Acura’s 3-G, 3-R SUV Wins Popularity Contest

2014 Acura MDX

Which is America’s best-selling, three-row, luxury SUV of all time (to-date)? If this wasn’t an Acura article, would you have answered that it’s the third-generation Acura MDX? Hmmm….

Acura reports that the MDX has had record sales during the first half of 2014. Broken down into concrete numbers, that’s a 68.4 percent increase over the first six months of 2013. Adding these 30,664 units sold gives a total of 692,710 MDXs sold during its 15-year history. That’s a SERIOUS number of cars!

Why is the Acura MDX SUV so popular? Acura says this is because the MDX SUV sets a “clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.” Let’s take a look at some of these trend-setting developments.

Exterior
Over time, Acura has continually updated the MDX’s shell according to the latest technology and materials. The 2014 vehicle is a full metamorphosis from previous models. The current MDX has a “more rigid, yet more lightweight body and chassis”. We’re speaking about 275 pounds lighter. This gives substantial improvement to “aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance”.

Safety
Design enhancements include “Acura’s next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura’s new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring”. That these advancements make the MDX a safety leader is continually recognized. For example, the third-generation MDX received a “TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched”.

“Easiness”
Then, there are a whole collection of things that make the 2014 Acura MDX SUV nice to own and drive. One is its “class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway”, making driving a little easier on your pocket. Another is the ease with which passengers can enter and exit third-row seats. This is thanks to the “kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature”. Third, connectivity is more easily accomplished thanks to the “next-generation AcuraLink™ system”.

With its red, white, and blue manufacturing roots (Lincoln, Alabama) and a significant number of its parts sourced domestically, this third-generation, three-row, luxury MDX SUV should continue its popularity for generations to come.

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4 Ways the Acura RDX Beats the Competition

2015 Acura RDX

For drivers who are in the market for a small- to medium-sized SUV, there’s a lot of competition in this particular segment. We think the Acura RDX is a great contender in its class for today’s modern customer. To help illustrate this point, we’ll compare four areas–cost, comfort and convenience, power, and space–for the 2015 Acura RDX versus the 2015 Lexus RX 350 FWD and the 2015 BMW X3 xDrive 28. [source]

Cost

Price is one of the major influences on whether or not a customer will commit to buying a certain vehicle. But sticker price isn’t the only cost when it comes to cars. There’s fuel economy and value-over- time to consider, not to mention regular maintenance and service. Fortunately, the RDX is a little more cost-effective than the aforementioned models:

1. The RDX has a lower base MSRP and destination charge than either the Lexus or the BMW.

2. The RDX has better city, highway, and combined mpg than the Lexus.

3. The RDX has a better powertrain warranty (months and miles) than the BMW.

4. When it comes to ALG residual value, meaning a vehicle’s ability to hold value over time until resale, the RDX has a better residual value over both a 36- and 60-month period than the BMW. (The Lexus and RDX have the same residual value.) In fact, according to the Acura website, “Acura as a whole currently holds the ALG Residual Value Award for Overall Luxury Brand. Acura has previously earned this honor in 2009 and 2010 and has never ranked below 2nd place for the past five years.”

Comfort and Convenience

Considering that the vehicles we are comparing are luxury models, car shoppers will naturally expect a high level of physical comfort and convenient features that will make driving the car enjoyable and easy. When it comes to comfort and convenience, all three models offer many amenities. There are a few details, however, that should be noted:

1. The RDX comes with a standard moonroof which is optional for the other two competitor trims.

2. A rearview camera is standard on the RDX, but again, optional for the other two competitor trims.

3. Another standard feature on the RDX, which is optional for the other two models, is heated front seats.

4. Satellite radio is standard with the RDX, but optional for the BMW.

5. A push-button start ignition is standard on the RDX and only optional on the BMW.

Power

If you like your car to not only look sophisticated on the outside, but also have a little “oomph” on the inside, here are a few items of note about the Acura RDX:

1. The RDX has a 6-cylinder engine, compared to the 4-cyclinder of the BMW.

2. When looking at horsepower and torque, the RDX is better in both of these areas compared to the Lexus and the BMW.

Space

If you’re considering a more mid-sized SUV, you’re obviously not going to have as much cargo capacity as a truck or interior space as a minivan. That said, interior and cargo space definitely have an impact on purchasing decisions. Having plenty of space means ease of access when moving within the vehicle, while also being able to bring your life with you on-the-go. Here’s what we can tell you about the Acura RDX when it comes to providing drivers with the space they need for their lifestyle:

1. The RDX has a higher max and total cargo volume than the BMW and a higher passenger volume than the Lexus.

2. The RDX has better rear headroom than the Lexus, better front legroom than the BMW, and better rear legroom and front shoulder room than both competitors.

Conclusion

While exploring the four areas of price, comfort and convenience, power, and space, we’ve given you 13 different ways the 2015 Acura RDX stands out among its highly-respected competitors. While 13 might be a superstitious number for some folks, we think 13 just might be a lucky number for today’s car owners who want a luxurious vehicle they can feel happy about owning!

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Does the 2014 Acura ILX Offer Competitive Luxury?

