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2022 Acura ILX

2022 Acura ILX

The company’s smallest compact sedan rolls into another year without any noticeable upgrades.

Since the 2013 model year, the ILX has come a long way without the need of introducing a new generation. But the 2022 model year is just as same as the2019 facelift which makes no sense. However, it is the cheapest Acura to wear its expensive badging and in our opinion, it is still a good-looking car. So what might be the things that could have been better?

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2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

The best-selling from Acura’s catalog even got better with a complete redesign

The second-generation Acura TLX has launched, and with it comes a plethora of exterior and interior upgrades along with a few upgraded features. It rides on an all-new platform and now competes with the Germans like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, and the Audi A5 while it is priced the lowest among them at $38,545. Is it the best you can buy in this budget? Let’s find out.

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2022 Acura TLX Type S

2022 Acura TLX Type S

Is th Acura TLX Type-S Foreshadowing a New Generation of Acura Performance Cars?

June 2021 was an important day for Acura and their TLX Type-S, as the new performance sedan finally hit the market. To recap, Acura will only produce 2,000 examples of the TLX Type-S. It is unknown at this point how many of the 2,000 will be the model year 2021 and how many 2022. The real question is whether or not Acura is testing the waters to decide whether it should expand production beyond the initial run of 2,000 cars.

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2019 Acura TLX PMC Edition

2019 Acura TLX PMC Edition

It’s built in the same factory as the NSX supercar

The Acura TLX PMC Edition is a special-edition version of the premium company’s compact sedan. Unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show, not long before the first-generation TLX is set to go out of production, the PMC Edition is more than just a limited-edition car with a few extra features. Unlike previous special-editions from Acura, the TLX PMC Edition is handcrafted in the Performance Manufacturing Center, where the NSX supercar is produced.

Combining the premium interior features of the Advance Package and the sporty exterior elements of the A-Spec line, the TLX PMC Edition stands out among its siblings and climbs at the top of the TLX lineup. The first vehicle to be part of the PMC Edition line, the TLX will soon be followed by an MDX crossover with similar features. Let’s find out what makes the PMC Edition stand out.

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2018 Acura RLX

2018 Acura RLX

Redesigned on the outside, almost the same on the inside

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

Updated 11/06/2017: Acura announced prices for the 2018 RLX which is now on sale at dealer nationwide. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2017 - 2018 Acura MDX

2017 - 2018 Acura MDX

The updated Acura MDX has finally made its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show

Around since the 2001 model year, the Acura MDX is a very hot commodity and has been a huge success, proving to be one of the best-selling three-row luxury crossovers of all time, and has historically sat below the Lexus RX as the best-selling luxury crossover. It’s been through two generational shifts with the third-gen model making its debut for the 2015 model year and was facelifted just a couple of years later, to bring about the new diamond pentagon grille, LED headlamps, LED taillights, and an updated AcuraWatch safety system that includes automatic collision braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, all as standard equipment. Its exterior style to cues from the Acura Precision Concept and the Acura NSX, the latter of which also inspired the drivetrain found in the hybrid model.

The MDX has had pretty steady sales since the third-gen model was introduced, with 2014 accounting for 65,603 units sold, 2015 accounting for 58,208 units, and 2016 accounting for 55,495 units. Those are U.S. numbers only, and this is a global model so you can imagine the global sales are significantly higher. As we move into 2018, Acura continues to set the pace as a leader in the segment by bringing about an updated infotainment system, some new exterior colors, and a new pricing point that is a bit higher than it was for 2017, but not by much and well worth it considering what you get from a luxury brand like Acura. Check out our full review below to learn all about the facelifted, third-gen MDX.

Update 9/19/2017: Acura has released pricing for the 2018 model year, and there are a couple of updates to talk about as well. Check out our review below to learn all about it.

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The MDX gets a battery pack and some extra output!

Acura first presented the third-generation MDX in production form at the 2013 New York Auto Show, and it went into production just a month later in Lincoln, Alabama. Offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes use of variable cylinder management, and as a FWD vehicle in the U.S. for the first time, the MDX was ready to continue its battle in an overpopulated segment. But, to stay at the top of the food chain, the MDX has to remain as relevant and fresh as possible, which is why Acura gave it a fairly intensive facelift for the 2017 model year. As such, it’s more aggressive than ever and features Acura’s new Precision Grille on the outside while the interior took some minor changes to offer better refinement and space. Now, Acura is bringing an updated MDX Sport Hybrid to the market, and it offers a significant improvement in power over the range-topping, non-hybrid MDX.

