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Drive to Five Review: 2014 Acura RLX Advance

Posted by   on November 14th, 2013 No comments

Drive to Five Review: 2014 Acura RLX Advance

The Acura RLX greeted me with “Come on in, Tyson,” by illuminating its exterior door handle as I approached the driver’s side. I stepped carefully over the stainless steel door sill and settled into the ivory-skinned bucket seat. My index finger instinctively went for the start button and awakened 310 well-trained horses from their slumber. The subtle sound of Jazz music drifted through the airwaves via 14 high-end speakers, and the car’s automatic climate control immediately customized the cabin environment to my liking. This, my friends, was not just a car. It was a full-blown, Acura-fied luxury travel experience and I had just scored a front-row seat.

RLX Heritage

In its day, the Acura Legend was the biggest and the best that the Honda lineup of automobiles had to offer. When my Legend LS coupe was new in 1994, it sold for a whopping $41,885. For comparison, a top-line Honda Accord EX at the time was $19,950. The Legend flagship had features that were far ahead of its time. Twenty years later, the Acura RLX carries on that same mission: It delivers unsurpassed tech features, the most advanced safety systems in the industry, and performance levels that only sports cars could dream of in the 1990′s.

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Edmunds.com: Acura MDX vs. Infiniti QX60 vs. Lexus RX 350 F Sport

Posted by   on August 19th, 2013 No comments

2014 Acura MDX vs. 2014 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

In a battle of midsize luxury SUVs, Edmunds.com places the 2014 Acura MDX over top the 2014 Infiniti QX60 and 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport:

The 2014 Acura MDX just had too many “bests” to be denied: the best handling, the best front seats, the quickest acceleration, the largest max cargo capacity and the potential for the best fuel economy. And without question, it’s the driver’s SUV of the trio.

Acura MDX
Infiniti QX60
Lexus RX 350
Price as Tested:
$57,400
$57,435
$53,924
Horsepower:
290
265
270
0-60 (sec.):
6.8
8.2
7.3
Quarter-mile:
15.0 @ 93.2
16.0 @ 89.2
15.4 @ 90.3
60-0 braking (ft.):
129
120
123
Slalom (mph):
60.7
60.0
62.4
Skid pad (g):
0.82
0.78
0.78
Edmunds fuel economy (mpg):
18.0
16.4
20.5

See the full review and gallery at Edmunds.com - 2014 Acura MDX vs. 2014 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Comparison Test.

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2014 Acura MDX Review List

Posted by   on May 31st, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

“A good luxury crossover gets even better”- Mike Schlee, AutoGuide.com

“From the producers of the NSX, the most athletic of three-row SUVs.”- Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver

“A Better Bestseller: Acura rewrites a crowd-pleasing script”- Ron Kiino, Motor Trend

Visit the links below to find out what reviewers have to say after sampling the all-new 2014 Acura MDX.

May 31, 2013

2014 Acura MDX AutoGuide.com – 2014 Acura MDX Review – Video
2014 Acura MDX Car and Driver – 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Motor Trend – First Drive: 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Autoblog – 2014 Acura MDX [w/video]
2014 Acura MDX Automobile Magazine – 2014 Acura MDX First Drive
2014 Acura MDX Driven Car Reviews – 2014 Acura MDX HD Video Review
2014 Acura MDX Popular Mechanics – 2014 Acura MDX Test Drive
2014 Acura MDX Edmunds.com – 2014 Acura MDX First Drive
2014 Acura MDX automotive.com – 2014 Acura MDX First Drive
2014 Acura MDX AutoWeek – 2014 Acura MDX Drive Review
2014 Acura MDX Kelly Blue Book – 2014 Acura MDX First Review: An Enduring Benchmark
2014 Acura MDX The Truth About Cars – First Drive: 2014 Acura MDX (Video)
2014 Acura MDX Autos.ca – First Drive: 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Winding Road – Driven: 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Cars.com – 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Leftlane- 2014 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX Consumer Reports – First drive: 2014 Acura MDX

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Motor Trend: 2014 Acura RLX vs. 2013 Cadillac XTS4

Posted by   on April 22nd, 2013 1 comment

2014 Acura RLX vs. 2013 Cadillac XTS4 - Courtesy Motor Trend

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.

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2014 Acura RLX Review List

Posted by   on February 15th, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX

Initial reviews of the 2014 Acura RLX are trickling in, find out what the automotive media world has to say with the ongoing compiled list below.