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When you hear the terms, “Mercedes-Benz” and “Audi,” you think luxury, quality, and sophistication. When you hear, “Acura ILX,” do you think of these same characteristics? The Acura ILX has received recognition in the automotive world for being the gateway to the Acura brand. It’s a luxury compact sedan that doesn’t come with a luxury price tag. We think the 2014 Acura ILX can hold its own when compared to other luxury models in its class. To demonstrate that point, let’s compare the 2014 Acura ILX 5-Speed Automatic with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class CLA250 and the 2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium FWD S tronic.

Similarities

All three of these vehicles appeal to and have something to offer to luxury car drivers. They’re beautiful examples of automotive craftsmanship, and they also have many of the same conveniences, technologies, comforts, and safety features. Here’s a list of standard features you’ll find in all three models (except where noted):

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  • Remote door lock
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Front power outlet
  • Leather-trimmed seats (optional for Mercedes-Benz model)
  • Front adjustable seats
  • Power driver seat
  • Fold-down rear seatback
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Compact disc player
  • MP3 player jack
  • Automatic headlights
  • Trunk/cargo area lights
  • Map light
  • Power adjustable heated exterior mirrors
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Remote keyless access
  • Remote trunk release
  • Multi-function remote
  • Front wheel drive
  • Automatic transmission
  • Hill start assist
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Roadside assistance
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic vehicle stability control
  • Traction control system
  • Brake assistance
  • Driver, front passenger, front side, and side head curtain airbags
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Child proof rear door locks
  • Vehicle and radio theft-deterrent system

That’s a long list of great standard features modern luxury drivers can appreciate! With three models all providing many of the same amenities, how are today’s car buyers supposed to make the right choice in buying the car that suits their preferences?

To answer that question, we also have to look at the differences, because the differences among these three models just might be the tipping point for many drivers.

Differences

If you’re new to the luxury car scene, the 2014 Acura ILX is a great stepping stone. Not only does this particular model ease you into the comforts of owning a luxury sedan, but it won’t break your bank in the process. Base MSRP for the ILX is more affordable compared to the Mercedes-Benz and Audi. If you factor in the destination fee, the Mercedes-Benz is even a little costly!

Here’s something worth noting as well: Recently, the 2014 Acura ILX won the 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award in the premium compact passenger car category. This award represents recognition for lower total ownership costs and lower-than-expected costs over time when compared to similar models. So it’s more than reassuring to know the 2014 Acura ILX is a car worth investing in!

Here are some other numbers helpful to know: When it comes to fuel economy, the ILX beats out the Audi on city, highway, and combined mpg. Also, all three premium cars have the same basic warranty of 48 months/50,000 miles, but when it comes to the powertrain warranty (covers all the components that work together to power the car), the ILX has a 72-month/70,000 mile warranty! This far surpasses the 48-month/50,000 mile warranties of the Mercedes-Benz and Audi, and we don’t have to tell you how reassuring having this coverage standard would be for you.

There are also many standard features for the ILX that are merely optional (or not available) on the Mercedes-Benz and Audi. For example:

  • Automatic Climate Control (ACC) and a power moonroof are standard on the ILX and Audi, but optional for the Mercedes-Benz
  • Retractable rear-seat head restraints are standard on the ILX and Audi, but not available for the Mercedes-Benz
  • A multi-view rear camera—a feature that is being touted as a safety must-have in the automotive industry—is standard on the ILX, but optional for the Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
  • Speed-sensing interval wipers are standard on the ILX and Audi, but not available for the Mercedes-Benz.
  • The ILX and Mercedes-Benz each have standard telematics, whereas these features are optional in the Audi.
  • Heated front seats come standard in the ILX—so warmth for everyone up front!—not so for the other two models.
  • A USB port is standard for the ILX and Mercedes-Benz, but optional for the Audi.
  • Push-button start ignition is standard on the ILX, but only optional for the Audi, and not available for the Mercedes Benz, which poses the question, “Why fumble with keys if you don’t have to?”
  • The ILX offers better rear headroom, front legroom, and rear legroom than the Mercedes-Benz, better front shoulder room than the Audi, and better rear shoulder room than both models.

Yes, when it comes to picking the luxury vehicle that’s right for you, the littlest details can make a big difference. Of course, one of the biggest details, the price, can have a huge impact on the decision-making process as well.

If you’d like a more in-depth understanding of the 2014 Acura ILX, please check out our review, or better yet, consider checking out the ILX first hand–click on the button below to schedule your test drive of the ILX at our dealership. We’d love to talk with you about this model in person. Of course, you can also leave your questions or comments below, or contact us via Facebook or Twitter at your convenience.

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The 2014 Acura MDX vs. The Competition

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The 2014 Acura MDX came to Tischer Acura a while back.  But ever since making its debut in the automotive industry, the Acura MDX has received numerous accolades such as earning 5-star ratings on all New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front-crash and side -impact tests conducted by the NHTSA and being voted as AutoGuide’s Utility Vehicle of the Year! While the MDX is a standout vehicle, it’s just one SUV in a sea of competition.  So how are car buyers supposed to feel confident that the MDX is the right vehicle for them?  After all, it’s not like you can be in two or three places at once and test drive all the competitors’ cars.  So we’ve taken the guesswork out of the cross-comparisons for you! Today we’ll compare the 2014 Acura MDX against some stiff competition—the 2014 BMW X5 XDrive 35i and the 2014 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium Quattro Tiptronic. While all three vehicles are stellar in their own right, you will quickly see why we feel the Acura MDX holds many advantages over the BMW X5 or Audi Q7.

