The 2014 Acura RDX – Built for the Size of Your Life

2014 Acura RDX

In past blog posts, we’ve introduced you, Tischer friends, to the 2014 Acura MDX, and even touched a little upon the attention the 2014 Acura RLX has received. But as any Acura enthusiast knows, there’s more to see in the 2014 Acura lineup.

In continuing with our commitment to let you know about the latest updates in the Acura line, let’s take a look today at the 2014 Acura RDX!

The 2013 Acura RDX was a complete redesign for the Acura brand. In the 2014 model, Acura brings you all the great features of the 2013 model, along with a new Kona Coffee exterior color, and the latest accolades—the 2014 Acura RDX (and 2014 MDX) just achieved top marks from the NHTSA!

“The all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and 2014 RDX luxury crossover SUV recently received the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).  Both Acuras received 5-Star scores, across the board, for each of the frontal and side impact crash tests and scored 4-Stars for rollover resistance.”

“MDX and RDX engineers also targeted top-level safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and anticipate the highest rating of GOOD in the Institute’s new stringent small overlap front crash test.  A TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating is expected for MDX and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating is expected for RDX.”

What a way to make a splash onto the 2014 car industry scene, wouldn’t you say?

The 2014 Acura RDX features a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system (available as a $1,400 option). There are a few different trim options ranging in price from $34,520 – $39,620.

While price is certainly an important factor for buyers, it doesn’t adequately paint a full picture of the 2014 RDX. So let’s take a closer look at this premium small crossover and all that it has to offer.

Standard Features:

The 2014 Acura RDX offers some awesome standard luxury features that the modern driver will love, such as elegant leather seating surfaces, heated power front seats, and a power moonroof. There are even some technology features that come standard including a 360-watt audio system, Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text messaging function, Keyless Access System with pushbutton start, Active Noise Control, and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera system. Even the basics aren’t too shabby!

Technology Package

If you’re looking to add a little more oomph to your RDX, there’s the option of the Technology Package, offering features that will make the time you spend in your car and on the road that much more manageable. Some of the available features of the Technology Package include:

[source: Acura]

  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, W-VGA color monitor and rearview camera
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™
  • Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 410-watt Digital Sound Processor amplifier, 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, CD player, MP3, WMA and DTS® player, Dolby® Pro Logic® II, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and 15 GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system

Comfort Through Exterior & Interior Details

While these added technology features certainly bring an element of comfort to the driver, there’s more to comfort than knowing the weather or the traffic. Acura wants to deliver comfort throughout the design of the RDX. To achieve this, the RDX has an aerodynamic body, a low center of gravity, a wide stance, long wheelbase, a new damper system, and speed-sensitive power steering. Also, special attention was given to the chassis where the suspension system attaches, allowing for the suspension to work with minimal chassis flex thus creating a more pleasant driving experience.

What also contributes to a more pleasant driving experience is the noise cancelling effect from the Active Sound control feature we mentioned earlier. This feature helps balance unwanted noise by emitting opposing frequencies, believe it or not!

The 2014 Acura RDX will comfortably seat 5 adults. According to Acura, “Best-in-class claims include most rear legroom, most front shoulder room and biggest overall passenger volume.”

While there’s plenty of room for you and your friends or family members to fit comfortably in the RDX, there’s also adequate room for your belongings. Under-floor storage, easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback, and a power liftgate with a wide rear door opening make it easy for you to take your life with you on-the-go. [source: Acura] For an extensive list of all the interior and exterior features, as well as safety and security features of the 2014 Acura RDX, you can check out this table.

What Experts and Non-Experts Have to Say

Of course, we’re biased when it comes to the Acura brand. We’re Acura lovers! But if you want some expert-backed industry opinions about the 2014 Acura RDX, check out what the folks at Edmunds had to say in their review:

“Ample power, strong fuel economy and outstanding rear legroom make the 2014 Acura RDX a solid choice for a premium small crossover.”

“Strong yet fuel-efficient V6 engine; generous rear legroom; lengthy standard features list; competitive price.”

In the same review, you can even read what 2014 Acura RDX drivers had to say about their experience with the new RDX:

“The RDX does everything a car is supposed to do — it’s comfortable, fun to drive, pampers you a little and makes financial sense. It’s less expensive than its competitors but drives as well or better. The combo of auto and manual transmission is practical and fun. Manual downshifting on mountain roads saves on brake wear — and with cylinder deactivation mpg can jump suddenly from 20 to 30 or even 40 with no change in sound or feel. Bluetooth and USB audio work beautifully. Seats are very comfortable and storage space is good. I upgraded from a Honda and the family resemblance is clear. This company makes high quality cars for those who wish to balance comfort, convenience and value.”

“Bought this for my wife, she formally owned a 2011 RDX. The 2011 was a choppy ride but a great handler. This is a very different. It’s smooth with a more refined feel. Inside seems a little roomier. So far she is loving it. This is our 6th Acura, even so I shopped others and concluded this to be the best $40,000 mid SUV out there.”

