Similar yet very different, Motor Trend compares two “full-size” luxury sedans: the all-new 2014 Acura RLX and the 2013 Cadillac XTS4.
Specs-wise, the 2013 Cadillac XTS4 and the newly released 2014 Acura RLX almost are twins. Each sedan is powered by a midsize, 24-valve V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic. The Acura’s wheelbase is a mere half-inch longer than the Caddy’s, while exterior dimensions are within inches of each other. (The XTS is a bit longer and wider.) Comparably equipped, both cars wear stickers just above $60K. Yet in execution and character, the Cadillac and the Acura turn out to be surprisingly different machines, each offering a decidedly different take on what a sport-luxury four-door should be. So which one best delivers? Arthur St. Antoine, Motor Trend
Find out which vehicle comes out on top at Motor Trend - motortrend.com: 2014 Acura RLX vs. 2013 Cadillac XTS4.
[Source: Motor Trend]
Acura Exhibits World Premiere of the “Acura Concept SUV-X” at Auto Shanghai 2013
SHANGHAI, China, April 20, 2013 – Acura today exhibited the world premiere of a design concept model, the Acura Concept SUV-X, at Auto Shanghai 2013 (the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, press day: April 20, public days: April 23 – 29).
Acura Concept SUV-X
The Acura Concept SUV-X is a global concept vehicle for a small SUV developing primarily for the Chinese market. This is the first time for Acura to introduce the world premiere of a concept model outside of North America. Emotional and sharp styling and driving performance, together with the environmental performance of a small vehicle and excellent utility of an SUV are all fused together at a high level in this vehicle. Acura is planning to begin local production and sales in China of a mass-production model based on this concept vehicle for its market in about next three years.
Introducing Acura RLX to go on sale in June 2013
Acura announced the Chinese version of the Acura RLX, a luxury flagship sedan which will go on sale in China in June 2013. Excellent maneuverability and comfort are pursued through the adoption of a number of advanced technologies including a newly-developed 3.5L direct-injection SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine and Precision All-Wheel Steer™, the world’s first technology that achieved both outstanding turning performance and vehicle stability.
At Auto Shanghai 2013, Acura also exhibits the NSX Concept, the next-generation super sports model which was exhibited at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January.
Comment by Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“We are planning to produce the mass-production model of the Acura Concept SUV-X locally in China. With the hope that our Chinese customers will more closely feel the values offered from Acura, we will begin preparing for the start of the local production. In China, where dynamic growth continues, both Acura and Honda will keep up our efforts to enhance products and technologies that will offer new joys of mobility to our customers.”
[Source: Honda Worldwide]
If you could look beyond its handsome exterior, you’d find that this NSX is both a beauty and a beast. Perfecting the balance of form and function, Sky Nguyen’s 2004 Acura NSX sports an arsenal of cosmetic and performance mods which include NSX-R upgrades, a stroker engine, and a supercharger kit just to name a few.
Third-generation MDX raises the bar with more performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings, innovative interior features and signature Acura technologies
03/27/2013 – NEW YORK
Acura today unveiled the all-new 2014 MDX luxury SUV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Built on a completely new platform, the seven-passenger MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin, increased fuel efficiency and enhanced dynamic performance. The MDX will also be offered for the first time in a more affordable and even more fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration.
“Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury comfort, family functionality and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, to the addition of a new two-wheel-drive model, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s direction of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine.”
The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new direct-injected 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™), producing 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The MDX’s engine architecture is shared with two racecars that recently finished First and Second in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Employing a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, both featuring Acura’s new Agile Handling Assist technology.
Matched to the highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology engine and the \ SH-AWD drivetrain, the 2014 MDX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27/21 mpg1 (city/highway/combined), while the new front-wheel-drive model is EPA rated at 20/28/23 mpg1 (city/highway/combined).
Despite getting a newly styled grille and additional tech features for its final year of production, the 2013 ZDX is going out with very little press. Other than the “reused” images from acura.com, additional photos of the 2013 ZDX are almost impossible to find. So if you’re looking for some “real” photos of the 2013 ZDX and its new grille, I’ve compiled a selection of screenshots from the press video. The new grille is a small change, but it’s definitely a styling improvement that freshens up the front end for its last hurrah.
Go back a few years to the start of Edwin’s progression thread on AcuraZine, and you’ll find some photos of one bone stock Grigio Metallic 2009 Acura TSX. Not that there is anything wrong with a stock TSX, but when you compare it to some of Edwin’s recent photos above, the TSX just looks so much sweeter after it’s personalized with style and attitude.
Today Edwin’s thread is over 28 pages long, and after following his progress for the past few months I’ve been eagerly awaiting some fresh new shots to share. These recent photos come after the arrival of the latest piece of the puzzle, a rear aero bumper to compliment the Accord Type S lip up front. Another mod that stands out on Edwin’s TSX is one of my favourite aftermarket grilles for the 09-10 models: the ATLP Grille. To me it’s a throwback to the 1st generation TSX grille, but still retains an angular “V” shape that outlines the modern Acura shield grille.
Thanks goes out to Edwin for sharing the great shots, looking forward to future updates.
Edwin’s mod list:
Forgestar CF10 19×9.5 • Megan Coilover • ATLP Grille • JDM Type S Lip Rep • Sport Aero Rear Bumper • Injen Intake • Magnaflow Exhaust • Cleared Headlights w/ Black Housing • HID fogs 6000k • HID headlight 6000k • DRL/high beam nokya artic white • LED Switchback Turn Signal • interior LEDs