Comparing the Numbers—Cost, Value, Fuel Economy

One of the first things car shoppers are concerned about is price.  Keep in mind that the Acura brand is parent company Honda’s luxury vehicle line; so of course, the MDX doesn’t tout an average-car price tag.  Still, when compared with the X5 and Q7, it beats the competition for base MSRP. The X5 even has a higher destination charge.

Residual value is another number to keep in mind. How much value does each model retain over time? After all, if you’re going to invest in a luxury car, you want to get your money’s worth when you are ready to get another vehicle. After 36 months, the Acura MDX retained 60% of its value – beating both models!  In addition, after 60 months the MDX retained more residual value than the X5.

While an SUV has many attractive qualities for modern drivers, fuel economy can be a challenge. Happily, when compared to the X5 and the Q7 the MDX offers better fuel economy for city, highway, and combined mpg.

It is important to note that all three models offer the same warranties when it comes to basic time and mileage.  However, the Acura MDX offers a better powertrain warranty for both months and mileage.

So we’d say when it comes to crunching the numbers, the 2014 Acura MDX has these two competitors beat.

Comparing the Amenities—Exterior and Interior Features

Let’s remember we’re comparing luxury SUVs, so it should be expected that these base models will have more-than-satisfactory comfort and convenience features.  First, let’s look at a list of features that all of these models offer.

  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows and locks
  • Bluetooth
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote keyless access
  • Multi-function remote that activates anti-theft, door locks, panic alarm, perimeter lighting and liftgate
  • 2nd row split-bench seats
  • Automatic headlights
  • Perimeter, exterior, cargo area, and map lighting
  • Seat back storage

Now that you know what these vehicles have in common, the next question is: what are the standout features that separate the models that you, the driver, would really appreciate? Here are some key points you might like to consider:

  • While all three models offer automatic climate control, only the Acura MDX also has standard rear-seat heating and air conditioning controls.
  • The Acura MDX and BMW X5 both have the same memory adjustments (2-memory adjustments for the driver’s side include automatic/delayed locking, automatic headlights, exterior mirrors, steering wheel and seat), but the Audi Q7 only offers optional automatic/delayed locking and automatic headlights memory settings.
  • The MDX and X5 both have a standard moonroof, whereas the Q7 moonroof is an option.
  • The 2014 Acura MDX and BMW X5 offer standard keyless ignition; this feature is optional for the Audi Q7.
  • The MDX has more standard steering wheel-mounted controls.
  • RearView camera is standard for the MDX and optional for the X5 and Q7.
  • Even though all three models offer 2nd row split-bench seats, the MDX also has standard 3rd row split-bench seats. This is an optional feature for the X5 and an unavailable feature for the Q7.
  • While all three models have a multi-function remote, the MDX and X5 have additional remote features—control for power windows and the sunroof.
  • As far as storage details go, the Acura MDX includes cargo area tiedown (not available for the X5, standard for the Q7) and front armrest storage (not available for the trims of the other two models).
  • The Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are both 7-seaters, while the BMW X5 seats five passengers.
  • When it comes to cabin size, the MDX has better shoulder room for the front, rear, and 3rd row seating areas and better front legroom.
  • All three models have front power outlets—three for the MDX, four for the X5, and five for the Q7.

Which vehicle do you think is the winner for the features assessment? It really depends on what features are most important to you. That being said, the 2014 Acura MDX at a bare minimum (by these lists) seems to be on par with the 2014 BMW X5, but for a better price tag. That’s definitely worth keeping in mind.

Safety

Every car manufacturer wants to produce vehicles that ensure the safety of their drivers. Otherwise, let’s just say, these car manufacturers are going to be in big trouble. So how safe are the MDX, X5, and Q7?

Since we’re talking about bigger vehicles, sight lines are definitely a concern. As we pointed out, the 2014 Acura MDX is the only model of the three that offers a standard rearview monitor. Both the MDX and X5 offer hill start assist—a feature that prevents a car from slipping forward or backward when on an incline. HSA is not available for the Q7. Other safety features that are common denominators for these vehicles are anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, brake assistance, the same type and placement of airbags throughout the interiors, and child seat anchors. Additionally, all offer a tire pressure monitoring system and vehicle and radio theft-deterrent systems.

At the time of researching these comparisons, the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 had not yet undergone many of the safety crash tests performed by the NHTSA. The 2014 Acura MDX has a slight advantage here as it has undergone rigorous testing already. The MDX has earned 5 stars (top marks!) for front-driver, front-passenger, front-side, and rear-side crash tests. It also earned 4 stars in the rollover crash test.

By virtue of default, it would seem the 2014 Acura MDX is the victor in the safety area. Fortunately, the NHTSA test results confirm the 2014 Acura MDX truly is a safe vehicle by industry standards.

Conclusion

We’ve given you a lot to think about with the model comparisons we’ve made today. We stand behind the information we’ve shared with you and the research Acura has assembled to help us help you in alleviating the overwhelming experience that car shopping can be. If the details of the 2014 Acura MDX that we’ve shared today resonate with you, we invite you to come down for a test drive and see the MDX in action. Simply click on the button below—we hope to see you at the dealership!

