Acura Accessories That Will Keep Your Car Looking Luxe

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Acura drivers know that the Acura brand is the more luxurious line of cars from parent company Honda. Drivers that make an investment in an Acura like to keep their Acura looking new and sleek; they are used to a certain level of refinement in their cars. To help keep your Acura looking its best, there are a variety of Acura accessories owners should consider.

Why choose Acura accessories?

Accessories play a two-fold role:

  1. They protect your Acura from normal wear and tear, which in turn, keeps your Acura looking new.
  2. Added accessories can enhance the value of your Acura.

There are a number of places drivers can buy accessories for their vehicles. But, Acura drivers benefit when choosing Acura accessories because these accessories are specifically meant for Acura models. The quality of material, fit, and colors are better-suited for your Acura model than other run-of-the-mill accessories you could buy elsewhere.

Acura accessories:

We’ve picked out a handful of Acura accessories that are available on a range of models that will help protect your Acura from normal wear-and-tear, both for the outside and inside of your Acura. You can view any number of Acura accessories online for many model years, but for the purposes of this blog, we will stick to the 2014 model year as 2015 models are still rolling in.

Exterior accessories:

acura car cover
Car cover—washable, weather-resistant, breathable fabric that provides protection from the elements

acura nose mask
Nose mask—carbon fiber-look printed vinyl with soft felt liner helps guard front paint finish; no-mar fasteners and covered mounting hooks help protect finish and allow for easy installation

acura touch up paint
Touch-up paint—for covering up and retouching minor knicks and scrapes
Door edge film or door edge guards—adhesive protection for all four doors containing UV inhibitors to resist yellowing

acura body side molding
Body-side molding—the side panel extends out the farthest in order to protect your finish against door nicks and chips

acura rear bumper applique
Rear bumper applique or protector—clear urethane film helps protect the top surface of the rear bumper from scratches and scrapes; contains UV inhibitors to resist yellowing

acura splash guards
Splash guard set—high-quality constructed material remains durable at extreme temperatures; front and rear splash guards offer excellent protection; no-drill installation helps protect against corrosion

Interior accessories:

acura cargo net
Cargo net or cargo organizer—keeps cargo area and cargo items organized and clean; hammock-style design provides versatility and ease-of-use while flexible cord construction stretches to hold oddly-shaped items.

acura trunk mat
Trunk mat—thick, heavy-duty carpet backed with resilient rubber

acura trunk tray
Trunk tray (or trunk drawer)— tray with high sides to retain debris, organize small trunk items, and help keep the trunk clean

acura seat covers
Rear seat covers—removable and washable covers keep upholstery clean and protected from cargo, food and drink spills, pets, etc.

acura all season floor mats
All-season floor mats—keeps your Acura interior clean from dirt, sand, snow, etc., via long-wearing, washable rubber material

If there is any accessory you are interested in for your Acura vehicle, please do not hesitate to contact our Acura department. Any accessory we don’t have in stock we will happily order and install for you. We’d love to hear what accessory(ies) have caught your eye. Share your thoughts with us over on Facebook or Twitter; we look forward to hearing from you!

Choosing the Right Acura for Your Lifestyle

Choosing an Acura

Which Acura is right for you?

Acura offers an extensive line of vehicles to fit a number of different consumer needs. Whether you’re looking for a reliable family vehicle, a high-quality SUV or a luxury supercar, Acura’s line has something for everyone!

Entry-Level Luxury Vehicles:

The Acura ILX, TSX and TSX Sport Wagon are all great and affordable entry-level luxury vehicles. Whether you’re looking to get into you first luxury car or trying to save a little money, these are great introductory Acuras.

The ILX, which is geared toward younger car owners, is a compact sedan that debuted in the 2013 model year and is available in both base trim level and hybrid. The base model features a 150 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 40 pound-feet of torque and a five-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid model has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder working in concert with an electric motor for a total of 111 hp and 127 lb-ft. The latter employs a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The TSX and TSX Sport Wagon, which are both a little larger, feature a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine and comes standard with a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission or with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers also have the option to upgrade to a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine, which is only available with the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

Mid-level Luxury SUV Crossovers:

For consumers with families and kids looking for a little luxury, the RDX and the ZDX – Acura’s mid-level SUV Crossovers – are a perfect balance between performance and pleasure.

