The Acura Integra Could Return to Racing
Acura just revealed the new 2023 Integra, marking the name’s return to the market in nearly two decades (2006, to be specific), but what happens next? Well, if Acura has its way, it’ll be putting the Integra back on the racetrack yet again, but it’s not entirely up to Acura, and we’re talking about cross-company politics here.
This Three-Generation Drag Battle Between The Hottest Acura Sedans Is Downright Crazy
When a new car model comes out, it’s always interesting to see how it stacks up against its older generations. New models should be better in every aspect compared to their previous iterations, but with ever-stringent emissions regulations, is it really possible? The YouTube channel Sam CarLegion showcases just that by pitting three generations of the Acura TLX against each other in a drag race.
2022 Acura MDX - Not a Red-Headed Step Child Anymore
Acura wasn’t short on marketing praise for the 2022 MDX. According to carmaker, the new MDX is the "most premium, performance-focused and technologically sophisticated SUV in Acura history."
Of course, every mother loves her child and there’s obviously more to the 2022 MDX than just looks. Vector in that a turbo V-6 MDX Type S is also coming in 2021 towards the end of the summer and we could be looking at a first step in a very enticing direction for Acura.
Acura MDX Prototype - The Future of Acura Has Arrived
The seven-year-old, third-generation Acura MDX is going out of production in 2020. The Japanese firm is making way for a new-generation model that will debut in 2021 for the 2022 model year. Before we can see the real thing, Acura gives us a preview with the MDX Prototype, essentially a production-ready concept. The prototype SUV showcases a wider, sportier exterior, a more modern interior with better tech, and a new platform with a double-wishbone front suspension.
2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition
Acura has introduced the PMC Edition of its best-selling SUV, the RDX. The RDX was introduced back in 2006 as a spiritual successor to the MDX, which went to take bigger roles in the portfolio, quite literally. The RDX debuted as a premium entry-level crossover and is an important product for Acura. Initially, it was built on the same platform that underpinned the Honda Civic and the CR-V, but the third-generation introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model year SUV and was based on a new platform. It has been the best-selling SUV for Acura in the last two years, so, keeping it fresh is imperative.
The company has introduced the PMC Edition of the SUV in Thermal Orange shade that is reminiscent of the NSX Hybrid supercar. And the price? $52,995 including destination charges. Is this a steal deal?
The MDX Prototype Could Amplify Acura’s Newfound Technological Dominance
Seven years old as of 2020, the third-generation Acura MDX is on its way out. A much-improved fourth-gen model is underway for an October 14 unveiling, but the SUV we’re going to see later this week is a prototype of the upcoming production model.
Acura just unveiled images and details of the new MDX’s interior and it all looks very promising. Not only a step up in terms of premium features, it also comes with brand-new technology and upgraded connectivity. The digital displays are also much bigger than before. Let’s have a closer look below.
2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition
Four months after unveiling the TLX PMC Edition, Acura is giving the same special edition treatment to its RDX crossover. Dubbed the RDX PMC Edition, the special edition crossover benefits from the same exclusive additions Acura gave to the TLX. That includes the Thermal Orange Pearl paint finish that’s arguably one of the best colors you can get in the market. The RDX PMC Edition now occupies the range-topping slot in the lineup, combining the two trims sitting underneath it — the A-Spec and Advance Package — into one model. Befitting its status as a top-of-the-line special edition model, Acura is limiting the production of the special edition crossover to just 360 units, all of which are earmarked for the North American market. Each unit of the RDX PMC will carry a sticker price of “in the low $50,000,” according to Acura.
Does the Acura Type S Concept Make a Good Case for Revival of Acura’s Performance Arm?
Acura has introduced the Type S Concept, a model that not only serves as the official reintroduction of Acura’s Type S performance division, but it also serves as a preview to what the next-generation TLX will look like. According to Acura, two high-performance Type S models will make their debut by 2021, one of which is the TLX, but there’s a big elephant in the room – the Type S name, while revered by Honda and Acura Fanboys, only lasted eight years the last time it was a part of Acura’s lineup.
So, that raises a few questions: Is Acura’s reintroduction of the Type S name a strategic move in a time where some automakers are dropping cars from their lineup altogether or is it pure coincidence? Does the Type S Concept represent that Acura is ready to step back into the performance car battlefield yet again? Will the Type S name have a bright but short existence this time around or with it thrive? I intend to answer these questions, and we’ll start by exploring the new concept.