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The 2014 Acura TSX Model Lineup – Offering Drivers an Abundance of Options

2014 Acura TSX

The latest Acura TSX returns for the 2014, and final, model year. With the reveal of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the TLX will soon replace the Acura TL and TSX. Nonetheless, car shoppers will find an abundance of desirable options in the 2014 TSX whether you decide to go the standard TSX Sedan route, opt for a little more space with the 2014 TSX Sport Wagon, or want to delight in more design detail as found in the 2014 TSX Special Edition.

The Acura TSX and TSX Sport Wagon

The 2014 TSX is designed to combine the exterior luxury aesthetic that is typical of the Acura line along with sporty dynamics that make the driver feel in control behind the wheel. The 2014 TSX Sedan model offers two powerful engine choices: a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-65. Both engines are paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder models (Sedan and Sport Wagon) feature standard 17-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels, while split 5-spoke, 18-inch aluminum wheels are standard on the TSX Sedan with 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Whether it’s the 8-way power driver’s seat, or the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Acura drivers will appreciate the finer details on the inside of the cabin that lend to a comfortable and convenient driving experience. Some features of the TSX Sedan and TSX Sport Wagon include:

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  • Power-actuated, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat back pockets
  • Locking 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with micron air-filtration
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone interface
  • Premium sound system with AM/FM tuner, in-dash CD/MP3/WMA player, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive volume control, 7-speakers, 8-inch subwoofer and 360-watt amplifier
  • XM® Radio with Note function music reminder
  • USB port and AUX jack connectivity for external music players
  • Steering wheel-mounted illuminated controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, multi-information display and available voice recognition)
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Power-operated glass moonroof with tilt feature and sliding sunshade
  • Auto-up/down driver and passenger power windows, power door mirrors and power door locks
  • Remote activated, auto-open side windows and moonroof  “quick vent” function
  • Remote entry system with Acura personalized settings for driver’s seat
  • Leather-covered front center console with sliding arm rest
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • HomeLink® remote control system
  • Auto-dimming day/night rearview mirror
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Rear window defogger
  • Active Sound Control system  (TSX V-6 Sedan)

The TSX Sedan comfortably seats 5 passengers, while the added cargo space of the TSX Sport Wagon adds addition flexibility for those drivers who lead an active lifestyle. According to Acura, the TSX Sport Wagon offers a generous 66.2 cubic feet of rear cargo area (with rear seats folded down; 31.5 cu. ft. with the seats up), allowing the Sport Wagon to accommodate bulky items such as large boxes, furniture, bicycles, four full-size golf bags or surfboards. With flat sidewalls and a remote-linked, power-operated tailgate, loading and unloading your extra items is easy and convenient!

An available Technology Package adds a range of desirable features such as:

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  • Acura/ELS Surround® 415-watt (460-watt with Sport Wagon) Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, CD, DTS™, AM/FM radio, XM® Satellite Radio with Note function music reminder, 15 GB hard disk drive memory (HDD) media storage system, Song By Voice™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® II
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with Automated Appointments
  • Power actuated rear tailgate (TSX Sport Wagon)

The 2014 TSX Special Edition

The TSX Special Edition “augments” the sport-mindedness of the TSX according to Acura. The TSX Special Edition starts with the well-appointed design of the TSX 4-cylinder Sedan features and then adds:

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  • Front corner spoilers
  • Unique rear bumper fascia and side sills
  • Unique color ofr 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Available 5-speed automatic or close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission
  • Exclusive ebony Lux Suede-trimmed interior with red accents, ebony headliner
  • Red contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel, shifter, and armrest
  • Red instrument illumination and ambient cabin lighting
  • Silver-colored Sequential SportShift paddle shifters
  • Aluminum sport pedals

Safety

No matter which TSX option you choose, standard safety equipment on all Acura models includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), lower anchors and tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat mounting system for outboard rear seats, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer.

The 2013 TSX was also named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS—good news for the 2014 model year as the same safety features have carried over!

Industry Reviews

The 2014 TSX model options have been out since September 2013, so there’s been plenty of time for other industry professionals to test the 2014 TSX and give their professional opinions about this car. Here’s a short round-up of what others in the automotive industry have to say about the 2014 TSX:

“With exception to those green-car enthusiasts out there, we think the 2014 Acura TSX strikes a solid compromise for shoppers interested in a practical, sporty, premium compact sedan.”—The Car Connection

“With a base price starting just over $31,000, Acura loads the TSX with a bounty of standard features and offers only a handful of options. The result is a well-equipped, nimble and fun-to-drive luxury sedan brimming with Acura quality and resale value.”—Auto Trader

“If you want a premium sedan with a fine balance of sportiness and comfort, plus a reliability record as sterling as that of its Honda parent, you’ll find much to like in Acura’s TSX.”—Kelley Blue Book

“The TSX offers solid, confidence-inspiring handling, especially with the firmer suspension tune on V6-powered models. The TSX’s relatively smooth ride, combined with its quiet interior, should meet most shoppers’ expectations for comfort and refinement.”—Edmunds

We think the 2014 Acura TSX model lineup offers value, quality, sportiness, comfort, and safety—things that any driver seeking an entry-level sedan would appreciate. Whether you’re seeking a compact sedan, a little more cargo space, or extra refinement in your vehicle, Acura has a TSX to meet any of those demands. Consider coming by for a test drive the next time you’re in our area; we look forward to fitting you with the Acura that’s perfect for your lifestyle needs.