The RDX is a crossover for those looking to have the performance of a luxury vehicle with the space and cargo room of an SUV. Featuring a 273 horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, the also boasts a total of 71 cubic feet of interior space. The simple, lighter all-wheel-drive setup helps keep the RDX agile on the road.

The 300-horsepower ZDX is a vehicle that blurs the lines between sports coupe, sedan and SUV in a seamless fashion that provides the driver with the best features of all three. From the sleek silhouette to the powerful 3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine, this crossover sports an EPA-estimated 23-MPG highway rating and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®), 4-wheel independent suspension and torque-sensing variable power-assist steering all work in conjunction to make the ZDX one of the smoothest riding crossovers on the road today.

Top-of-the-Line Luxury:

Finally, for those looking for the best of the best in luxury from Acura, look no further than the all-new, reinvented RLX.

The 2014 RLX base model will feature a direct-injection 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with variable cylinder management. The front-wheel-drive engine will boast a whopping 310-horsepower and 272-pound-feet of torque, while giving drivers an expected EPS fuel economy of 20 miles-per-gallon (MPG) city and 31 MPG highway. TheSport Hybrid model will feature the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, but will incorporate dual electric motors integrated into an all-wheel-drive system that will distribute additional power to both front and rear wheels. This Hybrid model is expected to boost horsepower to 370 and will have an estimated EPS fuel economy of 30 MPG city/highway.

Acura offers drivers both luxury and affordability, while providing a great line of vehicles that curtail to any need and budget. We know you will find the Acura that fit for you. We would be delighted to show you in person any or all of the vehicles mentioned above, or any of the rest in the Acura line.

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Your Safety in an Acura Vehicle
A top priority!

Acura Safety Picks

Our customers’ safety is our main concern! We want you to purchase the safest vehicle possible and Acura agrees.

Acura believes driving a luxury car should be a highly enjoyable experience. And while they tend to dwell on the more exhilarating aspects of their vehicles, they consider your safety a top priority. Just one year after the company’s debut, Acura began offering airbags – 11 years before it was mandatory!

In 2009, Acura was the first car company to have every one of its models receive a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Did you know that the new crash tests conducted by the IIHS are aimed to motivate improvements in protecting those in frontal crashes? Great news! Only 2 of 11 midsize luxury cars evaluated in these tests earned top ratings and one of them was the 2012 model of the Acura TL!

In its August, 2012 report, IIHS states that the Acura TL earned the highest rating in the small overlap frontal crash test. In the test, 25% of a car’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. A male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.  In the test, the Acura TL driver space was maintained reasonably well, and the dummy’s movement was well-controlled. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. In addition, side curtain and torso airbags deployed precisely in the Acura TL, and worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structures or objects that could cause injury.

Beyond the safety of the actual vehicle, Acura also designs with an eye toward creating and maintaining attentive drivers. So they have continually developed and offered new convenience features such as Voice Recognition System, Bluetooth®, HandsFreeLink®, and the new blind spot info system, all of which reduce driver distraction and increase driver awareness.

Acura’s commitment to safety doesn’t end there. They are committed to constantly offer new ways to ensure safety to everyone who rides in their vehicles. Most are unseen technologies incorporated throughout the vehicle, from the frame, steering, brakes and control systems and even the design of the seats.

Acura takes action to keep you safe with the basics: precision steering, tight suspension, and anti-lock brakes for superb responsiveness and enhanced stability. Most of Acura’s safety features come standard with every vehicle. For example, every Acura model has a 4-channel Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) system that helps you maintain control in all driving conditions by dynamically adjusting brake pressure and engine power.