To put it simply, the new MDX Hybrid uses the same three-motor setup that is found in the RLX Sport Hybrid and the Acura NSX and pushes the output for this new range-topper over the top with an extra 30 ponies and 40 percent better fuel economy in the city. That’s a pretty big deal for those of you who are concerned with fuel usage, and for those who want just a little extra oomph. The MDX Sport Hybrid is set to hit dealers starting in early April, so let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table before it gets there.

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2017 Acura TLX – Driven

2017 Acura TLX – Driven

Acura acts tough, but can’t shake its happy Honda heritage

The Acura TLX competes in a rather strong segment with players like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, not to mention relative newcomers like the Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia. Needless to say, Acura has its work cut out. Curious to see how the TLX performs on familiar streets, I recently spent a week with a 2017 model fitted with the optional 3.5-liter V-6 and SH-AWD. This would technically be Acura’s hottest-performing TLX. So how’d it do?

Well, I’ll get to that. But first, some backstory.

The TLX hit the scene for the 2015 model year. It was designed to replace the compact TSX and slightly larger TL sedans. Acura essentially reorganized its sedan lineup, which now includes the compact,

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based ILX, the mid-size TLX, and the RLX luxury flagship. Not much has changed for the 2017 model year beyond a slight price increase. This means the car carries over with its standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder, eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel drive. Different option packages bring high-tech bits like active safety features and upgradeg leather seats to go the an ELS stereo system.

My tester, which came fully kitted out with the V-6, AWD, the Technology Package and Advance Package, represented the cream of the TLX crop. Its $45,740 price tag actually sits mid-pack in relation to its competition, with the Audi and Alfa Romeo coming in slightly lower, while the Mercedes and BMW can be optioned to cost more than $5,000 more than the my loaded TLX tester. What’s that mean for Acura? The TLX represents a relative bargain. And, thanks to its 290-horsepower engine and torque-vectoring AWD system with rear-wheel steering, the Acura provides plenty of fun when driven hard, with a sure-footed grip when tooling around town.

There’s more to the Acura TLX, so keep reading for the full driven review.

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2017 Acura MDX – Driven

2017 Acura MDX – Driven

A new face for Acura’s hot-selling MDX

The Acura MDX has been roaming streets since the turn of the new millennium. It has held fairly strong sales numbers, with 2014 being its best year with 65,603 examples finding homes. That makes sense, as the 2014 model year marked the first year of the current generation. But sales have slowly slipped, with Acura only moving 49,252 MDX models in the first 11 months of 2016. However, the three-row crossover has a new hope – a heavily refreshed face for the 2017 model year.

The new MDX loses the unloved “shield” or “beak,” as some called it, trading it in favor of a pentagonal grille with a massive Acura logo affixed front and center. It takes after the Acura Precision Concept. A revised rear fascia and chrome rocker panels further add a level of luxury not present before.

Matching the updated looks are a slew of updated safety systems. AcuraWatch is now standard on every MDX and includes Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Thanks to these new systems, along with the LED headlights that scored an “Acceptable” rating with the IIHS, the MDX made the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ list for 2017.

The underpinnings continue almost unchanged, however, including the 3.5-liter V-6, nine-speed automatic transmission, and Acura’s available Super Handling AWD system. That’s not a big deal, as the V-6 continues to offer excellent power and efficiency. The i-VTEC and direct-injection 3.5-liter makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque while achieving 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined on models equipped with SH-AWD.

To get a feel of the refreshed 2017 MDX, Acura sent me an example to test for a week. I used it as a daily driver – chauffeuring the kid to school, picking up groceries, and making runs across town. Here are my thoughts and impressions.