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Nissan and Acura Updates from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Detroit Auto Show

The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is underway right now in Detroit!  It’s a stunning and exciting turnout of car manufacturers from all over the globe premiering the latest and greatest vehicles and vehicle technology.  Both the Nissan and Acura brands have offerings that are guaranteed to intrigue and excite. So, today we want to share some of the highlights from the NAIAS that put both Nissan and Acura in the spotlight this year in Detroit.

Nissan

Two concept cars that gained some press prior to NAIAS but made their first public appearance in Detroit are the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO models.

IDx-Freeflow IDx-Nismo

These remarkable cars are the result of what Nissan calls a co-creation product development approach. In layman’s terms, in order to target the young car buyers of today (born post 1990’s), Nissan took into account the feedback of today’s “digital natives” and what excites and inspires them when it comes to choosing a car to fit their ideals and lifestyle needs. Thus, the “casual, lifestyle-focused” IDx Freeflow and the “ultra sporty,” just-out-of-a-race-simulator IDx NISMO were born! (source)

But the real triumph for Nissan at NAIAS is the reveal of the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept.

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According to Wikipedia, “a concept vehicle or show car is a car made to showcase new styling and/or new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not be mass-produced.”

In the case of the Sports Sedan Concept, there are indeed new elements that Nissan has introduced as its next generation design direction. These new design features include exterior bold body lines, V-Motion front aspect, a “floating” roof, boomerang-shaped lamps, and use of premium materials and diamond-shaped graphics on the interior on quilted seats, stitching, and panels. Of course, this is just a taste of what is in store with the Sports Sedan Concept. We’re sure we will only see a more stunning version of this concept when the vehicle does indeed go into production! So take that, Wikipedia.

And speaking of that Wikipedia definition, what was the customer reaction? Well, we’ll let Autoweek Magazine’s naming of the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept as the “Best Concept” speak for itself.

Finally, Nissan will also have on display its Autonomous LEAF prototype. Built on the all-electric LEAF foundation, the prototype will also feature new technology such as cameras, laser scanners, and radar which will showcase how the Autonomous LEAF can identify nearby pedestrians, traffic lights, and traffic signs. (source)

Acura

The big reveal for Acura at this year’s Detroit Auto show was the introduction of the 2015 TLX prototype, which will replace the TL and TSX models.

TLX-prototype

Dubbed as Acura’s “Red Carpet Athlete,” this breakout TLX model will be the start to a new level of luxury and power in the Acura lineup. Signature Acura safety technologies that have garnered top IIHS safety scores for the MDX and RDX over the years will carry over and similar safety results are expected for the TLX. That having been said, Acura fully intends to use the 2015 TLX to elevate industry standards in this segment.

According to Acura, the 2015 TLX “will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports-sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies. TLX will offer two all-new, high-performance and highly fuel-efficient direct-injected engines, each mated to an all-new advanced transmission, along with two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive available configurations.” Seeing as how this model, too, will go into production later this year, we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Unveiled on the heels of the 2015 TLX prototype was the TLX GT racecar.

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Acura Motorsports has decided to move up in the racing world, specifically into the GT racing category. So if they want to do that, they’ve gotta have a GT racecar, right? What better way to compete against other sports-sedan models such as the Audi R8, Chevy Corvette, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, and Ferrari 458, to name a few, than to make a racecar version of Acura’s very own 2015 TLX?

Thanks to the partnership between Acura Motorsports and RealTime Racing, motorsports enthusiasts will see the TLX GT racecar make its debut in the highly competitive and respected Pirelli World Challenge Championship. (source)

Conclusion

Yes, it’s an exciting time to be a car fan. Of course, NAIAS is only one of the many international car shows that occur throughout the year, and we’re still only in the first month of 2014. Who knows what the future of car design and technology holds?

Have you been following the 2014 Detroit Auto Show? What are your thoughts about the concept and prototype vehicles you’ve seen today? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or tell us what you think over on our Facebook page.

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The 2014 Acura TL – Balancing Style and Luxury with Performance

2014 Acura TL

Did you know the 2013 Acura TL was one of the first vehicles in the industry to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety including a GOOD rating in the Institute’s new small overlap front crash test? The same superior features that made this car a success in the 2013 model year carry over for the 2014 model year. Incidentally, later this month at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura will reveal a 2015 Acura TLX prototype that will replace the TL (and the TSX). While it’s still out on the market, we want our Tischer fans to know as much about the 2014 Acura TL as possible as it may be one of the best cars to meet your needs.

TL Options

There are two variations to the 2014 Acura TL—the TL and the TL SH-AWD® (Superior Handling All-Wheel Drive). Additionally, there are a variety of packages—Technology Package, Advance Package, and a Special Edition Package. All models feature a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option.

The Technology Package includes:

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  • Acura/ELS Surround®  440-watt Premium Audio System with 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, CD, DTS®, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio, Song By Voice™, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), and 15 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) music storage
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink  Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps, 1- and 3-day forecasts, and specific area weather
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with humidity control system and air filtration
  • Perforated full-grain Premium Milano leather seating surfaces
  • Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)

Advance Package features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind Spot Indicator (BSI)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL)
  • 19×8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
  • Active Safety Features
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with traction control (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Passive Safety and Security Features
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Impact-absorbing front and rear crumple zones
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS); Side curtain airbags; Dual-chamber front-seat side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Active head restraints for front seats
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters;
  • 3-point rear seat belts
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat mounting system
  • Child-proof rear door locks
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer

Additionally, Acura notes “The two-wheel-drive TL Special Edition features distinctive 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a color-matched decklid spoiler and Special Edition badging” that complements many of the standard and exemplary Acura features Acura fans have come to appreciate. MSRP for the 2014 Acura TL starts at $36, 030.