Passive safety is also at the heart of every Acura vehicle’s design. The first line of defense in collision safety lies in the structure of the car itself. Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) and unit-body construction are both engineered to help absorb crash energy and offer protection to the cabin and its passengers. Every model redesigned since 2005 was built with ACE.  Also, Acura’s Occupant Position Detention System (OPDS) helps keep you safe and secure when trouble becomes inevitable! Breakaway steering columns and front seat active head restraints help to reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.

Model Safety Specifics

Some safety equipment specific to Acura models include:

  • 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.
  • The 2012 TL is one of only two cars that received the highest possible rating in the new small overlap frontal crash test, as detailed above. Standard safety features include front-seat side-impact torso airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability system. Also available is a blind spot warning system and AWD, which continues to be a great feature in both wet and dry conditions.
  • The 2013 Acura MDX provides all safety features as standard. Its unique Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ Body Structure, or ACE™, enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in a frontal impact. ACE™ helps to distribute crash energy and reduce the force of impact in the occupant cabin. This means that it actually helps the two vehicles involved in a crash to equalize the crash energy with the goal of minimizing the impact on both vehicles’ occupants. We are proud that this great feature was developed by Acura, and that it can be a lifesaver for our customers!

We know you will be impressed by the variety of high safety-quality vehicles available here at Tischer Auto. Simply click below to schedule your test drive(s), and we would be delighted to show you how owning a luxury car in the Acura brand can also be an exceptional investment in safe driving!

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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.”


We know that you’ll love the all-new 2013 Acura ILX as much as we do!  Why not schedule a test drive today?

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The 2012 Acura TL – Aggressive, Yet Elegant!

2012 Acura TL


We love the new 2012 Acura TL, and we know you will too!  The TL ranks #2 out of 19 upscale midsize cars as determined by US News’ ranking and reviews.  “It’s ideal for those wanting an athletic and aggressive car that nonetheless treats its occupants to a reasonably smooth ride and an accommodating interior with a generous assortment of high-tech features,” reports  Forbes Magazine.

Acura says that its fourth-generation TL is nothing less than the most exciting performance luxury sedan in Acura history and sets the benchmark for the future direction of the Acura division of Honda.

Competitors include the Audi A6, Lexus ES350, Lincoln MKZ and Volvo S60 & S80.  The TL offers exceptional value and above-average durability and reliability compared to its counterparts listed here. 

Performance:  It’s all in the details!

According to US News, test drivers say the TL’s base V6 is strong, quiet and quick, while the TL’s optional all-wheel drive is admired for its excellent grip in a variety of weather and road condition scenarios.   The Acura TL’s 3.5L V-6 engine blows away the competition with 280 hp@6200 rpm, and the torque also excels with 254@5000rpm and a compression ratio of 11.2, compared to an average 10.5 among others in its class.  The TL also includes paddle shifters as standard equipment, while the competition either offers them as an option or they are unavailable.

The 2012 Acura TL transmission teams with a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operations, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions – which helps generate improved fuel economy.  As a result, city/highway fuel economy is now 20/29 mpg – an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 TL.  To further improve operating efficiency, the TL’s 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines.   US News reports that test drivers love the powerful V6 engines in both TL trims. 

Sara Lacey, of, calls the Acura TL “mother proof.”  In its 2012 model, Acura softened the look of the grille, but she says that the redesigned five-seater still means business with its sharp, sporty looks.  She goes on to say that the base TL with front-wheel drive has a 3.5L V-6, and there’s a larger engine – 3.7L V-6 in AWD that makes it possible for Mom and Dad to have fun driving the TL when no one is looking!  “The rear seats are deep and supportive, and there’s plenty of legroom for the kids,” Sara says.