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2016 - 2017 Acura ILX

2016 - 2017 Acura ILX

Cool TLX-inspired design, but a disappointing "new" engine

The Acura ILX debuted for the 2013 model year as Acura’s first compact model since the Acura RSX was discontinued in 2006. After only a couple years on the market, Acura decided to refresh the ILX for the 2016 model year. The refresh wasn’t exactly extensive, but the ILX did gain updated front and rear fascias, a restyled front grille, five-point LED headlights, and LED taillights. Acura also dropped the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in favor of a 2.4-liter and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission from the TLX, giving the ILX a bump up to 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Interior updates were rather thin, but the interior did get some contrast stitching and some new technological add-ons that were available for the upper trim levels.

The ILX made its first debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, but didn’t go on sale until February of 2016. Of course, we were really hoping that the ILX would get a little more power, considering the only gain really came in the form of torque, but this was a simple facelift and Acura did good by us on the body and interior. A redesigned model isn’t expected until closer to 2020, so until then, the ILX will continue with minor changes from the 2016 refresh on. That said, the 2017 model has carried on unchanged and went on sale in April of 2016. Let’s take a closer look at the refreshed ILX and go over all the fine details.

Updated 04/12/2016: Acura announced prices for the 2017 ILX - a model that continues unchanged over the 2016 model year and will be put on sale tomorrow, April 13, 2016.

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2015 - 2016 Acura TLX

2015 - 2016 Acura TLX

The Acura TLX is a new model in Acura’s lineup that debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014. It was a replacement for the Acura TL and TSX sedans and boasted the option of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 209 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V-6 that was upgraded for 2016 to produce 290 horsepower. Improving performance even further was the option of Acura’s SH-AWD system for upper trim level models. The TLX didn’t see any other improvements for 2016, but it already sported a front and rear end similar to that of the Honda Accord, including the Jewel-eye LED headlights.

The TLX was first presented in concept form – dubbed the TLX Prototype – at the 2014 Detroit Auto show and, as you already know, it was only a few months later that the production model showed up. In short, it was a move by Acura to jumpstart its position in the Performance Luxury Sedan market because the TS and TSX just weren’t cutting the mustard and couldn’t gain traction in the market. At the end of the day, Acura did pretty well with the TLX, and it should be up for a facelift by 2018. Until then, let’s take a look at the 2015 to 2016 Acura TLX and everything that it brought to the table from Honda’s performance brand.

Updated 09/23/2015: Acura announced prices for the 2016 TLX, which will go on sale on September 24. Prices will range from $31,695 for the base TLX with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and up to $44,800 for the 3.5L SH-AWD TLX with Advance Package.

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2014 - 2016 Acura MDX

2014 - 2016 Acura MDX

As we all know, the Acura MDX model that we saw in Detroit was only a prototype that gave prospective buyers "a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation." Well, now that the 2013 New York Auto Show is upon us, the 2014 MDX has officially been unveiled in full-production form.

In all honesty, the prototype and the production models are very similar, but Acura basically just toned down the extreme stuff. Things like the LED bars on the front and rear bumpers are nixed. Additionally, Acura gave the front skirt a more traditional look; as opposed to the futuristic treatment it received in the prototype. From the side, the prototype and the production models are nearly indistinguishable, as they both carry almost the identical profile and the rims are identical.

One thing that we’re sure every Acura fan has been waiting for is the revealing of the new model’s interior. And Acura delivered the goods today.

Updated 02/03/2015: Acura announced prices and details for the 2016 MDX, a model that comes with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The model is now available at Acura dealerships at a starting price of $42,865.

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2015 Acura TLX - Driven

2015 Acura TLX - Driven

The Acura TL and TSX were long in the tooth, very outdated and were in desperate need of replacement. Acura recognized this need and answered it with the 2015 TLX, which is a sort-of replacement for both now-discontinued models. Slightly larger than the TSX and a little smaller than the unimpressive TL, the TLX finds itself in a crowded segment that includes perennial stalwarts like the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and the Audi A4.

Acura has been working hard to upgrade its lineup in recent years. First came the introduction of the ILX, which I tested a few weeks ago, and now we have the TLX. I fell in love with the ILX, but I felt that it was screaming for a dual-clutch transmission. Fortunately, my TLX came with the same 2.4-liter engine as the ILX and had a dual-clutch transmission, so logic would say that it had to check nearly every box on my list.