Exterior & Interior TL Features

On the outside, the 2014 Acura TL displays the Acura signature grille and sweeping body lines that make this model both bold and luxurious to behold. Acura is a brand all about luxury and prides itself on including both exterior and interior detailing that lets drivers know they are driving a car that elevates the driving experience. From the exterior premium details such as stainless-steel body trim, a power moonroof, Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED taillights as standard equipment to the interior “dual personal” design that provides both the driver and front passenger with their own personal space, there are traces of elegance throughout this vehicle.

Available exterior features include:

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  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) front headlights with Auto on/off feature and Daytime Running Lights
  • Front bumper integrated halogen fog lights
  • LED illumination for: side mirror-integrated directional signals, side marker lights, brake lights and Center High Mount Stop Light (CHMSL)
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down function and integrated directional signals
  • Dual outlet exhaust finishers
  • 17×8-inch 7-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza EL400 P245/50R17 M+S tires (TL)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 M+S tires (TL with Advance Package)
  • 18×8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
  • 19×8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD® with Advance Package)
  • Front bumper mounted air ducts for front disc brake cooling (TL SH-AWD®)
  • SH-AWD® trunk emblem (TL SH-AWD®)

Available interior features include:

  • Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior (TL)
  • 10-way adjustable power-actuated driver seat (8-way adjustable seat with 2-way adjustable lumbar support) (TL)
  • 8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat (TL)
  • Heated front seats (TL)
  • 2-position memory function (presets for driver seat, side mirrors, radio presets, climate control settings, MID) (TL)
  • Front center console with adjustable armrest, dual-level storage and coin holders (TL)
  • Rear seat armrest with locking trunk pass-through (TL)
  • Unique sport seating with additional bolstering for added support (TL SH-AWD®)
  • French seams with contrasting color Euro-style double stitch line on steering wheel, seats, parking brake lever, and shifter (TL SH-AWD®)

Additional features for added comfort and convenience:

  • 8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, MID and voice recognition)
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Illuminated ignition switch, power-window switches, door-lock switches and overhead controls
  • Dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with air filtration and auto humidity control system
  • Rear passenger ventilation controls
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger’s auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Remote control and driver’s door lock-operated window auto-open function
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface with active pairing and Dial-by-Number voice tags
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • LED information display, electronic compass and exterior temperature indicator
  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
  • Auto dimming day/night rearview mirror
  • Front windshield and front-side window defoggers; Rear-window defroster with automatic timer
  • 12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
  • Aluminum threshold garnish
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Cargo net for trunk

As you can tell, there are many accommodations Acura has made in order to allow Acura drivers to feel strong, well-equipped, and even a little spoiled when hitting the road in the 2014 TL.

Performance

We’ve covered the style and luxury components of the TL, but don’t forget we also used the word “performance” earlier. The TL offers a choice of two all-aluminum powertrains. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque and drives the front wheels through a sophisticated Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System.

The TL SH-AWD® is powered by a slightly larger 3.7-liter V-6 engine producing 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Acura assures drivers that “The innovative, torque-vectoring SH-AWD® system, in addition to providing outstanding all-weather traction and cornering grip, can send more torque to the outside rear wheel when cornering, to create a “yaw moment” that enhances vehicle dynamics by generating a turn-in effect.”  You can rest assured that both city and country drivers behind the wheel of the Acura TL would find this car is able to handle either terrain.

One last word about performance—there’s also a safety component that’s always in the forefront of Acura’s mind. After all, you wouldn’t create a beautiful car such as the TL only to have it fall apart under pressure, would you? Acura points out “Like all Acura models, the TL features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).”

If you’re interested in a beautiful car, both on the outside and inside, that delivers superior comfort and modern technology, all while being able to maintain the demands of the road, consider the 2014 Acura TL. There’s a reason we have customers that are devoted and loyal TL drivers, and we think you just might be the next one!

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The 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

2014 Acura ILX hybrid

Acura debuted the Acura ILX hybrid for the 2013 model year, and many of the great features of the ILX hybrid remain unchanged for the 2014 model year. Still, if you’re not familiar with the ILX, allow us to point out what you’ll find in the 2014 hybrid version. We think you’ll be pretty happy to discover how Acura has complemented its hybrid technology with renowned Acura luxury.

The Numbers Behind the Hybrid

Even though the 2014 Acura RLX hybrid will be launching in Spring 2014, the ILX hybrid was actually the first hybrid model in the Acura line-up. According to Acura, “the ILX Hybrid makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid has an EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 39/38/38 mpg. The hybrid drivetrain uses the gasoline engine as the primary power source, while an electric motor provides additional power when needed. A lithium-ion battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the 20 horsepower electric motor. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor produce 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,000 rpm.” MSRP for the 2014 Acura ILX starts at $28,900. There are two trims for buyers—Standard and the Technology Package.