Auto reviewers are very happy with the 2012 Acura TL’s powerful V6 engine and handling.  They especially like the way it powers through curves and turns:

“The Acura TL occupies a sweet spot among all of those extremes – precise enough in steering (rack-and-pinion type) to go exactly where you point when you point it; gifted with a well-crafted suspension (front double wishbone, rear multi-link) that turns dips, curves and bends into a smile-laden joy ride; and blessed with a new six-speed automatic transmission that can be used as a manual to turn drives on especially steep and twisty roads into pure, unadulterated fun.”  – The Washington Post

 “The V6s in both the TL and SH-AWD are quiet and buttery-smooth at low engine speeds.  They’re equally impressive when you wind them out, too.  Both engines seem to thrive on being pushed to the redline, an easy thing to do when using the manual shift paddles.” – Inside Line

“Shifts are quick and crisp, and we love the way the transmission holds paddle-selected gears in sport mode, refusing to upshift at redline…” – Car and Driver

“Seat-of-the-pants, the TL feels quick, but test results prove this sedan can hustle.” – Motor Trend

“Brakes retard momentum right-by-gosh-now with not much pedal pressure.  Steering gives you the impression you’re actually controlling the car, instead of rotating a mysterious mechanism through a slushy medium.” – USA Today

“It still has the same wonderfully competent and stable chassis that makes it a sport-sedan stalwart.”   – Inside Line

We quickly came to appreciate Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system which is engineered to benefit both wet and dry-road traction.  It not only automatically distributes engine power between the front and rear axles as needed, but also between the left and right rear wheels to provide a sporty feel few AWD vehicles can match.  This so-called torque vectoring technology makes the 2012 Acura TL’s already quick and nimble handling feel like it’s on a turntable while making sharp turns at speed.” – Forbes

Comfort and Convenience

The Acura TL provides much more passenger room in the front seat than other cars in its class.  The TL also includes 2-memory driver-side seat adjustment as standard equipment, while for most competitors, this is optional or unavailable.  In addition, heated front seats and high-intensity discharge headlights are standard in the Acura TL.

“It exudes a cool, mature, composed demeanor that’s refined enough to serve as daily transport, but up for an occasional hilly backroad romp.”  – Motor Trend

“Those looking for a refined ride, a spacious cabin and a full helping of the latest bells and whistles will be well served by the base model TL, a strong competitor to the likes of the Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES350.” – Edmunds

 “Inside, the…TL’s modestly redesigned interior is roomy, attractive and functional.”  – Forbes

“We found the front seats to be comfortable and supportive, with sufficient travel to suit long-legged motorists.  Rear seat room is plentiful for two adult riders – three in a pinch – with a maximum 36.2 inches of legroom.”  – Forbes

“The TL is the largest and roomiest sedan in its class and one of the few whose back seat can graciously handle long hauls with long adults.”  – The New York Times

“The navigation system remains one of the best, most intuitive units from any OEM.” AutoWeek

“The interior is outstanding.  It features an attractive design and appealing materials, including lovely brown perforated leather upholstery…” – Newsday


Acura is proud to report that its TL is one of only two cars that received the highest possible rating in the new small overlap frontal crash test.  Safety ratings for the Acura TL are the highest rating of “Good” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Optional AWD is good in wet and dry conditions.  Standard safety features include front-seat side-impact torso airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability system.  Also available is a blind spot warning system.


The 2012 Acura TL 6-Speed AT has a base price MSRP of $35,905, which is over 10% less than the average MSRP’s of other vehicles in its class, including the Lexus ES350, BMW 335i, Audi A6 and the Volvo S80.  Residual values are high on Acura TL models at both the 36-months and 60-months points.  The vehicle’s reliability and standard powertrain warranty of 70,000 or 72 months are among the best in its class, bringing its total ownership costs down.

The proof is in the pudding:  What owners have to say!

Current Acura TL owners have an abundance of great things to say about their car!  In the interest of time, we narrowed it down to a few:

“Finally, my best car ever!  Great MPG average at 26, quick acceleration and handling, extremely comfortable interior.  I commute about 12 hours a week and this car makes my long drives a pleasure.  My favorite option?  The ventilated seats.”

“Best bang for your buck by far!  Quality power and mpg.  I am getting 24 miles in city and 32 on highway.  Quiet ride. Great sound system and lane guidance navigation.  Cooled seats are fantastic!”

“For the money, I don’t see how anything can beat a TL overall.”