Read on to find out if my logic holds true or if the TLX failed to meet my expectations like the TL it replaces.

Click past the jump to read my full review on the 2015 Acura TLX 2.4 with the Technology PAckage.

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2015 Acura TLX by Galpin Auto Sports

2015 Acura TLX by Galpin Auto Sports

To make a mark in the luxury sport sedan market, Acura will need to offer a pretty enticing product, but it looks like it’s on target with the TLX. So far, the response has been positive, as the car features some of the latest developments that the Japanese automaker has on tap. The TLX first appeared in dealerships over the summer, bringing with it a wide range of technology to choose from. Drivetrain options include a 2.4-liter inline-four mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, or 3.5-liter V-6 putting power down through a nine-speed automatic. Both come with Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), while the V-6 model also offers Acura’s trademark Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system.

To help solidify the sporting image of it’s new sedan, Acura will make an appearance at SEMA with this very blue TLX customized by Galpin Auto Sports (of Pimp My Ride fame). The pimped TLX showcases what can be done to enhance both the look and performance of the sport sedan with mild modifications to the body, suspension, and brakes.

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2015 Acura ILX 2.4L Premium - Driven

2015 Acura ILX 2.4L Premium - Driven

The last time Acura made a compact luxury car based on the Civic we received the RSX, which had a cult-like following but ultimately didn’t fit what Acura was trying to be. After only five model years, Acura laid the RSX to rest and left the Civic alone for a few years. With the luxury compact sedan market as hot as it had ever been, Acura chose to meddle with the Civic again and released the 2013 ILX. Initially, the ILX had three drivetrains available: two gasoline drivetrains and one hybrid. As we head into the 2015 model year, Acura wisely cut the slow-selling hybrid model and left the two gasoline powertrains, which include a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter, to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLA250 and Buick Verano.

I got a crack at the ILX Premium with the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. Since I had already spent a week with the 2015 Honda Civic Si, I knew what the engine and transmission were all about. What I didn’t know was whether the throaty, high-revving i-VTEC engine was appropriate for a luxury car.

With my weeklong drive in the books, I was able to formulate an opinion on the ILX sedan. You can read all of my thoughts on it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about my time with the 2015 Acura ILX 2.4L Premium.

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2013 - 2015 Acura ILX

2013 - 2015 Acura ILX

After revealing the ILX Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, Acura has quickly followed it up with the production version at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Carrying the same ILX name, the new sedan will be offered with a choice of two different engines, as well as a Hybrid version for those with a particular love for the environment.

The Acura ILX addresses the young buyers that are looking for their first luxury vehicle. Acura has promised the ILX will be a cheaper alternative to models like the Buick Verano and the Audi A3.

"First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that’s what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

Updated 06/17/2014: Acura announced prices for the 2015 ILX which continues to be offered with the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change includes a new Modern Steel Metallic exterior paint that replaces the Polished Metal Metallic.

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2015 Acura RDX

2015 Acura RDX

Since the new Acura RDX made its market debut in the the 2013 model year, the SUV has become a popular one for customers, posting 22 straight monthly sales record as of February 2014. For the 2015 model year, the RDX packs most of what made it such a desirable model, including with the same V-6 engine that nets 270 horsepower and Acura’s innovative Technology Package.

While other models look better than the RDX, there is a certain amount of appeal to the SUV’s rather no-frills character. The all-business look lends to its strong and fuel efficient V-6, and when you add all the standard equipment put into the RDX, it usually translates to strong customer appeal and, in turn, high volume of sales.

Acura’s hitching its wagon to the belief that the popularity of the RDX will remain for the 2015 model. It’s a precarious position to be in, but for the most part, the company is adhering to the "if it ain’t broke, why fix it?" adage.

The RDX has been successful far so there’s little reason to believe that it can’t do it again, at least for another year.

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2014 Acura MDX - Driven

2014 Acura MDX - Driven

Acura has had a run of disappointments in recent years, particularly when I happened to receive the Acura TL in place of an RLX that had some "issues" preventing me from getting a fair shot at it. And it was little more than a Honda wrapped up in an Acura costume. In fact, my tester Accord had more features than it, but I digress. I am here to talk about the 2014 Acura MDX.