For $695 Hondata Will Give your 2019 Acura RDX the Mid-Range Torque it Deserves
Acura revamped theRDX last year and gave it a more aggressive face coupled with a sporty profile. All that is great, but the new car is lacking when it comes to mid-range torque. That’s where Hondata jumps in with its Flashpro system that gives you the ability to extract 45 more pound-feet of torque at the peak of the curve over the 280 you get from Acura.
Mid-range torque is a very important aspect, especially when we’re talking about SUVs. The RDX is Acura’s compact crossover offering and, while it does offer 28 pound-feet of torque more than the previous RDX with its 3.5-liter V-6, there’s still room for improvement. Hondata has already released ECU kits for the Civic and Accord, and now it’s the RDX’s time to shine with extra torque and, also, more power across the band.
2019 Acura MDX
When shopping for an SUV, there is usually a checklist involved before making a purchase. Is it spacious? Check. Does it have good power? Check. Is it well-built with quality materials? Check. Does it handle well? Check. Is it reliable? Check. Is there room for the in-laws? Check. The 2019 Acura MDX checks all those boxes and more all while providing subtle hints to let you know that you are in Honda’s premium brand.
Buyers Guide: 2018 Acura MDX Vs. 2018 Honda Pilot
The midsize SUV segment is as hot as ever, with families flocking to dealers to scoop up high-riding ‘utes capable of providing loads of cargo room, passenger comfort, and tech choices. Two of the most popular entries in this space come from Honda, including the Pilot, and, from its premium Acura brand offering, the MDX. But the question is this - which should you buy?
For starters, the MDX is one of the most popular three-row luxury SUVs ever created, with the current model headed for a new fourth generation sometime next year. However, there’s a newly refreshed Honda Pilot out as well, which is set to make its full debut later this month. Choosing between these two can be tricky given how similar they are, but luckily, we’re here to lay out all the important info, bringing it right here to help you pick the right model for your needs.
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Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don’t need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good
Acura debuted an updated TLX in New York today that featured a new precision grille, updated fascias, a new hood, and an updated infotainment system. The Technology and Advanced packages also bring even more value with new features. But, alongside that updated TLX, sits an all-new trim and it’s TLX you really want to pay attention to. It doesn’t offer any engine upgrades, but it comes standard with the 24-valve, 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. It’s not the power delivery that sets the A-Spec apart from the bunch, though. See, the A-Spec can be had in two-wheel drive or with Acura’s SH-AWD system, and it gets its unique look – a look that will make you think twice about considering something with an M or AMG badge on it.
To start things off, the new A-Spec gets an updated front fascia that combines the TLX’s new look with deeply recessed corner vents and a sporty air dam up front. The corner vents, air dam, and that new precision grille are outlined with a gloss-black trim insert that helps assert a strikingly aggressive look that stands out in this segment. Round fog lights tie things together for the front, but as you move to the side, there’s even more. The fender gets its own unique A-spec badge, while the side view mirrors get gloss black arms. Down below, the A-spec has updated and mildly aggressive side skirts. The trim around the windows on the A-spec are also finished in gloss black. The real conversation piece here, however, are the dark-finish, 19-inch wheels that are exclusive to this model only and are wrapped in 245-series rubber.
Around back, a black spoiler graces the rear deck lid, while a new diffuser-like element in gloss-black adds a bit of aggression to the rear. Large, exhaust outlets can be found on each corner, with a slight angle toward the outer corners. There’s some modification under the metal and inside too, so keep reading to learn more about that.
Acura Snarls at Germany with a Viciously Redesigned TLX
The TLX isn’t even out of the toddler stages yet, but it’s already asserting its dominance in a segment that contains models like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and even models like the Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia. With a segment full of heavy hitters, you have to stay fresh and alert, and when the doors opened at the 2018 New York Auto Show, it’s clear that Acura is doing just that with the TLX. The new front fascia provides distinctive lines with a fresh look down below. The corner inserts get new LED fog lights and chrome surrounding trim. This is the icing on the cake, however, as the new precision grille stands out indefinitely in comparison to the current model. It’s wider, taller, and outlined in a healthy dose of chrome. Tying the whole front end together is a new hood with muscular lines and a pair of updated Jewel Eye headlights.
The side profile gets a new chrome insert along the side skirts while the rear end gets a restyled fascia with a diffuser-like element at the bottom, two rectangular exhaust outlets, and a pair of chrome inserts that match those on the front fascia. These updates definitely make the car more attractive, but also give the TLX a significant advantage over the competition. But, there’s more. All V-6 models can now be equipped with SH-AWD while the Technology Package now offers those chrome side sill garnishing, new seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a thigh extension on the driver’s seat. The Advance Package adds trapezoidal fog lights, surround view camera, wireless charging page, ambient lighting, heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats, rear spoiler, and folding side mirrors.