“Would not buy another car in its class over the TL, not even if it was a gift!  I have owned several autos and without a doubt the Acura product has been the most owner and driver-friendly auto I have owned.”

“Had a 2001 Acura TL and that’s why I bought another.  I look forward to keeping this one 12 years or so…reliability is part of the game, and the TL has it.  Every bit of the car a Lexus 350 is with a better price.”

Test drivers have these comments:

“That was a lot of fun!”

“The blind spot feature is a great feature!”

“The head room:  I’m pleasantly surprised with it considering I’m 6 feet 5 inches tall!”

“The car is capable of a lot performance-wise”

“The TL is a solid car”

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Hybrid Cars vs. Electric cars
Which one is right for me?

The Nissan LEAF & The Acura ILX

With the focus on renewable resources these days, the decision to buy a hybrid car or an electric car should be an informed one!  There are big differences between these types of vehicles – much more than between hybrids and non-hybrid cars.


First, let’s take a look at structural and mechanical differences.  Hybrid cars run on a combination of a gas or diesel engine and one or more electric drive motors.  These electric drive motors can power large or small engines and typically get more miles per gallon of gasoline or diesel (mpg) than non-hybrids.  The battery charges when braking or stopped while the ignition is still on; this is called regenerative charging.  Some manufacturers have guaranteed the batteries up to 100,000 miles.  They also have lower tailpipe emissions, producing approximately 90% less pollutants than non-hybrids.

On the other hand, electric cars are powered by an electric motor, with power stored in one or more batteries.  They need to be plugged into a power source, preferably a high voltage line for a quicker charge (2-3 hours).  They need no oil or gasoline, usually have no tailpipe and produce no emissions.


The driving range of your vehicle is definitely one of the most important to consider before purchasing.  If you are a commuter who drives less than 40 miles each way, an electric car may be a great solution to your gas usage/cost/planet conservation issues.  The range for most electric cars is 80-100 miles before needing a complete charge, and the charge takes approximately 6-8 hours to accomplish.  For families on-the-go within a small range of miles, electric cars are definitely the shape of the future.  As electric cars gain in popularity, networks of charging stations will be seen and used all over the country.  Currently, the west coast of the US leads in charging station availability.

Conversely, hybrid cars are repowered the same as any non-hybrid – at the gas station.  There is no set range of miles the hybrid car can go and no charging stations involved.


As above, most hybrid cars perform regenerative charging while they are running, so no charge is necessary.  On the other hand, electric cars need to be charged quite often.  Again, this depends on your usage – if you run the battery down completely every day, then you will be charging your vehicle overnight at your home and paying the lower electric rates.  It typically takes 6-8 hours to do a full charge of your electric car battery.  Out and about, electric cars may need a quick charge here and there and there are more and more networks of charging stations popping up all over the US.  However, electric car owners benefit from not needing gasoline or oil in their cars, so instead of watching your gas meter on the dashboard, you’ll be very conscious of how much battery power you have left!


Hybrid cars need to be maintained in virtually the same manner as non-hybrids.  The electric car, of course, has no oil and less moving parts – so there is less maintenance.  The batteries in both types of vehicle must be replaced.  The electric car batteries usually last 5-7 years depending on the owner’s charging habits.


Both types of vehicles have higher starting prices than their non-hybrid/non-electric counterparts.  There has been much said about whether the higher prices paid by buyers are really worth it.  Most articles are favorable as to achieving the buyer’s goals.  Most buyers of hybrid or electric cars usually have some pre-conceived goals in mind when they are ready to buy:  they want to spend less money on gas, they are environmentally conscious – so they want lower or no emissions, and they want to benefit from any federal and/or state incentives given for purchasing such cars.

Ultimately, the benefits achieved from your hybrid or electric car are tied to your usage, particularly for the electric car.  For example, what distance you drive, what speed you go, the amount of air conditioning or heat used, or even radio usage directly affects drain on the battery.  Trade-in or sale value on your hybrid or electric car depends on the length of time you plan to keep it.  As states, “it is not abnormal for a hybrid car to run like new when it has 250,000 miles on it.”  The electric car, due to its small percentage of moving parts, can last beyond that and still run like new.