2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Trims

Acura fans will be happy to learn that many of the standard features that make the Acura line distinctive are also standard on the Acura ILX hybrid. The comfortable and well-appointed ILX Hybrid includes numerous luxury standard features including a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push-button start, Pandora® interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, a power moonroof and aluminium wheels. [source]

The Technology Package amplifies the standard hybrid with additional ELS Surround® audio system, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink®. [source]

ILX Hybrid Safety

Acura is huge on safety—as car manufacturers should be. It’s no surprise then that the 2014 Acura ILX hybrid is equipped with the safety features that car buyers have come to expect in this day and age, especially from the Acura brand. Safety features include:

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  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, and front side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Adjustable-height front seat head restraints with active head restraint system
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load-limiters
  • 3-point seatbelts for all five seating positions
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat mounting system for outboard rear seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual location indicators
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer

2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Accolades

If you look on the Acura website you’ll see that the ILX achieved a 2013 Top Safety Pick designation by the IIHS by earning its top rating (“Good”) in frontal and side impact crash tests, as well as rollover and rear impact evaluations. Also, Acura currently holds the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) Residual Value Award for Overall Luxury Brand. That’s a pretty great start! The ILX hybrid specifically makes the U.S. News & World Report’s “Upscale Small Cars” and “Hybrid Luxury” lists.

If you’ve never owned a luxury vehicle, the ILX sedan will definitely ease you into the transition of the luxury car market!  In addition, Acura offers satisfaction to those living an eco-conscious lifestyle with the ILX Hybrid.  However, we want YOU to be the judge of that!  If you’re interested in a test drive of the 2014 Acura ILX hybrid, be sure to give our Acura department a call – 866.906.1974.

For any further questions or interests you may have about the ILX hybrid, be sure to use the comments area below. Thanks for reading and happy driving!

The 2014 Acura ILX – A Compact Luxury Sedan Without the Luxury Price Tag

2014_Acura_ILX

If you’re unfamiliar with the Acura line, then we should let you know it’s Honda’s luxury line. One look at the sleek, aerodynamic exterior lines and quality interior cabins of any Acura model, and you’ll understand why car buyers are willing to pay for these premium models.

However, the Acura ILX is a little bit different. It’s an entry-level luxury car, built on the same foundation focused on quality and equipped with the same features as other Acura models, but with a non-premium price tag. It’s a sophisticated, intelligent, compact sedan perfect for the driver who wants to make a statement with his/her car, but may not need the extra length and width as some other Acura models.

So whether you’re a young professional ready to take on the world, or someone who’s used to luxury vehicles but is ready to downsize after the kids have fled the nest, the 2014 Acura ILX just might be the perfect car for you. In fact, Acura has reported that the Acura ILX is the only luxury model on the top ten list of Generation Y car shoppers according to J.D. Power and Associates! So let’s take a closer look at this model so that you, the car buyer, can learn a little bit more about what the Acura ILX has to offer.

Pricing/Packages

The Acura ILX was brand new for the 2013 model year and many of the standout features have carried over into the 2014 model year. However, there are some new features that are standard—hooray! Acura points out, “The 2014 Acura ILX offers increased value on a luxury scale with eight new standard features to enhance its curb appeal, interior comfort, and overall driving enjoyment.” Those features include upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, new interior leather seating surfaces and leatherette door liners, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, a new audio-system subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system.

Several different trims are available:

  • 2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic
  • 2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/ Premium Package
  • 2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/Technology Package
  • 2014 ILX 6-Speed Manual with Premium Package

The available Premium Package includes a premium sound system with AM/FM tuner, in-dash CD player, Radio Data System (RDS), XM® Radio (subscription sold separately) with Note function music reminder, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, Bluetooth® Audio, Pandora® Internet radio interface, SMS text messaging feature, speed-sensitive volume control, 7 speakers with subwoofer and 360-watt amplifier. The Technology Package includes the same features, as well as Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with Automated Appointments.

Even with carrying over the same quality features and adding some new ones, base pricing was only increased slightly—a great deal for 2014 ILX buyer! (MSRP starts at $26,900 and varies depending on the trim and package.)

Now that we’ve teased you with some of the available features for this model, let’s take a closer look at the exterior and interior features of the 2014 Acura ILX.

Exterior/Interior

2014 Acura ILX exterior

The lines of the 2014 Acura ILX are smooth and well-tailored, creating a sleek sportiness. But slightly wide wheel overhangs give the stance of the ILX some oomph, so that the “sport” of the ILX is less jock, and more like a quiet, cool competitor.

Moving to the interior of the ILX, there is no skimping on cabin quality despite this model being part of the entry-level luxury car segment. Elegance combined with comfort abound. Given the price, there’s an amazing amount of technology available standard, too!

2014 Acura ILX interior front seat  2014 Acura ILX steering wheel

The ride is quiet, smooth, and the room in the rear seating area is ample for the dimension of the ILX. With decent truck space to start, the rear seats fold down to add more flexibility for any cargo you may have in tow.

2014 Acura ILX interior back seat   2014 ILX trunk seats down

We’ve already mentioned some of the new features of the 2014 Acura ILX that come standard, but those were just a teaser—there’s more to come!

