring 1.5T/Auto

29 city/35 hwy





23 city/34 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


Sport/Touring 2.0T/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto A-Spec




20 city/29 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The TLX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord stops much shorter than the TLX:





70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Accord’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The TLX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the TLX (111.4 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Accord Sport handles at .90 G’s, while the TLX V6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the TLX (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Accord’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the TLX V6’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (39.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Acura TLX.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The TLX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Accord Touring is quieter than the TLX (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Accord has 12.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (105.6 vs. 93.3).

The Accord has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 5.9 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the TLX (16.7 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The TLX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Accord owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Accord with a number “8” insurance rate while the TLX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord is less expensive to operate than the TLX because it costs $432 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord than the TLX, including $254 less for a muffler, $281 less for a starter, $162 less for fuel injection, $72 less for front struts and $369 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” 2018 and for 22 of the last 24 years. The TLX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The TLX has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The TLX has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Acura TLX by over 9 to one during 2017.

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