As with all new technology, prices on both types of vehicle are expected to come down as the technology becomes more widespread and available.  Also, tax credits are making both vehicles, but especially the electric car, more affordable.

Some last thoughts

  • Driving a hybrid car is the same experience as driving a non-hybrid car
  • Electric car considerations – commuters and family hops around town are best uses for an electric car
  • The electric car is a surprisingly quiet ride!

At Tischer, we carry both the brand new Acura ILX, which is Acura’s first Hybrid car, as well as Nissan’s electric car, the LEAF.

Click here to take Nissan’s brief questionnaire to determine whether an electric car would be a good fit for you!

If you’ve determined that the LEAF is a good fit for you, check out our blog on the 2013 Nissan LEAF for more specifics about that amazing car!  Since seeing is really believing, come on over and take a test drive in one of our new hybrids or electric cars and see for yourself.

We would be delighted to show you what a perfect fit either one of these types of vehicles would be for you!  Simply click below to schedule a test drive!

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The 2013 Acura MDX
Way Ahead of the Competition!

2013 Acura MDX

With its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, user-friendly technology, and an MSRP starting at about 5% lower than the closest competitor, we’re sure that you’ll agree:   2013 Acura MDX is the best luxury SUV on the market today!

We want to offer our customers more affordable options, especially in this economy, while still providing the sophistication and amenities they crave – and the 2013 Acura MDX accomplishes that and much more!  When comparing the 2013 MDX to two of its leading competitors, we found that the lower pricing is not the only terrific thing customers get with the MDX. chose the Acura MDX as one of the best SUVs in its class, and explains:

“…the Acura MDX represents a refined and forward-thinking choice, a solid blue-chip among flashy hedge funds. Along with striking design, the MDX is a technology-lover’s dream, and its surround-sound audio and navigation systems are among the best. Lest you think the MDX is some listless techno-carriage, its V6 makes 300 hp, equal with the base [Porsche] Cayenne V6. And its all-wheel-drive system, paired with good steering and a suspension that limits body roll, make the MDX a confident carver as well.”

Edmunds goes on to say that the MDX’s finely crafted interior and relatively roomy third-row seat are definite incentives for buying this vehicle!  They point out that while other luxury SUVs, such as the Lexus RX350 and the BMW X5, offer slightly more premium environments, they are in smaller, more expensive packages than the MDX, and the Lexus lacks the third-row seat.  Edmunds continues, “Certainly, all have distinct benefits, but when it comes to a deft blend of luxury, technology and drivability, the MDX is peerless.”

Comfort and Convenience

When compared to the 2013 Infiniti JX AWD and the 2013 Lexus RX350, the 2013 Acura MDX undeniably stands out in the areas of comfort and convenience.

Acura MDX vs. Lexus RX350:

Rear Seat Heating/Air Conditioning controls, Power Moonroof,  Memory Steering Column, Extended Service Interval, Leather Trimmed Seats, Front Memory Seat, Heated Front Seats, Third Row Seat, and High Intensity Discharge Headlights are just some of the amenities provided as standard in the 2013 Acura MDX that are optional or not available in the 2013 Lexus RX350.

Acura MDX vs. Infiniti JX AWD:

Provided standard in the 2013 Acura MDX are Universal Remote Control, Memory Steering Column, Front Adjustable Power Lumbar Support, Front Memory Seat, Compact Disc Changer, and Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror.  These features are optional or unavailable in the 2013 Infiniti JX AWD.

Performance and Engineering

While the 2013 Acura MDX has a 6-cylinder engine similar to the Infiniti and Lexus models, it has higher horsepower (300) and Torque (270), which make it “pull with enthusiasm,…while [its] six-speed automatic transmission upshifts smoothly.  Overall, the MDX is one of the most rewarding luxury crossovers to drive,” according to  Those features, coupled with standard Hill Start Assist and a lower turning diameter (37.6 vs. >38), make the 2013 Acura MDX an excellent choice for you!