Well, readers, we hope we’ve given you some (exciting) food for thought when it comes to considering the 2014 Acura RDX as the car for you. If your interest is piqued, be sure to schedule a test drive:

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If you would like any further information or have questions, be sure to use our comments area below and we’ll be happy to communicate with you! Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at the dealership!

The All-New 2013 Acura ILX
Gateway to the Acura Brand!

2013 Acura ILX

The all-new 2013 Acura ILX offers remarkable value for the money with robust feature content and premium appeal, so says Jeff Conrad, Vice President of Acura sales.  “The 2013 Acura ILX will serve as the gateway to the Acura brand.  At the leading edge of a new, sporty compact segment, the ILX delivers style, value, performance and connectivity to younger buyers looking to move into the luxury market.”  At a starting MSRP of $25,900, this completely redesigned model is just the thing for those in the market to upgrade, but with an eye toward reasonable investment.

Choice of Powertrain

The all-new Acura ILX offers a choice of three powertrain options, including Acura’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid!  The entry-level ILX is powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 150 hp coupled with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.  The next step up, a 2.4-liter engine includes the Premium Package and has 201 hp featuring a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission.  The ILX Hybrid makes efficient 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 combined fuel economy rating of 38 mpg!

As always, Acura offers a long list of standard features, multiple trim levels and excellent safety features.  In fact, the all-new 2013 Acura ILX joined the Acura line-up of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) top safety picks!

The Acura ILX is manufactured exclusively at the company’s state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant, one of only three plants worldwide to receive J.D. Power and Associates’ Platinum Award for outstanding product quality in 2011.

Fuel Economy

During this challenging economic recovery, fuel economy is one of the most important factors of the vehicle purchase decision.  We are proud to say that the 2013 Acura ILX 5-Speed AT with Premium Package is way ahead of the competition with fuel economy figures of City/Highway/Combined: 24/35/28.   Competitors include the 2012 Lexus IS 250 RWD and the 2013 Audi A3 2.0T Premium S-tronic.

Competitive Pricing and Warranty

The 2013 Acura ILX is competitively priced and represents a superb value for buyers.  The base price for the ILX 5-speed AT with Premium Package is $29,200, which is much lower than the comparably equipped competition:  Lexus ($36,715) and Audi ($34,745).  Acura’s Powertrain Warranty is 72 months, which is 24 months longer than Audi’s Powertrain Warranty, continuing to ensure a good value and investment for the Acura buyer.  ALG residual value for both 36 months and 60 months are higher for the ILX than its competition.

Additional Safety Features

The 2013 Acura ILX comes standard with a rearview camera, speed-sensing interval wipers and standard active head restraints to ensure safety during turning around, backing out of parking spots, during poor weather conditions and in the event of a crash.

Comfort and Convenience

The Acura ILX has higher passenger volume than the competitor vehicles.  Acura built this car with a very roomy interior, giving both driver and passenger maximum head, leg and shoulder room.

Test Driver Comments

“You can drive this car really hard and it doesn’t seem to bother it.  And it handles really nice.  I have a BMW and there’s no way it could take the turns the way this car just did.”

“This car rides so much smoother than mine.”

“I have long legs and so I sat in the back seat to check out the legroom – it was great!” 

“I felt comfortable and safe in that car.”

Professional Reviews

US News ranks the 2013 Acura ILX as part of the top 10 Upscale Small Cars, based on test drives and published reviews and their own analysis of reliability and safety data.

US News says:

“Regardless of the powertrain you select, there’s no need to upgrade to a higher trim for features like Bluetooth, a USB port and voice text messaging because all of these are standard on the ILX.”

Other Professional Reviews:

  • “The ILX would be best for a driver who doesn’t need to consistently haul people, but would work for families seeking an entry-level luxury sedan.”AutoWeek
  • “ILX bridges a gap of sorts between regular compact cars and the current crop of premium compacts…”Consumer Guide
  • “Overall: The 2.4-liter is tons of fun”USA Today
  • “If you’re in the market for an entry-level vehicle from a premium automaker, by all means have a look at the ILX… ” — Autoblog

Owner Reviews:

“I purchased the Acura ILX after owning a Jeep Grand Cherokee for seven years. I really wanted a new JGC Overland, but decided it made more economic sense to look for a comfortable 60 miles/day commuter that would still give the feeling I was driving a solid entry level luxury car with most of todays tech features. The ILX has a very well engineered interior that seems well above the luxury level of a Civic or other lower end cars and in line with most other cars up to about 40K. It is a very pleasant place to relax while commuting a couple of hours a day. With a low 30’s budget I compared against the Audi A3, VW GTI, Lexus 250H, and Subaru Outback and decided this was the best choice.”

“The car handles extremely well, road noise is pretty low and the interior is one of the most comfortable and aesthetically appealing of any car I have owned.”

“I love this car. Gas mileage, suspension, and stereo are great. Bluetooth integration and Pandora integration work perfectly. Suspension and noise cancellation work amazingly well. Although it looks small, it has plenty of room and has always been big enough. Gas mileage has been from 42 to 45 without really trying.”

 

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