For 2014, Acura scrapped the old MDX body and slapped on some brand-new sheet metal with all sorts of sharp angles and gorgeous lines. No longer does it look like a Honda Pilot wearing a different mask. It honestly looks like something that belongs in the same class as the BMW X5 and Mercedes GL-Class — at least in the press images it does.

So you can imagine that I was pretty antsy to get my hands on it, and that was multiplied by my crappy experience with the TL. So, what did I think of the TL once I got my chance behind the wheel?

Click past the jump to read my full Driven Review and find out.

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2015 Acura TLX Prototype

2015 Acura TLX Prototype

Acura is preparing to replace the lackluster TL with the new TLX performance luxury sedan. The first preview of the car — the TLX prototype — made its debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The new TLX will feature a sportier look than the TL that it replaces, and it will be offered with two all-new engines that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy. Both engines will mate to an all-new advanced transmission that drives either two wheels or all four wheels.

On top of the new drivetrain, Acura also announced that the model will carry a new design language, a roomier cabin than the one offered in the TL and lots of new technology.

The new TLX will be put on sale in mid-2014, which also happens to be the same time that Acura will give the axe treatment to the unsuccessful TSX. This will leave company to motor on with just three sedans: ILX, TLX and RLX.

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2014 Acura RLX VIP Special Edition

2014 Acura RLX VIP Special Edition

The replacement for the Acura RL was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and it went on sale in early 2013. Now, after just a few months, Acura is already at the 2013 SEMA Show with a special-edition RLX VIP developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports.

The update started under the hood where Evasive installed a new exhaust system that includes four titanium exhaust tips. The RLX also received a new Prototype Tein Street Flex coil-over suspension system that brings the RLX body closer to the ground. A new set of wheels combined with a high-performance brake system round out the performance upgrades offered for the sedan.

The exterior received an update by way of an aggressive body kit, and the interior gets custom neck pillows wrapped in Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print.

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2014 Acura TL

2014 Acura TL

Acura unveiled the fourth-generation TL in 2008, and four years later, it decided to update its look. Unfortunately, Acura didn’t manage to obtain the sleek looks that the TL’s competitors have featured as of late, putting it slightly behind the eight ball in terms of buyers that want the latest and greatest looks. And despite Acura calling it a performance-oriented sport sedan, the TL is anything, but "sporty."

The TL has the advantage of offering a pretty big list of standard features on both the exterior and the interior. This is an absolute must, considering the TL essentiall falls on its face in every other category: it’s not too attractive, has too much plastic inside the cabin and front-wheel isn’t too sporty.

For the 2014 model year, the TL is offered in two versions — base and SH-AWD — with prices starting from $36,030 and $39,580, respectively. Acura is also offering two additional packages: Technology Package and Advance Package that add $3,730 and $5,930, respectively. A Special Edition package was also added for the 2014 model year.

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2013 Acura TSX

2013 Acura TSX

The TSX is one of Acura’s sportiest models with European suspension tunes keeping the front-drive sedan interesting to drive. It competes with low-spec Lexus IS models, base Audi A4s, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA250, as well as numerous mid-size cars, like the Hyundai Sonata Turbo.

The big news for the model is that last year’s Special Edition model continues into 2013 packing a deeper front bumper, some tasteful side skirts and a new rear bumper that emphasizes the TSX’s dual exhaust pipes. The SE is one of the cheapest trims and is offered on the four-cylinder models only. Coming with either a six-speed manual or no-cost automatic transmission, the Special Edition also dresses up the interior with unique lighting, red stitching and some great-looking aluminum pedals.

The TSX has been Acura’s cheapest model since its 2003 introduction, but the bottom rung is now occupied by the Civic-based ILX sedan. The TSX is not much larger inside than the ILX but packs more refined driving manners, better handling, and an optional V-6 that dramatically improves performance, but it comes with some drawbacks versus the high-revving four that powers most TSX’s.

Refreshed in 2011, the TSX is looking very familiar and tired in standard trims, making the Special Edition more desirable than ever. The TSX’s primarily German competitors have all moved up a size and price class in the 10 years since the TSX debuted, soon to be replaced by future compact sedans from Audi and BMW.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Acura TSX Special Edition.

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