Safety Features

Our customers’ safety is our main concern!  We want you to purchase the safest vehicle possible, and the 2013 Acura MDX provides all safety features as standard.  Its unique Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ Body Structure, or ACE™, enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in a frontal impact.   ACE™ helps to distribute crash energy and reduce the force of impact in the occupant cabin.  This means that it actually helps the two vehicles involved in a crash to equalize the crash energy with the goal of minimizing the impact on both vehicles’ occupants.  We are proud that this great feature was developed by Acura, and that it can be a lifesaver for our customers!

Interior/Exterior Dimensions and Capacities

The exterior dimensions of the 2013 Acura MDX are far ahead of the Lexus model.  On the interior, the MDX takes the lead with much more passenger volume room, head room, leg room and shoulder room.  It also leads the pack with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity, as compared to 3,500 lb. tow capacities for the Lexus and the Infiniti.

What’s the word on the street about the Acura MDX?

Automobile Magazine wrote the following about the 2012 model:

“The MDX delivers phenomenal handling by way of its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and high-tech dampers. The driving experience also benefits from a seating position that is much lower than in the BMW X5, giving the driver more confidence in the MDX’s cornering ability.”

“It’s easy to see why the MDX has become one of Acura’s most popular vehicles: It’s sized just right for most families (how often does the average family put full-grown adults in the third row?), offers a good amount of utility, and is sporty and luxurious enough to satisfy the discriminating buyer.”

“…if you are looking for an athletic luxury sport-ute with the added benefit of sterling reliability and excellent resale value, it’s likely the best all-around choice in its segment”

Prospective buyers say:

After a test drive, “I want this car!” “handles like a car, not an SUV,” “smooth drive – good for families, lots of room for kids and pets!”

Current owners of an Acura MDX say:

“Love the navigation, sound system and voice control over almost everything. The ability to memorize seating, mirrors, steering wheel and other settings for two drivers makes it makes it easy to share the MDX with another driver. And the seats are comfortable enough to keep my legs from cramping on long trips!”

“Looked at all models from Mercedes (GL), Lexus (GX), Toyota, Land Rover. Our needs were to fit full size cello in the back, 3 kids, 7 sitting capability occasionally for a car pool. Drivability and passenger comfort with technology to protect them. Acura MDX won at the end with the Advance and Entertainment features and space.”

“The good power and acceleration was a nice surprise. Love the weather radar. Very helpful in our unpredictable Midwest climate. The ride is very quiet. Solid, quality interior materials.”

Schedule your test-drive today!

We think you will agree that the new 2013 Acura MDX is, in fact, the best SUV in its class for content and value.  We would be delighted to show you in person just how amazing this crossover is!  Simply click below to schedule a test drive of the new 2013 Acura MDX.

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In the meantime, please share your questions, thoughts, and comments with us below.  We would be glad to discuss these with you as soon as possible!

Why We Love the 2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX

In our opinion, the 2013 Acura RDX is one of Acura’s finest creations.  Not only is it beautifully designed inside and out, it’s also powerful, luxurious and gas-friendly

Like everything Acura does, the new 2013 RDX was built using thoughtful design and ingenious engineering. We think Acura does a great job describing the RDX in one short phrase:

“The 2013 Acura RDX provides the luxury and comfort of a large SUV with the moves and fuel economy of a small SUV.”

Many current RDX owners say that driving it puts you more in the mind of a sports car than an SUV.  With a low center of gravity and features like speed-sensitive power steering, the new RDX handles with surprising agility.  The 2013 RDX has the ability to be the perfect vehicle for any situation, and for that we love it!

Acura’s online brochure proclaims, “The 2013 Acura RDX is one part sport crossover, and one part luxury crossover.”  We would have to agree with that statement!  As a sport crossover, it has race-inspired paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the vehicle’s 6-speed automatic transmission with a flick of the wrist.   As a luxury crossover, Acura’s unparalleled attention to detail on the RDX’s suspension system has created a fun-to-drive vehicle with a smooth and consistent ride.