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2018 Acura TLX
The Acura TLX hit showrooms for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the TL and TSX sedans. After just a couple of years on the market, Acura commissioned a facelifted for 2018 that will keep the first generation alive until at least 2021. The big news here is that the TLX is getting a new pentagonal grille that not only replaces the beak found on most Acura vehicles but is also similar to the grille found on the Precision concept and the updated MDX crossover. That new grille will be accented by new headlight units and a new fascia. Inside, the 2018 TLX changes very little with this facelift but does have Acura’s updated dual-screen interface that’s said to be 30-percent faster and has more intuitive menus. Drivetrain options carry over unchanged, with the base model making use of a 206-horsepower four-cylinder and the TLX V6 getting the same 290-horsepower V-6 mill. Pricing for the updated TLX starts out at $33,000 and climbs to as much as $45,750 for the range-topping TLX 3.5 SH-AWD with the Advance Package.
So, as you can see, the term “facelift” is perfect for this model as the updates are focused primarily on the exterior design. And, while there isn’t any major improvement to the interior and absolutely zero improvements to the mechanical bits and pieces under the hood, it’s still a fitting update after just a few short years on the market. With competition like the Infiniti Q50, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes C-Class, the Acura TLX has its work cut out. Will the new looks be enough to keep the TLX relevant? Let’s take a good look and find out.
2017 Acura TLX – Driven
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,
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 Quick Look: Rear Seats
Acura has given its MDX three-row crossover a heavy refresh for the 2017 model year. Things inside haven’t changed much, but the MDX still sports a rather attractive interior that is also extremely functional. Case in point: the rear seats.
The 2017 MDX is parked in my driveway this week and I’ve fallen in love with how simple and user friendly the rear seat area is. Not only is there a ton of space for five people in the second and third rows, but getting into and out of them is extremely simple. Much of that is thanks to Acura’s electronic push-button fold and slide feature for the second row. Two buttons are given for the purpose – one down low within easy reach for kids and one up high near the shoulder support. Just press the button and the electronic latches disengage and the 60/40-split bench tilts and slides forward.
This gives ample access to the third row’s two-person seating. A gentile push moves the second row seat back into place, locking firmly into its floor tracks. What’s more, the action even works with a child seat attached to the LATCH system. Just be sure to take the baby out first. When it comes time to disembark, the passengers in the third row can easily push the high-mounted button on the second row’s seatback.
Comfort for second row passengers ranks high on the scale. The seatbacks can recline a good ways with the pull of manual lever mounted on the outboard of the seat base. Pull the lever with an empty seat, and the seat back folds forward to a flat loading area.
The third row also folds flat with a simple lever action. Even moms and dads who skip the gym can effortlessly raise the third row via the same grab handles. When flat, the MDX offers roughly 90 cubic feet of cargo room. Behind the third row, there is still slightly more than 15 cubic feet of room. A covered storage bin resides under the rear load floor and is the perfect place for random odds and ends. Acura did a really great job designing an easy to use seating arrangement and cargo area.
Also noteworthy, 2017 brings four 2.5-amp USB ports for quick charging of portable devices. Two reside below the second row’s HVAC controls on the rear of the center console. The other two are located inside the center console and next to a 1.5-amp USB port that connects to the infotainment system. There are five USB ports in total. It seems Acura understands the modern, connected customer.
Stay tuned for more spotlight reviews and a full driven review of the 2017 Acura MDX.
If you are an owner of Acura’s newest flagship car the 2015 RLX, you should probably give your local dealer a ring. It seems that Acura is recalling nearly 10,000 models of RLX sold in the United States for a headlight issue. For a reason that was not thoroughly explained, the reflective lining in the back of the headlamp housing can delaminate and come off. If this happens, the headlights should still function just fine, but they will likely have diminished brightness. The main reason for the recall is that without the lamination in place, the car is in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 and that technically makes the illegal for road use.
Thankfully there have been no reported crashes, deaths or injuries resulting from this defect. It is recommended that if you are an owner that you call your Acura dealer as soon as you can to see if your car is one of the 9,700 units affected. Otherwise, Acura will begin sending out notices in the mail to affected owners in February 2015. If you don’t like talking to your dealer, and you don’t want to wait until February, Acura says that owners can also do a search at recalls.Acura.com to see if their car is one of the defective models.
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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.