Additional exterior features include:

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  • Projector beam headlights (Xenon High Intensity Discharge bulbs available, Auto on/off headlight feature and integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Available front bumper-integrated halogen fog lights
  • Folding side mirrors with heaters, integrated turn signal indicators, and driver-side rearview mirror with Reverse gear tilt down function
  • Speed-sensing windshield wipers with mist feature
  • Heat-rejecting window glass along with auto-timer defroster for rear glass

Additional interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel
  • Sport-style leather trimmed front seats with 8-way power adjustable driver seat and 2-way heated front seats (ILX base and Premium or Technology Package)
  • Rear seat with center armrest, 60/40 split fold-down seatback, and trunk pass-through
  • Stainless-steel pedal covers (ILX 2.4L)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system with micron air-filtration
  • Power-operated glass moonroof with tilt feature and sliding sunshade
  • Auto-up/down driver and passenger power windows, power door mirrors and power door locks
  • Remote activated, auto-open side windows and moonroof “quick vent” function
  • Keyless Access System with pushbutton start
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • HomeLink® remote control system

Safety

Acura believes in “Safety Through Innovation.” Acura explains this motto as the foundation for its “commitment to leadership in safety, and accordingly the ILX has a wide range of standard active and passive safety features, including Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.” Acura also points out the ILX “received a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), attaining a score of GOOD in all four Institute tests, including the rigorous roof-strength test.”

So not only is this luxury sedan a great buy for the money and chock-full of fabulous features, but you have the added reassurance of knowing it has received some of the highest safety accolades in the industry.

Additional safety features include:

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, and front side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Adjustable-height front seat head restraints with active head restraint system
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load-limiters
  • 3-point seatbelts for all five seating positions
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat mounting system for outboard rear seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual location indicators
  • Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer

Reviews From The Industry

While we’re fans of the 2014 Acura ILX, it’s important to know that this model is getting “thumbs up” throughout the auto industry. Here are a few things industry professionals have to say about the new ILX:

“If you’re looking for a relatively affordable small sedan that’s good on gas and gives off a premium vibe, the 2014 Acura ILX is a good choice.” – Edmunds

“Impressive safety ratings and a solid set of features make the 2014 Acura ILX a secure pick.” – The Car Connection

“The 2014 ILX offers a sleek, upbeat look, snappy performance, crisp handling, a stylish interior and levels of technology, convenience and safety commensurate with buyers’ expectations.” – Kelley Blue Book

And one last little tidbit of good news about the 2014 Acura ILX, U.S. News & World Report rated it as one of the top ten of “Upscale Small Cars!”

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Acura: It’s a Very Busy Time for RLX and RDX

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Although the formal launch will be in the spring of 2014, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD already has a busy social calendar.  At the moment, its been putting on its finishing touches for its public display at the LA International Auto Show.  The RLX Sport Hybrid will have given auto show attendees a grand look at the first Acura vehicle to use Acura’s new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology. 

At 377-horsepower, the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is being described by Acura as its “most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle” to-date.  The car maker says that the engine system in the RLX Sport Hybrid “combines a highly efficient, direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura’s highly regarded torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)” (quoted from Acura to insure absolute accuracy).  This enables the RLX Sport Hybrid to go from 0 to 60 in about the same time as the V8-powered vehicles of competitors.  Yet, performance (28/32/30mpg – city/highway/combined) is comparable to that of 4-cylinder luxury sedans.  

In addition to power, space is also more plentiful in the RLX Sport Hybrid. The wheelbase is longer and the greenhouse is wider than mid-luxury sedans in its class.  Rear-seat legroom is now 38.8 inches.  Shoulder room has been bumped up to 59.6 inches in the front and 57.0 inches at the rear.  Acura says that these stats are the best in the mid-luxury class. 

Body design has been given good attention. High-strength steel and aluminum are much in evidence.  The “double-wishbone, lower double-joint front suspension with Amplitude Reactive Dampers” gives a superior handling agility, with increased confidence and security.  This, in addition to the multi-link rear suspension, adds up to a smoother ride over a wide variety of road terrains. 

Of course, the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid has new technologies, too. There is an electronic gear selector as well as Acura’s  Head-Up Display System – an “at-a-glance” information system which uses the windshield as its projection screen.  The cloud-based connected car system is next-generation.  There are also the safety features buyers have come to expect, such as “Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), along with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system”. 

2014 Acura RDXNot to be outdone by its automotive relative, the Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV has brought home some automotive honors.  The first award is the 2014 ALG Residual Value Award.  The RDX earned this honor for having the “highest projected three-year resale value of any vehicle in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category”.  In addition, this award includes recognition of the superior quality, favored brand desirability, and overall reliability of the RDX.  The second accolade is Consumer Guide’s “Best Buy” in the Premium Compact Crossover/SUV category.  “Best Buys” are vehicles which, according to Consumer Reports, give outstanding design, engineering, and consumer satisfaction. 

The Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV has been named a “Best Buy” by Consumer Guide.  The award is given to vehicles that provide superior design and engineering, and deliver what consumers want better than their category competitors. 

“The RDX continues to win accolades for its outstanding combination of exhilarating, performance, top-class fuel economy ratings, and outstanding value on a luxury scale,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations.  “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably the most powerful one-two punch in the luxury SUV category.” 

Consumer Guide judges vehicles based on a variety of objective factors including price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy ratings, reliability records and resale value.  The editors drive the vehicles the way consumers normally would, on highways, city streets, rural roads, long trips and for simple daily errands. 

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