We’ve put together a list of the best new features of the 2013 Acura RDX. Take some time to read them over and let us know what you think!

Design Upgrades

The Acrua RDX vs. The Honda CRV

If you are looking at the 2013 Acura RDX and the latest Honda CR-V side-by-side, you’ll notice a striking resemblance.  Acura, Honda’s luxury line of automobiles, uses the same basic platform as the CR-V in its design of the RDX.  The 2013 RDX remains recognizable as an Acura, but its styling is more mature than before.  It now looks more like a smaller version of the MDX, which is a draw for many customers.  The big idea is getting a more sophisticated-looking car for a smaller price tag – always a good deal for our customers!

We know that you will notice that the new RDX grille has been toned down to match the look of the rest of Acura’s lineup, rather than the beak-like grille of the outgoing model.


The interior of the 2013 RDX has undergone a nice makeover as well.  The door openings are larger and there is more passenger room and cargo space.  The materials used to construct the interior are more sound-absorbing, which assists in creating a quieter, more comfortable ride for both the driver and the passenger.   In addition, Acura has added several technology upgrades to enhance the experience of the RDX:  Pandora Internet Radio, text-message features and more!  (See “Technology Upgrades (General)”)

Performance Upgrades

Under the hood of the all-new 2013 RDX is definitely where the action is!  The 2013 model comes standard with a power-packed 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates up to 273 horsepower (that’s two more cylinders and 33 more horsepower than the outgoing model’s turbo four cylinder!).  Acura designed this new engine to provide both maximum power and maximum efficiency to drivers.  But the greatest part about this newly-designed engine is that it has earned the best highway gasoline fuel economy for a V-6 in its class.  How is this possible?   The outstanding fuel economy comes courtesy of the engine’s Variable Cylinder Management™.

[From Acura]

Variable Cylinder Management™ – When all six cylinders are not needed, such as during steady highway cruising, the system can deactivate either two or three of the cylinders, giving you more than enough power and increased fuel economy.

That’s a pretty smart vehicle!

Technology Upgrades (Safety)

The 2013 Acura RDX is outfitted with some of the most technologically-advanced safety features on the market.  Some of our favorites include:

[From Acura]

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA™)- with motion-adaptive electric power steering, VSA™ works to sense oversteer or understeer and can brake individual wheels and/or reduce engine power to help keep you in control. The system also features a traction control function to help prevent wheelspin during acceleration.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) – The vehicle’s chassis features ACE™ body structure, which uses a conducted network of structural elements to help protect those inside by distributing frontal crash energy more evenly.  A highly efficient side-impact structure, increased roof strength and energy-absorbing hood design also contribute to passenger protection.

Technology Upgrades (General)

Technology Upgrades (General)

2013 Acura RDX cargo spaceOne of the things we enjoy most about working with Acura is that the company is highly innovative and exceptionally forward-thinking.  Each model year, they add features to their vehicles that not only help keep drivers safe, but also provide them with state-of-the-art technology at their fingertips.

The new 2013 Acura RDX has the following tech-savvy upgrades available:

[From Acura]

Song by Voice™ technology with the available Acura/ELS audio system lets you call up a song by saying its title or artist.

SMS Text Message Function displays, and reads aloud, incoming text messages and lets you respond, hands-free, by verbally choosing from a list of six options.

Pandora Internet Radio interface connects with your iPhone, giving you access to an immense library of musical styles.

The power tailgate that is available with the 2013 RDX reveals one of the most spacious cargo areas available in this class.  When the easy-fold rear seatbacks are lowered, you are presented with an astounding 79.2 cubic feet to play with.  This really puts the “utility” in “sports utility vehicle!”

Schedule your test-drive today!

We think you will agree that the all-new 2013 RDX is one of Acura’s most innovative vehicles yet.  We would be delighted to show you in person just how amazing this SUV is!  Simply click below to schedule a test drive of the all-new 2013 Acura RDX.

Schedule Your Test-drive Today!

In the meantime, please share your questions, thoughts, and comments with us below.  We would be glad to discuss these with you as soon as possible!