February 15, 2013

2014 Acura RLX Car and Driver – 2014 Acura RLX FWD
2014 Acura RLX Automobile Magazine – Driven: 2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura RLX Edmunds.com – 2014 Acura RLX First Drive
2014 Acura RLX CNET – 2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura RLX AutoGuide.com – 2014 Acura RLX Review – Video
2014 Acura RLX automotive.com – 2014 Acura RLX First Drive
2014 Acura RLX AutoWeek – Acura has high hopes for the new RLX
2014 Acura RLX Motor Trend – 2014 Acura RLX First Drive
2014 Acura RLX Autoblog – 2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura RLX Leftlane – First Drive: 2014 Acura RLX
2014 Acura RLX Popular Mechanics – 2014 Acura RLX Test Drive

 

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Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive Video

Posted by   on December 5th, 2012 No comments
Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive

Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive

“If this is a harbinger of things to come, Acura’s future looks a lot brighter…”

Host Graeme Fletcher takes a Canadian ILX Tech for a test drive in the latest video review from Motoring TV. Just like his review of the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD, the video is short and sweet, but still manages to deliver a good amount of info and insight on the 2013 ILX.

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Acura RLX Technology Preview

Posted by   on November 12th, 2012 No comments
Honda's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Test Mule

Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Test Mule

With the official debut of the 2014 Acura RLX just around the corner, Acura wants the public to get excited about two new technologies that will be available on their upcoming flagship sedan. Acura’s new Precision All Wheel Steer™(PAWS) and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® systems will be showcased on the RLX to improve and enhance handling performance.

A handful of journalists from various automotive publications were recently at Honda’s testing grounds in Japan to sample both applications. The test car however was not an RLX, but a similarly sized Accord(Inspire) sedan equipped with the said technology.

Here’s Automobile Magazine‘s Jake Holmes on the Precision All Wheel Steer system:

“When you enter a corner and add steering input, there’s a miniscule pause before you feel the car tighten its line slightly as the rear wheels add more steering. It produces a sensation of rotation that gives the car a livelier feel than is typical of front-wheel-drive cars. At lower speeds, PAWS makes for easier maneuvering because of the reduced turning circle. PAWS also can correct under- or oversteer by adjusting the line of the rear wheels, which means sometimes PAWS can fix small slides without any need for the brake-based electronic stability control to activate.” - Jake Holmes, Automobile Magazine

Michael Austin of Car and Driver on Sport Hybrid SH-AWD:

“The rear motors also provide torque vectoring in corners, putting resistance on the inside wheel (which generates electricity for instantaneous use, lessening the draw on the 6.7-kWh battery) and driving the outside wheel to minimize understeer. Track performance is impressive, with instantaneous turn-in and grip that seems to transcend the abilities of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires. We didn’t have the chance to mess around too much, but there is no power oversteer. Jam on the gas and the car simply follows exactly where you point it with a neutral attitude.” - Michael Austin, Car and Driver

Both technologies sound impressive so far, hopefully adding a dynamic that will boost the RLX’s image as a “driver’s” car. Full reviews can be read from the links below:

Quick Drives: Acura RLX Precision All-Wheel Steering, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Prototypes
• Sampling the 2014 Acura RLX’s Goodies: Precision All-Wheel Steer and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
• New 2014 Acura RLX Drivetrains Aim for Smiles
2014 Acura RLX Prototype Test Drive
• 2014 Acura RLX Technology Preview Drive
2014 Acura RLX drive preview

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Video: 2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

Posted by   on October 1st, 2012 No comments

2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

It’s the battle of compact crossovers: AutoGuide pits the 2013 Acura RDX against the 2012 Audi Q5.

“Projected to be one of the largest growth segments in the auto industry, Acura is looking to go from a back marker to a major player with the launch of its second-generation RDX. A solid offering, how does it stack up against stalwart German competition like the Audi Q5?”

Here’s the breakdown from AutoGuide:

2013 Acura RDX AWD

Engine: 3.5L V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 273
Max. Torque: 251
Fuel Economy: 19 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 26 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 61 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 38.3 in.
Starting Price: $35,720

2012 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI

Engine: 2.0L Turbo 4-Cyl
Transmission: 8-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 211
Max. Torque: 258
Fuel Economy: 20 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 29 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 57 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 37.4 in.
Starting Price: $35,600

Watch the 9-minute video review from AutoGuide below or head over to autoguide.com for the full comparison.

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